Serendipity Arts Festival announces 2019 curators

The curatorial panel for the fourth edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, an eight-day multidisciplinary arts event held in Panaji (15 - 22 December), has been announced and includes leading names from various arts disciplines. The annual arts festival will include disciplines like music, dance, theatre, culinary arts, visual arts, craft and photography. Each discipline will be curated by two curators.

For music, the curators are tabla player Aneesh Pradhan, and Sneha Khanwalkar, a music director best known for her music in the film series 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.

In the field of dance, Bharatnatyam dancer and former chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (2011-2015), Leela Samson, and choreographer-dancer Mayuri Upadhya will curate projects.

As per the organisers, Mumbai-based actor and director Atul Kumar, and film and theatre actress Arundhati Nag will handle curation for theatre. For culinary arts, restaurant mogul and chef Rahul Akerkar and Goa-based Prahlad Sukhtankar are curating for the festival. For photography, curator Rahaab Allana and photographer-environmental campaigner Ravi Agarwal have been named.

Visual arts will have contemporary Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty and art-cultural historian and museologist Jyotindra Jain as curators. Curator Pramod K G, who has recently curated the first-ever exhibition of a collection of Hyderabad Nizams' stamps, has been roped in for craft. The second craft curator is yet to be confirmed. Additionally, the festival will host special projects curated by HH Art Spaces, Start India Foundation, Vishal K Dar, Vidya Shivadas and Nancy Adajania, among others.

There will also be a range of special projects across disciplines curated by HH Art Spaces, St+art India Foundation, Vishal K. Dar, Vidya Shivadas, Anurupa Roy and Nancy Adajania, among others.

“The Fourth edition of the festival will continue to engage diverse audiences from Goa and around India. Celebrating the diversity of the programme, encouraging dialogue between the disciplines and honouring the country’s rich heritage of visual and performing arts, our goal is to foster cultural growth and energise contemporary arts practice. Conceived as a long-term platform creating tangible change across the country’s cultural landscape, we aim to make the arts inclusive, educational and accessible.”

- Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder, Serendipity Arts Foundation

“We are excited to once again be working with such a high calibre selection of curators on our main programme and special projects. Our diverse programme celebrates the rich artistic heritage of India and the subcontinent and will offer an immersive, experimental and inclusive festival for audiences from all over India.”

- Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation