DAILY HIGHLIGHTS: 16th December Serendipity Arts Festival 2018


Goa Khabar: The second day of Serendipity Arts Festival was a diverse mix of the performing arts celebrating iconic dance and theatre, both western and Indian, alongside unique music programmes showcasing traditional Indian music, and artist led discussions on contemporary arts practice. These were accompanied by children’s workshops, culinary workshops, and a music performance on the river.


Sonnets c. 2018

Curated By Atul Kumar

Sonnets c. 2018 is a devised, bilingual, site-specic performance, using Shakespeare’s sonnets as a starting point. The play is an attempt to reclaim the sonnets and to reinvent them, to account not just for contemporary sensibilities and notions of sexuality and gender but also to place them firmly in the here and now, of the grizzly urban life of bustling metropolises. The sonnets were written about four hundred and twenty years ago.

Produced by A Guild of the Goat
Director Anirudh Nair
Devised by The Ensemble

Still from Tanashah byNavtej Johar



Matters of Hand Craft and design in India, examined through objects of utility, at the Adil Shah Palace

Curated by Rashmi Varma

This exhibition explores how the handmade in India is experienced through objects of utility ranging from recent innovations and artisanal expression to ubiquitous objects found in public and private spaces. Forms of shelter, furniture, floor covering, lighting, kitchen utensils and storage are imbued with stories and embody thought processes, perfect-imperfections, function and aesthetic integrity extending from the creators themselves. Matters of Hand: Craft, Design and Technique exemplifies how the traditional is also modern craft, both continuously in flux and moving along a continuum that embraces a dynamic past and future, resisting categorisation.



A performance analysing the battle between Ram and Bali

Curator: Ranjana Dave

Still from Bali, curated by Ranjana Dave

An excerpt from the Indian epic Ramayana, Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the various events that led to the battle between Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha and Ram, the King of Ayodhya and eventually, the death of Bali. Here, the writer has tried to explore the notion of right or wrong through its various characters, while steering clear of any subjective in uences. Through this play, we explore how one evaluates this notion and, how it can change when each and every character is given an opportunity to voice thoughts and opinions. The play weaves multiple stories through the point of views of Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Ram and Ravan and talks about how each of them make decisions and take actions based on the ethics that define their lives. The play gives its audience a space for introspection, to take a step back and detach ourselves from our dominant ideologies and rigid identities to understand different perspectives.

Collaborator Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts & Research

Written and Directed by Nimmy Raphel Performed by Vinay Kumar, Arvind Rane, Ashiqa Salvan, Kiyomi Mehta and Rijul Ray.

Music Arranged and Composed by Vinay Kumar

Music Played by Meedhu Miriyam

Lavani Queens

Curated by Ranjana Dave

Lavani has ruled the stage in many parts of Maharashtra over centuries. It is a form of song and dance that entertains the audience, engages them and makes them an integral part of the performance. Gender and sexuality have always played a pivotal role in lavani. ‘Sringar’ (eroticism) is the dominant rasa (theme, element) in lavani. Lavani also aims at commenting on socially relevant topics using ‘Hasya’ (humour) rasa. Lavani deals with the subjects in a direct and unabashed style. It is interesting to know that lavani is written by men, for the entertainment of men but performed by women. When a woman performs these words, she makes them her own and lavani becomes a powerful expression of empowered women. In 2001, Mumbai saw a new trend in the world of lavani, with the launch of an all-male lavani show titled Bin Baykancha Tamasha – tamasha without women. This was their attempt to revive the old tradition while giving a way to exploring their own femininity through lavani. Lavani Queens has a mix of male and female artists who would perform on various new and old lavani songs.

Still from Lavani Queens curated by Ranjana Dave

Produced by Kali Billi Productions

Writer Bhushan Korgaonkar

Director Savitri Medhatul

Comperes Anil Hankare, Savitri Medhatul Lavani Dancers Akanksha Kadam, Anand Satam, Ashimik Kamthe, Ambika Pujari, Akshay Malvankar, Vikram Kamble Chorus: Pradnya Kadam, Pooja Kadu, Vaishnavi Girkar, Minal Jadhav, Monika and Rani.

Singers Nandini Vanage, Vikas Sawant Music Accompanists Naresh Kamble, Nitin Sutar, Sachin Kamble and

Tushar Rankhambe.

Production Support Vilas Kundkar Light Operation Vilas Humane Sound Operation Ruchir Chavan Photography Kunal Vijayakar

To Die Upon a Kiss…A based on Shakespeare’s Othello at the PWD Complex

Curated by: Leela Samson

Still from To Die Upon a Kiss, Curated by Leela Samson

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.

Concept, Script, Direction and Choreography by Sadanam P.V. Balakrishnan
Cast and Crew Othello: Sadanam P. V. Balakrishnan, Desdemona: Margi Vijayakumar and Iago: Kalamandalam Ramachandran Unnithan.

Vocal Sadanam Sivadasan and Kalamandalam Rajesh Menon.

Percussion Chenda: Sadanam Jithin Maddalam: Sadanam Devadas and Edakka and Thimila: Sadanam Abhishek. Make-up Kalamandalam Padamanabhan and Sadanam Srinivasan.
Costume Design Sadanam Vivek


Coffee and Pepper Workshop at the Old GMC

Curated by Rahul Akerkar

Interactive, tutored workshops in understanding the relationship in the expression of coffee by comparing the outcomes of three different roasts and two different brewing techniques of the same coffee. Experiment in roasting a single origin coffee bean in three different ways and then looking at creating different blends of these roasts to achieve different expressions and flavours of the coffee.

Workshop Conducted by Mithilesh Vazalwar and Vishal Bhindora.

                                                  Still of ‘Prosan’ by Shilpa Mayenkar


Talking Culture

My Colour on your Plate

My Colour on Your Plate: Aveek Sen in conversation with Sophie Calle and Paul McCarthy


Songs of Nature – Qawwals, Bauls, Langa and Manganiars respond to nature through music.

Curated by Aneesh Pradhan

Through centuries, seasonal and nocturnal-diurnal cycles and individual elements from nature have inspired repertoire in diverse musical traditions in India. Song-texts celebrating seasons like Vasant (spring) and Varsha (monsoon), orthose that describe  flora and fauna, address nature in all its splendour. They also use this imagery as metaphor and simile to introspect about human existence, the philosophy of life, spiritual pursuit and more. Practitioners of folk and religious music and art or classical music from different regions have recorded their poetic and musical responses to these stimuli. This performance will explore the manner in which Qawwals, Bauls of Bengal, and the Langa and Manganiar musician communities of Rajasthan have responded to motifs from nature. The similarities and dissimilarities in their responses to the same stimuli from nature will be showcased during the concert. Ensembles led by vocalists will also highlight the individual peculiarities of each of the three musical traditions.

River Raga

Special Project curated by Shubha Mudgal

This unique music event treated audiences to a river cruise and traditional classical music by Dhanashree Pandit Rai (Vocal), Accompanists: Kalinath Mishra (Tabla), Niranjan Lele (Harmonium).

A catalyst for cross-cultural exchange, fostering a sense of unity across disciplines and artforms whilst also erasing regional divisions in the country, The Serendipity Arts Festival this year offers equal opportunities to artists, artisans, indigenous and folk art forms, performers and other creative practitioners from all over India.

The event aims foster the development of thriving artistic communities across India by making the arts inclusive, educational and accessible.

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Notes To Editors

About Serendipity Arts Foundation

Serendipity Arts Foundation, a Munjal initiative for creativity, is a not-for-profit arts and cultural development Foundation that fosters cultural development and supports emerging artists across South Asia. The Foundation aims to promote new creative strategies, artistic interventions, and cultural partnerships which are responsive, addressing the social, cultural and environmental milieu of South Asia. The Foundation’s programmes are designed and initiated through innovative collaborations with partners across a multitude of fields, impacting education, promoting social growth via community development programmes, and exploring interdisciplinarity across the arts.

About Serendipity Arts Festival

The Foundation’s primary initiative and largest project, Serendipity Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts event held annually every December in Goa. Curated by a panel of eminent artists and institutional figures, the Festival is a long-term cultural project that hopes to instigate positive change across the arts in India on a large scale. Spanning the visual, performing and culinary arts, the Festival’s programming includes music, dance, visual arts, craft, photography, film and theatre. The Festival addresses pressing social issues such as arts education and pedagogy, cultural patronage, interdisciplinary discourse, and accessibility to the arts. Serendipity Arts Festival’s intensive programme of exhibitions and performances is energised by spaces for social and educational engagement. The third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival will take place in Goa from 15-22 December 2018.