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Goa ready to feel serendipitous the second time

08 Dec 2017 05:39am IST

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The capital city of Panjim will play host to the second edition of Serendipity Arts Festival that begins on December 15, 2017. Café takes a peek into the schedule

Serendipity Arts Festival, held by the Serendipity Arts

Foundation, had quite a dreamy debut in Goa last year. The multidisciplinary arts festival blew the minds of Goans with the sheer magnitude of the event that featured artistes of high calibre across the fields of theatre, music, food and art. Held across multiple venues in the capital city, the festival somehow seemed to have something for everyone. Slated to commence on December 15, 2017 along the banks of the Mandovi River, Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 is all set to bring an array of cultural forms, diverse visual arts projects and exclusive theatre productions from renowned artists. This year’s festival brings together a large network of Indian and international artists across more than 70 genres and mediums, with 40 of them exclusively commissioned for SAF17.

The programming will be spread out across a mix of indoor and outdoor locations along the beautiful city of Panjim. Audiences will get to engage with the arts in beautiful, carefully designed, immersive and often unconventional settings. Most venues will be within walking distance of each other and the festival will provide transit/shuttle options. The festival will be held across venues such as Adil Shah Palace, Captain of the Port Jetty, Bento Miguel, PWD Complex, Children’s Park, Old GMC Complex, ESG, Kala Academy, DB Ground, Mandovi Promenade and Santa Monica Jetty.

SAF17 will witness projects curated by eminent personalities like Lillete Dubey, Ranjit Barot, Shubha Mudgal, Prashant Panjiar and many more and is aimed at rebuilding and reviving India’s diverse and varied legacy of the arts.

GOAN ELEMENT AT SERENDIPITY

Mapping Mapusa Market by Orijit Sen

The festival features ‘Mapping Mapusa Market’ - an installation by artist Orijit Sen that originated from a project that the artist has been working on since 2013. The exploration involves the mix of visual documentation, socio-historical mapping and graphic narration and delves in to the social cultural and economic functions that the market performs for the people of Goa. Orijit initiated Mapping Mapusa Market to bring together artists, designers, writers, teachers, students and interested members of the public to explore and document the complex life of the Mapusa Market in Goa from a variety of perspectives. As a space that accommodates everything from locally grown pumpkins and hand-crafted products to imported wines and Chinese electronics, it bears a network of relationships with places both close by and far flung – reflecting Goa’s unique history as well as its place in the modern word. The project looks at how a historical market evolved and how it is coping with the challenges of globalisation, consumerism and supermarket and mall culture.

Now You See It: The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism by Vivek Menezes

Experts believe that for generations, a series of supremely talented artists from Goa have substantially enriched the modern and contemporary art world. But even with world-famous artists like FN Souza and Vasudeo Gaitonde, their profound connections to ancestral roots and native culture is barely explored and usually profoundly misunderstood. While manifold personal and cultural bonds connect them to pioneering predecessors (Trindade, Chimulkar, Fonseca) and to younger colleagues (Laxman Pai, Vamona Navelkar), as well as a sizeable, highly impressive 21st century cohort, that “invisible river” has never been adequately explored or defined. ‘Now You See It: The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism’ is an extended articulation of the links and interconnected dialogues that distinguish Goa’s supremely accomplished artists across the decades. It includes thirty artists spanning the generations from Laxman Pai and Vamona Navelkar in their 90s to Vineeta Chendvankar and Bhsaji Ghanekar in their 20s, whose works represent the entire gamut of mediums and individual practices.

Culinary Arts, curated by Odette Mascarenhas and Manu Chandra

Moving away from the idea of food as sustenance alone, this year’s culinary arts curators will take a closer look at food as an art form through curated dinners and workshops, with a focus on local produce and regional flavours. The festival will explore food and the experience of eating as something which is playful, engaging and magical.

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