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 about the rapid rise of cities in this era, Burdett said that more people will be living in cities by 2050 and most of this growth will take place in Asia and Africa. “But nearly 80 percent of the urban infrastructure that will exist in 2050 has yet to be built. The decisions we take in the next decades will affect humankind for generations to come.”
Burdett also spoke on the role of architecture and how can design ingenuity be harnessed to respond to everyday social and environmental battles by putting forth the example of 2012 London Olympics. Basically what follows after these mega sporting events get over are the sorry states of abandoned stadiums and peeling paint telling tales of broken promises and soured dreams, but not in the case of stadiums of London Olympics. The permanent sports venues have led the way to public spaces: Zaha Hadid’s curvy aquatics centre, whose soaring construction costs caused much unrest when it was being built, became a public facility and the Olympic stadium today is home to the Premier League side West Ham United.
Describing the process of urbanisation is a wide series of concepts, Burdett ended the lecture on a note saying, since cities are ever-evolving entities, “Urbanisaton is necessarily an open process that is both iterative and incomplete.”
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Edenwoods Goa will be organising the pop up street featuring live music, food, shopping stalls etc from January 18 to 20, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Spice Garden, Candolim. Details: 8208324679.
Bebook, the children’s mobile library charity fete and jumble sale 2019 will be held on January 20, 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Literati Book Shop and Cafe, Calangute. Details: 9822682566/7447437790/ email@example.com.
Visit Earth Keepers Market on January 20, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Rejuvenation Center, Candolim, for fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic groceries, herbal health supplements, herbal remedies, natural body products, acupressure kits, vision improvement kits, etc. Details: 9821758877.
Cultural marks to be introduced by 2019-20
On Monday, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said that the drafting of the cultural policy is underway and the final changes in the amendment will be done by the end of next week. “After these changes are done, it will be scrutinized by a selection team which will then approach the Directorate of education. After getting the nod from Directorate of education, the policy will await the approval of the cabinet and the cultural marks can only be introduced by 2019-20 academic year”, added Gaude.
Kala Academy to undergo expansion
Speaking on the sidelines of a press conference, minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude said that, the Kala academy will be undergoing an expansion process which will feature two auditoriums of 300 and 600 seating capacity in the premises of the Kala Academy. “The project of the 600 seating capacity auditorium will be done on priority basis and will be constructed in the parking lot of the academy. A tender will be floated for a consultant by the end of next week and the consultant will estimate the budget for the project within a time period of one month”, added Gaude.
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 […]
Goa Affordable Art Fest ’18 open for art enthusiasts
The second edition of Goa Affordable Art Fest was inaugurated on 8th December 2018 at the Museum of Goa. This festival was visualized by Siddharth Kerkar, The museum’s founder’s son. This year, artists from India got to show off their talent. Even 50 artworks made by children from Goa have been displayed. The event was inaugurated by eminent poet and cultural critic Ashok- Vajpeyi. Those present enjoyed music by Alessandro Martin, an art performance by Damini Parashar, and more. Over 20 artworks worth a total of Rs. 5 lakhs were sold.
Touring Goa made easy for the disabled
Disabled people sometimes find it hard to go to places outside of their homes. Enable Travel, accessible holiday specialist, in partnership with Ezy Mov, Wheelchair taxi service, aims to provide guided tours in the state of Goa, especially for those people who have mobility issues. Bennet D’cunha, CEO of Ezy Mov, stated: “We’re trying to bring a complete end to end accessibility in India. Our objective is to put Goa on the global map as long as accessible travel is concerned.” Goa was chosen by them specifically because it is a premier tourist destination. This service is not only for the disabled but for the elderly as well. If a person can’t move about properly, Enable Travel supplies caregivers and high-quality equipment, which enables that person to access places like mountains and beaches. Ezy Mov contributes by providing accessible transport with its taxis which are equipped with features like hydraulic lifts and wheelchair restraint systems. Romeo Ravva, co-founder and director for Ezy Mov, revealed: “The entire family can go together in the same car. We’re also working on an app where people can call for a taxi.” D’cunha said: “We plan to put out 5 taxis (by next month). It’ll […]
People enjoy different forms of performances at SAF ’18 – Part – 2
GoGoaNow gives you a glimpse into this loved art festival.
National Group Art Show- Expression Merveilleuse
Art is a medium where people can let their creativity flow in splashes of colour. Both the artist and the people who view the works find themselves immersed in the world of their imagination. Kala Academy is currently having an exclusive national group art show at their art gallery. It is curated by Dr. Nitin Majumder. The theme of the art exhibition is called ‘Expression Merveilleuse’ which showcases the works of 14 artists. In essence, it means ‘Marvellous expressions’ which is an apt name for this art show. GoGoaNow gives you a glimpse into some of the artists’ works: – Priti Desai has portrayed bright coloured abstract paintings that are all about the universe. The series is called ‘cosmos’. – Gaurav Dahiya used acrylic colours on board, paper, and canvas to create landscapes. – Photographer, Dinesh Verma, has displayed photos of still life and macro shots. – Kangkan Barman’s artworks touch upon political, cultural, and social issues in an innovative way. – Nitin Majumder has fondly painted visual memories from his childhood days. – Rohit Maurya portrays feminine characteristics using female figures of birds, human beings, etc. – Purnendu Mandal highlights scenes of different cities in India like Kolkata. He […]
Folk festival- Lokotsav 2019- will begin on 11th January ’19
Lokotsav 2019 (folk festival) will be bringing a flood of handicraft items to Kala Academy from 11th to 20th January 2019. It is organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, in collaboration with the West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur, Sports Authority of Goa, and others. This is the 20th edition of the festival. There will be more than 500 stalls which will sell items like carpets, clay art, furniture, block print, bandhani, handmade garments, slippers, leather bags, khadi, wooden toys, and Goan crafts. The inaugural function will take place on 11th January 2019 at 6:30 pm followed by a cultural programme which will continue till 9:30 pm. During the festival, there will be performances every day. There are more than 500 folk artists who will entertain the audience. The performances include various types of folk dances and music. Additionally, traditional food items of different states like Rajasthan will be available for tasting. (The timings of the festival are from 10 am to 10 pm.)
Carnival float parades from March 2 onward
The annual four-day Carnival float parade will be held in Goa from March 2 to 5. The main float parade of the festival will be held in the capital city of Panaji on March 2 followed by parades in other towns across the state. The float parade will be held in Margao on March 3, Vasco and Ponda on March 4, while in Mapusa, Morjim and Curchorem, the float parades will be held on March 5. “We are promoting Carnival worldwide with fun and fervour; tourists should come to Goa to witness our unique culture. They are invited.khao piyo aur majja karo (eat drink and be merry),” said Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar while interacting with reporters in Panaji. He said that the department has prepared a budget of Rs 3 crore for the festival including Rs 1.5 crore for decoration and illumination of streets through which the Carnival parades will pass. He said that adequate security arrangements would be made for tourists arriving in the state for the Carnival festival. Earlier in the day, Ajgaonkar held a meeting with officials of the department to take stock of preparation for the festival.
Spiritual awakening festival ‘Jagruti’ on Feb 2 and 3
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) will be organising the annual two-day festival of spiritual awakening ‘Jagruti’, on February 2 and February 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Dinanath Mangeshkar AC Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panaji. At the 12th edition of this festival, spiritual leader His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj will speak on the first day of the festival, on the topic, ‘Life was better when apples and berries were just fruits’. On day two Sriman Radha Gopinath Das, a motivational speaker and a spiritual seeker will speak on ‘Churning the nectar of life’. Both the sessions will begin and end with ‘kirtans’ followed by ‘prasadam’. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Panaji, Achyuta Gopal Prabhu, a monk at the ISKCON said that the aim of the programme is to bring out spiritual awakening in everyone. He said: “Scriptures explain that all of us, even though we are awake physically when it comes to spirituality and in terms of reality we are all in state of a dream. So the message of the timeless scriptures of any tradition helps us awaken our true potential.” He added that they hope the Goan public will take advantage of this ticketed […]
Group art exhibition- Vision 2019 – inaugurated at Kala Academy
A group exhibition of paintings was inaugurated on 9th January 2019 at Kala Academy’s Art Gallery. The chief guest was Mr Muktesh Chander, IPS, Director General of police, Govt of Goa. After viewing the paintings on display, Mr Muktesh Chander commented that the paintings were very nice, full of emotions, and had beautiful textures. His favourite painting was of a man selling flowers at a marketplace. The artists who contributed to this exhibition were Sachin Melvanki, N R Naiker, Iranna Badiger, and N V Bedagoudra. They have held group exhibitions in other states like Mysore, Hubli, Bangalore, and Dharwad. The title of the show is ‘Vision- 2019’. There are approximately 45 paintings which revolve around different themes such as village ladies, sceneries, local life, marshy areas, mountains, deities, and more. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till 12th January 2019- 10 am to 7 pm.) Pics Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GOGOANOW.COM
Museum Week celebrated at Adil Shah Palace
The Directorate of Museums celebrated Museum Week at Adil Shah Palace. A feature of this week was a photography exhibition which consisted of houses belonging to renowned Goan personalities who have passed away. Some of them belonged to Abbe Faria, TB Cunha, Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvares, Kesarbai Kerkar, Malbarao Sardesai, Juliao Menezes, St Joseph Vaz, Dada Vaidya, Dharmanand Kosambi, and more. There were lectures based on this topic as well as a painting competition for students. Director of the Goa State Museum, Radha Bhave, revealed that it was a tough task to find out about the houses, locate them, and get the pictures. The houses had different styles such as Portuguese and Goan.
Rajendra Talak directed thriller ‘Miranda House’ set to release in April
After a hiatus of five years, film director Rajendra Talak will be releasing his seventh film, a bilingual thriller–drama titled ‘Miranda House’ in the month of April. The film is produced by Rajendra Talak Creations in Konkani and Iris Production in Marathi. The film was shot entirely in Goa in the month of October over a span of 15 days. Briefing the media about the upcoming film, Talak said that the film has a large Goan cast and crew and over the shooting period also came to know about the Goan roots of Milind Gunaji. “I had to take a long break before this film as my priority was addressing the concerns of filmmakers in Goa, revamping the Film Finance Scheme, scheduling festivals and other works related to the film fraternity of Goa” added Talak. Putting forth their views actor, Milind Gunaji said that “It is the first time that I’m doing a film in Konkani. There is so much creativity in Goa and all that has been utilised for this film. It was a great experience working in Goa.” For Sainkeet Kamat, a Goan actor who has attained popularity in Maharashtra for roles in serials like Tujha Majha Breakup […]
Diversity of India showcased through Lokotsav 2019 festival
Lokotsav 2019- the festival of handicrafts and folk artists- was inaugurated at Kala Academy on 11th January. It started off with a rath entry which was followed by a cultural performance. The dignitaries received tokens of appreciation and proceeded to light the inauguration lamp. One of the dignitaries commented: “The central theme of Lokotsav is craft. (The items) are made by hand, love and natural products. After the industrial revolution, hand-made items were replaced by machine-made items. This resulted in a loss of human culture.” He felt that machines have threatened the livelihood of craftspeople and so Lokotsav is a good platform for artisans all over India. The rest of the night had beautiful performances such as Ghumar from Hariyana, Bihu dance from Assam, Veerbhadra from Goa, Mevasi from Gujarat, and more. More than 500 stalls of various handcrafted items are put up for the public to view and purchase. Govind Gaude, minister of Art & Culture, said: “Indian culture is preserved through such festivals. There are 15 states participating. We had started with 200 stalls and now we have reached almost 600 stalls.” (The festival will end on 20th January 2019) Pic Credit: Hemant Parab| NT
SCI-FFI ’19 on January 16
“In our country, there are a lot of innovations that take place but are left unheard as they do not find a suitable platform to reach out the public. Films are a strong medium to spread the awareness on science, on what India has done and what it must do.” said the director of National Institute of Oceanography, Sunil Singh while briefing the media about the activities of the fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2019). The event will be held from January 16-19 at the ESG Complex, Panaji and will showcase 9 features films and 30 films and documentaries. This year three theme-based film-tracks have been introduced: ‘Future of the Ocean’, ‘Technology and Innovation’ and ‘Basic Sciences’. As a part of the pre-fest activities interactions in around 125 schools were held which were based on how a career can be made out of science. Besides the films, the four day festival will offer hands-on training, workshops, film screenings accompanied interactions with renowned scientists and eminent personalities such as Dr Shekar Mande (Director Gen. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Government of India), Dr Sharmistha Banerjee, Dr Arvind Ranade (Scientist, Vigyan Prasar,New Delhi) and Dr Sumit […]
Works of artist FN Souza currently on display at Sunaparanta
The works of the late F.N Souza, artist, are currently on display at Sunaparanta- Goa Centre for the Arts. The artist was born in Saligao in 1924. He experienced rocky relationships with women which are reflected in his artworks. Souza was a founding member of the Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay. He is recognized in other countries as well. Even though he faced many struggles in his personal life and career, he became successful after a period of time. The artworks on display are from the early 1940s. They depict landscapes of Goa, human figures, anatomy study sketches, village scenes, Biblical moments, and more. Mr Macklin, the director and curator of Grosvenor Gallery, London, has displayed Souza’s works, dated them, and captioned them. (The exhibition will be open for public viewing till 5 March 2019.)
Confluence of Science at SCI-FFI’19
The fourth edition of the Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI 2019) got underway with its inauguration on Wednesday at the ESG complex, Panaji. The festival will showcase 9 features films and 30 films and documentaries along with interactive sessions with the children. This year three theme-based film-tracks have been introduced: ‘Future of the Ocean’, ‘Technology and Innovation’ and ‘Basic Sciences’. While speaking at the inaugural of the festival president of Vidnyan Parishad Goa, Suhas Godse said: “Science education need visual inputs for greater clarity. Films have a great appeal and effectivity in spreading a message. Identifying these potentials of films we at Vidnyan Parishad Goa have adopted a strategy of propagating the word of science through films. Our aim is for a society with a scientific attitude and scientific temper.” Highlighting the connection between the festivals and science, National Organising Secretary, Vijnana Bharati, Jayantrao Sahasrabuddhe said “We recently celebrated Makara Sankranti, is not just a tradition in our country. It indicates a change in nature which tells us something about science. So we need to understand how in India we have developed a kind of scientific awareness through festivals in our society and in this modern world, films are […]
Uniting Talent across the Globe
People can now go to Kala Academy’s art gallery to enjoy artworks of people not only from India but abroad as well. It is Spandan’s 5th International Annual Art Festival which is organized by Anant Vikas. In a way, this festival brings together people of different cultures closer through art. Some of the participating artists are Anjali Babu (Oman), Hiral Italiya (Surat), Jabbar Homaidi Mohaisen (Iraq), Neelam Sachan (Noida), Rashmi Dauria (Oman), Hrishikesh Belgrudi (Goa), Khush Narayan Jangid (Jaipur), Sonia Budhia (Oman), Harini Kumar (Oman), Pragya Jain (Singapore), Subash Chandra (Goa), and Swati Jain (Bhopal). The artists used different mediums of art such as watercolour on paper, mixed media on canvas, acrylic on canvas, oil on canvas, etc. They poured out their talent and created paintings on deities, Indian women, abstract art, sceneries, portraits, animals, and more. One of the artists, Sonia Budhia, tried to give a glimpse of Oman and its culture to the people of Goa. Her works have many colours and play with light and shadow effects. She showed the place’s jewels, women, places of worship, and more through her art. (The exhibition is open till 19th January- 11 am to 7 pm)