Acknowledging the history in our walls
The Government of Goa, Directorate of Museums organises and celebrates the ‘Museum Week’ annually. This year, the centre of interest for the exhibition is based on the topic ‘Houses of eminent Goans’. Café takes a peek into the Museum Week 2019
The exhibition celebrating Museum Week 2019 was inaugurated at the old Secretariat (Adil Shah Palace), Panjim, on January 7, 2019 in the presence of Chief Architect of the PWD Department Marvin Gomes, Director of Museum Radha Bhavi and Secretary Rupesh Kumar Thakar. The event will carry on till January 11, with different activities taking place through the week. People are welcome to have a glance at the historic depiction and simultaneously participate in the sub events.
The event includes a drawing competition taking place, where primary students from schools over Tiswadi area will be participating. Goa is known for its explicit beauty and remarkable architecture. Legendary and influential Goans who have excelled in various fields along with freedom fighters has been surveyed by the members of the committee. The facts and photographs of their original homes have been compiled and framed on the walls of Adilshah Palace. The central motto for culling this theme was to familiarise public on their originality bases and the lifestyles that these great Goans lived. The research was indeed immense in finding the original home of Abbé Faria, which is known to be the oldest house constructed. Some other eminent Goans featured were Dipaji Rane, Dada Rane, Dada Vaidya, Fr Agnel, Kesarbai Kerkar, Luis de Menezes Braganza, Antonio Franscisca Xavier, Shennoy Goembab, T Braganza Cunha and B B Borkar. Explaining the purpose behind the innovative topic of this year, Director Bhavi expresses, “Few or in fact none are aware of the houses that these significant people lived at, hence, it was a keen interest to focus on the them as well heir hometown.” The theme also views the architectural and ecological perspective.
With regard to the main subject ‘Houses of Eminent Goans’, on January 8, the committee invited Architect Noah Anand Fernandes (Assistant Prof. Goa College of Architecture) to present a lecture on ‘Conserving the Cultural Landscape along the River Mandovi’. A program on the topic ‘Ghar: Mujyah Manatle’ will be held on January 10 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the premises itself as part of the Museum Week. Poems, storytelling and discussions will be a part of the program. Architect Noah’s keen interest lies in studying cultural landscapes. Completing his Masters in Architectural Conservation from ‘School of Planning and Architecture’, New Delhi in 2017, Noah has worked on several theises, studying the biodiversity structure and natural setting of Goa. Intellectual concepts like Goa’s biodiversity structure, topography types, natural setting, and village structures during Portuguese period, and drafts of maps in the ancient age were primarily discussed. The lecture was attended by students and few visitors. Many people are oblivious about specifics like these due to new architectural settings and large industries occupying Goa. The Directorate of Museum has opened doors to people in having a cordial time visiting he exhibition.
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