Kalinga was trading with Indonesia 2,000 years ago, which is why Ashoka invaded Kalinga. He was lured by Kalinga’s wealth. We were trading overseas but forgot it as Indians began to suffer from the kala pani taboo, which was centred around ocean travel, where it was believed that if you crossed the ocean, your dharma will be tainted and you will become an outcast.
Curator of the exhibition at Serendipity, Sudarshan Shetty, was looking at innovations across walks of life, regions and genres when he came across Air-Ink. “We wanted all kinds of voices for the exhibition. Air-Ink looked like the beginning of something important,” says Shetty.
On the same day, a visual arts exhibition curated by Sudarshan Shetty at the prestigious event was briefly shut after visitors scribbled slogans against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on blank canvases.
Lagoo is most well known for playing a retired and elderly actor in Marathi play Natasamrat, and a shy and gullible teacher in V Shantaram’s film Pinjara, apart from his performances in Jabbar Patel’s political dramas of the 1970s.
"Music changes every 10 years but we stick to Indian classical music. We ensure that the spirit of the event is adhered to. One of the changes has been in the restrictions on timings," said Shrinivas Joshi, executive president of Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal.
The Pune-based startup, which was launched in 2017 by Vengurlekar and Amit Bhadbhade, is on a mission to make non-English speakers conversational in the language, and hone the fluency of those who have a rudimentary knowledge of it.