The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in association with Kala Kirti is organising the 7th edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival 2019 for schools and colleges at Goan level, and individual category at national level on September 25 and September 26. The aim of the festival is to select short films to spread the message of environmental awareness and also to inspire understanding of the environment through the power of films.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Panaji, vice chairman, ESG, Rajendra Talak said that the festival’s goal is to offer entertaining and educational films that leaves attendees with increased awareness of environmental issues that we face locally and globally.
The theme for the short films in both categories is ‘Water-Elixir of Life’. In the schools and colleges category, the film should only be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, or English (with English subtitles, if the film is not in English) and should be produced by Goan schools and colleges only. In the individual category, the film can be in any Indian language under VIII schedule (with English subtitles if the film is not in English) and can be produced by any citizen of India. Goans can participate in both categories. The short films should be between two-five minutes only.
“We have increased the winning amount this year to increase participation,” said Prerna Pawaskar of Kala Kirti. In the schools and colleges category, the first and second place winner will be given `15000 and `10000 respectively (two students from schools and two from colleges). In the individual category first place will be `30000 while second place will be awarded `20000.
The eligible and interested persons can register on or before July 25, 2019. Forms should be submitted at ESG office. The registration and application forms are available on www.esg.co.in termed as ‘Goa Environmental Film Festival 2019’.
The last date for submission of applications along with the content on a DVD, pen drive or Blu-Ray disc with necessary documents is September 10, 2019.
The award ceremony will be held on September 25 or September 26, 2019 at Kala Academy, Panaji and the award winning films will be screened during the Goa Environmental Festival. “We are also planning to screen these films in theatres, programmes of the government departments, social media and once the censor certificates are approved we will be screening at Inox as well,” said Talak. Prior to the festival, there will be a number of pre-event activities such as a cycle rally, culinary contest, heritage walks, preliminary rounds of the quiz, etc.
Francis De Sousa, Vasudev Shetye and Nandini Raikar will be exhibiting their art from September 12 till November 30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at H No 386, Amblimoll, Guirdolim, Chandor. The exhibition is curated by private art dealer, Swetlana Cardoso. Details: 9822814957
Handicrafts, daily essentials, sarees, suits, organic products, fashion accessories made by women entrepreneurs will be available at the Navratri exhibition-cum-sale organised by Tarang on September 20 till September 22 at Caculo Mall, St Inez Panaji. Details: 9158063030.
The first Hannibal Race Goa is being organised on September 22, 6 a.m. onwards at Takar, Ambaulim Pirla Road, Quepem. Spanning over eight kilometres and 25 obstacles, the race welcomes participants such as students, individuals, corporate, members of running and fitness clubs, etc. Details: 7219596244. (Exact location not featured on map)
Enjoy the breathtaking Pali Waterfall at the Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary as a trek is being organised on September 22. The meeting point is Cafe Tato at Patto at 7:30 a.m. Fee: `1300. Details: 9822387725 / 2225255.
Learn to make biryanis and more on September 22, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Irene’s Culinary studio, Porvorim. Details: 7517594465 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Kindly contact given number for exact location)
Creamy Creations Classes Time: 11 am to 2 pm Contact: 7972744346 (Exact location not given on featured map)
On Sunday, 22nd September, Museum of Goa will host a talk by the writer and heritage conservationist, Heta Pandit, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM as part of its MOG SUNDAYS series. The talk is open and free to all. In this performance piece, Heta Pandit will introduce us to songs sung over the grinding stone. These were songs composed and sung by Goan women while they ground grain for the day. This early morning chore was a solitary activity, often given to a new daughter-in-law as the first chore of the day. The songs are filled with expectation and eagerness, despair and inner strength, also an eternal quest for identity and recognition. This event brings stories from the Goan kitchen and backyard into a wider public space, revealing a hitherto unseen, unheard of Goan voice. The event is based on the 2018 book, Grinding Stories – Songs of Goa. Storyteller Sarojini Bhiva Gaonkar will accompany Heta Pandit’s narrative with her grinding stone. Heta Pandit’s first job was with Dr. Jane Goodall on a chimpanzee research station in Tanzania. She came to Goa in 1995 and has written several books on Goa, many of which are considered foundational books […]
The US Consulate General, Mumbai in association with the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) will hold a University Fair in Goa on September 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Vivanta by Taj, Panaji. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the university selection process, admissions-related exams, and how to apply for a U.S. student visa. The fair is free and open all. Details: 02222624603/MumbaiPublicAffairs@state.gov
To commemorate the martyrs of 1890 Margao massacre, Goan Shutterbugs is organising a walk on September 22, 4:30 p.m. starting from Holy Spirit Church, Margao. At 6 p.m. witness the equinox spectacle, where the setting sun lights up the church altars. The walk is free and open to all. Details: email@example.com.
BN Melvani Recreation Centre will host a series of events for senior citizens in the month of September at Mala, Panaji. A presentation by Prajal Sakhardande on ‘‘Goa Gold, Goa Silver, Her History, Her Heritage, From Earliest Times Till 2019’’ will be held on September 17, 5 p.m. A talk on ‘‘Environmental Challenges and Solutions’’ by member-secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board, Pradip Sarmokadam will be held on September 20, 5 p.m. A trip to Divar island with historian Sanjeev Sardesai will be held on September 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. An interactive session with police inspector Sudesh Naik and his team from Panaji Police Station will be held on September 25, 4:30 p.m. A demo and talk on CPR by doctors from Manipal Hospitals will be held on September 26, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A talk and interactive session by Mahesh Verlekar on the topic ‘‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle’’ will be held on September 27, 5 p.m. (Exact location not featured on map)
THE NAVHIND TIMES in association with DCT’s S. S. Dempo College of Commerce and Economics presents 2019 SPELLBEE ( ALL GOA INTERCOLLEGIATE SPELLING COMPETITION ) College students, how well can you spell? Let’s find out. Date for written round Date : September 28, 2019 Time : 11:00 a.m. onwards Venue : DCT’s S. S. Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Cujira, Bambolim – Goa Last date to register: September 24, 2019 FREE ENTRY For more details contact Chaitra Mesta – 7350072959 – or Shonil Gramopadhye – 8605606595 For further queries e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Quitula Sports and Cultural Club, Aldona is organising its annual All Goa Individual Singing Competition on October 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Club Hall. The competition will be held in three categories sub juniors (up to 10 years), juniors (11 years to 15 years) and seniors (16 years and above). Last date for submission of entries is September 20. Details: 9922202167/ 8668676970/ 9823374316/ 9767113301
Fontainhas – Goa’s Latin Quarter
Experience the vibrancy of Portuguese architecture in this quarter of Panaji. The Fontainhas is the oldest Latin Quarter located in Panaji. In the late 1700s, this locality belonged to a Goan expat who was also known as ‘Mossmikar’, as he hailed from the Portuguese colony of Mozambique in East Africa. Since this place was an open space it was called as ‘Mollo’, finally leading to be identified as ‘Mala’.The ‘Mossmikar’ later converted this land into coconut plantation hence called as Palmar Grande. The Fontainhas became more civilized when the Portuguese moved out from Old Goa to Panjim in the 1840’s due to sanitary problems that led to repeated outbreaks of plague in Old Goa.Since this was a plain area, it became the first choice of habitation for the Portuguese. When the Kadambas ruled Goa, what we now know as Panaji was called as Pancham Khali. The Portuguese called it as Novo Goa or New Goa as they had moved out of Old Goa.The city of Panaji was built around Fonte de Phoenix. Fonte De Phoenix (Fountain of Phoenix) is a water reservoir which was constructed in the Portuguese era. On the top of the fountain there was a plate which […]
Menezes Braganza Mansion
The Menezes Braganza house is located at the Chandor village in Goa.It is known to be more than 350 years old and is situated near the church square in Chandor. This mansion is the most exquisite heritage house in Goa and also has a Portuguese style facade. It is a museum of chandeliers, paintings, porcelain, crystal and other antique items. Luis Menezes Braganza was a luminary. He used the power of his pen to spark off the anti-colonialist movement in Goa and was referred by people as “the Tilak of Goa”. Luis Menezes Braganza along with another reputed Goan writer, Professor Messias Gomes, established the first Portuguese language daily in Goa. Rare porcelain from Macao brought by the English and Dutch East India Companies beautifies the walls, and two thick porcelain vases that belonged to St. Francis Xavier are kept on the table in the dining room. The floors change from room to room: the visitors’ salon has Portuguese tiles, the library Flemish wood, and the ballroom Italian marble. There are crystal chandeliers from Belgium that illuminate the ballroom when lighted up. The ballroom is fashioned after Louis XIV’s Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles and a set […]
The Goan Fish Tales – I
Fish is considered as the staple diet of the Goan people. All humans use readily available edible resources and slowly develop a culture around it and the knowledge is passed from generation to generation. Fish became an integral part of Goan diet from prehistoric times (50000-60000 years before present).Goa has an unenviable culture showcasing different ways communities look at, understand, worship, love/hate, catch, cook and serve fish. Goa being rich in freshwater and marine ecosystems offers free, highly diverse (about 250 species of fish and shellfish) fisheries resources so the culture of catching fish developed much before animal husbandry or agriculture.Due to early semi nomadic settlers who camped first in Mandovi and Zuari river basins about 50-60000 years ago and developed the practice of catching fish using different gears. Fish was a staple diet in ancient Goa even before caste system was developed so almost all ethnic Goan communities are found to utilize fish in their food but there are clear taboos about meat. After the advent of GSB (Goa Saraswat Brahmins) migrants the legend of Sage Saraswat saving the Vedas by consuming fish from Vedic river Saraswati became popular and the Brahmins too justified consumption of fish by taking […]
Whirlpools, crocodiles, and more. Find out what the life of a fisherman is like.
A cool breeze blows and the water laps gently against the river bank. A man walks towards the river carrying his floating net. He gets into the boat and uses his strong arms to expertly row to the desired spot to cast the net for catching fish. This happy-go-lucky Goan is Prakash. He goes fishing 2-3 times a week as it is one of his ways of earning a living. During his childhood, he had a tough life as his parents struggled to feed him and his seven siblings. From a young age he was a keen learner. Just by watching different people at work, he was able to pick up various other trades like carpentry and vegetable cultivation. He has observed that during the summer there is more fish to catch. According to him, the months of April, May, and June are the best months to fish. During the rainy season, he avoids fishing as the river waters get choppy. In the past few years, fishing has become a bit tougher for him because of crocodiles and seals. Seals move very quickly to steal the fish they catch and even come to bite them. Also, he has to avoid any […]
Shell Craft- The art of the sea
When a person thinks of Goa, beaches definitely come to mind. And what better way to represent beaches than seashells? Goa has plenty of sea shells which have led people dabbling in elegant seashell craft. If you are a fan of shells, you can get beautiful shell earrings, necklaces, vases, mirror work, showpieces, lamps, and much more. These are great souvenirs to remind you of the fun and relaxation that can be experienced in Goa. They are available at Aparant Goan Handicrafts Emporium (opposite Institute Menezes Braganza Hall). Local artisans also craft them. SHERYL GONSALVES | NT GOGOANOW Pic Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Chorizos- The King of Sausages
Pork sausage is one of the traditional food items of the Goan cuisine. It is mostly loved by the Catholic community of Goa. Pork sausage is basically a boneless pork meat that is seasoned with the required spices and is marinated with vinegar. This mixture is then kept in an earthen vessel over a period of two days. This process allows all the spices and the vinegar to blend properly with the raw meat. The filling is then stuffed into casings which are made up of a layer of intestines of beef meat. They can be eaten boiled, fried, as pork chops and as a pie filling in sandwiches. The most common dish that is prepared by using the sausages is the ‘Choris pao’; bread stuffed with sausages. Pork sausages are easily available in New Margao Municipal market, near the old Margao Municipal building and the Mapusa Market.
From Grandma’s Kitchen: Fish Ambotik
Fish Ambotik is a classic favourite among the Goan folk. The curry has a deliciously sour, spicy, and tangy flavour. This is why it is named ‘Ambotik’ as ambot means sour and tik means spicy. It is usually accompanied with rice, bread, or sannas. Different types of fishes can be used such as kingfish, mackerel, shark, etc. This dish can be identified by its reddish-orange colour. The following recipe is given by a Goan grandmother who has a passion for cooking. Fish Ambotik of half kg Grind to paste the following: 1 tsp coriander seeds 1/2 tsp jeera 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 1/2 tsp peppercorns 5 cloves 1-inch stick of cinnamon 6 flakes garlic 3/4 inch piece ginger 6 Kashmiri chillies 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 marble size tamarind METHOD Pour a little oil in a vessel and then put one medium size onion (finely chopped). Then add one medium chopped tomato. After this, put the ground masala check the thickness of the gravy. Then put the fish pieces. Lastly, add 1 tbsp spoon Goa vinegar. Add salt according to taste. SHERYL GONSALVES | NT GOGOANOW Pic credit: Shivang Mishra | NT GOGOANOW
Deciphering cricket with Boria Majumdar
Sports journalist, sports commentator, and author of several books on Indian sports, Boria Majumdar was in Goa for the 2019 edition of Goafest. NT GoGoaNow caught up with Boria to talk cricket. AUSTIN DIAS | NT GoGoaNow This year’s IPL has seen matches go on till midnight. The slow over rates are affecting fans and journalists. Comment The most important constituency of the game is its fans. If a fan has to struggle to return home at 1 a.m. in the morning by paying four times the money for transport, if a journalist cannot write the match report as the deadline is over and his morning edition is gone, and the broadcaster cannot sell his inventory, it is unfair on them. Firstly, the BCCI has to play a greater role. There are two things that can be done. You can start matches at 7 p.m. and finish by 11.30 p.m. Secondly, penalising the erring captain on the basis of net run rate (NRR). If the penalisation is done by cutting down match fees the franchise will pay it off. If you want to hurt them use the NRR (net run rate) option. Eventually, when it comes down to the […]
Giving a boost to the cinematic culture
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in collaboration with Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) organised a 20-day workshop of two certified short courses namely, Foundation Course in Screen Acting and Foundation Course in Screenplay Writing at ESG, Panaji. These short courses aimed at helping artistes and screen writers of the state polish their skills. Registrar at FTII Varun Bharadwaj was present for the valedictory function. The faculties for the courses were Phuntsok Ladakhi and Samvartha Sahil. The full day courses commenced from April 13 and ended on May 2. A total number of 32 registrations from all over India were received; out of which 20 individuals opted for the Screen Acting course while 12 opted for the Screenplay writing course.
Serendipity Arts Festival announces 2019 curators
The curatorial panel for the fourth edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, an eight-day multidisciplinary arts event held in Panaji (15 – 22 December), has been announced and includes leading names from various arts disciplines. The annual arts festival will include disciplines like music, dance, theatre, culinary arts, visual arts, craft and photography. Each discipline will be curated by two curators. For music, the curators are tabla player Aneesh Pradhan, and Sneha Khanwalkar, a music director best known for her music in the film series ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. In the field of dance, Bharatnatyam dancer and former chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (2011-2015), Leela Samson, and choreographer-dancer Mayuri Upadhya will curate projects. As per the organisers, Mumbai-based actor and director Atul Kumar, and film and theatre actress Arundhati Nag will handle curation for theatre. For culinary arts, restaurant mogul and chef Rahul Akerkar and Goa-based Prahlad Sukhtankar are curating for the festival. For photography, curator Rahaab Allana and photographer-environmental campaigner Ravi Agarwal have been named. Visual arts will have contemporary Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty and art-cultural historian and museologist Jyotindra Jain as curators. Curator Pramod K G, who has recently curated the first-ever exhibition of a collection […]
About theatre arts
Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts in collaboration with Abhivyaktee conducted a 15-day intensive theatre workshop with a special emphasis on ‘tiatr’. The workshop concluded with a presentation of skits in Konkani performed by the participants aged between 10 to 16 years. Based on the various exercises gleaned in the workshop, the presentation included various humorous scenes ‘dekhave’; an incident based on an exercise on ‘improvisation’; a comedy play titled ‘Teacher, Mhaka Pass Kor’; and a special cantar written by Tina Costa and performed by the participants. Chief guest at the event was the member secretary of Tiatr Academy of Goa, Cezar D’Mello. In his address, he briefly explained the history of tiatr and encouraged the participants to take a more active part in the art form. He also appreciated the efforts put in by Sunaparanta and Abhivyaktee to carry the tradition to the next generation. The resource persons at the workshop were Anagha Deshpande and Saish Deshpande backed by the president of Abhivyaktee, Sandip Deshpande and tiatr practitioners Carmin Joseph e Vas and Fermino Goes who conducted various sessions on character development, body movement, use of proscenium, voice and speech, improvisations, theatre games and the history of tiatr. […]
Your career matters
In its continuous endeavour to share knowledge, improve skills and introduce new ideas, The Navhind Times has been organising workshops, seminars and competitions since 2011. In its latest venture, Your Career Matters, various popular, as well as uncommon professions, will be highlighted. The maiden interaction will be with some of the top RJs of Goa who will speak about radio jockeying as a career. Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity If things like music programming, scripting, presenting radio shows, radio advertisements and lending voice to audio magazines and documentaries seem interesting to you, a career as a radio jockey (RJ) is something you can consider. Radio is not only the fastest growing but also a very popular segment in the media sector today. Thanks to the various innovative approaches of the new channels that have entered the scenario in recent times, the popularity of radio is at an all-time high. RJs who run the shows are celebrities in their own right. Take for example our very own Shakuntala Bharne and Alfie of FM Rainbow, Ayesha Barretto of Radio Indigo and Uday Chari of Big FM, whose voices have charmed us over the years and kept us informed and entertained. Radio jockeying […]
What to do during the monsoon season in Goa
During monsoons, nightlife events and watersports activities are less. However, the rains make Goa more magical. There is a lot more greenery and the air feels fresher. People can visit local restaurants to enjoy hot samosas and kappas with tea while listening to the sound of the rain hitting the earth. Those who are adventurous can go for whitewater rafting or trekking. The monsoons are a great time to visit majestic waterfalls like Dudhsagar, Netravali, Amboli, Kesarval spring, Tambdi Surla, and Harvalem waterfall. For the people who are disappointed with the lack of watersport activities, there is no need to worry. You can try out flyboarding, catamaran sailing, kayaking, speed boating, banana rides, etc. One can also explore the quieter places of Goa. One of them is Fontainhas – a Latin quarter which has heritage Portuguese houses, narrow streets, and colourful architecture. Other than this place there are many tranquil islands to visit that are full of natural beauty and cultural treats. Some of them are Divar Island, Chorao Island, San Jacinto Island, Butterfly Island, and Conco Island. In some of these places, you can rent a bicycle and tour these beautiful places. If you want to stay indoors and […]
New Exciting Programmes in Visual Arts & Theatre for 2019
The all-new curriculum in Visual Art and Theatre programmes at Sunaparanta has just begun this week. Mango Tree after-school Art Programme for age groups 5-6 years and 7- 9 years (Every Thursday) Discover the world of colours, stop-motion techniques, pop art and poster art, sculpture making, clay modelling, music, drama, body movements and much more! Facilitating artists: Ramdas Gadekar, Chaitali Morajkar, Assavri Kulkarni, Siddesh Gaunekar, Anushya Sharma, Ruth Costa, Alice Dsouza, Sonia Sabharwal, Keya D’Souza, Arundhati Chattopadhyaya. Pencil to Portfolio – Juniors for age group 10 to 12 years (Every Friday) Curriculum includes Grid Drawing & Head Study, Puppet Making, Understanding 3D Spaces, Photomontage, Exploring styles, subjects and techniques of various art forms, and more! Facilitating artists: Chaitali Morajkar, Assavri Kulkarni and Siddesh Gaunekar. Pencil to Portfolio – Adults for 13 years and above (Every Saturday) Fine art training in 6 short modules designed for students, working professionals and all interested in learning the fundamentals of art. Drawing & Sketching, Colour Theory, Oil Painting, Still Life and Landscape Drawing and more…every Saturday! Facilitating artists: Rajendra Usapkar, Siddharth Gosavi and Vijay Bhandare. In Stages – Theatre company for age group 12 to 16 years (Every Saturday) Exciting sessions in Character Development, […]
12th Goa Marathi Film Festival to kick-off on June 28
The 12th Goa Marathi Film Festival is all set to open on June 28 with a special dance and skit entertainment programme presented by Fakt Marathi, Maharashtra’s leading general entertainment television channel. The festival, which will be held from June 28 to June 30 at Kala Academy, Maquinez Palace and Inox Multiplex in Panaji, and at 1930 Vasco in Vasco, will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant, in the presence of the Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude, Member of Parliament, Sanjay Raut and noted film producer and director, Subhash Ghai. The opening ceremony will also witness presentation of Kritadnyata Puraskar, a lifetime achievement award to the well-known Marathi film director, Sumitra Bhave. In addition, this ‘Gaurav Utsav Sohala’ will give away a number of other awards in categories including Chaturastra Abhineta (all-rounder actor), Chaturastra Abhinetri (all-rounder actress), Vishesh Gaurav (Special Honour), Fakt Marathi Abhiman (Only Marathi Pride), Samaj Ratna (Gem of the Society) and Kala Gaurav (Felicitation of the Art). The film festival, which boasts of exhibiting at least 50 per cent unreleased films, will screen ‘Basta’ directed by Tanaji Ghadge, ‘Mulshi Pattern’ directed by Pravin Tarde, ‘Hodee’ directed by Gajendra Ahire, ‘Naal’ directed by Sudhakar […]
7th edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival to focus on ‘Water Scarcity’
The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in association with Kala Kirti is organising the 7th edition of Goa Environmental Film Festival 2019 for schools and colleges at Goan level, and individual category at national level on September 25 and September 26. The aim of the festival is to select short films to spread the message of environmental awareness and also to inspire understanding of the environment through the power of films. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Panaji, vice chairman, ESG, Rajendra Talak said that the festival’s goal is to offer entertaining and educational films that leaves attendees with increased awareness of environmental issues that we face locally and globally. The theme for the short films in both categories is ‘Water-Elixir of Life’. In the schools and colleges category, the film should only be in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, or English (with English subtitles, if the film is not in English) and should be produced by Goan schools and colleges only. In the individual category, the film can be in any Indian language under VIII schedule (with English subtitles if the film is not in English) and can be produced by any citizen of India. Goans can participate in both […]
Traditional sweets of Goa
We have all heard about the famous Goan fish thalis, prawn curries, sorpotel, chicken cafreal, and vindaloo. Now it’s time to celebrate the sweets of Goa. The people of Goa still make traditional sweets from recipes passed down from generation to generation. Here are some of the famous traditional sweets of Goa: Bebinca This is a type of layered pudding. The ingredients which usually go into it are all-purpose flour, eggs, sugar, coconut milk, nutmeg, and ghee. It takes time to prepare this lovely dessert as each layer has to be baked first before adding the next one. Bebinca usually has 7 to 16 layers. In many places, it is served with vanilla ice-cream. You can eat all the layers at once or peel one layer at a time and savour each one. Dodol Dodol is made using coarsely ground raw paddy rice flour, black jaggery, coconut milk, and cashew nuts. The coconut is ground and the juice/ milk is extracted. It is traditionally cooked on firewood. The end result is a pudding-like sweet which almost melts in your mouth. It is mostly made for Christmas. Sugar isn’t used and so dodol gets its taste from the delicious Goa jaggery. Its […]
Get up and RISE
The next Navhind Times workshop, RISE, slated for July 21, will help youngsters reinvent themselves, influence others, stabilise, and excel in different fields. NT Kuriocity chats with organisational development consultant and certified talent analyst Kishore Shah to find out more Maria Fernandes | NT Kuriocity An electrical engineer with a post graduate diploma in human resource management and organisational studies, Kishore Shah is a multi-faceted personality. A certified talent analyst from Chally, Ohio, Shah, who is the recipient of Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence – 2017, among other achievements will be conducting the next Navhind Times workshop RISE, focusing on youngsters. He gives us a peek into what it is about. From school to high school, and then higher secondary and college, students have to deal with various changes. In addition, being plugged into a global consumerist culture supported by technology, they have various predicaments. How will this workshop help them? Change is not a new term for us because we evolve, but when change happens at hyper speed it no longer is a change; it’s an upheaval which is disruptive and hardly gives us time to respond. Today we are witnessing change in almost all spheres of […]
Learning to RISE with Navhind Times
The Navhind Times workshop aptly named RISE, was held on July 21 at Dempo House, Panaji. More than 150 students in the age group of 11 to 23 participated in the half-day workshop that was organised to help youngsters reinvent themselves, influence others, and stabilise and excel in different fields. Conducted by Organisational Development consultant and certified Talent analyst, Kishore Shah, the workshop also had a few parents and teachers in participation. Shah began the session with a short video of the national anthem (without the vocals) by differently-abled children which depicted the RISE theme with laser-sharp clarity. This was followed by an ice-breaker session, wherein participants were asked to appreciate their partners and to inspire them to raise the bar. He then explained the significance of the theme ‘RISE’ (Reinvent, Influence, Stabilise and Excel) with examples which made understanding the concept easy even for the younger ones. Highlighting the importance of experiment as a part of our key life skills, he said: “It is vital to reinvent ourselves through experiments. We need to do things differently and in a better way because the law of diminishing utility keeps eroding the value of all things.” Through a few simulations, […]
Into the mind of Kamlakar Naik- An Indian Classical Music Vocalist
Kamlakar Naik is a kind-hearted man who is an Indian classical music vocalist. His style is Khayal singing and belongs to the Agra style of music. He has performed in many places and music conferences like Surashri Kesarbai Kerkar Smriti Sangeet Samaroh, Sawai Gandharv, and Sangeet Samorah. Naik says that nowadays in Goa, people lean more towards light classical music or Western & Indian classical music fusions. He says: “I’m not interested in music fusions. I concentrate on pure classical music which I received from my gurus.” Some of his gurus were Ratnakantji Ramnathkar, Pt. V.R Athavaleji, and Jitendra Abhishekiji. He’s been involved in classical music for approximately 50 years. Kamlakar feels that Indian classical music has definitely changed in Goa and India over the years as each artist has his own imagination and capacity and makes his contribution to the classical music industry which changes the music. “I enjoy performing. I am totally involved in the performance. I always think that every performance is an examination for me,” Naik enthusiastically states. He continues,“ One must also learn the theory of music apart from practical. There are theoretical rules for presenting melodies. One melody can be performed even for 60 minutes […]
GoaMiles is now Goa government’s licensed app based taxi service
The State Transport Authority under the Department of Transport, Govt. of Goa has granted approval for operations of GoaMiles app-based taxi service in accordance with the Guidelines for App Taxi operators in the State. This approval from the Goa Transport Department now makes GoaMiles the state-run app-based taxi service and throws open its doors for all categories of registered vehicles to sign up and boost the State’ first and only app-based taxi service – GoaMiles. Following this approval, the aggregator can now aggregate taxis in the category of AGT(All Goa Tourist), Yellow black taxis and AITP taxis, Yellow Black Motorcycles, Rent a Cab, Rent a Bike etc as per the guidelines formulated by STA. Goa has around 30,000 registered tourist taxis operating across the State. GoaMiles which was launched last year by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation has already achieved success and had been appealing to local tourist operators to join the new service which has proven beneficial to the hundreds of taxi operators already in service with GoaMiles. GoaMiles is managed by a local Goan company called FrotaMiles Pvt. Ltd. created as an SPV as per the requirements of the tendering process. This SPV is the subsidiary of the […]
Memories, Spices, and Goan flavours
Sometimes it is better to take a break from chasing complicated, intricate, cuisines and dishes and just sit back and relish food that takes you back to your roots and simpler times. Here are a few glimpses of the morsels available at the Goan Saraswat cuisine pop-up at Vivanta Goa, Panaji. Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GOGOANOW Usually, the favourite memories of a person are related to the food they enjoyed from their mother’s or grandmother’s hands. I got to relive those memories as I ate the simple traditional food at Vivanta Goa, Panaji’s Goan Saraswat cuisine pop-up. The chef behind this unique pop-up is Shubhra Shankhwalker who has partnered with Vivanta Goa, Panaji to curate this exclusive gastronomic experience. “When people come to Goa, they only try Goan Catholic food. No one talks about Goan Saraswat food. The pop-up is for people to be aware of it. This type of food is only available in people’s houses. It’s not easily available in restaurants,” Shankhwalker says. She learned to cook from her mother-in-law and mother. She had once told her mother that she has no interest in cooking, but now carries 15 years of cooking experience. When the silver thali came […]
Photo Journalists’ Association (PJAG) in association with the Directorate of Art and Culture organised a photo exhibition, felicitation, and prize distribution of the state-level photo contest on the occasion of ‘World Photography Day’ at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto. The chief guest at the occasion was Chief Minister Pramod Sawant while the guest of honour was Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude. Also present were director, Department of Information and Publicity, Meghana Shetgaonkar; Utpal Parrikar among others. In the school category, the five best prizes were awarded to Saraa Sansgiri, Nash Angwyn Lopes, Gargi G Shetkar, Arnan Jonathan Dias and Saloni Sanjay Nagde. Apart from this, 20 of the best photographs were selected by a panel of judges. The list included photographs by Nash Angwyn Lopes, Samarth Updesh Kossembe, Ketan Suresh Naique, Urvi N Kambli, Prachi Atmaram Gauns, Yeshashvi L Kuttikar, Gargi G Shetkar, Manasvi N Majik, Shrikrishnna Rama Naik, Suyash S Chodankar, Vedarth Vivek Joshi, Snusha Samir Shirodkar, Ayush A Salgaonkar, and Liane Rossetti Nunes. (The exhibition will be on view till August 20 at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto) Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW
Goan women and cuisine excel at the Goan Woman Chef of the Year 2019
Edition III of the Goan Woman Chef of the Year was held on Saturday, August 17 at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Benaulim. The culinary competition which has been growing in popularity and number of participants, was organised by The Navhind Times in collaboration with IHCL Goa. Designed exclusively for women, the competition was conceptualised with the objective to appreciate gastronomic talents of Goan ladies from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, race or religion while inculcating a spirit of healthy competition and a passion for creativity; in addition to promoting culinary passion, taste for excellence and bringing to the fore some traditional recipes that have been handed down through generations. The minimum age to apply was 18 and it was heartening to see several 18 year olds participating with gusto. Senior ladies too in their 60s and 70s participated with equal enthusiasm. More than 30% of the participants were in fact in the age group of 50 years and above. The senior-most participant was 79-year old Aninha de Noronha, who will soon be celebrating her 80th birthday. Registration commenced at 8.30 a.m, and the buzz and excitement as the contestants arrived and registered was palpable. Hundred ladies […]
Mayem Lake has now been made more tourist- friendly
Dr. Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, inaugurated the beautification and up-gradation works undertaken at Mayem Lake on 27th August 2019. He also launched the Bungee Jumping Site there. Mayem Lake is a famous tourist spot for boating or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The works undertaken include the development of approach road and parking area for around 57 cars, 40 two-wheelers and 10 tourist buses with a 12m wide approach road. A ticketing booth and tourist information office has been put up at the entrance. The walkway lets the differently-abled move around freely. There is a natural trail, where people can feel and experience the lake view and natural beauty. The existing lake retaining wall and parapet has also been strengthened. Picnic spots have also been developed. Children can enjoy in the play area with swings, see-saw, slopes, etc. To add to the fun, there is now an air-conditioned mirror maze, a duck house, and an amphitheatre (with a capacity for 120 people which can be increased to 200) for showcasing the local folk and cultural dances. Other facilities include a souvenir shop, potter huts to promote local artisans, landscaping, drinking water facility, restaurants, etc. 20 new boats and a jetty with a terminal building for queuing purpose and lakeside […]
Konkani film ‘‘Amori’’ released in Goa
The premiere of Konkani film ‘‘Amori’’ directed by Dinesh Bhonsle was held at Inox, Margao. The chief guest for the same was Minister for Power, Nilesh Cabral while the guest of honour was Fr Jose Costa and the special guest was Leader of Opposition, Digambar Kamat. Produced by Opus Gala, the film aims at showing to the younger generation where water comes from, for example, aquifers, ponds, springs and streams that nourish all life and how precious a resource it is. The dialogues in the film highlight socio-environmental issues are affecting Goans today. The film also shows how those working for the betterment of society are met with resistance from multiple places along with the negligence of the ecosystems and occupations and the allowance of the cultural traditions to become commercialised, etc. The cast comprises Salil Naik, Sobita Kudtarkar, Mayur Mayekar, Prashanti Talpankar, Tanmay Kharpe, Shaina Mirashi, Daksha Shirodkar along while the crew comprise of director, Dinesh P Bhonsle, screenplay and scriptwriter R M Vardhan and music director, Schubert Cotta among others The film is being screened simultaneously from September 13 onwards at Panaji, Margao, Bicholim, Valpoi, Vasco da Gama, Cuncolim and Curchorem. The producers of the movie have appealed […]
College students how well can you spell?
In a bid to enable students to test and improve their spelling skills and cultivate a healthy competitive spirit, The Navhind Times in partnership with the event management department of SS Dempo College of Commerce and Economics is organising Spell-Bee 2019 for college students. NT KURIOCITY caught up with some teachers, parents, and students to find out their views on spellings MARIA FERNANDES | NT For those learning English, especially those for whom it is a second language, different categories of sounds and words could be difficult and confusing. “Spelling is a sequence of letters representing a sequence of sounds. One should not think of the pronunciation of the word while spelling it. Those who do not understand the relation (or the lack of relation) between English speech and spelling will inevitably tend to spell words as they hear them,” says associate professor of English, St Xavier’’s College, Mapusa, Sunita Mesquita. Agreeing with her and listing a few more reasons why spellings are difficult, associate professor of English, SS Dempo College of Commerce & Economics, Bambolim, Augusto Pinto adds: “English is a peculiar language and the script is not phonetically-based like the Devnagiri script. It draws words from a […]
The Power of Music
In continuing with its mission to celebrate the power of music, Child’s Play Foundation will host its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. NT KURIOCITY gets you the details On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Child’s Play India Foundation is organising its anniversary monsoon concert on September 21, 6 p.m. at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. The NGO led by Luis Dias works towards bringing classical music to underprivileged children in India. By doing so, their aim is to give children an opportunity to make music, learn a new skill, and lead a life of empowerment. The concert will feature a range of performances by the children of Child’s Play (aged six to 19), the Camerata Child’’s Play India along with invited musicians including Omar De Loiola Pereira, Selwyn Menezes, Jonathan Bager (flute), Laura Riccardi (violin), and others. This concert will showcase a variety of pieces such as works for beginner orchestra, and the more advanced ensemble which will give the Indian premiere of a concerto grosso by a less-well-known Baroque composer, Johann Valentin Rathgeber (with children playing the solo parts); two movements (Rondeau and the famous Badinerie) of Johann Sebastian […]