Toll free number launched for postal complaints, suggestions
The department of posts, on Tuesday, launched a toll-free number which can be used to convey any suggestions and complaints regarding services. The department launched the toll-free number-18003136633 as part of National Postal Week that is observed from October 9-15. Pramod Sawant, Speaker of Legislative Assembly, launched the postal celebrations. He said that the postal sector is seeing changes day by day. “Most of the schemes that are launched by the government are not fully accessible to all the public, so in order to promote schemes such as Atal Pension Yojana and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana it is not only the duty of the postal department but also all the government departments that are directly related to the public to spread awareness,” he said. Only about 250 residents of the state have availed of the Atal Pension Yojana scheme launched by the central government in 2015, revealed officials from the postal department. Dr N Vinodkumar, postmaster general, Goa region, said that in the last two-three years all the 257 post offices in Goa have become computerised and with this the state became the first in India to complete the roll-out of the technological project. “Post the technological roll-out, we have also […]
Cases of breast cancer on a rise in Goa
At the ongoing two-day 7th edition of the Indian Breast Cancer Survivors Conference at International Centre of Goa, president of GOKARMA Oncology Association, Shekhar Salkar said that breast cancer cases are on a rise in Goa. Out of the 1000-1200 cancer cases reported every year in Goa around 200 are of breast cancer, he said. The inauguration of the 7th edition of the Indian Breast Cancer Survivors Conference was held at the hands of executive director Dempo industries, Pallavi S Dempo in the presences of fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks; vice president, Womens Cancer Initiative, Tata Hospital Mumbai, Deveika Bhojwani; Head of Department of Oncology- Manipal Hospital Goa and president GOKARMA Oncology Association, Shekhar Salkar; breast surgeon, Mandar Nadkarni; oncologist and trustee of the Nag foundation, Shona Nag, and trustee of Muskan, Babita Agarwal. Speaking at the inauguration, Bhojwani narrated her experience with the disease “When I was diagnosed with cancer I thought it was a gift which helped me focus on myself and my needs. When I used to go for treatment, I would meet other women who would come there for treatment with their family members. However, over a period of time I saw them coming in alone. Their […]
Make Cities Equitable- Burdett
The third edition of Z-Axis – the biennial conference titled- “Designing Equitable Cities”, organised by the Charles Correa Foundation was inaugurated on September 6 at the Kala Academy. Professor of Urban studies at London School of Economics (LSE), Richard Burdett delivered the Charles Correa Memorial Lecture, where he spoke on how to shape equitable cities in an urban age. Burdett started the lecture by emphasising the need for an equitable environment in which the city of an urban age can flourish. “Shaping Cities in the Urban Age does more than put cities on the map. The current urban trends are making cities more fragmented, less equitable and environmentally more damaging.” He also argued powerfully towards an integrated social environment that can inform and inspire city-makers that are shaping an increasingly urban world. Quoting Charles Correa, “We should improve fundamentally the governance of our cities – for, in the final analysis, they will decide the future of this nation” Burdett highlighted that the city belongs to the citizens. It’s up to them to shape the city and the citizens should be a reckoning force behind the main political and economic forces that will help in shaping up the urban societies. Speaking […]
“Learn to appreciate the gifts of nature”- Mridula Sinha
“People will not be motivated to protect nature and its assets until and unless they realise what services the ecosystem has to offers and in order to know that they have to understand and appreciate nature and its offerings,” said Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha, while speaking at the inauguration of Goa Environment Festival at Kala Academy. She further added that whenever we travel by train or car we see swaying fields and huge water bodies that gives our mind a sense of serenity, but often we fail to appreciate its beauty. “The appreciation of nature is never taught to us but it comes naturally as the aesthetics, respect, caring for the earth and interrelationships are the things that bind a person with nature,” she said. The festival is organised by Kalakirti in association with Entertainment Society of Goa, Department of Tourism and Kala Academy. Minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude also highlighted the importance of holding such festivals and questioned the audience as to how many people in reality take are aware of environmental issues. “Before cutting down a tree we should always think about how they bring an ecological balance in the environment as trees, like humans, […]
Lecture by Devesh Walia at Verem-Ponda
Goa State Biodiversity Board (GSBB) is organising a public lecture and panel discussion on ‘Advanced trends in Earth Sciences and its Application in Conservation of Biodiversity,’ by Dr Devesh Walia on August 31, from 3.15 p.m to 5.30 p.m, at Shri Madananth Sabhagruha, Madhlawada, Verem-Ponda. Walia is a sectional president (Earth System Sciences Section), Indian Science Congress Association-2018, professor (geology) and head, department of Environmental Studies, North-Eastern Hill University, Guwahati. The lecture is open to the general public. Kindly confirm your participation latest by August 30 to GSBB by telephone or SMS as limited seats are available. Confirmation will be on first-come, first served basis.
Equity in Urbanisation
The Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) an initiative of architect and urban planner Charles Correa will host the third edition of the Z-AXIS conference. The 2018 edition of the architectural conference will focus on ‘Designing Equitable Cities’ and will be held from September 6 to 8 at Kala Academy -Goa. The conference aims to propagate the idea of equity rather than equality, as far as the urbanisation and planning is concerned. This is in tandem with what Charles Correa had said of the ‘city’ : ‘we must of necessity examine the entire system we call ‘city’ and try to identify those living patterns and lifestyles which are optimal in their totality – including roads, services, schools, transportation systems, social facilities and of course, the housing units themselves.’ The conference aims at an analysis of equity, how it can be maintained and how it has been affected due to sociological, economic, political and cultural hierarchies. The speakers will throw light on the various interventions that try and address the problems at hand. “The topic is very relevant for the Indian subcontinent, as it highlights the subliminal problem of equity, how it manifests itself and how they have been dealt with in a […]
Shenoi Goembab story telling competition to be held on August 13
Bhasha Mandal (KBM) will organise its annual ‘Shenoi Goembab Story Telling Competition’ on August 13 across 17 centres across the state. One of the biggest in the state with more than 150 judges and 250 plus volunteers, the competition will be held in three categories: first to fourth standard; fifth to seventh standard and eighth to tenth standards. In order to give more representation to the performers at the state-level competition for the centres where the participants are in large numbers, the judges may select more winners for every additional 15 participants. The centre level competition will be followed by district level competition on August 19 followed by the state level competition on the same day at Konkani Bhasha Mandal Hall in Margao.
IT Dept. of Goa to hold International Blockchain Congress (IBC) on August 5
The Department of Information Technology, Government of Goa in collaboration with NITI Aayog and Nucleus Vision is hosting India’s first-ever International Blockchain Congress (IBC) in Goa on August 5 with the motive of how the technology can be leveraged to improve the efficiency of their services, bring about better management of contracts which can enable smoother financial transactions and improve overall transparency. While briefing the media in the capital city, IT Director of Goa, Ameya Abhayankar said that the government of Goa is striving ahead to put Goa on an IT map of India which includes the recent launch of the Goa IT policy to facilitate the growth of startups in the state. Abhayankar also added that, “considering the surplus of talent that’s on offer in Goa, events like this will help to build a talent pipeline that will keep the students on par with what’s going on in the IT sector by giving them exposure to blockchain (BC), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), 3D printing, drones and other perspectives of new features in the IT industry.” The International Blockchain Congress will see Over 65 eminent international speakers and guests from various sectors of IT such as– innovators, technologists, […]
Mapping the Capital City
As an initiative of Archinova Environs for Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG) to safeguard and promote the built and natural heritage of Panaji, GHAG on July 27 released a booking titled – ‘The Mapped heritage of Panaji, 2017’ which showcases the areas of monumental existence in the premises of the capital city. Addressing the gathering, the curator of the book, Poonam Verma Mascarenhas said that Panaji is a very special city that is studded with tree-lined avenues, riverfront promenades, parks, plazas, yellow and blue houses, churches and temples which gives it a dimension of vibrancy. “Change is an inevitable part of life and it is very well reflected on the appearance of the capital city which has evolved through drastic changes over the 4 centuries of this existence” added Mascarenhas. Further Mascarenhas, said that this book is a guide to these changes where the mapping helps one to understand the quantitative aspect of the city all in one glance. Also speaking on the occasion, historian and a resident of Panaji for the past 37 years, Celsa Pinto said that the city of Panaji is an effort of people from various walks of life be it the engineers, architects, artisans who […]
Bringing Shakespeare on a regional front
William Shakespear is not just a mere subject but a subject of love, an element of fantasy, an insight into the human psychic and the ethics of philosophy which are very much present in our day to day lives, said Kiran Budkuley, a writer and a critic while speaking on the occasion of the release of Padmashri Suresh Amonkar’s two Konkani books titled– A Golden Treasury of Shakespear’s Thoughts and a Konkani translation of Julius Caesar. “When Shakespear’s work combining poetry and philosophy, is in its proportionate, symbolic and impactful best than it uncovers various dimensions of the meaning of a rhythm and lucidity and with this it becomes a greater challenge for any translator even if it is of Suresh Amonkar’s caliber”, added Budkuley. Further Budkuley said that, in the works of Shakespear, Amonkar found a soul mate as its literature has the power to touch one’s emotions, vitalise their thinking process and also helping you to look towards the society from a social point of view. Author of the books, Suresh Amonkar said that the work of Shakespear is a whole different aspect of literature, once you start reading his works, it’s almost like a love affair, and you […]
“We should aim to retain the talents by developing Goa into an IT hub”- CM
“If Goa can excel in so many other fields, we can do so in IT as well. We’re a small state that has produced talents beyond its strength. We should aim to retain the talents by developing Goa into an IT hub with a positive mind frame” said the Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar while speaking at the launch of ‘Goa Start-Up Portal’ on the occasion of Goa IT day. The Goa IT Day is part of a focused initiative to promote innovation and encourage entrepreneurial investment in the state so that Goa can be counted among the top 25 startup destinations in Asia by 2025. Further, Parrikar added that “Right from the year 2000, I have been dreaming of Goa becoming a powerful hub for IT. And with Cyber¬–age scheme, Goa did become the first state to give technical grants and laptops to students.” Speaking about the initiative that the Government of Goa has taken up to support the young techies and entrepreneurs, Minister for Information and Technology, Rohan Khaunte said that “Goa has traditionally been running on a mining and tourism-dependent economy and now it is time for us to add Information Technology to make Goa a […]
Nationalism which took shape while fighting the British
As part of MOG Sundays, Apoorvanand Jha from Siwan, Bihar will talk about Indian nationalism which took shape while fighting British colonialism. He will touch upon the idea of justice and liberty, along with creating a new friendly community feeling. His talk will mainly focus on the need for different communities to come together and build a new sense of companionship. Apoorvanand is a literary and cultural critic and has published in nearly all Hindi journals. Additionally, he has published two books of essays in literary criticism: Sundar Ka Swapna and Sahitya Ka Ekant. He is a bilingual writer who contributes columns in Indian newspapers and magazines on the issues of education, culture, communalism, violence and human rights. He also lectures widely on these issues. Having earned a Master’s and Ph.D. from Patna University, he has worked on the development of Marxist aesthetics in Hindi literature. In 1999, he was invited to join Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University; a Central University set up by the Government of India and was instrumental in developing the University’s vision plan and first academic programs. He was part of the core group that designed the National Curriculum Framework for School Education in 2005 and […]
DKA to celebrate ‘Romanxicho Patxai’ Reginald Fernandes Day on June 14
In keeping with the tradition, Dalgado Konknni Akademi will celebrate the anniversary of ‘Romanxicho Patxai’, Reginald Fernandes on June 14 at 4.30 p.m. at the DKA’s Reginald Fernandes conference hall, Panaji. At the function, Konknni lover and writer, Brazinho Soares Kalapurkar will voice his thoughts on Reginald Fernandes and Tomazinho Cardozo, President, DKA will preside. A famed novelist of his time, late Reginald Fernandes wrote more than 200 novels in Konknni. In the period of the nonexistence of radio, TV, and mobile, reading was a hobby of the people of Goa. His writings attracted the young and the old. The young especially were attracted towards his well-knit and superbly descriptive love scenes. The publishers of his time were eagerly waiting for his new novels and the huge queue of publishers at his residence to get the copyright was a proof of this statement. Though he has enriched Konknni literature, it is sad that the literary world has failed to recognise him. Honoring this great writer, Dalgado Konknni Akademi has named their conference hall “Reginald Fernandes’ hall. DKA celebrate his birth anniversary, as Reginald Fernandes Day on June 14 every year. (The event is open to all.)
Tobacco Breaks Hearts
On 31st May 2018, Dr Sharmila Rao gave a talk on tobacco at 91 Springboard, Panaji, as it was ‘World No Tobacco Day’. She touched on the history of tobacco, how it was used for prayers, medicines, etc, and said, “We are abusing something that was sacred.” She went on to explain the ill effects of smoking not only for the primary smoker but for the secondary and tertiary smoker. Tertiary smoking is when a person gets affected by residual nicotine and other chemicals that can settle on surfaces like curtains, walls, furniture, clothes, vehicles, etc. Methods of tobacco de-addiction along with their advantages and disadvantages were also discussed here. These include nicotine patches, nicotine gums, organic smokes, spray inhalers, cognitive behaviour therapy, NLP, and more. One of her opinions was, “Nicotine patches do work for quitting provided the person wants to quit.” She also stated that peer acceptance is one of the triggers for this addiction.
Goa Statehood Day celebration
Goa Statehood Day was celebrated by the Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) on 30th May 2018. Tomazinho Cardozo, the president of DKA, was stressing the importance of Konkani as it is the identity of a Goan. He elaborated by saying, “You will be able to identify a Goan if he talks Konkani. Similarly, you’ll be able to identify a non-Goan by the language he speaks. Instead of non-Goans learning Konkani and speaking to Goans in our language, we speak in Hindi to them.” He said that we should take the responsibility to preserve Goa for future generations. Later on, several people recited poems on the topic ‘Goa’s Statehood.’
Book release of ‘Natyakarmi’
A book ‘Natyakarmi’, written by Vithal Nagesh Gawade Parwadkar was released by Govind Gaude, the Art and Culture Minister, on 28th May 2018 at the Black Box of Kala Academy. The book features works of 12 female artists and 88 male artists of 55 years and above, who have contributed to Goan cinema. It also has interviews of several senior artists who are in the field of Konkani and Marathi drama. “Goa is known for its Konkani and Marathi drama and it is our duty to maintain our rich culture. The youth of Goa should participate and carry forward this tradition,” said the author while elaborating on why he chose to write the book.
Biomass Briquette- A fuel for a better future
Biomass, as a renewable energy source, has started to look much more favorable again in recent years. Keeping in mind the environmental issues, Rotary Club of Panaji, has begun a project of using biomass briquettes to replace wood while cremating a body at the St. Inez crematorium. A briquette is a compressed block of coal dust or other combustible biomass material such as charcoal, sawdust, wood chips, peat, paper or agricultural waste used for fuel and kindling to start a fire. The main advantage of a briquette over wood is that it has a higher calorific value with 20 percent moisture in it with the 40 percent moisture content in a dry wood thus making the ignition process quite easier. While briefing the media Chairman of briquettes committee, Anil Sardessai said that the committee has discussed the project with stakeholders like Chairman of Panaji Crematorium, Audhut Angle, Mayor of CCP, Vithal Chopdekar and other CCP officials and they have given their approval and needed support for the implementation of the project. The success of this project will not only help the environment’s cause but also will help in motivating other crematoriums in Goa to follow in their steps, added Sardessai. […]
Three Konkani books on River Saraswati released
“Water is life and without water, our existence would be very difficult,” said Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha. She was speaking at the book release function of three books in Konkani – ‘Katha Saraswati’, ‘Nadi Saraswati’ and ‘Saraswati Nadi: Sod and Bodh’ in Panaji on Wednesday. Bhartiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti, Goa Pradesh released these three books that contain all the necessary information on the river Saraswati that existed in the past for all age groups. Sinha speaking about the Indian culture said: “Whenever there has been a time when we have started to forget our history there have been people who remind us about what we have forgotten. In this way, our history is still living although it has happened several years ago.” Sinha feels that whether the river is in her home state, Bihar or from Goa, the sole purpose of a river is to nourish and it has been doing it without anything in return. Water has proved to be essential for life and hence industrialist, Shrinivas Dempo in his address said that we should not pollute our rivers. “Our ancestors treated the rivers as goddesses hoping that the generations to come will keep it clean considering it […]
Remembering the person who resurrected Konkani- Sebastiao Rudolfo Dalgado
Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) organised a special programme on May 8 at Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji to celebrate the 163rd birth anniversary of Sebastiao Rudolfo Dalgado after whose name Dalgado Konknni Akademi is named in the year 1988. The chief guest, Parish priest of Saint Francis Xavier Church, Borim, a visiting professor at Rachol Seminary and a Konkani writer, Fr Manuel Gomes while speaking at the function said that he too has been trying to promote Konkani in his parish by following in the footsteps of Dalgado. Until a few years ago most of the texts on the niches in the cemetery in my parish were either written in English or Portuguese. Now, around 27 memorial niches have been replaced with text in Romi Konkani which was either in English or Portuguese script, said Fr Manuel adding that though we earn our living by speaking in English we should not let go of our mother language, Konkani. The day Konkani will not be used in churches that day will be the beginning of the end of Konkani in Goa, said the president of Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA), Tomazinho Cardozo while addressing the gathering on the occasion. We have to do […]
3 Konkani books on River Saraswati to be released on May 9
Bhartiya ltihas Sankalan Samiti, Goa Pradesh is publishing three books in Konkani – ‘Katha Saraswati’, ‘Nadi Saraswati’ and ‘Saraswati Nadi: Sod and Bodh’ on May 9 at 530 pm, at Institute Menezes Braganza, The chief guest for the function will be Governor, Mridula Sinha; minister for urban development and law, Francis D’Souza; industrialist, Shrinivas Dempo; and Haribhau Vaze representing Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti. The books published in fourteen different languages are works of several researchers who took the initiative in collecting facts together to prove the existence of River Saraswati that is drying up. Babasaheb Apte Smarak Samiti, Bengaluru took up the task of writing books for common people, students to create awareness about this extensive research, Thee books contain research done from geographical, historical, linguistic, geological, hydrological, sedimentological, archaeological data in a systematic way for an easy understanding of readers. The books have been translated to Konkani by Bhushan Bhave and Anant Kelkar, a task supported by Shrinivas Dempo.
TEDxPanaji 2018 Conference to be held on Sunday, April 8
The second edition of TEDxPanaji will be held on Sunday 8th April, 2018 at the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) in Panaji. This independently organized TED event will feature a combination of live speakers and TED Talk videos that will spark a discussion about ideas in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, Design, Science, Arts, Education and others that are bubbling in the local community and are worth spreading. This year the theme of TEDxPanaji is #AgainstTheTide. It celebrates ideas that are challenging the popular beliefs and notions. Ideas that have gone against the established systems and that have charted new paths. The highlight of the event is its diverse lineup of speakers and performers, which includes Capt. Dilip Donde – Circumnavigator of globe, Abhijit Sadhale – Architect, Dr Nandita Desouza – Pediatrician, Darryl Desouza – Naturopath, Donald Fernandes – Founder of NGO, Drupad Gaonkar – Mime artiste, Raunak Hede – computer geek, Sai Damodar Group – group of musicians and Manish Jain – IITian. The event is supported by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Department of Information Technology, Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs, Entertainment Society of Goa, Team Inertia, 91Springboard & Dhairyansh Green. TEDxPanaji will be held from […]
Historical walk for children at Old Goa
Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa, will be conducting a historical walk titled –‘A Walk in Time’ around Old Goa for the children above 8 years from April 9 to 14. This is a unique walk that is designed like a voyage through the historic landscape of Goa, where the children will be able to explore rare and unseen sites like caves, rock excavations, ruins and secret vaults. The children will also learn about various other aspects such as – history, art, architecture, geography, food, culture, mythology, iconography and various forms of civilizations. In this interactive walk, the information will be imparted to the children’s through stories and observations and through activities like building, drawing, prop making, documenting, playing, writing and performing. In the final phase the participants will be sharing their experience of this workshop with the public through a performance and an exhibition. Schedule – Time 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Day 1 – Exploring Divar Caves, Saptakoteshwar Temple, Piedade Church Day 2 – Old Goa Viceroy’s Arch, St. Catherine’s Chapel and St. Cajetan’s Church Day 3 – Old Goa St. Augustine’s Monastery, Church of Santa Monica Day 4 – Old Goa St. Anthony’s Chapel and Church of […]
Lecture on Bagru hand block printing at MOG
Museum of Goa (MOG), Pilerne will be conducting a lecture on ‘Introduction to the natural dyes used in Bagru hand block printing of cloths, which will be delivered by Francisca Carvalho on April 1 at 11:30 a.m. Francisca Carvalho who lives and works in Lisbon and her work addresses the life of symbols translating it into drawings, collages, textiles and objects. She has recently shown her work in a solo show, Chordata, at Culturgest, Porto. Since January she has been developing a research and a body of work on natural dyes and hand block printing from Rajasthan at Jai Texart, Jaipur and Bagru units. On Sunday, Francisca will be briefing about the history of Bagru printing, which is one of the traditional techniques of printing with natural color, a practice followed by the chippas community specializing in coloring and dyeing of clothes of a remote place of Rajasthan. The process starts from preparing the cloth to finished printed fabrics through their indigenous methods. Francisca will also be speaking about the various artisans involved in this practice and their tools and also speak about natural dyes as the expression of one’s surroundings.
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 […]
Sky and Skyscrapers of NYC
Architect and Urban Designer, Rituraj Parikh, has said that tall skyscrapers of Manhattan have virtually prevented the sight of sky. Speaking at open forum at Charles Correa Foundation in Fontainhas, Panaji, on a lecture titled titled ‘Looking up in NYC’ Parikh said that New York, one of the greatest cities in the world, which houses monumental buildings like Empire State Building, Flat Iron Building, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Rockefeller Center and others has dwarfed the humans but it is a fact that humans have built it. He also showcased the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan through his black and white filter images which he captured during his visit to the city. Parikh added that one does not see much sky in New York but when one sees it, it dazzles with the contrast and it is inevitable that one keeps looking up in the city. The building silhouettes beautifully frame the sky in many forms. The structural frames, glass facades and antennas pose against the bright blue sky and at night the figure becomes the ground and the iconic structures filter light out.
Challenges to the Preservation of the Diverse Goan Religious Heritage
The Fundação Oriente – Delegation in Goa, and ARTIS – Institute of Art History – University of Lisbon, will hold a conference on the ‘Challenges to the Preservation of the Diverse Goan Religious Heritage’ at Fundação Oriente, Panaji on March 15 at 5.00 p.m. The conference has been arranged to debate the importance of safeguarding the diverse Goan religious heritage as part of the collective historical memory of Goa. Four authors will present different aspects and discuss how the conservation of the heritage belonging to different faiths can be addressed and developed. The four authors who will be presenting their works are; Author Subject Joaquim Rodrigues Dos Santos The Preservation of Religious Buildings in Goa within the Problematisation of the Safe guarding of Transcultural Heritage Vishvesh Kandolkar Mausoleum for the Living: Presenting Old Goa’s Architecture Amita Kanekar The Origins of the Goan Temple and the Challenges for their Preservation Gulafshan Khan Turning Visible the (In)Visible: The Muslim Heritage in Goa and its Preservation
Travel Writing workshop with Jessica Faleiro
The Museum of Goa is holding a Travel Writing workshop with Jessica Faleiro on March 10th 2018 (10 am to 2 pm). The participants will learn to write intimate and delightful travel stories from a well-travelled author. Here, you will obtain handy tips and techniques to improve your travel write-ups. The workshop consists of lectures, written exercises, and reflection on readings. It’ll be useful for those who want to write travel memoirs, improve travel blogging skills, or get into travel writing for publication. Jessica Faleiro has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK and is the author of Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa. Her writing has been featured in international publications such as Forbes, Asia Literary Review, Coldnoon, Muse India, Joao Roque Literary Journal, Skyscanner, Times of India, and more. Age limit: 16+ Entry fee: Rs.1500 per person Venue: Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa)
Capacity building program inaugurated at Sanskruti Bhavan
The five day ‘Capacity Building training’ for public library personnel which has been organised by the National Mission for Libraries (NML), department of Art and Culture (Government of Goa) and Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF) was inaugurated on February 19 at Sanskruti Bhavan, Panaji. The programme was inaugurated by Uma Kanjilal (Professor of Library and Information Science in (IGNOU)), in presence of Anirban Biswas (programme coordinator), Carlos Fernandes (curator) and Gurudas Pilarnekar (director, Art and Culture). Speaking on the occasion Pilarnekar urged the participants to share their knowledge to others and not let it remain confined within the boundaries of their organisations. The purpose of the capacity building program is to enhance the professional competence of library personnel. The five day training programme would comprise theoretical presentations and hands on practical sessions by library science and IT professionals. The participants will also be given assignments individually as well as in groups with an aim to judge their learning outcome.
BREXIT- A big mistake
Lord Karan Bilimoria has said that according to the British people the EU was expensive, out of touch and a source of uncontrolled immigration, which led to the BREXIT. He made these comments while speaking on ‘A Parsi’s view on the future of India, UK and European Union in the context of BREXIT’ at the 11th D.D Kosambi Festival of Ideas at Kala Academy on Thursday. Sharing his experience on his visit to the United Kingdom in the early 1980’s, Bilimoria said that the country and its economy could not have seemed more different from the one he had the privilege to reflect on from the benches of the House of Lords. Bilimoria further mentioned that when he departed India, his family and friends told him that he would never get to the top in Britain or would never be allowed to get to the top as a foreigner, or indeed as an entrepreneur. He said that late Margaret Thatcher changed all of that. “She created opportunities that allowed him as an immigrant and as an entrepreneur, to succeed and to be where he is today,” said Bilimoria. He added that under her influence Britain and its attitude to enterprise […]
Encounter problems and find solutions- Jaya Ramchandani
Jaya Ramchandani, an entrepreneur and science educator said that learning environment does not only encompass the space, ambiance and aesthetics that appeal to the senses but also the sublimity that extends beyond sensory perceptions. It is thus vital that our senses and their perceptions are clearly understood to engage them in a learning environment. Ramchandani said this participating in the 11th edition of D.D Kosambi festival of ideas on February 14 at Kala Academy. She was speaking on the issue of ‘The paradox of learning in 21st century’. She said that education is this era has various paradoxes and it’s up to the people to counter such paradoxes by responding to them in an intelligent manner. She also said that, in a country like India the model of education is adjudged based on ones success or failure ratio. Elaborating on the education models of various eras, Ramchandani said that, the 1960’s model was based on a concept of behaviorism, where the learner was passive and was subjected to rewards and punishments. The 70’s model was based on cognitivism, which emphasized human cognition or intelligence as a special donation enabling man to form hypotheses and develop intellectually, such as learning through mind maps […]
Nationalism contributing to Globalisation
Makarand Sathe, a noted playwright, novelist, dramatist and director, feels that nationalism is defined as the ideology of a creating nation state that binds the people of the country in an overarching identity. Speaking at the inaugural lecture of 11th edition of D.D Kosambi Festival of ideas on February 13 at Kala Academy, Sathe dealt on the issue of ‘nationalism, culture and theatre: in times of globalization’. He said that in India there were multiples identities of ethnicities, sub ethnicities, religions, and to some extent castes. “So when nationalism was formulated, it wasn’t easy to follow the concept of European nationalism where nationality was defined by language or culture, and sometimes in the earlier medieval period, as race or religion. Hence, nationalism in India was very liberal that you could keep your sub identities and ethnicities as important as your national identity,” he said. He said that culture was a way of life. It comprises of language, religion and specific lifestyles. It can never be easy to define culture because there exists no static definition of it. Culture can be of two types; one that defines a contemporary way and other that is selective and glorifies a certain section. He […]
11th D D Kosambi festival of ideas gets underway
The 11th edition of Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi, Festival of ideas was inaugurated on February 13 at Kala Academy, Panaji. The festival was inaugurated by Art and Culture minister Govind Gaude in the presence of secretary of art and culture, Daulat Hawaldar. Speaking on the occasion Gaude said that, this festival is a flagship program of directorate of art and culture and provides platform to share ideas and bring an awakening in ones human behavior. Hawaldar said that, the continuous practice of innovative thoughts, sharing ideas and intelligence will help people move forward in life. The 11th edition of the festival will focus on topics like; nationalism, culture and theatre: in times of globalization, the paradox of learning in 21st century, A Parsi’s view on the future of India, UK and EU relations in the context of BREXIT and, What is today’s art about?.
Disrupting masculinity at the workplace
‘Difficult Dialogues’ at the International Centre of Goa held a panel discussion on the topic ‘Disrupting masculinity at the workplace.’ The speakers were Abhijit Das, Anand Pawar, Baroness Shreela Flather, Charu Anand, Jyotsana Habibullah, and Shivani Bhardwaj. The moderator was Shaila Desouza. They all made powerful statements. One of them said that our education system doesn’t really help women get jobs. They should be taught things like stitching or motorcycle repairing. Also, training is required in rural and urban areas. Charu Anand said, “People should invest in making sure that others can do what they’re asked to do.” Baroness Shreela believes that society will be changed when women are helped to realize that they can do something as many of them are brought up thinking that they’ve to depend on men. Abhijit Das said, “I feel that men have a huge role to play wherever they are. Are men being gender equal in deeds or only in words?” After the discussion, there was a Q/A session where the speakers gave insightful answers to the audience’s questions. Lastly, they gave policy recommendations. One of them was that there have to be more robust grievance mechanism systems. Shivani Bhardwaj said that gender audits in […]
The 11th edition of the D.D. Kosambi Festival of Ideas will be held from February 13 to 16 at Kala Academy, Panaji. Addressing a press conference the director of art and culture, Gurudas Pilarnekar said that, the thoughts expressed at this festival provides fodder to the mind and also for the soul. He also encouraged the students to participate in the event in large numbers. Among the speakers at the festival are Makarand Sathe (A playwright, novelist, dramatist and director) who will speak on ‘nationalism, culture and theatre: in times of globalization’. Jaya Ramchandani, (science educator, entrepreneur and curator) will be explaining ‘The paradox of learning in 21st century’. Lord Karan Bilimoria (A British Indian entrepreneur) will be speaking on ‘A Parsi’s view on the future of India, UK and EU relations in the context of BREXIT’ and Sudhir Patwardhan (An Indian contemporary painter and a radiologist) will speak on ‘What is today’s art about?’ (The festival will be inaugurated on February 13 at 5 pm and will be open to public till February 16)
Decoding the stereotypes on gender inequality
The Difficult Dialogues 2018, a forum for discussing public oriented issues, was inaugurated on Friday. This year the focus at the forum is in on how the Indian gender constructs and affects fundamental aspect of daily lives and citizenship. It is aimed at bringing civil society, media, academic experts, activists and people working at community level with government and non-governmental organisations together. The other motive of Difficult Dialogues is to share knowledge about gender – its determinants, expressions, diversity, and positive and negative consequences – to start a dialogue on how gender norms can be transformed to improve the lives of everyone. The panel discussions over the next two days will involve topics such as; disrupting masculinity at the workplace, gender Inequalities and potential reformations in Indian Muslims, gender in street situations and UN general comment, portrayal of gender in cinema, #MeToo and the Missing Conversation, empowerment within the family: women and the law, trafficking and vulnerability, women in politics and women in education and science and technology. The event will also feature the finale of ‘Daring Debates’. Daring Debates is a debate series which aims to bring students from varied backgrounds and regions in the discourse of critical issues […]
Highlighting the inspiring tales of Indian scientists
‘Ek Pradarshini – The Best of Indian Science’, is a part of the ongoing Nobel Prize Series which was inaugurated on February 1 at Kala Academy, Panaji. It is a creative showcase of some of the best scientists, past, and present, from the field of science and engineering, India has produced. The ultimate objective of ‘Ek Pradarshani’ is to bring out the inspiring tales of the Indian scientists. It is also a great effort taken by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Ministry of Science and Technology, India to let the global audience know about the great work done by these scientists. It is also aimed at giving an insight into their lives and times, and also to encourage the audience to learn more about them. The exhibition is categorised into various fields of science. The notable scientists that are featured in this collection are: Physics and Astronomy – J C Bose, C V Raman, Anil Kakodkar and S Chandrashekar Chemistry – C N Rao and R A Mashelkar Engineering and Earth Sciences – Anna Mani and Tessy Thomas BioSciences and Medicine – U Bramhmachari, P Maheshwari, and Sambhu Nath De Mathematics – S Ramanunjan, S N Bose, D D […]
Teach Students the ‘Value’ of Science
A dialogue on the theme ‘Restructuring Education and Research’ was held as a part of Nobel Dialogue series at Kala Academy on February 2. The session was moderated by K Vijay Raghavan and the panelists for the discussion were Tomas Lindahl (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015) and Serge Haroch (Nobel Prize in Physics in 2012). Speaking on how interactions between students and researchers should take place in a country like India, Serge Haroch said that India has a good education system and students should be taught how science has the ability to solve problems of mankind and also on the universal value of science. When asked whether scientific views are self-questioning, Lindahl stated that scientists are not the people that sit in front of the computers for hours. In fact, they interact with people and also tend to make mistakes, on which they work thoroughly and that is what eventually leads them to discoveries. Replying to a query based on first direct detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) which won the Nobel prize in Physics in 2017, Haroch said that gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in the fabric of space-time caused by some of the most […]
Curiosity is the ‘Mother’ of all discoveries
Education and research are fundamental to development and growth. The human mind makes possible all achievements, from health advances to efficient public administration and private sector growth. For organizations to reap these benefits fully, they need to unleash the potential of the human mind. And there is no better tool for doing so than education. This was the view of Mattias Fyrenius, CEO of Nobel Media, who was the moderator of Nobel Dialogue on the theme ‘Education and Research for Growth’, held at the Kala Academy which was attended by students from various educational organizations. The panelists for this discussion were Richard Roberts (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993), Christiane Nusslein-Volhard (Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1995) and Carl Henrikh Heldin (Chairman, Nobel Foundation). Richard Roberts said that in order to do a research on a particular subject a person has to develop a state of curiosity. He spoke on how he was fascinated by the nature of bacteria which exhibit distinct structural, physiological and evolutionary characteristics. Christiane Nusslein-Volhard spoke on how she developed an interest to know more about the color patterns present in birds and animals. The panelists expressed their views on the stage in a student’s life […]
Relive the “Ideas” that defined the world
Nobel Exhibition, a part of Nobel prize series in Goa, opened at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy on February 1. The exhibition showcases a century of creativity, where one can relive the works of Nobel Prize winners in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economic Sciences. The exhibition has five sections: Introduction section introduces different categories of the Nobel Prize award – Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economic Sciences. Alfred Nobel section is an homage to the founder of the Nobel Prize Award Alfred Nobel. This section consists of belongings of Alfred Nobel which include his prized discovery of ‘Dynamite’, selected books from his library, his hat and his suitcase. The Nobel Prize over the Decades section is dedicated to The Nobel Prize over the Decades. It tells the story of developments made within the different categories and also reflects other broader historical developments. The developments in the fields of science and literature had a more direct connection to historical events. Prominent exhibits are 1917 Nobel Prize for Peace to the Red Cross Society which was formed in 1863 by Henry Dunant, 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics […]
Nobel Prize Series Inaugurated at Kala Academy
The second edition of the Nobel Prize Series in Goa was inaugurated on February 1 by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at Kala Academy in Panaji in the presence of Nobel laureates Richard Roberts, Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, Serge Haroch and Tomas Lindhal. The series will go on till February 3. The objective of the series is to spread knowledge across the world about the Nobel Prize and the achievements and inspirational stories of Nobel laureates. The series meets the objective with interactions, lectures, roundtable discussions and exhibitions. The idea is to provide a common platform for discussing prominent issues concerning science, literature, and peace. On February 2 there will be ‘Nobel Dialogue’ on Education and Research for Growth, Restructuring Education and Research, Nobel Education Network and other topics at the same venue. The Nobel Dialogue is open to students, teachers, and educationists.
Dalgado Konknni Akademi to celebrate Konkani Journalism Day
In the history of Konkani, the original events that took place in the development of the language were in Roman script of Konkani, one of which is in the field of journalism. On February 2, 1889, history was created when the first Konkani periodical in Roman script ‘Udentichem Sallok’ was published in Pune. Eduardo Jose Bruno de Souza was the pioneer of the newspaper. Determined to preserve the history of the Konkani language, Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) commemorate this day as Journalism Day. This year too, DKA is organizing a special function at Reginald Fernandes conference hall, Panaji on February 2, 2018, at 4.30 p.m. This publication gave birth to many Konkani writers and a new language to the world. Even though the periodical was closed within a few years of its existence, this initiative gave birth to several other periodicals and writers in Konkani. Among the oldest newspapers that stand tall until today are Vavraddeancho Ixtt and Dhor Mhoineachi Rotti. On this occasion, Dalgado Konknni Akademi will felicitate Fr Jose Dias, one of the prominent writers in Konkani. Fr Dias is a thought-provoking writer. Studying in depth the social issues relating to the Goan society, one can read his […]
Edu- Next 2018
The Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar has stated that politics is a part of life and every organization has a political nature to it. In order to thrive in organizations, one should understand the basic laws of politics and should not exceed the limitations. The observation from the Chief Minister came during an interactive session between him and students at the 6th edition of Edu- next fair, which was organized by S.S Dempo College Panaji, in association with The Navhind Times and The Government of Goa at Kala Academy, Panaji Parrikar was responding to a query as to how a student should manage his or her student life – which involves different the parameters of being a student, the political life, and parents at home. Responding to another query on students lacking exposure in certain fields, Parrikar opined that the educational authorities should introduce elective subjects that give the students of one stream insight knowledge of other streams. Speaking on the issue of 75% attendance, the Chief Minister said that, since the students are mature enough to understand various critical issues; they should handle the attendance issues with the same maturity. Pic Credit: Hemant Parab
8th National Voters Day
The Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha has called upon voters in the state to freely cast their votes to elect the best candidate in the electoral battle and not be influenced by religion, race, caste, community, and language. She said that people should cast their votes as the people of the country used to do in late 1950’s and 60’s. The Governor was addressing a gathering on the 8th National Voters Day celebrations held on Thursday at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. The programme was organized by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Goa. The acting Chief Electoral Officer, Narayan Navti, expressed his happiness that Goa bagged 4 national awards, for innovations in elections, for conducting best elections – Collectorate North Goa – Nila Mohanan, best security arrangements – Vivek Gogila and Paresh Phaldessai for the management of the electoral roll and inducting the Wanarmare tribe in to the electoral roles. These awards will be presented by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind at New Delhi, he added. Meritorious students who excelled in the quiz competitions conducted by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Goa were felicitated at the hands of the Governor.
Noble Laureate Series
Noble Laureate Series will be held in Goa from February 1. The event also includes Nobel exhibition to be flown in from Sweden including Indian exhibition showcasing the outstanding scientific work done by Indian scientists. The exhibition will remain open for public from February 1 to February 26 at Kala Academy, Panaji. On February 1, there will be a Nobel dialogue with industry and policymakers at 6 p.m. On February 2, there will be a Nobel dialogue programme for students at Kala Academy at 10.30 a.m. and interaction with teachers at 1.30 p.m. On February 3, the Nobel laureates will interact with students and teachers of technical institutes at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda at 10.30 a.m. and with science students and teachers at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 10.30 a.m. This will be followed by interaction with researchers and scientists at National Institute of Oceanography at 3.30 p.m.