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Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2018
15.12.2018 - 22.12.2018

Serendipity Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary Festival that brings together performative, visual, and culinary practices from India and beyond, in ways unseen before. Spread across various venues in Panaji, Goa, the Festival serves as a platform for eminent and emerging artists to showcase their work and collaborate.

Craft: Matters of Hand: Craft, Design and Technique. An exhibition that explores handcraft in India through objects of utility for everyday living, through an abstract installation of the home-workshop environment. This exhibition highlights how material handcrafts in India are experienced through collaborations.

Music: Songs of Nature. A performance that explores motifs from nature represented in song-texts expressed in the repertoire of Qawwals, Bauls and Manganiars.

Theatre: Akshayambara. What happens when a woman enters the professional space of a form performed by men for the last 800 years? Akshayambara explores the representation of the feminine within the male-dominated practice of Yakshagana. Drawing from research and personal experience, the performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popular Yakshagana plot of Draupadi Vastrapaharana.

Dance: To Die Upon a Kiss. To Die Upon a Kiss… is a Kathakali performance, based on the world famous tragedy Othello by William Shakespeare. Constituting one of the most prominent classical dance forms of India, Kathakali is characterised by elaborate make up, face-masks and costumes. The characters will be presenting edited scenes of Shakespeare’s play, touching upon the broad themes of downfall, betrayal, and love.

Culinary Arts: Tityache Khabbari (Marketplace News). Originally part of the ancient gaunkari system, enjoy the ‘Tinto’ (marketplace) experience, with stalls serving organic and Saraswat thalis, freshly-made fish dishes, pickles, meat dishes and desserts through an artistic representation of a true Goan story.

Visual Arts: Young Subcontinent: Sightlines. The YS project in 2018 expands points of contact, explores sightlines of common struggles and aspirations in South Asia, looking at the reassertion and reinvention of geographies, facilitating conversations and narratives.

Visual Arts: The Sacred Everyday: Embracing the Risk of Difference. An exhibition developed around the proposition of ‘the sacred everyday’—the interrelationship between the domain of the divine, iconic and religious on the one hand, and the realm of the human, intimate and domestic on the other.

Visual Arts: Out Of Turn. Bringing together a selection of artists and collection materials OUT OF TURN, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode in collaboration with Asia Art Archive, draws attention to the rise of performance art across South Asia since its earliest instances in the 1970s connecting to other instances across Asia

Photography: Ephemeral. New Futures for Passing Images. The history of photography in India presents some unexplored, and unexpected gaps. One of the most understudied concepts is that of ‘vernacular’ photography—a term often applied to quotidian images. This exhibition seeks to broaden the engagement with the term ‘vernacular’ in order to think about how we can enhance our lens-culture and better understand the lesser known histories of photography.