Panaji, Dec 19 :The fourth day of the Serendipity Arts Festival witnessed a pleasant mix of music, arts, and theatre, as well as a speaker’s zone where budding artists were exposed to the finer nuances of their chosen genre by experts including industry veterans like Prashant Panjiar, Dinesh Khanna and Manisha Parekh.
A constant stream of art enthusiasts kept the energies flowing along the bank of river Mandovi. The highlight of the fourth day was the “Speed Networking Zone”, a special initiative that encouraged everyone present – visitors, delegates, artists, curators and participants – to meet, greet, and exchange notes.
Another highlight of the day was “Drishti”, an innovative dance workshop by acclaimed Indian classical dancers Anwesa Mohanta, Bindu Juneja, Parwati Dutta and Priti Patel, wherein each performer provided philosophical and physical insights and perspectives to their respective dance forms such as Sattriya, Kuchipudi and Kathak.
While most workshops kept audiences verbally and visually engaged, the “Sarguja clay relief” craft workshop by Sundari Bai got people to exert beyond their eyes and ears.
Hailing from the Rajwar community of Sarguja district, Chhattisgarh, where motifs of deities, nature, life adorn the walls and doorways of homes, Sundari Bai brought a slice of tradition to the Old GMC grounds here.
Lending support to the festival, Ameya Abhyankar, secretary to the Goa Chief Minister, told reporters here:”As a state, Goa has always been a melting pot of cultures, welcoming people from across geographical borders. The scale and scope of the Festival with its rich offerings is a treat for the people of Goa amongst others across the country.
“We are excited to be opening up some of our most cherished spaces towards this. We wish the festival the very best for its first edition and hope for many more to come.”
The youth also got their due when emerging talent in music took to the stage with Young Stars – a project by Colin Da¿Cruz, where they had professionals backing them to showcase their skills.
The multi-disciplinary arts festival has more in store as new and interesting initiatives unfold till December 23.