“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, keeping in mind the tagline of the theme song ‘Mukhar Chol Chedva’ the girls should strive forward to achieve the success on a higher platform. “The success of the first edition can be seen with Karishma Shirvoikar who played for Panjim Dolphins in the first edition went on to represent India at the U-17 level and in the long run this league can produce more talented players like Karishma.” Sawant also promised that all the issues related with the game in the state will be resolved once the CM is back.
President of the Sesa Football Academy, Annanya Agarwal said that “this project is very much close to my heart and reconstructing the football scene in Goa is my first priority and also build up these young women footballers into professional players and instill good values among them.” Agarwal also added that from this season onwards each team will be having one woman official in the leadership role and will help to connect in a better way with the women footballers.
Also on the occasion, the leading goal scorer of the first edition of the league, Karishma Shirvoikar who donned the India colors at the recently held U-17 BRICS tournament in South Africa was felicitated.
The second edition will see a total number of eight teams with FC Goa, Churchill Brothers SC and Ambelim Sports Club joining the teams from the last edition. The league will be played in a ‘double league format’ over a period of 4 months and the matches will be played on 4 venues– Duler, Cuncolim, Ambelim, and Sirsaim.
A total of 160 women players will participate in the league this year. The winners will be awarded Rs 80,000 while the runners-up will bag Rs 50,000. The third place winners will take home Rs 30,000. The individual prizes include -- Golden ball, golden boot and most promising player.
Teams playing in the league– Albert Developers, Sporting Club de Goa, Panjim Footballers, FC Goa, Churchill Brothers SC, Ambelim Sports Club, Goa Velha SC and Cuncolim Union.
‘Mask UnMask’, an art exhibition by Querozito de Souza is on till February 24 at Cube Gallery, Moira. Details: 9422806748.
MOG will be hosting Phoenix– a collaborative installation/display at MOG by eminent artists Genie Poretzky Lee, Sweety Joshi and Sanjay Sawant from 8 to 28, February 2019. Join us for the inauguration of the exhibition on 8 Feb, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Museum of Goa. The artists Genie Poretzky Lee, Sweety Joshi and Sanjay Sawant would be present along with the Director of Museum of Goa, Dr Subodh Kerkar for the opening of the exhibition.
MOG is glad to announce the hosting of Evolving/Eroding – a collaborative exhibition/display by Indian and Danish Art Photographers: Amit Sheokand, Akshay Mahajan, Jagrut Raval, Miriam Nielsen, Jenny Nordquist and Louise Bøgelund Saugmann from 15 to 28, February 2019. Join them for the inauguration of the exhibition at 6:30 pm on 15 Feb, 2019 at Museum of Goa. The opening will be marked by the presence of Thomas Sehested, Director of The Danish Cultural Institute in India; who will give the inaugural address. The artists Amit Sheokand (I), Akshay Mahajan (I), Miriam Nielsen (DK), Jenny Nordquist (DK) and Louise Bøgelund Saugmann (DK) would be present along with the Director of Museum of Goa, Dr. Subodh Kerkar for the opening of the exhibition.
Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to present AMITRI (Austria) featuring Marialena Fernandes (Austria) on Piano; Ieva Pranskute (Lithuania) on Violin; Amina Vamosi (Hungary) on Flute on Saturday, 16th February 2019 at 6:30 pm. The all-women trio will play compositions of Clara Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski, W.A. Mozart, C. Saint-Saëns, J. Brahms, Ehsan E. Shanjani and others. Since 2015, Fernandes has initiated a project called ‘The Quest for Passion’ which takes place annually in India, in which she incorporates musicians from Europe and India in dialogue and interaction with each other, but also involving talented youth discussing diverse artistic themes. In addition, the Trio will conduct a session on ‘Understanding Chamber Music’ for musicians on 19th February, 5 pm at Sunaparanta. Free and open to all.
There will be a presentation and walkthrough by artists Louise Bogelund Saugmann & Akshay Mahajan, 17 of Feb 2019 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa. Akshay Mahajan is a photographer, based out of Goa. His art focuses on social documentary, driven by research led self-initiated projects that combine his interest in myth, folklore and photography as a mirror to culture and collective memory. His work has been exhibited internationally in cities like Zagreb, Newcastle, Riga, London, New Delhi, Paris and New York and is held in private collections. Louise Bogelund Saugmann is an artist based in Denmark working with photography. It is the slow immersion of the subject and an investigation of the photograph as a medium, which is of interest to her. Her work has been exhibited at various museums, galleries and festivals in Europe, such as Museum of art in public spaces (Dk), Hippolyte Photographic Gallery (Fi) and Landskrona Foto Festival (Se). It is the first time her work is shown in India. From different personal approaches, Akshay Mahajan and Louise Bogelund Saugmann have used photography to explore the concept of nature, taking Goa/India as a starting point in their works, Elder Flower and One frame infinite which […]
The State Art Exhibition of Kala Academy in the Student Category will be held between 25th Feb to 1 st March 2019 at the Art Gallery, Kala Academy Complex, Panaji. Entry forms along with the rules and regulations will be available at the Kala Academy’s office during working hours from 12th Feb. 2019. The entries along with the exhibits will be accepted on 20th & 21 st February 2019 between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the office of Kala Academy, Campal, Panaji, excluding the lunch break i.e. from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Carnival float parades from March 2 onward
The annual four-day Carnival float parade will be held in Goa from March 2 to 5. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state. The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco and Ponda on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim and Curchorem, the float parades will be held on March 5. “We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervour; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. They are invited.khao piyo aur majja karo (eat drink and be merry),” said Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar while interacting with reporters in Panaji. He said that the department has prepared a budget of Rs 3 crore for the festival including Rs 1.5 crore for decoration and illumination of streets through which the Carnival parades will pass. He said that adequate security arrangements would be made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival. Earlier in the day, Ajgaonkar held a meeting with officials of the department to take stock of preparation for the festival.
Rajendra Talak directed thriller ‘Miranda House’ set to release in April
After a hiatus of five years, film director Rajendra Talak will be releasing his seventh film, a bilingual thriller–drama titled ‘Miranda House’ in the month of April. The film is produced by Rajendra Talak Creations in Konkani and Iris Production in Marathi. The film was shot entirely in Goa in the month of October over a span of 15 days. Briefing the media about the upcoming film, Talak said that the film has a large Goan cast and crew and over the shooting period also came to know about the Goan roots of Milind Gunaji. “I had to take a long break before this film as my priority was addressing the concerns of filmmakers in Goa, revamping the Film Finance Scheme, scheduling festivals and other works related to the film fraternity of Goa” added Talak. Putting forth their views actor, Milind Gunaji said that “It is the first time that I’m doing a film in Konkani. There is so much creativity in Goa and all that has been utilised for this film. It was a great experience working in Goa.” For Sainkeet Kamat, a Goan actor who has attained popularity in Maharashtra for roles in serials like Tujha Majha Breakup […]
Winning films of Critics Choice Short Films Awards to be screened in Goa
Award-winning and nominated films from the Critics Choice Short Films Awards (CCSFA) will be screened at Maquinez Palace, Panjim on 7th February at 6.30 p.m. The screening will be done by the Cinephile Film Club of the Entertainment Society of Goa in association with the Film Critics Guild. Amongst approximately 500 entries, a few films were nominated for different categories like best film, actor, actress, direction, editing, writing, background score, etc. Guild members chose the winners. Guild began in 2018. It was formed for good cinema. Anupama Chopra is the chairperson and Rajeev Masand is the vice-chairperson. Anupama Chopra hopes the people of Goa will enjoy the films as much as they did. The films revolve around diverse topics. The following films will be screened : Sambhavtaa (21 mins, Dir. Gaurav Madan) – Winner of best film, best actor, best writer and best director Tungrus (13 mins, Dir. Rishi Chandna) – Winner of best film and best direction (non-fiction) and best editing. Black Cat (22 mins. Dir Bhargav Saikia) – Winner of best score and best cinematography Maa (26 mins, Dir. Sarjun KM)- Winner of best actress (Kani Kusruti). Last Day of Summer (20 mins, Dir. George Kora)- Nominated for […]
Special cover on ‘Olive Ridley Turtles’ released at GOAPEX 2019
“Philately is considered as a king of hobby. In the next 20 years, the communication revolution will take this planet by storm, be it in the form of artificial intelligence, robotics or high-speed transportation. No country will create stamps in another two decades. Every stamp that you see today, printed by the countries of postal union, will become just mere objects of heritage.” said Assistant professor, department of botany, Nandkumar Kamat. He was speaking at the three-day district (North and South Goa) level philatelic exhibition ‘GOAPEX 2019’, at Institute of Menezes Braganza, Panaji. Post stamps provide us with a tremendous amount of knowledge. It has given us insight regarding our election commission, the judicial system, railways, Indian civilisation and army and defence forces which are the monuments of the Indian democracy, added Kamat. Highlighting the effort of the forest department Kamat said that, “the effort of the forest department of Goa for the protection of Olive Riddley turtles is appreciated internationally. This effort will be more fruitful if communities from Morjim, Galjibag, Agonda, and Ashvem come together and show compassion towards these species, which are not produced artificially and, whose ecology or biology is understandable to us. By releasing a […]
Students celebrate Goa’s Aboli flower
Nirmala Institute of Education celebrated its annual ‘Abolianchem Fest’. The focus of the festival revolves around the Aboli flower of Goa whose existence could be in danger. Those at the festival got to see different traditions of Goa and gained sneak-peeks into this state’s culture. Creative artworks of students were showcased such as coloured branches, decorated bottles, artificial flowers, aesthetically-pleasing candles, and more. Ghumots- Goa’s percussion instrument- were up for sale. Various stalls were put up. One stall explained the uses of medicinal plants like neem, periwinkle, black pepper, money plant, croton, etc. Another stall had informative charts about types of coconuts and the process of toddy tapping in Goa. For entertainment, there were various traditional performances by students who danced, sang, and played instruments. Talks, activities, and games were held which included aboli weave braiding, hopscotch, tablani, narlani, etc. Carlos Gonsalves, a professional percussionist, attended the event and played the ghumot. A variety of food was available like lemongrass tea, Goan sweets (pinnagre, bebinca, bolinhas, sweet sannas, doce), chicken steak, fish fingers, spring rolls, croquettes, sausage bread, cutlets, and more. SHERYL GONSALVES | NT GOGOANOW Pics credit: Shivang Mishra | NT GOGOANOW
‘Ghumat’ soon to be declared as the heritage instrument of Goa: Gaude
Announcing that music percussion instrument– ghumat will soon be declared as the heritage instrument of Goa, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said that most of the work has been processed to declare ghumat with a relevant membrane as the state heritage instrument. He was speaking at the release of a special postal cover on ghumat at the valedictory function of the three-day GOAPEX 2019, Goa Philatelic exhibition at Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji. Gaude, further said that stamps and ghumat have been an integral part of his life. “Back then where there were no telephones or any mode of communication it was letters which we used to convey messages and that is when stamps would come to our rescue.” Quoting French statesmen, Napoleon Bonaparte, “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” Gaude urged the students to plan their journey on the basis of perfections but not on perceptions. The guest of honour and heritage promoter, Sanjeev Sardesai narrated how the ghumat is an asset to Goa’s heritage. “The instrument is made from the membrane of the monitor […]
PETA urges people to go vegan
People for ethical treatment of animals (PETA), on Wednesday in the capital city, held an awareness drive in order to urge the people to go vegan. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, PETA– India member who was seen dressed as a valentine angel distributed red roses to couples and other passers-by. The Valentine angel held a signboard that read, “Have a Heart: Try Vegan”, encouraging everyone to show compassion towards animals by switching to healthy vegan eating. This campaign of PETA comes in a wake of the human lifestyle which is prone to various cardiovascular diseases due to the consumption of meat products. So by switching to vegan lifestyle people will experience important benefits, such as weight loss, increased energy levels, lowering your risk for multiple diseases, and living longer.
Kia Motors showcases ‘Carnival’ and ‘Niro’; to launch ‘SP2i’ in mid 2019
Kia Motors are all set to launch its mid-Sports Utility Vehicle SP2i this year under its plan to be ranked among the top five automobile manufacturers in the country in three years. Kia is planning to expand its portfolio by launching a new car every six months in India. On Thursday, Kia Motors showcased its two products, ‘Carnival’ and ‘Niro’ in the capital city at the Panjim Gymkhana. Kia SP2i is to be launched in India during the second half of 2019. It will be equipped with power-packed performance and world-class quality. Earlier at the Auto Expo 2018, Kia Motors made its debut in India and showcased its 16 top global line-ups along with the ‘SP2i’ concept vehicle. The SP Concept-based SUV will be in contention against Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, and the recently launched Tata Harrier, in the Indian market. While Carnival MPV will be set for a launch in the Indian market in early 2020. The SP2i will be manufactured at the company’s Anantapur plant in Andhra Pradesh and the rollout is expected in the second half of 2019. In April 2017, Kia Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to set up the […]
Celebrating the life of St Ketevan
The Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival, which will be held from February 21 across places in Old Goa, combines sacred music traditions from different eras from the East and the West inspired by the life of St Ketevan, Queen of Georgia. The relics of St Ketevan were brought from the Middle East to Old Goa, which were found a few years ago after being buried for almost 400 years. The Ketevan world Sacred Music Festival is a project of music and religious coexistence, connecting and fostering dialogue among cultures. Ketevan Sacred Music Festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences with artists from several traditions around the world: Western Classical, Carnatic, Orthodox Christian, Catholic, Sufi, Hindustani, Jewish, Native and many others. This edition of the Ketevan Sacred Music Festival will include programmes such as “Spiritualia” by the Italian jazz violinist Luca Ciarla as well as new programmes designed especially for the festival, such as ‘Bach’s Dreams’ and ‘20th Century Sounds’ directed by UK-based Indian conductor Manvinder Rattan; combining ancient sacred chants from all eras and traditions. From Milan, distinguished soprano Natalia Lemercier will perform as a soloist in the two biggest concerts of the festival. The oratory ‘Passion Landscapes’, written for the […]