Serendipity Arts Festival
India’s premier multidisciplinary arts festival
INDIA’S FIRST INTERDISCIPLINARY arts festival the Serendipity Arts Festival was held in Goa from the 16th to the 23rd December. With theatrical performances, design interventions, restoration projects and public art initiatives, the festival transformed the various venues stretched across the Mandovi riverfront in Panjim.
Serendipity Arts Trust (SAT) is a Munjal initiative for the promotion of creativity and imagination in arts and culture. It aims to support dialogues that are responsive and those that address social, cultural and environmental issues in creative ways.
In a first-of-its-kind endeavour, Serendipity Arts Festival brought forth a stellar line-up of 33 global artists to showcase their work in an eight-day inspiration-packed festival this December.
The theatrical production Talātum premiered at the festival was a spectacular show that comprised of the entire gamut of circus, magic, illusion techniques, gypsy art, puppetry, martial arts, new media, dance, music and theatre, blending the modern and the traditional through a new oral and visual language.
The events rolled off with collaborative performance of dance and live music Sandhi. The ‘Karavaan-the gypsy trail’ featuring Spanish flamenco musicians with Rajasthani manganiars was an irresistible confluence of cultures, with a world class western artists that provided a melodic landscape.
The mesmerizing 10 piece Sunshine Orchestra from the A.R.Rahman Foundation with young musical protégés from the underprivileged sections of society as its centrepiece, showcased the brightest talent from the current Indian mainstream music scene such as Jonita Gandhi, Vijay Prakash, along with other remarkable instrumentalists.
International street artists took to Goan lanes with the Open Site by Riyas Komu dissolving boundaries between nations, states and more importantly between people and art. The festival also included hands-on interactive sessions with master artisan Mohan Verma and Dinesh Mohan Lal. Wendell Rodricks in a curatorial presentation brought to the Serendipity Arts Festival elements of Goan clothing that recounted stories of Goa’s history, tradition and mythology.
The grand finale of the Festival was a concert by Coke Studio – with performances by Bengaluru based psychedelic rock band, Parvaaz, and popular fusion-folk singer Papon at DB Ground.
The festival expects to return next December 2017 with a stronger presence
‘Youth for Tomorrow’ celebrates second successful edition
THE ‘YOUTH FOR Tomorrow’ Festival 2016, a grand youth festival organized by Adventz Foundation in association with Zuari Global witnessed yet another successful festival this year.
The festival comprised of two categories namely, Elocution and Solo Singing under the overall theme of ‘Together We Can’. It aimed to provide a platform for likeminded students to unleash the power of their voice and put forth a powerful message of moving from envisioning to action for a better tomorrow. The students compete for the coveted Adventz Challenge Shield, attractive scholarships and other prizes.
The festival witnessed a phenomenal response from school children all over Goa, who eagerly welcomed the opportunity to showcase their talents and voice their opinions for a better tomorrow. The 14 participating schools were The King’s School, Vidya Vikas Academy, The Navy Children School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Deepvihar High School, Regina Mundi High School, Fatima Convent High School, Loyola High School, Presentation Convent, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Narayan Bandekar School, Don Bosco, Sharada Mandir, Mushtifund Saunstha and Our Lady of the Rosary High School. The Grand Finale of the ‘Youth for Tomorrow’ festival 2016 held at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Campus, Goa was at an all-time high with Hema Sardesai, ace playback singer gracing the youth festival as chief guest. The seven finalists took the stage one last time to make their way to the grand finale. The selected panel of judges Lulu Fortes, Varun Carvalho, Seby Fernandes, Pankaj Kudtarkar, Colin Savio Coelho and Harshvardhan Bhatkuly went through a thorough process of selection and elimination to finally choose the final winners.
The Adventz Foundation Trophy was won by Trusha Ganesh from Vidya Vikas Academy and Avantika Cardozo from Kings School, in the Elocution and Solo-Singing categories respectively. The winners and the runners up also took home attractive scholarships and other prizes