Goa Arts and Literary Festival
The 3rd Goa Arts and Literary Festival, which is stated from December 13 to 17, promise. to be content driven, an umbrella under which writers, artists and other creative soul can gather to exchange " . For two yean the event was held mainly at the International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula. This year it will move to places in and around Panaji. The inauguration will be held on December is at Kala Academy at 5 p.m. by eminent writers like Mridula Garg and Eunice de Souza. Chief Guest ofthe eveningwill be Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Guesu of Honour will be Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrlkar, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Omar Abdullah and Leader of Opposition and president of ICG, Mr Pratapsing Raoji Rane. This year the theme of the festival of Kashmiri literature and there will be around 10 Kashmiri writers who will be part of the festival "We are exploring the kind of literature not many people are talking about. Lout year we focused on writing" from the North East said Ms Nandita Sahani, director of ICG while addressing the media on Monday. Vivek Menezes of Goa Writers Group, one of the co-orgmiliers mentioned that Goa is the middle ground for such event. where people can interact and hold dialogue. Elaborating on the Kashmiri flavour. Ms Sahani informed that Governor. Mr Wanchoo took the trouble to or-ganiMl some events. "Mr Wanchoo has a Kruhmiri connection that is more than 400-year-old. So. when we approached him, he took special interest. That involved even inviting Mr Omar Abdullah. There will be also a Kruhmiri folk art performance on December 14 called 'Bhand Pather' at Raj Bhavan." she informed. There will be a special session on Konkani literature such as a session on Goon poetry. etc. "During our festival we give a lot of importance to the local language unlike other festivals. That's the reason that we are bringing populist writers "added Sahani.
In addition. there will be a strong Marathi component (including a rare appearance by Meera Kosarnbi). This festival also aims at focusing on art. On the inaugural day artist Norman Tagore will make a scroll measuring 20 X 5 feet at Kala Academy. The inaugural event will conclude with a solo performance by London based soprano. Patricia Rozario, upported by Mark Troope and Amar Muchhala. The five-day programme will be a vibrant mix of book relases poetry reading. and topical panel disccusions. capped by musical performances by pioneering electronic fusion musician Talvin Singh-. legendary Shillong rocker. Lou Majaw. and – perhapes most excitingly – the brilliant Indian-American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (who will be making his India debut at GALF). Hundred delegates are expected to attend the festival Some eminent delegant on the list being Abhay Sardesai. Achyut Palav. Amish Tripathi. Chandrahas Choudhury, Cyril Alemida (Palrutan). Harish Trivedi. Jatin Das. Jeet Thayil. Jerry Pinto, Jyotsna Singh (Jyoti Singh-). K S Radhakrishnan. Kavila Shah, Kiron Manandhar (Nepal). Kiron Nagarkar. Kishwar Desai. Lord Meghnad Desai. Manohar Shetty Musharraf Farooqi (Pakistan). Ranjit Hoskote. Shashi Despande. Varsha Das, Victor Ransel- Ribeiro among others …. The International Centre. Goa is holding the Festival in partnership with Goa Writers Group. Indian Council for Cultural Relations ICCR). Sahitya Akademi. Indian Atelien. National Book Trust, Goa Konkani Akademi. Gomantak Marathi Academy. Kala "Corportaion of the City of Panaji. Goa Tourism, Konkani Bhasha Mandal and others (The events are open to all Prior registration required). [NT]