Cultural Showcase: What to expect from the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa this yearhttps://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/serendipity-arts-festival-goa-first-edition-2966728/

Cultural Showcase: What to expect from the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa this year

The first edition of Serendipity Arts Festival will be held in Goa this winter

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(From left) Festival curators Ranjit Barot; Lillete Dubey; Shubha Mudgal; Riyas Komu

Twenty-four young artists from eight countries of south Asia will express their idea of the subcontinent, its social issues, stories of culture, myths, conflicts and political and economic struggles in a project, titled Young Subcontinent, to be curated by artist and co-founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Riyas Komu. It will be presented at the first edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, to be held in Goa from December 16-23.

The festival will focus on performing, visual and culinary arts through a hundred events. The curators include notable names from the fields of art, food, music, dance and theatre, including founder-director of Seher, Sanjeev Bhargava, drummer, singer and composer Ranjit Barot, classical singer and composer Shubha Mudgal, theatre personality Anuradha Kapur, actor-director Lillete Dubey and chef and restaurateur Manu Chandra.

Mudgal’s “Living Traditions” project will be held in an open-air theatre in Panaji and will reinterpret Hindustani classical music and showcase compositions that were recorded in the early part of the 20th century, when recording technology first came to India.

Photographer and co-founder of Delhi Photo Festival, Dinesh Khanna, will bring the Selfie Project. There will be an open call for selfies on Instagram three months before the festival and the final curated images will be selected and displayed at the venue.

Project Young Subcontinent, by Komu, will be held near a waterfront property in Panaji. “The project is aimed at creating relationships and might even lead to partnerships. A Sri Lankan artist may resonate with the issues facing an artist from Pakistan and they might think to partner together for an interesting collaboration,” said Komu at the announcement of the festival on Tuesday at Bikaner House.