The Desh Apnayen Sahayog Foundation, a not-for-profit, social-impact and community-development initiative which, over the past four years, has been working with more than 800 schools in India to inspire and educate the youth about the benefits of citizenship education, has announced a major new initiative, the Actizen Contest.
The ACTIZEN (R) contest will reach out to the several thousand schools across India, inviting them to participate through a two-phase contest with themes that are aligned to some of the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations.
The contest will help students test not only their academic but practical skills as well.
Select students will brainstorm and design scalable solutions to compete at national level before a grand jury.
- All the activities are easy, exciting, do not need any preparation, and have been designed based on research. And the contest is rewarding in more ways than one.
- The Top 3 winners of Grand Jury round become subject of films to be made under the eye of the movie directorial team of the Hindi Feature Film Dangal.
- Students will get recognised for their efforts and get a chance to win certificates and prizes.
- Teachers will be awarded ‘Young Actizen Mentor’ Awards.
- Schools will win trophies for outstanding participation
- And it will give School Principals the satisfaction of creating a future-ready generation, and their school a chance to shine at the national level by winning a rotating Actizen trophy.
Vallabh Bhanshali, Founder & Chief Mentor of the Desh Apnayen S Foundation (and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Enam Group), said, “I am happy to announce the ACTIZEN Contest, which will roll out across thousands of schools in India with a single goal of national importance: To create alert, informed and active citizens. It will invite schools, principals, teachers and parents to encourage young students from the 7th, 8th and 9th grades to participate in a two-phase contest that will test their civic awareness and encourage them to conduct effective volunteer work for neighbourhood problems. This will be an annual feature.”
“We have rolled out the ACTIZEN Contest nationwide to help teach students how to practice democracy as a value and thus usher in Democracy 2.0 – in which the young ACTIZENs will learn to empower themselves to work with the Govt to get optimum outcome for a better future,” Bhanshali said.
Fundação Oriente is organising a film programme, ‘Once Upon a Time in Goa: Identity and Memories on Film’ between February 18 and March 3, 6 p.m. at Fundação Oriente, Panaji. The screenings and film discussions are curated by Maria Do Carmo Piarra. ‘Goa on Portuguese Archives’ will be screened on February 18, ‘A Dama De Chandor’ (The Lady of Chandor) will be screened on February 20, ‘Scars’ and ‘Patria Incerta’ will be screened on February 25, ‘Digant’ will be screened on February 27 and ‘Bread and Belong’ will be screened on March 3. The screenings will be followed by discussions with eminent personalities. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sahapedia in collaboration with InterGlobe Foundation are organising the third edition of the ‘India Heritage Walk Festival’. ‘A nature trail through the mangroves of Panaji’ (08:00 AM – 10:00 AM) conducted by Mrinmayee Thakur and ‘The Architecture and Cultural Heritage of Old Goa walk’ (07:30 AM – 09:30 AM) conducted by Ramchandra Prabhu Salgaonkar will be held on February 29. Details: www.indiaheritagewalks.org/festival (Exact location not featured)
Birding ‘By Ear’ session this Saturday, February 29th from 9-11 am. Join us to learn about bird sounds – different calls, how to identify birds by their calls and their importance. Brought to you by Khoj-aao! Adventures. For details, call or whatsapp 9823063131 or 8527937919.
Calling all Biryani lovers in Goa, Rotary Club of Bicholim under World’s Greatest Meal Program is hosting Riyasat – The Biryani Fest in association with Panchamrutha Rice on 01st March 2020 at Nature-Inn Resort, Nanoda-Goa. The festival will witness the tasty treat of 15 different types of historic Biryani preparations across India pertaining to various traditions, locations and taste from Goa’s finest Biryani Houses. These will include Vegetarian, Chicken, Mutton and Seafood all under one roof. For anyone who lives for the delightful flavours of the much-loved rice dish, you will get to try different varieties like Chonak biryani, Prawns biryani, Ghee Mutton biryani, Shahi Mutton biryani, Awadhi chicken biryani and more, this is a not-to-be-missed festival. Guests can also enjoy starters and cocktails, a tour of Nature Inns picturesque location, entertainment programs, promotional goodies and complimentary use of the swimming pool and other water activities from 11 AM to 4 PM all the cost of Rs. 1000/- The entire contribution of Rs.1000/- will go towards eradicating Polio through The Rotary Foundation. Moreover, each guest’s donation of Rs. 1000/- will be matched by a contribution of Rs. 2000/- from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA.
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 […]
Spices of Goa
Goan cooking generally involves liberal amounts of spices giving dishes a strange taste and distinctive aroma. Particular combinations of spices have led to a number of styles of cooking, which have differing flavors; masala, vindaloo and balchao being some of the most famous. Chilies, particularly the dried red variety, are used widely to add pungency, flavor, texture, marinate meats and fish. The green variety is also used to make chutneys, pickles, give pungency and taste to vegetables, meats and fish. The Christians prefer to use vinegar, while the Hindus use ‘kokum’ and tamarind to get the tang in their respective cuisines. Another important product of the palm is jaggery, a dark colored sweetener that is widely used in preparing Goan sweetmeats. Jaggery made from sugarcane is also used which has got a lighter colour compared to the coconut palm one. The spice plantations of Goa are quite popular as a tourist attraction, for more details click on – Spice Plantations The various spices found in the Goan markets (Local Markets) or any General stores around you are; Fennel (Badisep) Asafetida (Hing) Cardamom (Veichi) Cumin (Jirem) Pepper (Mirem) Mustard seeds (Sasvam) Cinnamon (Dalchini) Clove (Lovang) Coriander Seed (Sukhi Kothmir) Cubeb (Teflam) Fenugreek […]
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 […]
Azulejos- Tiles, Thoughts and Art
Velha Goa Galeria Velha Goa Galeria is a place full of various creative pieces. They sell products like ceramic tiles, clay items, glassware, tableware, and cutlery. The majority of their products are Azulejos (hand painted glazed tiles). The price range of the products is approximately between Rs.300 and Rs.15,000. They also conduct workshops and hold exhibitions. . . Address- H.No.191, Rua de Ourém, Fontainhas, Altinho, Panaji, Goa . Telephone: 98221 59881 Azulejos de Goa The Portuguese style craft, Azulejos, is beautiful. These hand-painted tiles take hours to make. Orlando Noronha went to Portugal and started getting into this craft. He says, “ I always wanted to do something different. It’s an art that I learned in Portugal in 1998 as a hobby and later on when I returned I thought of reintroducing this beautiful art in Goa with Goan designs, motifs, etc.” He is of the opinion that it will always be trendy. His place in Panjim, Azulejos de Goa, is crowded with these tiles and the most popular items are Azulejos tiles and plates. Orlando’s products are also available at Taj Khazana, Magsons […]
Shell Craft- The art of the sea
Neeta Bhat Goa, a coastal region, boasts of its shell craft. Neeta is one such person who practices this beautiful craft. He ingeniously incorporates shells into various household items like flower vases, table lamps, hanging balls, shell mirrors, and showpieces. Since Neeta is registered at the Handicraft emporium, their branches sell his products. Additionally, private shops from Mapusa & Panaji buy his items. He believes in keeping a low-profit margin of only 20%. The price range for his products are approximately between Rs.17 to Rs.290.” In the future, he intends to dabble in making necklaces out of raw material like sari borders. The gentle-natured Neeta says this about shell craft, “ Of course I enjoy it!.” Maya Shetkar The down-to-earth person- Maya Shetkar uses simple seashells which she buys from the market to create beautiful pieces of art. At a young age of 16, Maya’s neighbour taught her this craft and over the years she has put her own creative input into seashells crafting. She makes showpieces, table lamps, curtains, flower pots, mirror work, shell flower bouquets, and earrings. Maya’s items are available at Goa Handicraft showrooms. She also sells her work at exhibitions. Her prices start at Rs.50. She admits […]
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
An eco-farm with thrills and adventure for the first time in Goa
For the first time in Goa, an eco-farm will be opening which consists of more than just a farm or spice plantations. People can come here and admire the farm and get thrills as well. The construction of SharvRaj Eco-farm at Padoshe Sanquelim in Sattari taluka will be in five phases. The first phase will be inaugurated on 9th March 2019 at 4 pm. It will be open to the public from 10th March 2019 onwards. The first phase is built in an area of 10 acres. The farm consists of horticulture, rainwater harvesting, vegetable cultivation, borewell recharge, different types of irrigation methods, medicinal herbs, water management, organic fertilizers, and more. Those who love adventure will be able to find it at the eco-farm’s adventure park which has features such as Burma bridge, climbing net, rope net crossing, catwalk net, sliding net, log swinging bridge, tyre climbing, and rock climbing. Their water park facilities are a water play station, family slide, spiral slide, multilane slide, and so on. Another attraction of SharvRaj Eco-farm will be the thrill rides- sky cycling (the first in Goa) and zip lining. Other activities include horse rides, bull cart rides, archery, etc. They will be […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Sabreena Shah talks from the heart
In a bid to bring to the fore, ordinary individuals and their extraordinary stories and achievements, The Navhind Times organized a talk with body positive campaigner, Sabreena Shah who shared her amazing story of her trials and tribulations of living with Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD) and overcoming the same. Sabreena began with a brief introduction about herself and recounted the onset of the disorder at age 15. She narrated how the first panic attack made her realize something was amiss. From the initial misdiagnosis to learning about the condition, she spoke from her heart. “When the doctor finally diagnosed I had PCOD, I was clueless about the disorder. I was terrified and thought I was going to die since I had never heard of it. There wasn’t much information about it then,” she said and went on to explain about the disorder and syndrome through a PowerPoint presentation. From the symptoms to the treatment, she spoke knowledgeably from her personal experience and in-depth study. She then spoke about the humiliation and ridicule she faced as a bearded girl and said,” It was extremely traumatic. The stares, the whispers, the grins and laughs were often just too much. There were days, […]
A sneak-peek into life in Goa decades ago
Have you ever wondered how Goa was in the past? A simple 82-year-old Goan lady shares details about her life with us. Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GoGoaNow What was Goa like during your youth? There was unity in the family. My mother used to go out of the way by making less for the family and giving the neighbour. My food diet was usually rice and curry. Chicken and other meat was a luxury which was eaten for festivals. Beef was rarely consumed but pork was the most common thing. There were no fridges so we made dishes that could last for some time. I also usually had pulses, beans, pumpkin, gourd, and long string beans. A lot of superstitions were believed in those days. We were told to not go out at night because evil spirits are roaming. On ‘All souls day’ people believed that the souls will come and drink water. They would keep food on top of the roof for the souls. Another superstition was that after midnight a headless evil man/ spirit will roam with a stick. So if people heard any sound like a stick beating something, they would put the lights off and hide […]
The spirit of acting
‘‘The Carpenter’s Cross’’ director Alfwold Silveira returns with a new original gospel rock opera ‘‘AD 2019’’ which will have its first show on September 28 at St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Centre, Old Goa When ‘‘The Carpenter’s Cross’’ came out in 2013, people couldn’t get enough of it. With some great acting and fabulous original tunes, many audience members enthusiastically went for repeat shows of the gospel rock opera. And now director Alfwold Silveira is all set to give Goa yet another original piece as ‘‘AD 2019’’ will be staged for the first time on September 28 at St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Centre, Old Goa. There will be a repeat show on the following day. “‘‘AD 2019’’ begins where ‘‘The Carpenter’s Cross’’ ended with Jesus ascending into heaven. It tells the story of what happens thereon and of heaven, earth, and hell. Much of this is an imaginative perspective because no one has come back from heaven to tell me how it is there of course. It is all based on my own perception,” says Silveira. Clarifying that this is not a sequel to ‘‘The Carpenter’s Cross’’, Silveira reveals that the plot for this story came to him after he had […]
Backpacking Guide: Panjim
Lush green trees and the pristine Mandovi River flowing are notably one of the few things one will see cruising through the beautiful City of Panjim. Panjim being the capital city of Goa calls many visitors. Cruising through Panjim will definitely take a travel thirsty wanderer back in time to the Portuguese era. Fontainhas Fontainhas is famously known to be the Latin quarters of Goa has proven to be a very photo-worthy location for many. The feature of this place is Portugal infused architecture. Walking through the lanes of Fontainhas you’ll notice walls painted in hues of blue, yellow and strip white and that’s only the tip of the beautiful architecture. Walking through the lanes it’s definite to find many cafes and art galleries. Dive deeper into the architecture as you walk into the art galleries. Our Lady of Immaculate Conception One of the most famously known Churches in Goa is the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church. The church stands tall in the center of Panjim and receives hundreds of visitors on a daily basis. The church’s white color instantly grabs the eye. Another feature of this church is its zigzag stairs that lead to the church. The church […]
Backpacking Guide: Baga
Want to experience the nightlife as well as the serene beaches during a tight vacation? Baga is the place to be! Baga is indeed one of the most serene yet commercialized places in Goa. Baga, a small village, along the coast of Goa is nothing but beautiful for the traveler who is on a time limit. Baga creek Baga creek is the perfect place for you to sit and watch the sunset. Right next to Baga beach lays the creek and it has one of the most beautiful views. The picture perfect place makes it a get-away to few locals who come fishing daily and also a view of the ever buzzing Baga beach. The creek is surrounded by beautiful rocks with the waves clashing against it. Saturday night market Another place to visit whilst in Baga is the Saturday Nite Market. As the name specifies, the market is open during the nights. The vast number of stalls sell clothes, jewelry and other kinds of artistic pieces. They also have food stalls that’ll help curb that mid-night hunger! They also have an open stage which gives upcoming talent showcase their work. Baga tibetian market Baga Tibetian Market is another flea […]
Backpacking Guide: Old Goa
Old Goa is a small town in the North Goa district. Portugal styled churches are famous for their architecture and impeccable history behind them. Old Goa, best known for its churches, is the perfect place to be for the traveler who wants to drown himself in the beautiful Portugal architecture of Goa NT GoGoaNow gives you a sneak peek into some places you should visit when in Old Goa! Basilica of Bom Jesus As you enter Old Goa, you’re definite to see the monumental Basilica of Bom Jesus. The church was consecrated in May 1605 by Fr. Alexia de Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa. The church is a magnificent example of Baroque architecture in Goa. The church is well known as it embodies the relics of St. Francis Xavier, who lays to rest in a silver casket within the church. The relics are taken down every 10 years for an exposition which calls forth millions of devotees. The architectural monument comes under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Se Cathedral The Sé Cathedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, in short, is known to be the largest church in Asia. The majestic church stands strong before its lush green […]
International Fashion Week Season 5 to begin in Goa
The fifth season of the International Fashion Week (IFW) Goa will be held at Cidade de Goa by Taj from October 4 to 6. It is presented by Max Fashion along with Mall de Goa and hosted by Goa Tourism. The details of the same were announced at a press conference comprising Bhuvanish Shet; Williamm Xavier; Ashutosh Khandekar; Amit Rawat; Janardhan Bhandari; Prasanna Bhomkar; Asha Arondekar and Sanjiv Salvi among others. As part of IFW Goa, 24 renowned fashion designers will be showcasing collections by MAX, Marks and Spencer, Mary Blooms, Omender Gautam, Rajkumar, Philu Martins, Kamar Minhaz, Kishor, Ash Aziz, Kingshuk Bhaduri, Rajvi and Keyur, Haider, etc. Models showcasing the collections will include Anukreethy Vas from Femina Miss India 2018, film actress Neha Dhupia, MTV star Arushi Handa and others. IFW – Goa was created with a vision to redefine the future of fashion and integrate India into the global fashion world. Following the footsteps of Milan Fashion Week, Goa will be introducing Fashion Funds, a project that will allow the young and upcoming designers to showcase their talent. Students from several institutes such as IIFT, DIDT, Vastra Designing, NIDT, Goa Polytechnic, etc will display their outfits on the […]
Drawings to Sculptures
Art usually speaks to different people in different ways. The ongoing ‘Sculpsit: Between Thought And Action’ art exhibition doesn’t just stop at normal drawings or paintings but turns the drawings into sculptures. The purpose is to show the original idea and the outcome in its final form. It was unusual to see the artists play two roles- artist and engraver. The exhibition curated by Sasha Altaf is being held at Sunaparanta who collaborated with The Guild Art Gallery. Comparing the sketches and its corresponding sculptures was interesting and thought-provoking. Some eye-catching exhibits include a carved human pillar of human beings, a sculpted obsolete object, and more. A sneek peek: Baiju Parthan: The artist’s diverse practice pays attention to intermingling technology with its alternate states of reality, genetic engineering, and religion, along with notions of post-humanism. Sudhir Patwardhan: Urbanist narratives are explored through inaccessible figures that are self-contained. The politics of home and self are realised in his painting and sculpture works. His figurative reliefs conjure together the imagery of painting in a tactile scape. Gigi Scaria: The sculptures explore relations between nature and our built scapes. Cities everyday look forward to a flourishing future but its prism reflects us to […]
‘Into the Vault’ at Museum of Goa
Museum of Goa hosts into the Vault. The exhibition is with collaboration with Goa Artist Collective and features 12 artists originating from Goa. The exhibition commenced on the 5th of October 2019 and is currently open to all. The exhibition takes you through various paintings, sculptures and other works of art. This event is in collaboration with Goa Artist Collective. The exhibits are very mundane and daily items that we have all come across at least once in our life. ‘Into the vault’ tries to trigger emotional memories as you go through the items in the museum. The exhibition gives a glimpse of the artist’s emotional space and while doing so peeking into ours and reconnecting with old memories. *The exhibition ends on the 5th of December 2019
In a bid to encourage and inspire young musicians, Gomantak Maratha Samaj Goa in association with the Art and Culture Department of Goa is organising the second edition of the musical concert ‘Sangeet Samelan’ on October 19 and 20, 4 p.m. onwards at the Gomantak Maratha Samaj Hall, Panaji. The programme will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant along with the deputy chief minister, Chandrakant Kavlekar; musical scholar, Prasad Sawkar; and singer, Meena Faterpekar. “The programme was started a year ago in a bid to inspire young singers of Goa to aim big and follow the example of famous singers that have come out of Goa, such as Lata Mangeshkar,” said president, Gomantak Maratha Samaj Goa, Gaurav Mandrekar. On the first day, Meena Faterpekar will serenade the audience with a vocal classical while on the second day the concert will have a performance by Tulsidas Navelkar on the tabla, a flute recital by Aditya Joshi, a vocal classical by Narendra Kothambikar, and more. The artistes will be accompanied by various Goan musicians.
Walk for Freedom
A Walk for Freedom had been held on the 19th of October which aimed at bringing awareness against slavery still prevalent in our Country and around the world. The event was held at Kala Academy. The start and end point of this event was at Kala Academy, and the participants walked through Dayanand Bandodkar Marg back to the end point. Chief Guest of the event, Beena Phillip, the founder of Bethesda Life Center commented saying, “You don’t have to be a social worker to end trafficking. If you see something suspicious, report it to childline (1089) or the police and you have done our part.” The event started off with about 150 participants taking an oath to do anything within their means to help curtail slavery. Many students from Don Boscos, Carmel College of women, Goa University participated in this movement as well. The lead partner in the Goa’s first Walk for Freedom is the Bethesda Life Center. The walk for freedom is an initiative by A21 in partnership with more than 150 NGOs all over India.
A love triangle of a different kind, ‘Niz Mog’ which debuted in the 1970s became a hit with tiatr lovers all over Goa. Directed and scripted by late Fr Freddy J Da Costa, the play featured mostly amateur tiatr artistes with the exception of late Jacinto Vaz. And on the occasion of 40 years of ‘Niz Mog’, the surviving artistes who were part of the tiatr – Laura D’Souza e Azavedo, Ivy Angela Pereira Nazareth, Fr Tony Cota, Afonso Bond Braganza, Alberto D’Souza, and Anthony Correia Pienkar – will be felicitated at a special function on November 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Conference Hall of Dalgado Konknni Akademi, Panaji. President, Dalgado Konknni Akademi, Tomazinho Cardozo will be the chief guest. The lead artistes of the tiatr – Afonso Bond Braganza, Laura D’Souza, and Ivy Angela Pereira – will share their experiences in the success of ‘Niz Mog’. Tiatr lovers who witnessed the show will also narrate their experiences. Songs (‘kantaram’) from the tiatr will also be presented.
Excitement rises for Carnival 2020
The annual four-day Carnival float parade will be held in Goa from February 22 to February 25. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city Panaji on February 22 followed by other cities across the state. The float parades will be held in Margao and Quepem on February 23, Vasco and Curchorem on February 24 and Mapusa and Morjim on February 25. Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar held a meeting with the carnival committee members with the Commissioner of Corporation of City of Panaji, Sanjit Rodrigues suggesting that the route of the Panaji Carnaval Float Parade should be changed from the existing Miramar to Dona Paula road, to Patto bridge to Azad Maidan. This, the CCP Commissioner said, was in order to bring the festival atmosphere in the city. The Committee members of Margao Carnival Float Parade decided to restore the old route from Margao Holy Spirit Church to the old bus stand instead of the parade taking place in Fatorda. The other routes of Mapusa and Vasco Carnival parades will remain unchanged. This year only five prizes will be awarded. Carnival in Goa, though significantly smaller than the well-known Rio Carnival or the Portuguese […]
Celebrating Food with Carnival vibes – Goa Food and Cultural Festival 2020
The much-awaited Goa Food and Cultural Festival 2020 was officially inaugurated on 21st February at the hands of Pramod Sawant -Goa’s chief minister, in the presence of Babush Monserrate – MLA Panjim Constituency, Dayanand Sopte – GTDC’s Chairman, Parimal Rai, IAS – Chief Secretary, and Uday Madkaikar – Mayor, CCP. The venue had a carnival theme and even the beloved carnival character, King Momo, was present. There are a variety of food stalls put up selling items like wines, popcorn, shakes, urak, Goan and Indian food, kebabs, tandoori, shawarma, sizzlers, biryani, classic Goan snacks, barbeques, fish n chips, kebabs, ice-cream, honey, and more. Famous brands like Fratelli wines, Ripples, Gastro pub, Planet Hollywood, Fish by 11, Zakis biryani, Bay 15, Mog Asun, etc, have their own stalls here. The entertainment line-up: 22nd February – ‘Latin Connection with Konkani Greats’, ‘UZO- The Global Music Project’, ‘5-minute canvas painting by Sank Creations’. 23rd February – ‘Masala Coffee- Indian Folk, Rock, Blues, Reggae’, ‘Shine On’ band Venue: Campal Cricket Ground, opposite Parade Ground, Panaji Timing: 6 pm onwards on all days Picture Credit – SHIVANG MISHRA II NTGOGOANOW