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`Souza in the 40's' - an exhibition of works by FN Souza opening at Sunaparanta 16 Dec '18

Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts in collaboration with Saffronart and Grosvenor Gallery is delighted to announce a landmark exhibition of works by Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002) titled `SOUZA in the 40s’ on Sunday, 16th December 2018

The exhibition will be taking place simultaneously across the three galleries: Grosvenor Gallery in London (14 December 2018 – 25 January 2019), Sunaparanta, Goa (17 December 2018 - 5 March 2019) and Saffronart in New Delhi (19 December 2018 - 18 January 2019) and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and informative text about this little known but very significant period of Souza’s early artistic career.

Francis Newton Souza was born in Saligao, Goa and joined the J.J. School of Art in 1940 after being expelled from St Xavier’s College for truancy and doing pornographic drawings in the toilets. He did not last long at the J.J. School of Art either and was again expelled in 1945 by Charles Gerrard the British principal, as Souza and his friends had taken down the Union Jack and started a riot. By then Souza was a member of the Quit India Movement and about to join the banned communist party. The movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi for Satyagraha (Independence). The movement was accompanied by a mass protest on non-violent lines, in which Gandhi called for an orderly British withdrawal from India.


Film for Thought: 19th Dec 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Purple Rose of Cairo' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 19th December 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ at Sunaparanta amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Written & Directed by: Woody Allen

Cast: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello

Run-Time: 1 hr 20 mins

The magical world of movies helps most people forget the bleak reality of their existence. Lost in the world of silver screen dreams, one hopes for the briefest of moments that some of the on-screen lives may become theirs. 

Blurring the line between reality, fiction and fantasy ‘The Purple Rose of Cairo’ is an ode to the audiences of the post depression-era America for whom movies transcended life.

Woody Allen often cites this as the favourite amongst his films.


Film for Thought: 12 Dec 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Children of a Lesser God' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 12th December 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Children of a Lesser God’ at Sunaparanta amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Directed by: Randa Haines

Cast: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie

Run-Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Based on the Tony Award winning play by Mark Medoff, this sensitive love-story from the 80’s is about the romance between a teacher for the hearing impaired and the deaf janitor who works at the school where he teaches.  

Marlee Matlin (who is deaf in real life) won a Best Actress Oscar for her first screen role. She remains the youngest Actress to win that honour.


A Night of Carols with Nayantara & the Natal Singers - Sat, 8 Dec '18, 6.30 pm at Sunaparanta

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another, the warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. Together lets share the Christmas spirit in song

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts presents `A Night of Carols with The Natal Singers’ conducted by Nayantara de Lima Leitao, this Saturday, 8th December 2018, 6.30 pm onwards

Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim, open air amphitheatre

Kindly call us on 0832-2421311 or email info@sgcfa.org for more details

Entry Free        Open to All           Please Spread the News!



Film for Thought: 5 Dec 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Goodfellas' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Goodfellas’ at Sunaparanta amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Goodfellas (1990)

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Screenplay by: Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi

Cast: Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino

Run-Time: 2 hrs 25 mins

All gangster films and TV shows before and after seem to lead to GOODFELLAS, Martin Scorsese’s energetic, brutal and relentless masterpiece chronicling “three decades of life in the Mafia”. Often imitated, `Goodfellas’ represents the pinnacle of film craft blending memorable sequences, great performances, rat-a-tat ‘street’ dialogue, rock music and the best of classical Hollywood cinema.

Based on the non-fiction book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi.

Winner of 1 Oscar (Joe Pesci), nominated for 6.

Rated no 17 on IMDB’s list of Top 250 Films of all Time.

NOTE: The screening will be preceded by a 15-minute feature on ‘White Heat, James Cagney and the Gangster Film’ at 6.10 pm

Screening of ‘Goodfellas’ will begin at 6.30 pm and is for Adults only

James Cagney Gangster' Film Festival at Sunaparanta - 20, 21 Nov and 27, 28 Nov 1`

James Cagney was one of the silver screen’s great ‘film’ actors, one of the first to realise that film was an entirely different medium from the stage and that a gesture of the hand or a tiny facial tic could reveal more than an entire page of dialogue. He was the major star and key figure in the Warner Brothers gangster cycle of the 30’s, films whose lasting influence is seen in modern gangster classics like Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese) and The Godafther (Francis Ford Coppola) and even ‘inspired’ Indian films like Deewaar.

Sunaparanta presents 4 gangster films over the 4-day James Cagney ‘Gangster’ film festival.

The screenings will be presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Tuesday, 20th November 2018 – 6.30 pm

Film: The Public Enemy (1931)

Directed by: William Wellman

Run Time: 83 mins

Featuring the famous “grapefruit” scene, `The Public Enemy’ chronicles the rise and fall of Tom Powers. Wellman’s film contains more offscreen violence than visible onscreen but most remember the film as more violent than it actually is.

Wednesday, 21st November 2018 – 6.30 pm

Film: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Run Time: 97 mins

Two childhood friends- one grows up to be a priest, the other a gangster. Tension ensue. The legendary ending still resonates.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018 – 6.30 pm

Film: The Roaring Twenties (1939) 

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Run Time: 1 hr 46 mins

Chronicling the economic dilemmas of returning World War 1 vets who are drawn into a world of crime, `The Roaring Twenties’ is a sympathetic look at the gangster figure as he navigates the turmoils of Prohibition and the Great depression of 1929. The film also stars Humphrey Bogart as a slimy villain.

Wednesday, 28th November 2018 – 6.30 pm

Film: White Heat (1949)

Directed by: Raoul Walsh

Run Time: 1 hr 54 mins 

A major influence on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” with its undercover agent subplot, Cagney‘s over the top , insanely psychotic and utterly compelling Cody Jarrett who has a peculiar attachment to his mother is now recognized as one of the greatest and most perverse gangster films ever made.

Free and open to 18 years and above

Limited Seating on First-Come-First-Served basis

Film for Thought: 14th Nov 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Sting' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 14th November 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Sting’ at Sunaparanta amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Sting (1973)

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw

Run-Time: 2 hrs 3 mins

Robert Redford and Paul Newman bring their considerable charm and charisma to this delightful old-fashioned comedy about a pair of con-men who put “the sting” on big-time crime boss Robert Shaw. Re-teaming with director George Roy Hill after their classic pairing in ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’ and set in 1930s Chicago to the background of Scott Joplin’s ragtime musical compositions, `The Sting’ is one of the all-time great entertainments, the kind that we rarely see anymore.

Winner of 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, surprisingly this remains Redford’s only Oscar nomination (for acting) to date.


Ink Wash Painting Workshop with Trishna Patnaik - 17 Nov 2018 at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to present Ink Wash Painting Workshop with artist Trishna Patnaik on Saturday, 17th November 2018, 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Ink wash painting is originally from China and popularly known in Japan as Sumi-e.  Trishna Patnaik will guide the participants in using the technique of ink wash. Each participant will take away 2 paintings each on cartridge sheets.

Date:  17th November, 2018 (Saturday)

Timing:  3 to 6 pm

Age Group:  10 years and above

Take Away: 2 paintings on cartridge sheets (A4 size each)

Venue: Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts (outdoor lawns)

About Trishna Patnaik

Trishna Patnaik is a self-taught artist based in Mumbai and has been practising art for over 14 years and a full-time professional painter pursuing her passion to create and explore to the fullest.  She also conducts painting workshops across Mumbai and other metropolitan cities of India.

Limited seats! Registrations will be on first come first serve basis.

To register, please call on 2421311 or email us on info@sgcfa.org




Film for Thought: `The Wrong Man' Film Festival at Sunaparanta - 18th & 19th Sep 2018

How often is `the wrong man or woman’ arrested, convicted or lynched for a crime he/she did not commit?

Sunaparanta presents three films that explore the fallacies in police investigations, the trauma experienced by the innocent and their families, the suspension of rational thinking amidst the unquenchable thirst for revenge and the sheer element of luck and coincidence that stands between freedom and prison (or death)

Tuesday, 18th September 2018;   6.30 pm

Film: A Cry in the Dark (1988)

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

Starring: Meryl Streep and Sam Neill

Run-Time: 2 hrs

Meryl Streep gives one of her most under-rated and brilliant performances as an Australian mother who’s accused of killing her 9 week old baby. The film captures the media witch-hunt and trial by public opinion as rumours and suspicion convict a person even before they reach the courtroom.

This is based on the real-life story of Lindy Chamberlain.


Wednesday, 19th September 2018

6.00 pm

Film: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Directed by: William Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Anthony Quinn

Run-Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Based on the Walter Van Tilburg Clark novel, Henry Fonda often cited this “drama about conscience” as the best film he had made. 

Two drifters passing through a sleepy town get caught up in the frenzy and mob fury surrounding the “guilt” of suspected cattle rustlers.

7.30 pm

Film: The Wrong Man (1956)          

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Anthony Quayle

Run-Time: 1 hr 45 mins

A harrowing account of the trauma of an innocent man accused and arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Hitchcock brutally examines the physical and emotional toll experienced by the accused and his wife as they grapple with shame, powerlessness and stress. The film was a failure on initial release because audiences expected “another suspense thriller” and were deeply disappointed that Hitchcock had made a “realistic drama”.  Today it is widely regarded as one of his best.  Based on a true story!


Film for Thought: 12th September 2018, 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Twilight Zone' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Twilight Zone’ at Sunaparanta indoor gallery, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Twilight Zone (1959-1961) – Black and White

Created by Rod Serling

Run-Time: 100 mins

Rod Serling’s classic 50’s B&W TV Series was a watershed and paved the way for a generation of filmmakers from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas to modern filmmakers like Wes Craven and Jordan Peele who directed ‘Get Out’

Sunapranta will showcase 4 of the best standalone episodes of this mystery/sci-fi/supernatural series that get you excited, paranoid and questioning the reality of what you see. At the same time they have an underlying, subversive social commentary that was a watershed in television storytelling.

The 4 episodes (each 24 mins in duration) that will be featured are:

  • Mirror Image
  • The Monsters are due on Maple Street
  • Time Enough at Last
  • The Eye of the Beholder