Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts is a non-profit education based arts initiative of Dattaraj V. Salgaocar. The Centre is a strong advocate for the arts in Goa, providing 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.
Conveniently located in the picturesque Altinho hills of Panjim, 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 Cafe Al Fresco and a gallery for emerging artists. An art resource library is also being set up for art students.
Over the years, we have celebrated several Indian and foreign artists and hold dear the contribution of Goan artists, at home and in the diaspora including works of Goan masters such as Trindade, Francis Newton Souza, Laxman Pai, Angelo da Fonseca and V. S. Gaitonde as well as accomplished artists such as Prafulla Dahanukar, Dalal, Chimulkar, among others.
We have collaborated with the Gulbenkian Foundation to screen Portuguese films; joined hands with leading writer, Anil Dharker of Lit Live! Mumbai to bring the best talent from the Literary world to Goa. The Shanghvi Art Salons hosted by bestselling novelist Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi presented some outstanding creative personalities like Sudarshan Shetty, William Dalrymple & Olivia Fraser, Dayanita Singh, Jaya Bachchan, Anne Enright, Sooni Taraporevala, Jitish Kallat, Leila & Aradhana Seth, Bharti Kher, Roger Ballen to name a few.
We also associated with Vadehra Art Gallery to get William Dalrymple's powerful and precise pictures to Sunaparanta, bringing elegance, inquiry and grace to the photographic form and with Photoink to get the most influential and the iconic photographic artist of the 21st century, Roger Ballen's dual series, Asylum of The Birds & The Theatre of Apparition.
In a hope to re-ignite interest in the work of remarkable Goan artist, Antonio Piedade da Cruz, which had been overlooked for far too long, Sunaparanta paid homage to Cruzo, showcasing his lifelong fascination with the figures of Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi besides his photographic archive, adding a rich dimension to his evolution as an artist.
In 2014 we hosted "Sensorium" - Sunaparanta's annual festival, reflecting on photography at its intersection with literature, cinema and music. The 2015 edition of Sensorium titled LOVE, responded to the idea of love in its various avatars, a visual spiral that took audiences along a beautiful, unpredictable, extraordinary, painful, frightful journey.
The Centre has five regular programmes in visual arts and theatre which run through the year. The programme structures are created by the artists for age groups 5 yrs upwards and the programme module has been very successful in getting the local artists integrated with the local community at large. Other programmes include the Sketch Club, Film for Thought (documentary, art and world films) and varied workshops, activities, events in creative arts.
At the Centre we constantly strive to reinvent our programming where local artists are invited to participate in a dialogue, assist in creating workshops and reach out to the younger generation desirous of getting into any creative career. We are proud to say today, the centre has become a hub and a place of engagement for the local artists who give us their time and creative inputs to raise the standards of structuring our visual arts programming. In essence, Sunaparanta has been bringing modern and contemporary art in Goa in all its forms to the world and the world art to Goa.