DEC 6 , 2014
TO MARCH 15 , 2015

Sensorium Press Coverage

Every Wednesday evening: films hosted by Sachin Chatte

Sunaparanta - Goa Center For The Arts

Sensorium 2014-15

Sunaparanta’s annual festival, this year takes form in Sensorium (December 6, 2014 to March 15, 2015). In its debut year Sensorium gathers a constellation of international stars from the arts and literature to present fine work and original thought. In its inaugural edition, Sensorium reflects on photography at its intersection with literature, cinema and music. Sensorium, is a festival that in its inaugural year traces the intersection between photography and the other mediums – literature, cinema, installation art. The festival is directed by Prashant Panjiar, founder of Delhi Photo Festival and writer and novelist Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi.

The program includes a visit by bestselling historian and Princeton professor William Dalrymple, acclaimed artist Dayanita Singh, Oscar nominated script writer Sooni Taraporevala, a show of Farrokh Chothia’s jazz greats (with an introduction by Salman Rushdie). Besides, there are shows by younger yet accomplished photographers: Anusha Yadav, Sohrab Hura and Adil Hassan, S Biswas and Sudeep Sen. There is a wonderful exhibition curated by Regina Anzenberger of 18 handmade photo books. And then there is Macondo by Italian photographer Fausto Giaccone, an evocative tribute to writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. During Sensorium, Sunaparanta also hosted the book launch of `Life is Elsewhere’ by Sohrab Hura on February 3, 2015, followed by an immersive interaction on February 4 and 5, 2015 with the photographer.

About Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta intends to continue to be a strong advocate for the arts in Goa. It will provide working and exhibition space, assistance with exchange and grant funding initiatives, infrastructural and creative support for special co-operative projects and networking with state, national and international organizations.

Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts is a non-profit arts education initiative of Dattaraj V. Salgaocar. It has the following broad aims and objectives: to preserve the artistic and legacies of Goa, to encourage, sponsor and promote innovative work in the visual arts, to serve as a bridge between the Goan art community and the national and international art communities and, most importantly, to provide resource support to art students and others interested in art.

Sunaparanta is conveniently located in the picturesque Altinho hills of Panjim where residents and visitors to Goa can benefit from a year-long schedule of arts activities and exhibitions. The centre houses several exhibition galleries, a large multi-functional space for workshops and lectures, studios, two residency rooms for visiting scholars, artists and faculty, an open-air amphitheatre, an outdoor courtyard that houses the Café Al Fresco and a gallery for emerging artists. An art resource library is being set up for art students.

Regular weekly programmes run throughout the year and include the Sketch Club, Film for Thought (documentary and art films), the Mango Tree after-school visual art class for children, a children’s Theatre Club, Open Studio - a full time ceramics studio and an ongoing programme of varied workshops, activities and events in creative arts.

We have collaborated with the Gulbenkian Foundation to screen Portuguese film and recently joined hands with leading writer, Anil Dharker of Lit Live! Mumbai to bring the best talent from the Literary world to Goa. Recently added to our programme are the Art Salons hosted by Siddharth Shanghvi which offer insights into the minds and processes of outstanding creative artists through dialogue and conversation.

Past shows

» Sunaparanta also promotes special one-off collaborative projects, our most recent being the inspiring prison art initiative that we seed funded with Blue Shores in 2010 and which resulted in a second exhibition in November 2012, titled Things We Lost in the Fire.

» The Printmaking Workshop (October 7 to 21, 2012 ) brought together some of the best printmakers in the country in a highly successful collaboration to produce Sunaparanta’s Annual Show, Look At This Land that celebrated the power and beauty of the printed image.

» As a part of our 5th Anniversary, our annual show `Rebirth of Detail’ curated by Kanchi Mehta opened on the 14th of December 2013 and gathered some of the finest Indian artists representing a diversity of forms – performance, photography, installation, sound art as well as new media. Bharat Sikka, Nikhil Chopra, Ranbir Kaleka, Sheba Chhachhi, Shilpa Gupta, Sudarshan Shetty, Tejal Shah, Viraj Naik and Valsan Koorma Kolleri participated in this exhibition and produced new as well as site specific work. The exhibition also showcased two of Sunaparanta’s mentoring artists Kedar Dhondu and Ramdas Gadekar who are under a year long mentorship programme headed by Kanchi Mehta.

Upcoming Programs


A Goan summer has been traded for "Winter"
Thursday 01st October 2015
A fantastic show by Julian Opie, "Winter" is now on view at Sunaparanta from the ...
Kyungwoo Chun's performance `Ordinary Unknown' at Sunaparanta on 22 Feb ...
Sunday 22nd February 2015
Sunday Feb 22 saw yet another Sensorium evening at the Sunaparanta courtyard with the participation ...
Ritesh Batra @ Sensorium at Sunaparanta
Saturday 17th January 2015
Filmmaker of the indie hit, The Lunchbox was at Sunaparanta on January 17 to talk about ...
Jitish Kallat @ Sensorium on 11 Jan 2015 at Sunaparanta ...
Sunday 11th January 2015
Artist and curator Jitish Kallat was at Sunaparanta on January 11, 2015 as part of ...