Rare Portraits of Goan folk on display at IMB
As a part of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) festival, there is a photography exhibition which is currently being displayed at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall. The photos are from Pantaleao Fernandes’ coffee table book ‘Goa: Rare Portraits’. This book shows another side of Goa. The photos provide a glimpse into the lives of the people from rural areas. It shows the stark contrast between the rural and urban areas of Goa. The simplicity of these people’s lives is highlighted in the photos. These lifestyle portraits on canvases were elegantly displayed on easels. Visitors got to see different activities of these tribal people such as broom making, masala grinding, tree climbing, garland making, etc. In the middle of the hall, there were objects put on display which were shown in some of the photos. These included a basket which a village man used for shelter and a cloth for their coverage on cold days. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till 7th December 2018)
Goa Affordable Art Fest to start on 8th December ’18
Museum of Goa will be having the second edition of its Goa Affordable Art Fest (GAAF) from 8th December 2018 to 31st January 2019. It will be inaugurated by Ashok Vajpeyi which will be followed by live performances by Damini Parashar and Sound Club. While addressing a gathering, Subodh Kerkar (MOG founder), stated: “India doesn’t have a good platform for young artists. So GAAF provides a platform for young artists to show their work. Last year 30 lakh worth of art was sold.” The artworks that will be displayed have gone through a selection process by the jury- Peter Muller and Erica Plate- who are experienced curators and gallerists. There will be all kinds of media presented- paintings, drawings, photography, collages, etc. Subodh Kerkar feels that art has given tremendous impetus for tourism and therefore it is important for Goa which is a tourist destination. “Our efforts are that Goa should become an art hub,” Kerkar says. He also revealed that this year the artworks are of a much better quality. Last year, there were 700 entries while 2018 saw 800 entries. Around 400 artworks made it through the selection process to be shown at GAAF. “Contemporary art is very little […]
Splashes of colour by special students
The students belonging to the schools of the Lokvishwas Pratishthan NGO proved that having a disability isn’t a disadvantage. Their positive attitude is an inspiration to the world. Their enthusiasm for life and their talent is reflected in the paintings they created which are currently being displayed at Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji. The brilliant artworks revolve around different subjects such as still life, nature, deities, flowers, abstract art, and sceneries. (The exhibition is open for public viewing till 21st October 2018- 10 am to 6:30 pm)
Kiran Sherkhane brings his art to Goa
Kiran Sherkhane is a talented artist whose artworks are currently displayed at the Kala Academy Art Gallery. He has had his works exhibited in other parts of India like Hubli, New Delhi, and Pune. He skillfully uses watercolours and acrylics for his paintings. Kiran gets his inspiration from what he sees around him. He is also fond of creating contemporary artworks. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till 21st October 2018)
Admire the French Coastline through Maia Flore’s photos
Alliance Française in association with Atout France is currently having a photography exhibition- Imagine France by the Sea. The French photographer, Maia Flore, is the person behind these stunning works. She adventurously explored the Eastern and Western part of the French coast covering areas like Cannes, France station Nautique, Cabourg, Leucate, and Calvi. Some of the photos have a minimalistic style where she blends with the background in clever ways. (The exhibition at Alliance Française is open for public viewing till 23rd October 2018.)
Artworks of differently-abled students will be put on display at Panaji
A painting exhibition called ‘Kala Chaitanya’ will be organised by the Lokvishwas Pratishthan NGO in collaboration with Institute Menezes Braganza and Giants Group of Panaji. It will be held at Institute Menezes Braganza from 19th to 21st October 2018 (10 am to 6:30 pm). The paintings are done by differently-abled students who are educated in schools run by the Lokvishwas Pratishthan NGO. The NGO trains their students in different fields like drama, dance, art, etc. The exhibition will display over 90 paintings by these talented young artists.
Global cardboard challenge comes to Goa for the first time
The Global cardboard challenge was brought to the beautiful state of Goa for the first time on 6th September 2018 by The Other School. It was held at the Central Library in Panaji. This challenge is six years old and takes place in approximately 80 countries. The young participants of Goa let their imaginations run wild and created anything they wanted to out of cardboard and other recyclables. Chaitali Morajkar, a renowned artist, was the judge for the event. The Other School representative said, “It teaches the kids that they can create their own entertainment.” Additionally, they learn life skills like teamwork, resourcefulness, and perseverance. The creativity of the children manifested in forms like a cardboard Hop on Hop off bus, a dollhouse, and many other innovative items.
Explore the world through Nuno Lobito’s lens
Fundação Oriente, Panaji, is currently holding a photography exhibition called ‘Ties| More than Travelling’. The photographer behind these creative works is Nuno Lobito. He has travelled to approximately 204 countries and loves taking pictures of what he sees on his journeys. He prefers shooting people over other objects as they give him feelings. Lobito likes the fact that his photos give others a glimpse of different cultures and how people around the world live their daily lives. The exhibition contains 16 photos from Lobito’s travels. The photos capture various emotions and activities of people around the world. The pictures have titles like ‘Tenderness’, ‘Throwing a net’, ‘Intimacy between a child and his pet’, ‘Uneasiness’, and ‘Family meeting’. Different places are featured in them. These include Bahrain, Somalia, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Iran, Madagascar, and more. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till October 27, 2018)
Celebrating LGBTQ through art
Museum of Goa (MOG) Foundation in collaboration with the Humsafar trust and Goa livelihoods forum will be organising an exhibition titled ‘Freedom is in the Air’-an initiative to celebrate the LGBTQ community through art, creative engagement and discourse. This exhibition will be held at MOG, Pilerne from 10th November to 30th November 2018. The aim behind this initiative is to create a platform wherein the LGBTQ community gathers and celebrate whilst also providing a creative space for them and the others to engage, integrate debate and chart the way forward. As part of the event, there will be an art installation, exhibition, and seminar. The art installation will be by artist, director – MOG Foundation Subodh Kerkar. The installation will be a 100 meters long net, decorated with rainbow coloured strips that will float in the wind. Speaking during a press conference on Saturday, Kerkar said: “The ground realities in the Indian society, however, are very different. The legal battle is won, the social battle lies ahead. There is still tremendous discrimination towards the LGBTQ community and through this initiative, we will try to sensitize the general public on this issue. An exhibition is also being organised wherein the artists […]
Mega Art Show at Kala Academy
A total of 80 artists have put up 185 artworks at the recently inaugurated ‘All India Artist Mega Art Show’. The exhibition was inaugurated by Goan actor, Kevin D’mello. The exhibition features artworks and photographs by artists from various districts in Gujarat. Artists like Anita Kumari, Anjana Padiya, Darshana Tank, Devangi Pandya, Chitan Sompura, Raguvirsinh Gohil and others have put up their work at the exhibition. (The exhibition will be on till September 30. It is open to all.)
Art is not just about Watercolours- Scapes Art Exhibition at MOG
It is not every day that a person gets to see artworks created by using unusual materials like insect wings, sawdust, burnt paper, and tea. The Museum of Goa is currently holding an art exhibition called ‘Scapes’ where one can view these unique abstract works. The artist behind them is none other than Siddarth Kerkar. He has loved art since childhood and likes to experiment with different materials. The artworks carry a minimalistic style and have different textures. It is meant to showcase various landscapes and terrains. (Scapes exhibition will be open for public viewing till September 10)
Maputo to Goa
Sunaparanta in collaboration Lotus Film & TV Production (Goa), Real Ficção (Portugal) and Communicare held a photo exhibition titled–‘Through My Lens’ on Wednesday. The photo exhibition ‘Through My Lens’ was curated by Nalini Elvino de Sousa who put together the photographs of the two cameramen, John Lino from Goa who worked in the production phase of the movie `Special Envoy’ which was shot in Maputo, Mozambique and Emidio Josine of Mozambique who landed on the shores of Goa for the production of the second half of the movie. The exhibition was followed by the screening of the movie `Special Envoy’.
Mundial 2018- Capturing the Fifa World Cup through art
After every four years an electric excitement builds up among people from different parts of the world during the Fifa World Cup matches. One such person is Yolanda D’souza- a talented artist who was also a passionate footballer. She even scored an international hat trick for the country. This year, her ardent love for football inspired her to make more than 40 artworks based on the 2018 world cup matches. The series is titled ‘Mundial 2018’. Most of them are digitally created. While watching the matches, her creative eye caught different serious and quirky moments which she proceeded to artistically capture. She used an app where she could draw these moments on the screen with her finger. The artworks have themes like Neymer’s changing hairstyle, ‘The incredible hat-trick man’, ‘Frustration of team Germany’, ‘Fellani hands his team a life line’, ‘Hungry for goals but left cutlery at home’, and much more. The artworks are open to the public till July 20th (11 am to 6 pm) at Art Chamber, Calangute.
Lac art workshop- Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
A ‘Lac work workshop’ has been organised by The Directorate of Art & Culture (Goa) along with The Directorate of Art & Culture (Jharkand) which is going on at Sanskruti Bhaavan, Panaji. Jhabar Bal along with a team from Jharkand are training the participants to work with lac to create items like bangles and vases. This will help them create their own products to sell and obtain an income. The workshop which is empowering Goan women will continue till July 7.
Visual Arts and Theatre at Sunaparanta
Mango Tree after-school Art Programme: Programme headed by artists Chaitali Morajkar and Ramdas Gadekar with guest artists Siddesh Gaunekar, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal, Snehal Dicholkar, Alice D’Souza and Raymond Pereira – Age Group: 5 to 9 years. Pencil to Portfolio (Juniors): Programme headed by artist Chaitali Morajkar with guest artists Siddesh Gaunekar, Raymond Pereira and Aleksandr Tokarev – Age Group: 10 to 12 years. Pencil to Portfolio (Advanced): Programme headed by artist, Rajendra Usapkar with guest artists Siddharth Gosavi and Vijay Bhandare – Age Group: 13 to 18 years. ‘In Stages’ – A Theatre company for Young Adults: Programme facilitated by Arundhati Chattopadhyaya with guest facilitators Keya D’Souza, Chitra Palekar, Marianne Borgo, Shallu Sharma and Gideon Crasto – Age Group: 12 to 16 years.
Serendipity Arts Foundation announces curators for Serendipity Arts Festival 2018
Serendipity Arts Foundation reveals the names of curators for the third edition of Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 who will curate the multi-disciplinary event from December 15 to December 22, 2018, in Goa. This year’s list of curators spanning a wide range of experts who will bring diverse perspectives to the festival include: Rahaab Allana and Ravi Agarwal (Photography), Ranjit Hoskote and Subodh Gupta (Visual Arts), Rahul Akerkar and Odette Mascarenhas (Culinary Arts), Leela Samson and Ranjana Dave (Dance), Atul Kumar and Arundhati Nag (Theatre), Aneesh Pradhan and Sneha Khan Walkar (Music) and Annapurna Garimella and Rashmi Varma (Craft). The will present over 80 art projects, comprising primarily of original content created specifically for the festival. There will also be special projects curated by artists and practitioners such as Shubha Mudgal, Riyas Komu, and Ayush Kasliwal, among others. Director of Serendipity Arts Foundation, Smriti Rajgarhia, said; “We are very excited about the third edition of SAF 2018 and working with a predominantly new group of curators. Our previous curators continue to provide us with immense support and advice. I am sure all of our collective efforts will be reflected in the festival through a dedicated effort towards cultural equity and innovation.” […]
Beyond Borders exhibition at Kala Academy
A mother and daughter (Cecilia and Melinda Viegas) came together and showcased their paintings and photographs at the Kala Academy Art Gallery. The exhibition was titled ‘Beyond Borders’. It was inaugurated on 9th July 2018. The exhibits featured the family’s travel adventure stories. The paintings showed different sites like the Golden Pagoda, a Malaysian fisherman, Canoeing escapade, etc. The other part of the exhibition displayed their travel photographs along with typed out stories of their journey. The family has been to places like Phuket, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and others. They saw the Penang Hill, Kuala Lumpur’s central market, Phuket Monkey hill, Krabi’s Ao Nang beach, the Erawan Museum, a crocodile farm, Cicada Night Market, and much more. The family explored areas in those countries that are not really seen by tourists. The chief guest, Alina Saldanha, spoke a few words, “Every country has its own uniqueness” and “Art is the language of the soul.” (The exhibition will be open until June 10)
‘Range of Vision’ Art Exhibition
Kala Academy is currently having an art exhibition called ‘Range of Vision’. The walls of the art gallery are filled with picturesque paintings done by different artists. The exhibition was curated by Vishal Sharma and inaugurated by Chief Guest, Dr Shivaji Mukund Shet, who is a reputed artist. The exhibition will be open until 31st May 2018 (11 am to 7 pm)
International Museum Day Celebration at Goa Science Center
International Museum Day is being celebrated every year on May 18 and the theme for this year is ‘Hyperconnected Museums: New approaches, New Publics’. The objective of the International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among people. As a part of International Museum Day celebration, Goa Science Centre will be organising an exhibition on ‘My Own Collection’ from May 18 to May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exhibition will be organised for general public which will give them an opportunity to display their own hobby collection like stamps, postcards, coins etc. Those interested in displaying their hobby collection may register at Goa Science Centre.
Students of Dr. K.B. Hedgewar High School lights up the canvas
‘Chitrapavli’, an exhibition of canvas painting by artists from Std. VI to IX of Dr. K.B. Hedgewar High School, Cujira, Bambolim was inaugurated on April 24 at Kala Academy, Panaji by Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude.
“Caricatures of 100 Great Tiatrists” Book Release
The quirky book of Goa’s famous cartoonist, Alexys, “Caricatures of 100 Great Tiatrists” was released at Kala Academy on 16th April 2018. The book release event began with a musical performance by 3 singers- Olavo Rodrigues, Willy Goes, and Carlos Gonsalves. Tomazinho Cardozo, chairman of the 125th Anniversary of Tiatr Celebration Committee, while speaking on the occasion said that Alexys’ caricatures give an insight into the lives of the artists. Alexys said that the journey in doing 100 caricatures took nine months. He compared his work to a pregnant woman and dubbed it as labour of love. An eminent doctor, Sidney Pinto do Rosario said that he admired Alexys for his zest for life and said that he was one of the greatest cartoonists Goa has produced. Later on, an exhibition of the caricatures was inaugurated. The exhibition is open today (17th April 2018) for public viewing.
HeArt and Soul exhibition
Three artists came together and displayed their works in the Kala Academy Art Gallery. The exhibition cum sale was titled ‘heArt and Soul’. Sunil Kakodar, the first artist, has a deep liking for watercolours because of its transparency and fluidity. He mostly paints landscapes and his works are full of colour. His paintings had different titles like ‘Salt pans’, ‘Himalayas’, ‘Bylanes of Fontainhas’, ‘Fruit vendor on the beach’, Spiderweb’, ‘Rice fields’, ‘Paragliding’, etc. The different locations and sceneries were beautifully captured through the medium of watercolours. Ashlesh Kamat, photographer, had put up photos of festivals, rituals, and dances. One of them was the Veerbhadra dance form which is mainly performed during Shigmo, Gudi Padwa, and Dhalo festival. There were also photos of Shenni Uzzo which is a rare ritual held in Malcarnem. The other artist, Suyash Tanawade, has used different mediums like Mandala, acrylic, pen art, watercolours, and pencil sketches. He had created different flower patterns and other works like ‘Blue tree’, ‘The guiding hand’, ‘Red scenery’, and more. He also produced mini bikes which are made out of electronic waste.
Introspection- Portraying emotions
An art exhibition titled ‘Introspection’ of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and installations was held at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto, Panaji. This exhibition portrayed the various aspects such as history, modern life, abstract art, illusions by using various media such as acrylic colors, ink, and charcoal.
Creativity unleashed by special education students
Sanjay Centre for Special Education Goa is currently holding an art and painting exhibition at the Kala Academy Art gallery. The beautiful artworks were done by students who are hearing impaired, intellectually disabled or have a learning disability. They worked under the guidance of art teachers. Approximately 100 paintings are put up for display. More than 60 students worked on them. The young artists belong to different branches of Sanjay Centre and are between 6 to 22 years of age. The walls of the art gallery were filled with landscapes, glass paintings, acrylic colours, Madhubani paintings, sketches, abstract paintings, along with some delicate craft works. The main motive of this project was to help each individual child find their identity. Therefore, they were free to create whatever piece of art they desired. They took references from the internet and magazines or came up with their own ideas. The exhibition cum sale will be open until April 12 from 10 am to 7 pm.
Children’s Fine Art Exhibition
The walls of the Kala Academy Art Gallery are adorned with over 200 artworks which were created by children belonging to different schools (between 7 to 14 years of age). This fine art exhibition was organised by the Lions Club of Mapusa along with Paint Club Goa. The students used different mediums like mixed media on paper, pastels, pencil shading, acrylic on canvas, watercolours, etc. They weren’t given any topics in particular as the purpose of all this was to bring out their creativity without any hindrances. The children created different artworks like object drawings, still life, nature, optical illusions, metamorphic drawings, and much more. They also made paper look like old history pages, experimented with colour schemes, combined paper mache with canvases, etc. There was creative art made through collaborative projects. The first one involved the children picking up chits which had an adjective, verb, and noun. They then let their imagination take over to incorporate what was in the chits into their drawings. In the second project, they used plastic waste to create artworks like puppets, robots, etc. Lastly, 3D boxes were built which portrayed how construction is taking over and greenery is decreasing. The exhibition is open […]
Paint with Red Wine on 7th April 2018
Gallery Gitanjali is holding a unique workshop by Trishna Patnaik where the participants will have to paint with Red Wine. It provides a different way to let out one’s creative side. The participants will get to be artistic with the medium of Red Wine on cartridge sheets. These sheets are a type of heavy paper mainly used for illustrations and drawings. Here you’ll get to create an artwork using different tones and getting various patterns in place. Wine is surprisingly a great way to create artworks. To ensure a common composition for the whole group of participants, the theme will be seascapes. All the art material required will be provided at the workshop. It will take place on 7th April 2018 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. About the Facilitator: Trishna Patnaik is a self-taught artist based in Mumbai. Trishna has been practising art for over 14 years now. After she had a successful career in various reputed companies, she realised that she wanted to do something more meaningful. She found her true calling in her passion that is painting. Trishna is now a full-time professional painter pursuing her passion to create and explore to the fullest. For her, it […]
Poster competition for children.
As a prelude to the National Fire Service Day on April 14, the Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services is launching a series of activities to enhance the level of awareness among the citizens with stress on school children. The national theme for this year’s National Fire Service Day is – ‘Fire Loss is National Loss – Let us adopt Fire Safety Measures’. As a part this awareness campaign, a poster competition has been organised for the primary and middle school children of the state on April 8. The competition is divided into two groups, group I (7-10 years) – Topic: ‘Safe Fire Unsafe Fire’ and Group II (11-14 years) – Topic: ‘Fire accidents can be prevented’. The Department has identified the following schools as the centers for holding the competitions: Panaji – Don Bosco High School, Panaji; Mapusa – Government Primary & Middle School, Opp Post Office, Mapusa; Vasco – St Andrew’s Institute, Vasco; Pilerne – St Lourdes Convent High School, Saligao, Bardez. Pernem – Government Primary Middle School Surbanwada, Pernem; Ponda – A J De Almeida High School, Ponda; Bicholim – Government Primary School, ADEI Building, Bicholim; Valpoi – Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Valpoi; Old Goa – Old Goa […]
‘The Sacred Feminine: The Goddess and other Archetypes’
Gallery Gitanjali is currently having an art exhibition called ‘The Sacred Feminine: The Goddess and other Archetypes’ which was curated by Miriam Koshy- Sukhija. The walls were adorned with different creative artworks that were related to feminity. The artists used different mediums like tempera on canvas, acrylic on canvas, mixed media on paper, ink on canvas, etc. Priyal Woodpecker added some thought-provoking verses to some of the art like “Show me shelter and I will become the nest. Show me war and I will show you blood.” The paintings had different themes like unconditional love, confronting shadows, the balance between light and dark, and so on. The exhibition is open for public viewing till 30th April 2018.
Focusing on the Goddess and other Archetypes across cultures at Gallery Gitanjali
Gallery Gitanjali will be showcasing an exhibition entitled– The Sacred Feminine: The Goddess and other Archetypes, curated by Mriam Koshy-Sukhija on the day of the second blue moon of this year, on March 31. These works were created at an Art Residency and held at The Cajueiro Homestead from March 25 to 30. The curatorial trajectory for the residency was to explore, re-interpret, draw parallels and re-invoke the Sacred Feminine by focusing on the Goddess and Other Archetypes across Cultures. The Art Residency is an initiative of Gallery Gitanjali to promote and support art and to create a platform for artists from Goa and the rest of country to work together and share thoughts and ideas on their practice and journey as artists. The artists whose work will be on display are – Adhi Vishal, Apurva Kulkarni, Francis Desousa , Praveen Naik, Rajendra Usapkar, Rajeshree Thakker, Sanatan Saha, Sara Khalifi, Siddharth Gosavi, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal, Swapnesh Vaigankar, Vasudev Shetye, Veenita Chendvankar, Viraj Vasant Naik, Yolanda de Sousa, Pushpanjali Sharma, Godot Laifungbam and Priyal Woodpecker, each of whom have focused on the feminine in their art practice . While the works of art made by the artists in response to this […]
Art, colours, and fun on display
The exhibition of the prize-winning works of Kala Academy’s state level and taluka level children drawing and painting competition is being held at Kala Academy’s Art Gallery. The drawings and paintings are the works of students using colour pencils, crayons, watercolours, etc. The drawings are on different subjects and themes like dreams, sceneries, nature, portraits, flora and fauna, ‘Keep Goa clean’, ‘Say no to plastic’, and so on. The artworks reflect the talent young children in Goa. The exhibition is open for public viewing till March 27th, 2018 from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Leonardo Pucci photo-exhibition: ‘Episodes (Without a real order)’
Leonardo Pucci is holding a solo photographic exhibition titled ‘Episodes (Without a real order)’ at Sunaparanta, Panaji. The photos show candid moments of people, which are usually private and intimate. These people were unaware that they were being photographed. Leonardo Pucci has attempted to capture hidden feelings of people wherever he has travelled. He is a self-taught photographer who has lived in different parts of the world. The exhibition is open for public viewing till May 24th, 2018.
Rare historical documents of relationship of Brazil–India–Goa
A photographic exhibition based on ‘Rare historical documents of relationship of Brazil–India–Goa’, organised by the Lusophone Society of Goa in collaboration with the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita e Jose Mindlin, Brazil (BBM) was inaugurated on March 24 by the Consul General of Brazil in Mumbai, Rosimar da Silva Suzano at Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto, Panaji. The exhibition showcases the historical relationships between India and Brazil wherein the then Portuguese colony, Goa which acted as a catalyst or an epicenter to strengthen the diplomatic ties between these two countries. It also throws light on the trade and commerce scene, from ancient times and how the business between the East and the West flourished. The President of Lusophone Society of Goa, Dr. Aurobindo Xavier spoke on the similarities of both the nations share, such as the cuisine, vegetation or the spice produce and the social behavior of the people in the society. (The exhibition is open to public till March 29 from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Photography exhibition of the Lusophone Society of Goa
A photographic exhibition was held in the Art Gallery of the Directorate of Art & Culture, Patto, Panaji. It was organised by Lusophone Society of Goa. Through photos, they attempted to show the similarities between Ouro Preto and Panaji in terms of the architecture of the houses and streets. The majority of the pictures were taken by Aurobindo Xavier. Ouro Preto is one of Brazil’s best-preserved colonial towns. It has many Baroque churches. Antonio Francisco Lisboa and Aleijadinho (architects and sculptors) along with painter, Athayde, used their creativity to make Ouro Preto a unique town. Panaji (Panjim) is the capital city of Goa. In 1843, Panjim became the official administrative headquarters of Portuguese India. The neighbourhood of Fontainhas in Panjim has a Portuguese atmosphere. Many of the houses here date back to the 19th century and are of Indo-Portuguese architecture with Mediterranean colours. The streets here are narrow with alleys, lanes, and stairways. The photos were well presented and one could see the similarities between the two places even though they are kilometers apart.
Refurbishing the Signages in Panaji.
Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) in association with Corporation of The City of Panaji (CCP) will conduct a competition titled – Re-imagining Commercial Signage in Panaji on March 24 at Fundacao Oriente. Signage being an integral part of the commercial setup has sometimes tinkered with the visual aspects of historic buildings by often creating a disproportion on the facades of such buildings. Since, Panaji has numerous historic buildings that are a part of the commercial setup and have also been the victims of asymmetrical signages, Charles Correa Foundation with an aim of examining the feasibility and ease of usage of the proposed guidelines have taken up this initiative which will give a character to the city. While briefing the media, executive member of CCF, Amit Sukhtankar, said that this competition was a trial and error method as the ‘Guidelines for commercial signage in Panaji’ have already been submitted to the CCP and the output of this competition will lead those guidelines to be inducted or not-to-be inducted in the Trade and Occupation Bye-Laws of the city. The competition will feature works from 8 teams which comprises of architects, graphic designers, town planning experts and one team will be representing Goa College […]
Children Drawing Competition Prize distribution and Exhibition
Kala Academy has declared the results of the state level children’s drawing competition, which was held on 11th March. The drawing competition was judged by Mr. Sainath Padte, Mr. Willy Goes, and Mr. Prakash Naik. The prize distribution function of taluka level and state level competition will be held on 25th March 2018 at 4.30 p.m. on the lawns of Kala Academy. Before the prize distribution function, the exhibition of the prize-winning works of children at the Taluka level and state level will be inaugurated at the Art Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public from 25th to 27th March 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
‘As I see it’ photo exhibition of Rafique Sayed
The works of photographer, Rafique Sayed are being displayed at the Axirvaad Spice Villa, Harmony Villas, Assagao. This is Axirvaad’s first exhibition in Goa and is called ‘As I see it’. Rafique Sayed has worked with different shades and colours but his preferred hues are black and white. His photos have an elegant, mysterious, and almost poetic quality to them. He shoots portraits, nature, people, etc, in a unique way. The aim of this exhibition is to encourage sustainability which could be seen by the frames of his photographs. They are made from used shipping crates which would have otherwise gone to waste. The elegant works at the exhibition are mostly in black and white. One of the photographs is turned into a light installation which could be adjusted according to a person’s taste. The exhibition can be viewed by prior appointment till 31st March 2018.
A Mirror of Everyday Life- Drawing exhibition
The Museum of Goa (MOG) is currently holding an exhibition called ‘A Mirror of Everyday Life’ which showcases Saleh Kazemi’s drawings. He is an Iranian artist settled in Rome and has lately been travelling around Goa, artistically recording what he has seen. The display also includes other works by Saleh, such as self-portraits and a series called Moments in Waiting. Saleh Kazemi had first taken up documentary photography but later on distanced himself from technology which led him to the drawing board. He loves to travel and capture what he sees every day. The drawings at the exhibition show everyday scenes from different places. Various scenes from Goa were depicted like women sellers in local markets, barbershops, cows, banyan trees, etc. He also drew the local life of Rome which portrayed bus journeys, shops, café life, kitchens, and so on. There is also a Linocut print of the famous Mapusa market. The exhibition is open for public viewing until 29th March 2018.
A tribute to ‘Mother Nature’
An exhibition of art works of Stacy Rodrigues and Clarice Vaz was inaugurated by art and culture minister, Govind Gaude on March 16 at Kala Academy, Panaji. The exhibition is themed as – ‘The Giver’, which showcases the deteriorating state of the environment in our quest towards rapid development. Stacy Rodrigues, who is visually impaired, have showcased her affection towards Mother Nature through the media of charcoal and acrylic colors. Her art work speaks volumes about landscapes and being in the presence of the nature. Clarice Vaz, who is a nurse by profession, has portrayed her work by blending in her profession with art. She has used unconventional tools such as syringes or needles to create her artworks. Her work is a tribute to sunsets and landscapes. The exhibition is an eye–opener to viewers as it conveys a message on how heavily we are dependent on nature for our survival and its time that we reflect on our mistakes and give back to the nature in whatever way we can. [The exhibition will be open to public for viewing till March 18 till 7 p.m. The artworks at the exhibition are for sale and the proceeds of which will be […]
Poonam Lodge Exhibition – A house full of creativity
Poonam Lodge, Panaji, – a 101 years old building- has now been turned into an exhibition centre. Abandoned for many years, it is now the site of the first ever intervention of the ‘Goa Artists Collective.’ The exhibition will be open for public until 25th March. The quaint simple place has creative exhibits placed around the area. The first one is in a dark room where a brass hand holds a torch which symbolizes discovery and rediscovery. The next exhibit is a watercolour painting of a Gozadi (Quilt) which has been made in memory of the artist’s grandmother who used to stitch quilts. There is also an impressive terracotta piece of work called ‘Keys of Grandeur’ which was inspired by the bunch of keys the village landlords and landladies used to keep in the olden days of Goa’s ‘Bhatkarponn.’ ‘Meu Amor’ is a large charcoal drawing of an old lady which seemed to be embedded in the house to show that the memory of the house lies in the lady’s heart forever. There are many other interesting works like ‘Enemy at the Door’, ‘Dark Dusk’, ‘Cupboard of Curiosity’, etc.
When does a house cease to be a house?
‘Goa Artists Collective’ is going to have its first ever show at Poonam Lodge, Panaji. Poonam Lodge is a 101 years old heritage home, which will become an exhibition space. There will be a group show called, ‘When does a house cease to be a house?’ by 10 artists on Sunday, 11th March 2018. At the opening session, Bhisaji Gadekar, a performance artist, will give a 2-hour performance titled, ‘Dormitory Room’. The exhibition will be open for public from 12th to 25th March. Those interested in insightful experiences, paintings, installations, live art, drawings, performance art, presentations and workshops on the related subjects can visit the exhibition. Venue: Haroon’s House (Old Poonam Lodge), Near Mary Immaculate Girls High School, Fontainhas – Panaji. Click here to view the location.
43rd State Art Exhibition at Kala Academy
A variety of beautiful works of art are on display at the ongoing 43rd State Art Exhibition now on at Kala Academy. The display of art is in three categories. The Painting and Graphic Print category has works of different themes like ‘Happiness’, ‘Te-Fiti’, ‘The Proposal at night’, and ‘Sacrifice’. The Applied Art and Graphic Design has unique art like ‘Lucid Dreamer’, ‘Colours in the Air’, and ‘Perspective of a cat’. The Sculpture category had skillfully shaped works like ‘Grandmother’, ‘Naughty boy’ and ‘Struggle’. The gallery is filled with art of abstract works, shapes, people, animals, inanimate objects, and gorgeous colours.
State Art Exhibition (Students Category)
Kala Academy is organizing its 43rd State Art Exhibition. Altogether 111 works were received by the organizers under different sections — Painting and Graphic Print, Applied Art and Graphic Design and Sculpture, this year. A total of 71 works have been selected for display in the exhibition. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery of Kala Academy which will be followed by the prize distribution function. This exhibition will be open till 10th March 2018 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Splash of colours- Goa Expo at Kala Academy
The Kala Academy held an art exhibition which started on 24th February and will end on 27th February. It is open from 11 am to 7:30 pm. Many beautiful artworks were exhibited here. There were paintings that imitated real life and glowed in the dark, along with sceneries, abstract works, deities, and more. A few sculptures were also displayed. The artworks were produced through different methods like acrylic on canvas, stumping powder on a sheet, oil on canvas, watercolours on handmade paper, acrylic on glass, graphite and charcoal, and so on. The works were all amazing and proved that there is a tremendous amount of artistic talent in the world.
3rd International fashion week (IFW) to kick start from March 2
The 3rd International fashion week (IFW) will be held at Taj Vivanta, Panaji from March 2 to March 4.The event will be in support of a social cause “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”. One slot of fashion show will be dedicated to this cause. The 3-day fashion event will feature works of 18 fashion designers from all over India. Celebrity designers like Mohan Gowda, Naveen Pradeep, Madhu Verma and Goan designers such as Philu Martins, Anushka Shaikh, Puja Mapxekar and other upcoming designers will be part of this event. In addition to this fashion institutes such as Vastra Designing-Pune, DIDT from Nashik and Goa Polytechnic College will also showcase their collections. The event will begin on March 2 at 10 a.m. and will have various activities like master classes, seminars, talk shows, auditions for beauty pageant and Workshops. The designers’ fashion shows will begin from 6 p.m. onwards.
Goa Affordable Art festival
The Goa Affordable Art festival is currently going on at the Museum of Goa. The museum is filled with artworks following the start of the exhibition which began on 17th December 2017 and is scheduled to end on 28th February 2018. The idea to hold Goa Affordable Art Festival was floated by Siddharth Kerkar, the son of the museum’s owner. The first and second floors of the museum are showcasing the artworks, which are more than a thousand in numbers. There were paintings of human beings, shaded drawings, mini-wooden sculptures, and black and white photographs on the first floor. The second floor has photos of people and animals, visual diaries, and more. There are also 3D paintings which could be viewed through 3D glasses to get the full impact of the illusion.
Art exhibition- Shades, colours, and life
The art exhibition at the art gallery of the Directorate of Art & Culture has unique works on display. The artists participating in the exhibition have used different mediums, like ink, charcoal, watercolours, etching, gouache, acrylic, and mixed media on paper. The artists whose works are exhibited are Norman Tagore, Shripad Gaurav, Nirupa Naik, Manjunath Naik, Nandini Raikar and Jyoti Mehta. Norman Tagore showcases human figures delicately. His painting ‘The art teacher’ is on display along with others. Shripad Gaurav’s paintings are satirical and show the peaceful, happy, Goan way of life. Manjunath Naik has showcased different ideas of art in his works like ‘Holy cow’, ‘Lucky owl’ and ‘We came, we saw, we conquered’. He tries to express love in different moods. Nirupa Naik in her works has portrayed the simple yet beautiful life of her village people. Among her works are ‘The golden tree’ and women working in fields. Nandini Raikar has displayed different life experiences through artworks like ‘Mother’s love’ and ‘The swings of nostalgia’. Jyoti Mehta’s creativity can be seen through her colourful paintings of dandelions unfurling and touching the sun. The price of the paintings ranges approximately between Rs14,000 and Rs 50,000.
CM greets Laxman Pai for Padma Bhushan Award
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday visited renowned artist Laxman Pal, at Dona Paula, whose name figures in the list of Padma Bhushan Award announced by the Centre on Thursday. The said award will be conferred on the recipient at the hands of President of India at Delhi at the end of March 2018. Parrikar expressed happiness that Pal has been chosen for the prestigious award. The Chief Minister extended his heartiest greetings. Pal Joined Goa College of Art as a professor in 1977 and served in various capacities right from professor to the principal of the college and retired In the year 1987. Thereafter he went to Delhi and settled down in Bharat) Artist Colony. The Goa government conferred on him the prestigious Gomant Vibhushan Award in the year 2016. Dr. Pramod Savant, Speaker of Goa legislative assembly, Siddharth Kuncalienkar, chairman of EDC, Prasad Lolyenkar, director of the Department of Higher Education were present on the occasion. File Pic Pic Credit: Hemant Parab
Expressing Art Through Various Media
An exhibition of art works of Inacio Alvares, Joseph Franco and Arnesto Borges was inaugurated on Wednesday at Kala Academy, Panaji.The exhibits depict various elements of day to day life, where the artists have used different media to portray their art. Inacio Alvares, who has his artworks based on Goan culture, says that through his artwork he wants to convey a message to the fellow Goans to resurrect the dying Goan culture. Joseph Franco whose exhibits are created by the etching technique, which are themed on blending of natural elements together says he has tried to portray one can see what is beneath the sea and indulge in the underwater stories through the art technique of etching. Arnesto Borges has used pebbles to portray his art. He says that he wanted to do something creative and therefore chose pebbles as his canvas. He also added that in future he will be producing more creative work with stones. The exhibition will be open for the public viewing from January 25 to January 28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pic Credits- Hemant Parab
Explore everyday-Goa through varied art
Hailing from different parts of Goa, three artists – Inacio Alvares, Joseph Febian Franco and Arnesto Borges – have come together to exhibit their artwork at Kala Academy. What is different about this exhibition is that each artist has used a different medium and technique to express various elements of everyday life. Inacio who has been painting for last 20 years, has tried to focus on stories of Goa for this exhibition. He felt a need to preserve or conserve the various cultural aspects of Goa that are slowly fading away. “Earlier in Goa you would notice people using stone grinders to grind the masalas but today with the mixer and other electronic gadgets have replaced them. Similarly, you cannot find many toddy tappers and this has made me wonder if the coming generation would know about these things. As an attempt to conserve these cultural aspects through the medium of painting I have themed my artwork on the traditions of Goa,” says Inacio who has about 14 paintings up at the exhibition. Calangute-based Joseph has over the years been practicing etching. Speaking about this technique he says: “It’s not easy to do etching. You require a proper studio […]
New Galleries of Goa State Museum
The Goa State Museum opened 4 new galleries in the Adil Shah palace which has interesting artifacts. The first gallery called ‘Glimpses of Goan culture’ shows the religious aspect of Goa. Old worshipping utensils like dhoop-dani and kumkum box, time-honored dresses of Hindus, as well as traditional musical instruments were put on display. Eye-catching exhibits in the first gallery are a Tulsi Vrindavan made by Vishnu Cuncalkar and a diorama of a Shiva temple. The second gallery is about ‘Goan expression through the ages’. Here there are old sculptures of deities, stone inscriptions, and photos of rock carvings from approximately 8000 BC. Hero memorial stones and sati stones which are full of symbols are also exhibited here. The third gallery called ‘The Portuguese phase’ has wooden sculptures of saints. Striking objects here are huge chests of drawers, an old printing machine of Goa, and a victory flag of the Portuguese over Dutch. Lastly, the fourth gallery is about Goa’s freedom struggle which is shown through photos.