The 62nd performance of ‘Prayog Saanj’ will showcase the autobiography of famous Marathi writer, Sunita Deshpande – ‘Aahe Manohar Tari’ on Saturday, July 28 at Multipurpose Hall, Sanskruti Bhavan, Panaji at 6.30 p.m.
Sunitabai as she was popularly called had immense talent as an author. Wife of late humorist Pu La Deshpande, she published a number of books including ‘Aahe Manohar Tari…’ The book was very popular and to some extent quite controversial for she depicted without hesitation her life with her husband. She was criticised for being honest but took the criticism in her stride.
The theatrical has been directed and written by Prashant Mardolkar which will be presented by Siddhi Upadhye and Kum Radha Mardolkar. The music has been composed by Kedar Manerikar and Sindhuraj Kamat.
The main objective of Directorate of Art and Culture behind organising ‘Prayog Saanj’ is to provide a platform to new groups and budding artists in the field of drama. This activity has completed its five years in the month of May 2018.
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The 12th annual photo contest and exhibition to mark World Photography Day in memory of Late Margarida G. P. e Araujo Alvares will be held from August 19 to September 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Big Foot Art Gallery, Loutolim. The exhibition will feature work displayed by the students of CMYK Academy of Photography – Mapusa.
Kala Academy Goa is celebrating Gomant Rangabhoomi Din on August 23, 5 p.m. to remember late Krishnambhatt Bandkar, Goan saint-poet and playwright on his birth anniversary. The Krishnambhat Bandkar Puraskar awards of Gomant Rangbhoomi Din and Rangsanman Puraskar awards of World Theatre Day for the year 2017 and 2018 will be presented to Goan theatre personalities who have rendered their yeomen contribution to Goan theatre stage on this occasion.
The Goa Science Centre and Planetarium is hosting the travelling exhibition The Wonderful World of Crystals. The exhibition will open on August 24, at 10.30 a.m. and remain on view till September 30.
Take a walk through the colourful Mapusa market with Make it Happen and proceed to a heritage home converted into a cosy guest house where the host will teach you a few Goan recipes on August 26, 10.30 a.m. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 9740616295
“We should aim to retain the talents by developing Goa into an IT hub”- CM
“If Goa can excel in so many other fields, we can do so in IT as well. We’re a small state that has produced talents beyond its strength. We should aim to retain the talents by developing Goa into an IT hub with a positive mind frame” said the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar while speaking at the launch of ‘Goa Start-Up Portal’ on the occasion of Goa IT day. The Goa IT Day is part of a focused initiative to promote innovation and encourage entrepreneurial investment in the state so that Goa can be counted among the top 25 startup destinations in Asia by 2025. Further, Parrikar added that “Right from the year 2000, I have been dreaming of Goa becoming a powerful hub for IT. And with Cyber¬–age scheme, Goa did become the first state to give technical grants and laptops to students.” Speaking about the initiative that the Government of Goa has taken up to support the young techies and entrepreneurs, Minister for Information and Technology, Rohan Khaunte said that “Goa has traditionally been running on a mining and tourism-dependent economy and now it is time for us to add Information Technology to make Goa a […]
Bringing Shakespeare on a regional front
William Shakespear is not just a mere subject but a subject of love, an element of fantasy, an insight into the human psychic and the ethics of philosophy which are very much present in our day to day lives, said Kiran Budkuley, a writer and a critic while speaking on the occasion of the release of Padmashri Suresh Amonkar’s two Konkani books titled– A Golden Treasury of Shakespear’s Thoughts and a Konkani translation of Julius Caesar. “When Shakespear’s work combining poetry and philosophy, is in its proportionate, symbolic and impactful best than it uncovers various dimensions of the meaning of a rhythm and lucidity and with this it becomes a greater challenge for any translator even if it is of Suresh Amonkar’s caliber”, added Budkuley. Further Budkuley said that, in the works of Shakespear, Amonkar found a soul mate as its literature has the power to touch one’s emotions, vitalise their thinking process and also helping you to look towards the society from a social point of view. Author of the books, Suresh Amonkar said that the work of Shakespear is a whole different aspect of literature, once you start reading his works, it’s almost like a love affair, and you […]
Mapping the Capital City
As an initiative of Archinova Environs for Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) to safeguard and promote the built and natural heritage of Panaji, GHAG on July 27 released a booking titled – ‘The Mapped heritage of Panaji, 2017’ which showcases the areas of monumental existence in the premises of the capital city. Addressing the gathering, the curator of the book, Poonam Verma Mascarenhas said that Panaji is a very special city that is studded with tree-lined avenues, riverfront promenades, parks, plazas, yellow and blue houses, churches and temples which gives it a dimension of vibrancy. “Change is an inevitable part of life and it is very well reflected on the appearance of the capital city which has evolved through drastic changes over the 4 centuries of this existence” added Mascarenhas. Further Mascarenhas, said that this book is a guide to these changes where the mapping helps one to understand the quantitative aspect of the city all in one glance. Also speaking on the occasion, historian and a resident of Panaji for the past 37 years, Celsa Pinto said that the city of Panaji is an effort of people from various walks of life be it the engineers, architects, artisans who […]
ESG invites applications for the ‘Film Finance Scheme’
With an effort to give a boost to the film industry in Goa, the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has invited applications for the ‘Film Finance Scheme’ for the films which were produced between January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017. The scheme is entitled to Feature films in Konkani and Marathi and Non Feature films in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi, and English with English subtitles and censor certificate issued between above said period, and the scheme is only applicable to Goan film producers. For Feature films (Konkani & Marathi), a grant of Rs. 50 lakhs for A category, 30 lakhs for B category and Rs. 10 lakhs for C category or 50% of the total expenditure as per audited statement and income tax return filed whichever is less will be given. Similarly for Non Feature films, a grant of 10 lakhs for A– category, 5 lakhs for B –category and Rs. 3 lakhs for C –category or 50% of the total expenditure as per audited statement and income tax return filed whichever is less will be given. The grading of the categories will be done by the evaluation committee consisting of not more than 5 members from film fraternity outside […]
Goa College of Theater Arts gets affiliated to Goa University
Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on Wednesday inaugurated the Kala Academy Goa’s College of Theatre Arts –A 4 year Bachelor of Performing Art in theatre professional course from the academic year 2018-19 which is affiliated to Goa University. Speaking on the occasion Gaude said that, the main motive of starting the Bachelor of Performing arts course at Kala Academy is to strive ahead to produce new gems of theatre artists amongst this generation by exploring their talents to the fullest and not just restricting the purpose of Kala Academy towards organizing other programmes. Further Gaude added that students that have enrolled in this course should not study this course for the sake of getting a bachelors degree but in turn, create a mass awareness about the course to others. “Learning the art of acting is more sort of a practical work than theoretical and each artist should understand their respective roles not only as a stage artist but also as a humble civilian” added Gaude. Also addressing the gathering Member Secretary, Gurudas Pilarnekar said that “A lot of effort has been put up in the buildup of this course and getting affiliation from Goa University, and the students […]
Ester Noronha and Jackie Shroff to Starr in “Kantaar”
After getting a good response and bagging several state awards for his first Konkani movie– ‘Soul Curry’, Nilesh Malkar is now back with another movie titled– ‘Kantaar –a song of life’. Speaking about the upcoming movie Nilesh said that, “this movie revolves around the aspects of life and portrays the reason and purpose of how life works according to God’s plans.” Since the movie is titled –‘Kantaar’ it will have a blend of music genres like jazz and blues thus giving a new elevation to Konkani music said the lead actress of the film, Ester Noronha. Ester Noronha also adds that “Goan people have loved and always appreciate my work. May it be her latest trending cover of famed Latin song– Despacito in Konkani or her three songs in Mariano Fernandes’s tiatr– ‘Goem, Goenkar, Goenkarponn’ or the song ‘Meu Amor’ in Nachom-ia Kumpasar people have always loved my work here and for me it’s about giving back the love and affection that they have shown towards me.” The movie will be shot at some unexplored film locations of Goa like the interior villages of Benaulim, Colva, and Rachol and most part of the shooting is likely to take place in […]
Villager’s of Raia reap the first ‘Konnos’
The feast of Our Lady of Snows (Neves Saibinn) also known as ‘Konnsachem Fest’ was celebrated at Our Lady of Snows Church, Raia on Sunday with a festive fervor. The feast symbolises the act of seeking the blessings from the almighty for a bountiful harvest season. Four masses were held in the morning at 5.45 am, at 7.00 am, 8.15 am and the high mass at 9.30 am. After the third mass, Assistant Parish Priest, Fr Pedro Costa along with the members of confraria and fabrica led a procession from the church to the ‘Saibinnich Kongi’ where the paddy field was first blessed by Fr Pedro Costa by saying a prayer and sprinkling of holy water. This was followed by Fr Costa using the silver sickle to cut the first corn, and there on the first sheaves were taken to the church with a procession to devote it to the almighty. The devotees then collected the blessed sheaves of paddy and took them home to place it on the altar. The high mass was celebrated by Fr Allen Tavares, Manager of the Pillar college at 9:30 a.m. Pic Credits- Vipul Rege
Shenoi Goembab story telling competition to be held on August 13
Bhasha Mandal (KBM) will organise its annual ‘Shenoi Goembab Story Telling Competition’ on August 13 across 17 centres across the state. One of the biggest in the state with more than 150 judges and 250 plus volunteers, the competition will be held in three categories: first to fourth standard; fifth to seventh standard and eighth to tenth standards. In order to give more representation to the performers at the state-level competition for the centres where the participants are in large numbers, the judges may select more winners for every additional 15 participants. The centre level competition will be followed by district level competition on August 19 followed by the state level competition on the same day at Konkani Bhasha Mandal Hall in Margao.
Eight teams to battle it out in the 2nd Women’s League
“You can do two best things, either you do it right or do it wrong but the worst part is doing nothing at all”, and the Goa Football Association along with the Vedanta group have done the right thing with their collective vision of getting the women empowerment on the football scene in Goa which has showed signs of prosperity with the success of the first edition of the Women’s league said the GFA president, Elvis Gomes while speaking at the launch of the 2nd Vedanta Women’s Football League 2018-19 which will kick-off on August 14 with a total of eight teams participating in the event. The second edition is a product of the success of the first edition and promises to be a bigger one and with years to follow the league might even surpass the men’s league added Gomes. Gomes also stated that “things have to grow gradually and cannot be kept stagnant and the all the issues related to the game have to be solved by getting all the organisational bodies on the same page as the culture of football in the state is robust.” Addressing the gathering, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Pramod Sawant said that, […]
Konkani gazal ‘Hanv Pila Illoso’ released
Singer Ajay Naik along with Producao de Ishtuqutoor recently released the video of Konkani gazal ‘Hanv Pila Illoso’ written by Konkani litterateur Pundalik Naik. Speaking at the release of the video, Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude said that going by the name of the title of the gazal, it gives you a whole different meaning but it’s an eye-opener to the youth of this generation to stay away from such things. Gaude also added that “earlier, people who used to work in the fields were used to take a small amount of liquor to meet their bodily needs and would go on to live for a minimum of 80 years but youth nowadays are more addicted to bad vices and thus has resulted in them living a shorter lifespan.” Pic Credit- Hemant Parab
Six music videos released
Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on Friday said that music should inspire people and it should encourage them to help people in need. He was talking at the release of singer and music composer Sidhanath Buyao’s six music videos release at the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Panaji. Gaude further added that there are a lot of music videos which are going viral on social media and people should be wise enough to pick up the message from them. Sidhanath’s videos are based on varied themes and tell different stories. Two of these videos feature Puja Naik and Vikram Keni Gaitonde. Appreciating Buyao for encouraging Puja who has a speech impediment, president GPCC Girish Chodankar said that we should work towards encouraging differently abled children so that they come up and make an identity of their own. Buyao also said that the reason for holding a release was basically to launch two artistes Puja and Vikram who have been through a lot and yet have brought out their hidden talents of singing. “I spoke to Puja first, I tried listening to her. Nobody in her family was from a singing background but what I liked about her was […]
ESG to host European Union Film Festival from Aug 19
The Cinephile film club of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) will host the 23rd edition of the European Union Film Festival, starting from August 19. Austrian film, The Magic of Children will be the opening film of the festival while ‘A Wedding’ from Luxembourg will be the closing film. This year, the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from comedy to gripping family drama, romance, and adventure, bringing some intriguing stories for cinema enthusiasts. Most of the films are lightweight, there are some unusual stories depicted here – the lines of reality are blurred when the cyber world comes to life; a play done by a motley cast of antiheroes provides an opportunity for redemption; a man stuck in an unhappy marriage practices unusual ways to assert his freedom; a music critic finds his father irksome when they both begin to compete for the attention of an attractive psychotherapist; and three Kurdish siblings come together unexpectedly on a hair-raising journey during which they are pursued by angry relatives. Overall, 24 films from various countries like Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Lithuania, […]