Sur Jahan- the World Peace Music Festival is coming back to Goa. In the previous years, the festival was held at Kala Academy. However, this year, it has been shifted to The International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula. A person involved with Sur Jahan stated: “It is a cultural exchange in the best possible way.” The mantra of this festival is ‘Music for all, Music for peace’. Rural handicrafts will be showcased from 6th to 8th February (4 pm to 9 pm) at ICG’s poolside. The performers will be having workshops where the public can learn more about their music, the genre, the instruments they use, etc.
About the performers:
Mario Lucio and band– They have a very traditional style from the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. The artistes use unique instruments like an iron bar and knife. Mario Lucio had won the WOMEX Lifetime Award Winner.
Liona and Serena Strings– Their origin is in Spain. They have their own interpretation of Sephardic music and melodies to spiritual and philosophical Hebrew texts. Spanish, Eastern, and Arabian influences can be found in their music.
Monsieur Doumani– This band is from Cyprus. They started their musical journey to discover their roots. Now they expose the issues of society through their music.
Mawlawiyah– Mawlawiyah was established in 1994. Their music is inspired by Egyptian heritage. They are an audio-visual spectacle. One of their instruments is the Qanun.
Babra– This band creates their own tunes and styles while preserving the heritage of South Slavic music. This five-member team came together in Budapest.
Madagan– Their music is ‘slip-jig’. During the festival, they’ll be playing traditional Irish music, Scottish songs, and English songs. Goan singer, Divya Naik, will be collaborating with them.
Bengal Music Ensemble– This is a collaboration between Folks of Bengal and Goan musicians. They play traditional folk music which contains Goan sounds.
(Venue: Kaz Lawn, ICG)
|Inauguration||Babra (Hungary)||Mawlawiyah (Egypt)|
|Liona & Serena Strings (Spain)||Bengal Goa Ensemble (India)||Mario Lucio (Cape Verde)|
|Madagan (Nothern Ireland)||Monsieur Doumani (Cyprus)||Closing Ceremony|
(Venue: Laran, ICG)
|Monsieur Doumani (Cyprus)||Babra (Hungary)||Mawlawiyah (Egypt)|
|Liona & Serena Strings (Spain)||Mario Lucio (Cape Verde)||Bengal Goa Ensemble (India)|
‘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.
Panjim Youth Club in association with the Department of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, will be organizing a music and dance cultural programme called ‘Yeh Shaam Mastaani’. It will take place at the DMK hall of Kala Academy, Panaji, on 23rd February 2019 (5 pm onwards). (Free entry passes will be available at the Kala Academy theatre ticket counter starting from 20th February- 10 am onwards.) Click here for more details.
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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
Phoenix Art Exhibition- Colours, textures, and dimensions
Museum of Goa is currently having an art exhibition titled is ‘Phoenix’. Three reputed artists – Genie Poretzky Lee, Sweety Joshi, and Sanjay Sawant- are the ones responsible for the creative works displayed. The artists are from different backgrounds and they have their own unique style. Genie Poretzky Lee’s works have been exhibited around the world. She has a decade of experience as a textile artist. Sweeti Joshi is a well-known abstract artist. She loves the pitch black colour of kohl. She has used black thread to create a trail in her art. The black frill edges are achieved through her brush that is fire. Sanjay Sawant uses textures that may be of cardboard which adds a new dimension to the painting. He graduated with a first class rank from J J School of Art, Mumbai. The final artistic treat of the Phoenix exhibition is a collaborative artwork by all the 3 artists. Its intention is to embrace the unexpected and get away from frozen accepted ideas. (The exhibition will be open till 28th February 2019.) Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Evolving/ Eroding exhibition- Exploring Nature
Evolving/ Eroding- a collaborative exhibition by Indian and Danish photographers was inaugurated at Museum of Goa in the presence of Thomas Sehested, Director of The Danish Cultural Institute in India. The photographers have used photographic techniques to explore the concept of nature. Goa is one of the inspirations for their works. The photos are distorted and staged which shows the evolving and eroding characteristics of nature. Here’s a deeper look into the photographers’ works: Amit Sheokand showed the skeleton structure of local Goan fish like Shekta, Waghole, Bangda, Ambattan Parra, Tilapia, and Sagoti. Akshay Mahajan had seen in houses of Goa the framed pictures of family members who have passed away. He combined these portraits with local fauna in light of the superstition that – trees are totems for dead ancestors. Jagrut Raval used cyanotype with drawing on handmade cotton archival paper. The inspiration for these works comes from the conceptual architect, Lebbeus Wood. Miriam Nielsen works on paper and aluminium. They are based on photographs of landscapes, structures and urban spaces seen in Goa and Europe. The works can be placed on walls and floors. Laura Faurschou, artist, helped in some of them. Jenny Nordquist portrays the power of nature. […]
‘Yeh Shaam Mastaani’- Panjim Youth Club’s upcoming musical programme
Panjim Youth Club in association with the Department of Art & Culture, Government of Goa, will be organizing a music and dance cultural programme called ‘Yeh Shaam Mastaani’. It will take place at the DMK hall of Kala Academy, Panaji, on 23rd February 2019 (5 pm onwards). There are going to be live performances by prominent artistes like Ali Hussain, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Golden Voice Hunt singer, along with some of Goa’s best singers who are Gautami Hede Bambolkar, Samruddha Chodankar, Viraj Verekar, Vibha Algundgi, Chirag Tripathi, Sagar Naik, and Sneha Nagarsenkar. The winners of All India Salsa & Bachata Dance Championship- Amit and Sakshi- will be performing live as well. Mr Govind Gaude, Minister for Art and Culture, will be the chief guest while Mr Sidharth Kuncalienker, Vice-chairman-GIDC, and Mr Jayesh Salgaonkar, Minister for housing, shall be the guests of honour. The President of Panjim Youth Club, Balkrishna Hodarkar, stated: “Due to last year’s (good) response, we decided to have Yeh Shaam Mastaani this year as well.” (Free entry passes will be available at the Kala Academy theatre ticket counter starting from 20th February- 10 am onwards.)
‘Chitrakur’ to be held at Institute Menezes Braganza
Over the years Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji has been organising number of art and cultural programmes with quite a few geared towards showcasing the talent of students from schools and colleges. In keeping with this, the institute together with the All Goa Art Masters Association and Goa College of Art, Altinho will be organising the seventh edition of the ‘Chitrakur’ workshop which is all about live portrait painting. The workshop which will be held from February 20 to February 22 will see students of Goa College of Art, Altinho, sketching and painting the portraits of 20 noted personalities from Goa, live. The resource person for the workshop will be artist Devdatta Padekar, who is acquainted with modern techniques and has traveled to places like France, Russia, etc. Some of the personalities will also deliver talks on various topics related to the arts. The finished works will then be on display at the institute along with works from a few other artists.