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Creative Mornings – Sirish Rao

April 9, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Sirish was born in Bangalore, India and spent a decade as Director of Tara Books, which he helped grow from a startup into one of India’s most respected publishing houses, with a presence in five continents. Sirish is a published writer whose books have been translated into seventeen languages, and range from commentaries on street art to children’s books. In 2005, he received a major commission from the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to create contemporary retellings of a series of ancient Greek plays. The books won the American Associations of Museums Award and ‘Outstanding Book of the Year’ at the Independent Publishers Book Awards. He moved to Vancouver in 2010, and co-founded the Indian Summer Festival with his partner Laura Byspalko. In his role as Artistic Director of the festival, Sirish is guided by the root word of festival, which is ‘feast’ and imagines the festival as an inviting and garrulous long table where old friends meet and new ones are made. Sirish has been responsible for presenting over a thousand artists on the stages of the festival, in a roster that features Nobel, Booker, Grammy and Oscar Award-winning artists alongside exciting emerging talent. Sirish is deeply committed to playing his part in ensuring that Vancouver is engaged in meaningful conversation with itself and the world.


April 9, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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