A two-day, multidisciplinary event featuring presentations and panels by more than 40 highly-acclaimed local, national, and international authors and artists covering a variety of topics.  

The South Asian Literature and Art Festival (SALA) aims to contribute to the literary and cultural life of the residents of Silicon Valley. The 2022 event focuses on a theme of “Humanity” by examining how the world tends to put people in boxes, categorizing and generalizing communities of different color, class, gender, and caste. The forums and conversations will examine and celebrate different points of view, while also recognizing that ultimately, it is a shared humanity that triumphs. 

This expertly-curated event will represent South Asian culture to a broad Bay Area audience, providing a platform to spark engagement between distinguished authors and the diverse audiences of Silicon Valley, many of whom may have had little opportunity to experience the talent and voices coming out of South Asia and its diaspora.

Discussions will take place in venues around Montalvo’s historic Villa and property, and visitors can also enjoy book sales and author signings presented by Books, Inc., a marketplace, art exhibition & sale, children’s craft activities, dance, music, poetry, and painting. Food will be available for purchase, and a bar will offer beer, wine, and soda.

SALA is presented by Art Forum SF and Montalvo Arts Center in partnership with the Stanford University Center for South Asian Studies and the UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies.

Panelists & Participants Include:


  • Jaishri Abichandani
  • Sarah Ahmed
  • Ayad Akhtar
  • Swara Bhasker
  • Jenny Bhatt
  • Vikram Chandra
  • Zuni Chopra
  • Alka Joshi
  • TM Krishna
  • Amit Majmudar
  • Annu Palakannathu Matthew
  • Ranu Mukherjee


  • Shireen and Afzal Ahmad
  • Kausar Z. Ahmed
  • Chitrita Banjerji
  • Sonia Chopra
  • Madhurshree Ghosh
  • Sorayya Khan
  • Shikha Malaviya
  • Preeti Mistry
  • Vina Patel
  • Daisy Rockwell
  • Chaitali Sen
  • Nik Sharma
  • Thenmozhi Soundararajan
  • Salil Tripathi
  • Hetal Vasavada

All Weekend: 

Also Included:

  • Art Exhibition and Sale featuring Chandrika Marla, Priyanka Rana, and Tanya Momi
  • Marketplace featuring The Peacock Avenue, Marigold Row, Saeyri Jewlery , Pragati Sharma Mohanty – Art stoles, and Artisans by Garima
Parking & Shuttle Service

No parking on site.

Free shuttle service to the event will be available from West Valley College, Parking Lot 4.

Rideshare (Taxi/Lyft/Uber) drop-offs will be allowed, but no pick-ups. If you are using a rideshare service, please take the shuttle to West Valley when you depart and call from there.

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South Asian Literature and Art Festival

COVID-19 Information

The safety of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we will be following all county and state health mandates in place at the time of this event. Masks are recommended and encouraged while indoors and while riding shuttles.