State of The Arts | A Discussion #mondayfixgoa 1st Feb, 7.30 pm 2021

With Rashmi Dhanwani, Sapna Shahani, Nupura Hautamaki and Vijaya Josephine Pais (Founders –
Art X Company, Blurb, Gypsy Gigs, Offbeat Goa)

Rashmi Dhanwani (Art X Company) will be in conversation this #mondayfixgoa with Nupura Hautamaki (Gypsy Gigs) Sapna Shahani (Blurb), and Vijaya Josephine Pais (Offbeat Goa), to discuss the Taking the Temperature report. The group will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the local creative economy in Goa, based on the insights from the report and discuss short-term solutions and recommendations.


Sapna has lived in Goa on and off since 1988. She moved to the US to study media and worked for an Indian American newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley community TV and leading production houses, back in her hometown Bombay.

She is the recipient of a 2009 award in the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition that enabled her to train a pan-Indian group of young women to make videos on social issues. Sapna now runs Blurb, a business consulting and digital marketing agency for several years that serves lifestyle brands in Goa, and has recently launched an online magazine at

Nupura Hautamaki is a Marketing & Events consultant who is passionate about the arts sector & Indie music especially. She heads Sofar Sounds Goa chapter, and also curates gigs for some venues/festivals, as well as has a new indie monthly gig event called Gypsy Gigs.

Vijaya Josephine Pais is the founder and content creator in chief of Offbeat Goa. Her core aim is to build community and promote sustainable businesses and responsible travel, all while giving back to the land that nurtures us. She lists and shares experiences and spaces that are offbeat while still being sensitive to our ecology, environment and the community, with a following of over 40,000 locals, travellers and expats through the Offbeat Goa online platforms. She also organises and collaborates on events that centre around causes that she cares about like the New Earth Gathering – A healthy, holistic, vegan community market, The Good Karma Treasure Shop, Sisterhood of Goa Meetups, Eternal Sound Project – Homebound concerts, Offbeat Goa Volunteers and more…

Rashmi Dhanwani is the Founder of the Art X Company, a strategic consultancy for the cultural sector focused on strategy, audience development and sector research. Prior to founding Art X, Rashmi has worked with NCPA Mumbai, Breakthrough in Delhi, the newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and The Goa Project. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant fellow at ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust, and a 2017 Global Fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York. Rashmi has also founded Arts Culture Resources India, a network and platform for cultural professionals in India and South Asia.




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The event is held by thus. in collaboration with British Council, FICCI and The Art X Company.

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Blackness in Brown Spaces : A Discussion 4th Jan 7.30 pm 2021

Dr. Alana Golmei, Cynthia Stephen, Erica Muzwidzwa with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Indian society conflates different forms of prejudices and discriminations relating to skin, colour, race, caste and class, and their interrelationship with each other. Consequently, frequent acts and events of individual and collective violence against the ‘other’, across the country, lead to public humiliation, shame and torture. We seek to bring under the lens – ‘blackness’ in ‘brown’ spaces.

Panelists are –

Dr. Alana Golmei, a humanitarian, lawyer and General Secretary of the Northeast Support Centre & Helpline, which was launched in 2007 with the aim to prevent harassment, discrimination, molestation and abuses meted out to people from Northeast India living in Delhi and its NCR particularly women. A social activist and a lawyer with the spirit of a humanist, Alana has been relentlessly helping and spearheading for the cause of women and received prestigious awards for her work pertaining to human rights. Her meaningful efforts have touched over many lives directly, and have helped sensitize the authorities regarding the issue. Since then she has been a voice of the unheard, unseen, and unacknowledged. Since more than 10 years she has been spearheading in a fight for justice against racial discrimination and hate crimes meted out to Northeast people living in metro cities in India.

She has founded Pann Nu Foundation in 2013 at the backdrop of the rising violence against women in today’s world in the form of gender-based discriminations, physical and mental abuse etc. The Foundation is committed to safeguard and uphold the dignity of women, and strive against all forms of discrimination and crimes against women irrespective of caste, class, race, religion and geographical region.

Cynthia Stephen is an independent media person, gender and development policy analyst, and activist for social causes including advocacy for the rights of the marginalised sections, including women, children, Dalits, Adivasis. She was the State Programme Director, Mahila Samakhya Karnataka, for one term in 2012-2014. Presently, she is the founder director of TEDS Trust, which focuses on access to justice of women and children in distress, and lobbying, advocacy, and training in gender issues, dalit concerns and development. She is also active on social media and TV as a commentator on current events, including religious persecution, urban and rural governance issues, bonded labour, and the environment.

Erica Muzwidzwa is a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho. She has pursued her studies in India and resided in the country for a period of six years. Erica Muzwidzwa has participated in many public speaking events and debates to hone her skills. She subsequently went on to teach grades 1, 2 and 3 in Communication Skills. She is involved with several NGOs working in the field of disability and women’s rights.

Moderator- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is an Indian journalist, writer, and a documentary maker. He is also a guest faculty member at IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta and Shillong, the University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Asian College of Journalism and Jamia Millia Islamia.



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The People’s Biodiversity Register (Goa) – Hycintha Aguiar | #mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm | 7th September 2020

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.

Presentation by Hycintha Aguiar, Zoologist, Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Goa

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-

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Convergence : Rediscovering Heritage Through Technology | 13th May, 7.30 pm, #mondayfixgoa at 6 Assagao


Convergence : Rediscovering Heritage Through Technology :

An exploration of changing contexts in innovation through objects from the Goa Chitra Ethnographic Museum.

The Presentation-Talk-Demo brings together India Foundation for the ArtsGoa Chitra Museum fellows Aparajita Bhasin and Lina Vincent as they highlight the techniques and philosophies of why and how we design and build objects, and how changing technologies have altered everyday experiences. On the one hand, the study of material culture of the past provides insights into the deep understanding that craftspersons had on material efficiency, utility, sustainability and aesthetics of design, much of which has been sacrificed in contemporary mass-production. On the other hand, advanced human technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Augmented reality and Virtual reality create possibilities of knowledge and heritage to be preserved and documented for posterity, not only creating a whole new realm of audience engagement with museums but also developing frameworks for learning from the past.

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Meme Regime Carpe Diem |22nd May 2019, 7.30 pm


Meme Regime
7.30 pm – 9.30pm | 22nd May, Wednessday
Carpe Diem, Majorda, Goa
Donation Pass: Pay as you wish

Memes, by far, are the most democratic form of art in our time; and they have been getting more absurd, referential, cryptic and downright dank as we move ahead in time. Meme Regime aims to understand the cultural phenomenon of memes as an art movement, and make the memes accessible at the same time. The core idea of the project is to theorize and understand the dynamics of meme trends, definitions and bizzare meme evolutions in detail as well as touch upon the exclusivity, critique, sources, perks, downfalls, and boundaries of memes as jokes.

Join us for a meme exhibition of the best memes, meme screenings about the history of memes and how memes can step into education and a curated walk on memes to decode meme culture.
The headline of the event is a meme lecture performance by Anuj Nakade.

Anuj Nakade is a resident meme snob barely is recognised as a content creator. He finished his BA (Hons.) in psychology in 2018 from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, and then came to work at TIFA Working Studios later that year to help imagine and execute meme regime. He has been a part of multiple productions of Shakespearean plays as a stagehand and an actor with a Pune based Theatre group named “The Drama Queens” since 2016 and continues to work with them till date. He also has a podcast by the name “Deep Fried Neurons” which he started in 2018 to deal with meaninglessness in life and curiosity about events in human history. He tells people at parties that he is a meme curator, which is technically accurate, and he will cry himself to sleep if you deny him the title.