World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Koyali Burman!



Ariadne’s Notes:  On May 17,  1:30 PM PST, the World Poetry Cafe , 100.5 FM , CFRO  welcomed the talented dancer and award nominee, Koyali Burman to the show. She spoke about  our upcoming World Poetry Event on May 27, 2-3:30 pm at the Vancouver Central Library which features the unique coming together of two strong cultures, Indigenous and  Pan Asian Indian classical dance .  Also featured on the show were Alaha Ahar , poems, a story by special volunteer, Sharon Rowe from her popular Big Bessie Stories.

Our second feature was the wonderful Phil Hayes celebrating his two new CD’s  He will be featured next.


World Poetry believes in treating all the people of the world with respect, honor, peace and love.  Our mission is to bring people together to celebrate our shared empowerment and to present the talents of those whose voices, young and old to be heard.








World Poetry arts advocate is Koyali Burman has been an exponent of Indian- classical dances- Kathak. She began learning dance at the age of three in India. She received acclaim as “Sangeet Ratna”(M-Muse) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and winner of numerous regional awards in India. Koyali Burman has a professional degree from the University of British Columbia. Besides her professional career she enjoys she enjoys performing and teaching dance to multicultural communities and expanding the cultural boundaries with dedication to excellence. She has supported the local artists with projects from her professional arena.

Exploring Connectivity with Indian classical Dance & Poetry:

Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form.

Building Bridges by Finding Commonality and Celebrating Differences:

First Nations and South Asian Culture -She understands various cultural richness around us. “There is a lot of commonality between our dances, but we rarely explore it…. hence I am exploring with finding commonality and celebrating differences between indigenous and south Asian culture through dance, poetry and music”.

Providing Leadership in Community Building and Economic Development through Art:

Koyali Burman as an arts advocate, she has created a priority working with the local non-profit organizations, credit Union, businesses and associations in developing an economic development plan for the diverse local artist community in the Joyce-Collingwood area.

Koyali Burman’s vision and mission is to foster/encourage/strengthen multiculturalism throughout BC by increasing awareness and appreciation of various forms of arts such as dance, music and poetry through professional dance/music and poetry presentation and community-based programming.

World Poetry Brings You a Messege From Alaha Ahar !





Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Canada International is honoured to bring you another message from World Poetry Canada International Youth Director, Alaha Ahar. 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE to hear the Afghan poems and message, as well as interviews with Koyali Berman and Phil Hayes.

Successful versus Unsuccessful People.

Think about what makes successful people better than those who aren’t successful. Getting to the top is not easy, requiring hard work and much sacrifice.

Successful individuals set goals and work to achieve them. Also, they believe in doing right, even when no one sees them.

However, when we consider those who aren’t successful, we often encounter two types.  First, there are those who don’t work hard, who think mainly of their own interests, although they do appreciate the successful individuals around them. Then there are the unsuccessful people who are liars: they lie about everything and spend their lives trying to ruin others. They are good at making up numbers. They claim to be successful but have no proof.

And worst of all, these unsuccessful ones spend time denying the success and hard work of those who achieve.

Remember, hard work is like sunlight and truth. It cannot be hidden. Again and again the light of the sun and the truth of good people keep emerging to shine over everything, to brighten the earth and our lives.

Hard work and honesty are the truth

but lies are short and untrue

Sooner or later

Everyone will learn the truth

Truth lasts forever

Truth is stronger than any small or large lie

And liars are always losers

Because honest and true people are winners

Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights are held by the author.

Alaha with WP medal

Ambassador of Youth, Peace and Goodwill 

Human Rights Activist 

Community Development Advocate-FACETS 

Board of Directors Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA)           

The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada

World Poetry Celebrates Talented Filmmaker Shaison P. Ouseph!








World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Festival gift poems for UBC.1,000 were given away.

Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to welcome the talented film maker, documentarian, humanitarian Shaison P. Ouseph to our World Poetry Canada International Family. His work is thought provoking and has involved a certain amount of personal risk. Shaison’s commitment in the face of adversity is commendable and a gift to the world.

Here is an a link from an Indian Newspaper:






Shaison P. Ouseph is an internationally acclaimed documentary film maker, cameraman and photographer. His many credits range from director of photography to art direction on a myriad of documentaries and independent feature projects.

His public service campaigns promote literacy, empowerment of women and action against child exploitation. They have won him many national and international accolades. Among the esteemed organizations that have bestowed awards and certificates on him for his work on social issues are the United Nations, the US Embassy, International Labour Organization and International Independent Film Awards. 

Based in Mumbai, India, Shaison’s desire to work for the rights of the domestic workers and their issues has taken the form of documentary films. His videos on saving children in prostitution have been applauded by many. His commitment to making meaningful film was clearly seen with his video on the earthquake in Nepal.

He searches the world to find meaningful subjects, and his films have been appreciated by many. Films on the side effects of cancer treatment in Denmark, local classical music of Sweden, migrant issues in Australia, the Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia and the work of a gifted healer in the United States are some of the subjects that Shaison has recently documented.








His latest films, ‘Baano’, the story of violence on women in India, and “Rescue” a heart touching story of women in Kenya, let people feel who Shaison really is. His upcoming feature film, “Sister Rani Maria,” is a true story of a Catholic nun who was murdered for empowering the tribal women and children in the remotest villages in India. 

Recently, the International Independent Film Awards acknowledged his co-directed film “Playa Azul I Love You,” made with Dr. Serena Anderlini

In February 2018, Shaison had the privilege of presenting at the successful International Youth Summit in Nepal. In March, he went to Nigeria where World Institute for Peace (WIP) recognized him as the World Icon of Media for Peace 2017.

Shaison is a teacher and professor at XIC, St. Xavier’s college in Mumbai, India. He teaches film making at various places around the world. He is one of the directors at ‘Matrix of Learning’ in United States and has been featured in many national and international magazine, radio and video programs. 

His association with International organizations, such as 100 Humanitarians, and the Life Story Library Foundation in the USA, is another milestone in his life. His work as a director for various commercial and non-commercial audio-visual projects has also been well recognized.

Shaison’s goal is to inspire young people and use films to share powerful human stories for the greater purpose. 

An article Shaison P. Ouseph is an internationally acclaimed documentary film maker, cameraman and photographer. His many credits range from director of photography to art direction on a myriad of documentaries and independent feature projects.

Here are some samples of his work, please take a look.