From an early age, we learn art. Toddlers learn to play with modelling clay by squishing it in their hands. It’s how they learn to make shapes and learn its texture. School further enhances the art experience for us. Whether it’s drawing, painting, clay modelling, craft making, we all get to see it and experience it right until we graduate. Some are so good at it that they eventually even make a career out of it. And then they go on to become a part of the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa.
The Second Edition of Serendipity Arts Festival is underway
The Serendipity Arts Festival is in its second year as one of the major events in Goa. This year’s festival is definitely going to rival the previous edition held last year in December. It began on the 15th of December and will be happening until the 22nd. This absolutely amazing performing arts festival is happening at multiple venues. There are magnificent stage sets, all built to transform Panjim into an experience that no one will forget anytime soon. The festival is showcasing 70 such as various art forms and performances by known artists and upcoming artists, all sharing one platform. Out of these, 40 projects have been commissioned just for the festival.
Even though the festival has almost reached its midway mark, there is still lots to see at any of the venues. With genres like photography, craft, culinary arts, dance, music, theatre and visual arts, its no wonder that all art lovers and connoisseurs have possibly become completely lost in the world of creativity that has gone into curating such an event.
Curated by Dinesh Khanna and Prashant Panjiar, the photography exhibit at the festival has dived into a diverse number of topics. These range from the environment to the history of the Jazz music movement in India.
Arts and craft form a large part of Goa’s proud heritage and culture. This year’s craft programme takes a look at specific techniques and types of craft practised in the state along with a look at architecture as a part of the genre.
This visual arts programme is curated by Ranjit Hoskote and Riyas Komu. It tends towards different media and forms of art such as street art, public art, and current contemporary art practices, in an effort to engage both young and older minds across the country.
Food is not meant for sustenance and survival alone. The culinary arts programme at this year’s edition has been designed by Odette Mascarenhas and Manu Chandra. They have decided to teach us to appreciate food through specially curated dinners and workshops. With a focus on local produce and flavours of the region, come experience the other marvellous aspects of eating.
Dance and Music
India’s modern and classic acts come together as Sanjeev Bhargava, Tanusree Shankar, Shubha Mudgal and Ranjot Barot serenade people with myriad musical pieces composed to transform the music lover’s paradise with a special line-up of artists from international and Indian backgrounds. Among other performances, the festival highlights the jazz era, when India moved to the tunes of the maestros of time. (Info credit – TOI)
So if you haven’t been to the Serendipity Arts Festival yet, what are you waiting for? Check out the website for more information or just head to any of the venues which include Kala Academy, Adil Shah’s Palace, the Promenade in front of the old GMC complex and many others.