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Abhinav Creationz is organising the Majja Online Camp from May 10 to May 22, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The two weeks of fun and learning will include theatre, drawing, story-telling, poetry, and more. The camp is open to children between four years and 10 years. Details: 9923442746
Online Art Competition
In honour of Mario Miranda’s 94th birth anniversary, an online art competition titled ‘Who will be the next Mario Miranda?’ will be held. The title of the competition is ‘Life in the time of coronavirus’. Entries will be accepted in the following categories, namely, up to 10 years; 11 to 17 years; 18 to 70 years; above 70 years. Each participant will win a gift voucher of `200 redeemable at the Mario Gallery. The best entries in each category stand a chance to win a gift voucher worth `10000, redeemable at the Mario Gallery. Details: www.mariomiranda.com/ 9822123152
A tribute to the cashew
Dedicated to the people of Goa, Goan musician O’luv has come out with his new music video ‘The CASHEW song of Goa’ Goan musician O’luv has released his new music video single ‘The CASHEW song of Goa’ on his YouTube channel O’luv Goa. The video has been created over a span of three months, with site visits to understand the process and to draw inspiration for the lyrics and to create the visuals. From the picking of the tree-ripened cashew apples with the ‘tochni’ or ‘kantto’ [ a stick with a spur or thorn near the tip], to the separation of the nut from the cashew apple for the extraction of the juice at the ‘kollbi’, to the fermentation and the two distillations at the ‘battie’ using the traditional clay-pot ‘lavnni’ as the condenser, most of the processes involved are covered in a song. The aim of the song is to celebrate the cashew (anacardium occidentale) that came from Brazil and became one of our own in Goa. We have found a number of uses for the tree, its nut and the cashew apple and it is now an integral part of the Goan culture and traditions. It is used […]
The Goan Fish Tales
Fish is considered as the staple diet of the Goan people. All humans use readily available edible resources and slowly develop a culture around it and the knowledge is passed from generation to generation. Fish became an integral part of Goan diet from prehistoric times (50000-60000 years before present). Goa has an unenviable culture showcasing different ways communities look at, understand, worship, love/hate, catch, cook and serve fish. Goa being rich in freshwater and marine ecosystems offers free, highly diverse (about 250 species of fish and shellfish) fisheries resources so the culture of catching fish developed much before animal husbandry or agriculture. Due to early semi-nomadic settlers who camped first in Mandovi and Zuari river basins about 50-60000 years ago and developed the practice of catching fish using different gears. Fish was a staple diet in ancient Goa even before the caste system was developed so almost all ethnic Goan communities are found to utilize fish in their food but there are clear taboos about meat. After the advent of GSB (Goa Saraswat Brahmins) migrants the legend of Sage Saraswat saving the Vedas by consuming fish from Vedic river Saraswati became popular and the Brahmins too justified consumption of fish […]
Konkani film ‘‘Amori’’ released in Goa
The premiere of Konkani film ‘‘Amori’’ directed by Dinesh Bhonsle was held at Inox, Margao. The chief guest for the same was Minister for Power, Nilesh Cabral while the guest of honour was Fr Jose Costa and the special guest was Leader of Opposition, Digambar Kamat. Produced by Opus Gala, the film aims at showing to the younger generation where water comes from, for example, aquifers, ponds, springs and streams that nourish all life and how precious a resource it is. The dialogues in the film highlight socio-environmental issues are affecting Goans today. The film also shows how those working for the betterment of society are met with resistance from multiple places along with the negligence of the ecosystems and occupations and the allowance of the cultural traditions to become commercialised, etc. The cast comprises Salil Naik, Sobita Kudtarkar, Mayur Mayekar, Prashanti Talpankar, Tanmay Kharpe, Shaina Mirashi, Daksha Shirodkar along while the crew comprise of director, Dinesh P Bhonsle, screenplay and scriptwriter R M Vardhan and music director, Schubert Cotta among others The film is being screened simultaneously from September 13 onwards at Panaji, Margao, Bicholim, Valpoi, Vasco da Gama, Cuncolim and Curchorem. The producers of the movie have appealed […]
From Grandma’s Kitchen: Mango Jam
Nothing beats a good homemade jam Ingredients: 12 mangoes 1 cup sugar A handful of cinnamon sticks 5-6 cardamoms 1 tsp citric acid Method: Extract mango pulp and blend it in a mixer. Strain through a sieve. The sugar should be half the quantity of the pulp. So if the pulp fills 2 cups, then add 1 cup sugar. Add cinnamon and cardamoms. Boil all the ingredients together. When the mango thickens up add 1 tsp citric acid. Let it cool and store in a jar.
Backpacking Guide: Baga
Want to experience the nightlife as well as the serene beaches during a tight vacation? Baga is the place to be! Baga is indeed one of the most serene yet commercialized places in Goa. Baga, a small village, along the coast of Goa is nothing but beautiful for the traveler who is on a time limit. Baga creek Baga creek is the perfect place for you to sit and watch the sunset. Right next to Baga beach lays the creek and it has one of the most beautiful views. The picture perfect place makes it a get-away to few locals who come fishing daily and also a view of the ever buzzing Baga beach. The creek is surrounded by beautiful rocks with the waves clashing against it. Saturday night market Another place to visit whilst in Baga is the Saturday Nite Market. As the name specifies, the market is open during the nights. The vast number of stalls sell clothes, jewelry and other kinds of artistic pieces. They also have food stalls that’ll help curb that mid-night hunger! They also have an open stage which gives upcoming talent showcase their work. Baga tibetian market Baga Tibetian Market is another flea […]
A talk with a lady who creates Beauty out of Waste
“I’m looking forward to a new normal. I haven’t thought that far ahead. Let’s take one step at a time and this too shall pass,” says Sharmila regarding the lockdown and the Covid-19 situation. Sheryl Gonsalves – NT GoGoaNow Sharmila, the owner of ‘Kitsch Bits’ creates beautiful items out of waste material. The pandemic affected her sales, which she expected, as nowadays people are more careful with their money because of the economic situation. During the lockdown, her time was spent doing housework, practicing woodburning, different painting techniques, experimenting with new waste products, and creating new looks for her works. The lockdown wasn’t boring for her. She even tried to knead her own bread when bread wasn’t available. However, Sharmila did get frustrated sometimes as she didn’t always have the material she needed to create her craftworks. All the housework led to tiredness, but what made her feel good was performing kind acts like feeding stray animals. She had plans to go to France this October but unfortunately had to cancel her trip. Sharmila suggests buying groceries once a week and carpooling instead of coming and going to the market so often and causing more pollution. She says: “We need […]
Events/ Activities happening during June 2020
CELEBRATING BIODIVERSITY: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2020, a special webinar on celebrating biodiversity will be held June 5, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Listen to the best minds who have devoted their lives to biodiversity protection, conservation and the sustainable development agenda. The speakers will include director, TERI Southern Regional Centre, Bengaluru, DN Narasimha Raju; chief naturalist, Jungle Lodgers and Resorts, Kartikeyan S; deputy conservator of forest, Bengaluru, Urban Division, Sidramppa Chalkapure; founder-director, Green Hub Project (north east network – Dusty Foot Initiative) Rita Banerji; marine conservationist, IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Society, Aaron Savio Lobo and research associate, TERI Goa, Shalita Dourado. Details: email@example.com/ 25356590/91 FASHION DESIGNING COURSE: Fashion designer, Philu Martins, is conducting a fashion designing course. The course syllabus includes Introduction to Fashion Designing, The History of Fashion, The Elements and Principles of Fashion: Mood Boards, Design Development and Sketching, Understanding Textiles, Fibers, Yarns and Fabrics, Fabric Sourcing, Patternmaking, Sizing and Measurements, Completing your Pattern, Construction and Draping Techniques, Garment Structure, Creating, Financing and Marketing a Clothing Label, the Fashion Industry, Career Opportunities and Developing your Brand. Register before June 11 to avail a 20 per cent discount on the course. Details: 2424421/ 9822580070/ firstname.lastname@example.org […]
D’ziners owner gets Candid
If you live in Goa, you have probably seen D’ziners- a bespoke tailoring clothing store. Andrew Fernandes, the proprietor, has a little chat with NT GoGoaNow to share what changes have happened in his life. Sheryl Gonsalves – NT GoGoaNow Picture Credit – Shivang Mishra I NT GoGoaNow Andrew used to be a very busy man. He used to start with his Margao store and end up at his Mapusa store. Now he uses his time to play badminton, help out in the kitchen, pray with his family, and spend time with the Bible. He even worked on some paintings which have Biblical themes. Andrew opens up about his difficulties and shares that he may have to close down some of his stores as he’s currently unable to pay the rent, electric bills, and salaries. He reveals, “We are hardly getting customers. Clothing is a lifestyle business. Now, food is more important for people than clothes.” Also, there are no events for people to dress up for. When things are well in the future, Andrew has a dream of using his beautiful Benaulim house to open up a boutique restaurant. He says, “No one can predict anything. I’m looking forward […]
In-conversation with Subodh Kerkar – Life during Lockdown
Why should you talk about art during the coronavirus? Subodh Kerkar, founder of Museum of Goa, answers this question while in conversation with NT GoGoaNow – “Art helps a lot during lockdown. Things like music, drawing, and cinema, makes life more bearable and enjoyable. Art is what makes us human.” Sheryl Gonsalves | NT GoGoaNow Subodh reveals that he’s been working on five children’s books which he didn’t get time for before. He has spent his lockdown days reading, drawing, and having online lectures for schools. This passionate artist is also studying art education for children and is trying to come up with new syllabi for kids. He is inspired by an eye-opening book that says that a person doesn’t have to be an artist to teach children art. “I’ve never had a better time in my life than this past 1 month. Because of the uninterrupted time, I’ve done a lot more works this month than I’ve done in the past 1 year,” Subodh says. Normally he used to work at his museum till 7 pm or later, but now he walks near the fields of Saligao everyday for 3-4 hours and has lost weight. When asked about the […]