Sadhu Binning D. Litt.
Sadhu, a bilingual author, has lived in the Vancouver area since migrating to Canada in 1967. He has published more than nineteen books of poetry, fiction, plays, translations and research. His works have been included in more than fifty anthologies both in Punjabi and English. He edited a literary Punjabi monthly Watno Dur and co-edited a quarterly, Watan. He co-founded Vancouver Sath, a theatre collective (1983), Ankur, an English literary magazine (1993) and various other literary and cultural organisations including Punjabi Literary Association (1973). He sat on the BC Arts Board from 1993 to 1995. He is a central figure in the Punjabi arts community and was named one of the top 100 South Asians making a difference in BC. He founded Punjabi Language Education Association in the mid-1990s and has been actively promoting Punjabi language in educational institutions in BC. He has presented papers on language, literature and culture in several national and international conferences. He taught Punjabi at UBC from 1988 to 2008 and created original teaching material for Punjabi Language. He has received numerous awards in Canada and in Punjab, India including the supreme non-resident Punjabi author for the year 2015. Sadhu Binning received an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters from UBC in 2019.