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!
Recently, citizens of Goa came out to assist the Covid relief operations – collaborating with the Government procedures. From the time of essentials distribution till the last Shramik trains, they were relentless in their pursuit of dignity for the workers. In this #mondayfixgoa, with Vijaya Pais, Nupura Hautamaki and Miriam Koshy, in conversation with Alok Hisarwala, we will get to know their optimism, learning points and disappointments and the active citizenry movement. We hope to encourage and foster Government and citizen interfaces through this discussion.
“Migrants (and refugees) are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity”, quoth Pope Francis.
Yet very often, they are. Globally, migrations fulfil different needs: economic, social, or political, and allow societies to assimiliate and forge heterogenous identities. A plural society needs to be mature, responsible, and should legislate mechanisms to avoid the neglect and demonisation of any minority groups. Such social integration and inclusive growth can contribute to the development of a society, state, and nation.
This talk, hosted by Thus.Critique, will be about inclusion and the present issues that minorities face.
About the speaker: Asif Hussain is the Secretary at the Centre for Study of Philosophy and Humanities, Goa.
The session will be moderated by Amrita Anand, Video Volunteers.
Departing from previous and ongoing research on Goan heritage and coastal landscapes, this conversation aims at thinking the aesthetic and epistemological possibilities of landscape as a crucial element of cartographing cultural contexts and their materializations.
The particularities of Goan culture have been studied through religious syncretisms, architectures and gastronomy as heritages that translate the specificities of this state. Nevertheless, when looking at the ways water embraces land in cultivated khazans and in wild mangroves, how religious precincts ground deities to sacred topographies or how cultural elements surround agricultural or fishing activities we can understand how landscape has been transformed and integrated in what is sensed today as Goan heritage.
This presentation takes landscape as a way of exploring heritages in new ways: how can we observe the materiality of buildings or soundscapes of songs or working rhythms without erasing their relation with the surroundings? How to integrate the sensorial worlds of Goa, colors, smells and monsoon winds and waters, in our understanding of heritage, in a way that the intimate relation between material culture and its locations is not lost?
In this talk, Prof. Prajal Sakharkhande will take us through a journey of Goan Heritage looking at multiple aspects – social, political, economic, cultural and historical.
This will be an overview of History and Heritage of Goa from ancient times to 2019. Goa has a long history of not only politics but also of social, economic, cultural and historical heritage. He will throw light on Goan History and Heritage from the Gaunkaris, Bhojas, Kadambas, Adilshah’s rule to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1510 till 1961, then to statehood, ending with Parrikar’s demise.
Prajal Sakhardande is an associate professor and HOD of History at Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Panaji. A recipient of multiple awards (recently he received the Goenkarponn award for History and Heritage in July 2018), he is the vice president of Goa Heritage Action Group. An author of many books, newspaper columns, he is also a member of the Goa Board History text book syllabus drafting committee.
Do join us for an insightful evening.
Contributions: 250 INR
Alfred Almeida Pogoat Goa, the author of Fair Weather Brother grew up in Margao and started the novel when he was in college in Mapusa. He will be with us at the studio, telling us a bit about the book and read us a few passages in our cozy living room.
Come join us this monsoon evening and support a local writer.
Summary of the book | The Novel follows Charlie trip where he has to leave Goa in the offseason (June) and go for a few months to Nubra Valley (Himalayas) to make some money. As Charlie leaves Goa with his brother James (who’s trying other options and has an interview for a job on the cruise liner in Bombay). Their plan is to reach Bombay in the morning where James will go for his interview and then the same day, they have to catch a train to Jammu & Kashmir. But life as we know never goes according to our plans, the same happens in the novel.
Converting Goa’s 6 main rivers out of 11 into national waterways will change the cultural identity of this land forever. Vasco Bay pollution will be the norm for all these magnificent rivers that currently sustain lakhs of local lives, traditional fisherman & farmers included.
With no access thru privatized plots all along the rivers : industrial & human pollutants, ecological n marine instability will be caused by constant dredging – these are but a few changes promised by the center but not for Goans. All along our rivers, more fields n khaazans will hold coal stacks, iron stacks & bulk cargo.
Olencio Simoes is a Goan on a mission – leading traditional Goan communities to safeguard their livelihoods against an ever changing landscape – the voice for Goa’s basic essence – her people, her waters and her land.