From sunshine and beaches, to rawa fried fish and delectable beef dishes, from cashews to feni and choriz to churches, from dense green forests to rivers as wide as the eye can see, its cheerful people and quaint, colorful houses with terracotta roofed porches signing off on the ultimate susegad life – India’s smallest state also happens to be most people’s favorite, its rich, vibrant, pluralistic and largely liberal culture attracting visitors of all kinds.
But does this ubiquitous “Goa for everyone” feeling really make you Goan? And how is Goa’s unique local culture being shaped by the many waves of immigration – past and present – that have passed through its lands? This weekend we explore such questions and more with a curated screening program featuring two locally made documentary films.
The Golden Fish by Avadhoot Potdar, Akanksha Gupta and Akshata Dalvi looks at Goa’s burgeoning casino industry and its impact on the local economy and community, whereas Bread & Belonging by Goan filmmaker Sonia Filinto, explores the relationship between food, culture and migration through the lens of Goa’s unique bread, pão. Both films address issues of migration, changing culture and the ever-present need to earn a living.
Join us on Sunday, 26th June 8pm onwards at The Flying Goat for an evening of cinema and conversation as we explore the evolving identity of a cherished land through local stories and perspectives. Limited seating available, call on +91 8828138632 to book your seats!
Roshan Luke Mathias has been a tourist, a student, a businessman, a family man rooted in Candolim, a real son of the Soil. After 4 decades, he is the Vice President of Goencho Avaaz, a local political party and candidate for Calangute constituency in the upcoming election. As a citizen activist, Roshan has fought many battles to save Goa’s unique culture & ecology from wanton destruction.
He will be in conversation with Sapna Shahani, (mostly about his village and vision) recipient of 2021 ‘SheThePeople’ Digital Women Award and 2009 prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning award, which enabled her to train a pan-Indian network of women to produce videos about social issues. She is the founder of Blurb, a creative marketing agency.
The dazzling Goan coastline is also a tragic site for stranded – often sick, injured or dead – marine animals like dolphins, porpoise and turtles. Ever since 2017, through a concerted coordinated network, these incidents are being recorded, researched and the stranded animals being rescued and treated. Please join us on a panel with members of the Goa Marine Wildlife Stranding Network to understand the scale, challenges and urgent support needed to strengthen the ongoing work of research and rescue.
John Fernandez, (RFO, Goa Forest Department), Dr. Suranjana Ganguly and Dr. Shantanu Kalambi (Reef Watch); Puja Mita (Terra Conscious) and Divya Sharma (Drishti Marine) will be in a conversation on this special edition THUS panel June 28th, 7.30pm.
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Please join us for a conversation with Dr Abhay Shukla of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan https://phmindia.org on how COVID has exposed our crumbling health care system, without a strong ‘universal access to health’ mandate, made worse by a non-democratic political climate of administration.
A discussion online #mondayfixgoa with @sonia.faleiro on “The Good Girls” (Penguin, 2021), her latest investigative work chronicling the after life of the 2014 death of Padma and Lalli, the inseparable teenage cousins from rural Uttar Pradesh, narrating a system of decay and indifference.
This is a joint session co-organised by @champacabooks and us.
Artists, writers, curators, critics and scholars are targets of politically motivated threats and persecution in great parts of the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has been worsened by increased government control and curbs on free speech and artistic expression. The need to protect artists – and their art as a form of political protest and dissent – has never been greater.
This #MondayFix we bring you a conversation between artists and co-founder of ARTISTS at RISK [AR] Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky with filmmakers and activists Q and Vimlendu Jha.
ARTISTS at RISK (AR) works at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted visual art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at “AR-Residencies” and curating related projects, including the “AR Pavilion”.
We have two interesting speakers this #mondayfixgoa to converse on how the changing nature of seafood consumption, particularly in tourist destinations like Goa, is changing our environment and the future of our food.
Vikram Doctor is a journalist with the Economic Times. He writes features, mostly on material culture in India and with a special focus on the many roles and functions of food in Indian society. You can follow him @vikram.doctor
Dr. Aaron Savio Lobo is a naturalist at heart, a conservation scientist by training and gourmet by aspiration. That said, he tends to see the world through two lenses – Nature and Food. What we eat, where it comes from, who produced it, at what cost, and most importantly, how to eat and feed the planet sustainably are questions that keep him occupied. On completing his PhD from the University of Cambridge in marine conservation science he decided to venture beyond academia and has worked on a diversity of projects in the marine conservation domain in a wide range of countries and contexts. These include understanding the impacts of tropical fisheries on ecosystems and livelihoods, setting up participatory models for the management of Marine Protected Areas, setting up programmes for monitoring small-scale fisheries. He is currently a member of the IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Committee and is an advisor on the seafood advisory service called Know Your Fish. You can follow him @meenscientist
Goa has a People’s Biodiversity Register that contains detailed information about local biological resources along with the medicinal and other traditional knowledge associated with them. Preparing these registers is mandated under India’s Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004.
Being a qualified Zoologist and the Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Hycintha Aguiar works closely with local communities to document and chronicle this crucial knowledge.
In this presentation, she will share her experience of working on the People’s Biodiversity Register; stressing on the importance of drawing up this register as well as the importance of people’s participation in this crucial scientific activity.
As many as 6449 PBRs been put together so far covering 21 of the 29 states in India. Karnataka has 1777 PBRs while Sikkim has four as per NBA’s updated list. – National Biodiversity Authority, India- http://nbaindia.org/
What many of us call stray, the law recognises as ‘street’ dogs. The colonial policy – which we followed, recommended catching and killing them en masse, until the law was changed in 2001 with the implementation of the Animal Birth Control Rules. Norma and Karlette have been on the frontline of the very heated street dog debates in Goa, and in this session they debunk some deeply held beliefs and hopefully show us a way forward of peaceful coexistence.
Norma Alvares is one of the leading human rights, environment and animal rights lawyers and activists in Goa, who also founded the Goa chapter of People For Animals, in the late 90s. Norma has argued in seminal cases against killing of street dogs, banning of bull fights (dhirio), and welfare and rehabilitation of captive elephants in Goa. She is the Chair of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO). She was awarded the Padma Shri for her work for the protection of animals and the environment in 2002.
Karlette Fernandes leads the Wordwide Veterinary Service projects in Goa. She established the first “Mission Rabies” project in Aldona, with a mobile veterinary truck parked outside the community centre. Over 25 days the team had completed 430 animal birth control surgeries for dogs belonging to the village residents and vaccinated 600 dogs across the village for free. Since then there have been zero rabies deaths reported in humans and animals from the Aldona village. The success of this community service project led to the development of the Model Village for a Rabies-free nation.
The WVS team is now working closely with the Government of Goa on a ONE HEALTH approach, to implement this project in every village across the state, to bring positive change for the safety and health of the children in our community, with the objective to make Goa rabies-free. The impact of this project has reflected on the improved welfare of animals and the reduction of human deaths due to rabies from 17 people in 2014 to zero in 2018. She is now setting up the WVS Dog Pop Project to develop sustainable strategies to implement Dog Population Management in all Municipalities and Panchayats across the State of Goa.
A panel discussion on the Mollem issue, with reference to the three proposed projects and their attendant environmental, ecological, social, economic and entomological affects on large areas contained in the Mollem National Park and the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.