~The premier edition of the multi-disciplinary arts festival in Goa commences~
Panaji, 16 December, 2016: Day 1 of the inaugural edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, India’s premier, curated, interdisciplinary arts festival, kicked off with a wide array of some of the most enthralling art and photography exhibitions, display of craft work and captivating musical performances. With an aim to conventionalize arts in the country, the festival provided a perfect blend of theatre, music, craft, visual arts and culinary arts alongside an opportunity to interact with industry stalwarts and leading art connoisseurs.
The festival commenced with a 4-panel Serendipity Arts Conclave hosted by Ranjit Hoskote which saw leading art connoisseurs come together to deliberate on ‘What should an arts institution of the future in Goa look like?’ Throwing in their subjective views based on their professional expertise and experience, illustrious artists, poets, scholars and historians such as Maria Aurora Couto, Arshia Sattar, Tishani Doshi, Aneesh Pradhan, Mortimer Chatterjee, Shukla Sawant, Manisha Patil and Rahaab Allana came together to delve on the subject.
The day witnessed some installations such as The Power of Art at The Old GMC Compound, put together by Dr. Katharina Kakar from Tata Trust where a group of 10 children, including two blind children, brought together a fresh way of experiencing and accessing art which touched upon all the senses. A captivating display of Goan Costumes was brought together at The Adil Shah Palace, by renowned Goan Fashion Designer, Wendell Rodericks’. Ten Histories decoded the mythology and traditions associated with each of the showcased costumes.
Lucid Sleep, a unique performance art project curated by Goa’s HH Art Spaces Foundation featured live performances that blur the line between visual and performing art, to create an immersive space for audiences. This featured Uriel Barthélémi, Bhisaji Gadekar and Yasmin Jahan Nupur.
A fair spread of musical and dance performances across multiple venues of Kala Academy and D.B. Ground marked the first day of the festival. These included a specially curated performance by Sanjeev Bhargava. He brought forth an extraordinary amalgamation of dance styles in Pravaha, which was performed by Leela Samson and troupe and Priti Patel and troupe. The performers responded to the idea of life, preservation and conservation using the river as a narrative. Adding to the fervor was a musical performance, Living Traditions, a concert of Hindustani classical music which was curated by Shubha Mudgal. The performance featured Murad Ali, Kaushiki Chakraborty and Mohammed Akram.
Day 1 ended on a high note with Latin Connection, a musical band featuring Collin D’Cruz which performed some of the most popular Portuguese and Konkan songs.
In a unique attempt to involve the blooming photographers, the Mandovi Promenade showcased the culmination of a photography workshop namely – The Promenade of Express/Aspire by Samar S Jodha.
The eight-day long Festival in Goa has many more interactive and enticing performances to be unfurled on till the 23rd December across locations.
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