The city’s tryst with serendipity
The vernissage of the Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2017 was presented at the iconic Adil Shah Palace, marking the opening of the fascinating eight-day performing arts festival
The vernissage of the performing arts festival Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2017 witnessed the presence of Goa’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as the Chief of Ceremonies, accompanied by Sunil Munjal, Chief Patron and Founder, Serendipity Arts Foundation Goa 2017, Dalmia from Dalmia Bharat Group, Ameet Nivsarkar, Vice President and Head, Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services. The preview took place at the Chandelier Room, Adil Shah Palace, Panjim. Sharing his view on the SAF-Goa 2017, Parrikar said, “This festival has brought the Goan tourist season to the forefront. It has galvanised the multi-faceted culture of Goa to greater heights. We have always welcomed artists to Goa, and they have all been extremely delighted to give the audiences here a great performance. Until the SAF-Goa 2017, there have been many music festivals and films festivals. This is the first ever performing arts festival to be held here. The momentum it has gathered is unlike any other form that has ever been witnessed. I am truly humbled with the line-up of artists from International and Indian genres, and I am happy to welcome all of them with much delight.” Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Munjal, a noted industrialist and Founder and Chief Patron, Serendipity Arts Trust, said, “Goa is an ideal setting for a festival with the ambitions and scale of Serendipity. It is scenic, and has great weather. More importantly, Goa celebrates all kinds of different cultures. It is accepting and very inclusive. That is why we held the festival here last year as well. We are using the same venues; all are in Panjim, along the Mandovi river. It will be much bigger than last time and hopefully, much better. Serendipity aims to revive and rebuild India’s diverse legacy of performing arts.” Spread over eight days of non-stop performances and an exciting extravaganza of displays, the festival commenced on December 15 and will conclude on December 22. As residents and tourists marvelled at the murals adoring the buildings and structures facing Panjim, SAF-GOA 2017 has ten stages, 900 artistes, 70 shows and a multitude of performances throughout the day to mesmerise audiences. One of the key highlights of the opening day of the festival was the exhibition, ‘The Ground Beneath My Feet’, taking place on a barge that is docked on a jetty along Mandovi River. It’s an exhibition of contemporary art that brings together cutting edge performance artworks by artists. Another, was the ‘Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft – Made in Goa’ – curated by Annapurna Gerimella, an interdisciplinary selection of craft, architecture and education, and ‘A night in Harlem’ – curated by Ranjit Barot, which refabricates the vivacity of nightclubs of the golden era of jazz and effervescence of the origin of contemporary music; featuring epic proportions of music with lead vocalists, instrumentals, and choir rhythm. There’s also the ‘Young Subcontinent’ – presented by Riyas Komu, a compilation of young commissioned artists that showcase sculptures, installations, and paintings that extends patronage to cultural activists and artists; and Purush – curated by Tanusree Shankar, which breaks stereotypes and barriers through dance.
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