Upcoming Programs

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Film for Thought: Wednesday, 21st March '18 at 6.45 pm - Screening of `Double Indemnity' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 21st March ’18 at 6.45 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Double Indemnity at the outdoor amphitheatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Double Indemnity (1944)

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Written by: Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson

Run-Time: 1 hr 47 mins

About the film

FILM-NOIR or “black film” was the term used to describe a set of American films that shared all or some of the following characteristics – world-weary protagonists, dimly-lit dark worlds, moral ambiguity, an atmosphere of doom or pessimism that permeates everything, femme fatales or duplicitous women searching for sexual and economic freedom in a world dominated by men, murders, crimes , detectives, a narration by an unreliable narrator, the feeling of being imprisoned often expressed through visual cues like bars, smoke, dead ends, blocked alleys, venetian blinds and pulpy fast paced dialogue dripping with nihilism.

This week, Sunaparanta presents one of the most influential and suspenseful film-noirs of all time – `Double Indemnity’ - the story of an insurance salesman who gets involved with a married house-wife resulting in murder and betrayal.  This film has been nominated for 7 Oscars.

The film will be followed by a 10 minute documentary on FILM NOIR 

Kindly note, in the event of inclement weather or unexpected rain, the screening will stand cancelled as we will be unable to move the screening indoors due to a prior commitment. Thanks!


`Crime Diaries' - In Stages Final Performance on Sunday, 11 March `18, 7.00 pm at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts presents `Crime Diaries: Three Chilling Tales – A Murder; Burglary; Bank Heist’ performed by the students of In Stages – a theatre company for young adults and directed by Arundhati Chattopadhyaya

Sunday, 11th March 2018 at 7.00 pm at Sunaparanta amphitheatre

In Stages – A Theatre Company for Young Adults at Sunaparanta is a 35-week theatre programme facilitated by Arundhati Chattopadhyaya with guest facilitators like Chitra Palekar, Keya D’Souza, Shallu Sharma, Shyamant Behal and Gideon Crasto

This performance is open to all!

Do call us on (0832)2421311 or Email: info@scfa.org for more details

Film for Thought: Wednesday, 14th March '18 at 6.45 pm - Screening of `The Insider' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 14th March ’18 at 6.45 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Insider at the outdoor amphitheatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Insider (1999)

Directed by: Michael Mann

Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer

Run-Time: 2 hrs 33 Mins

What is the nature of terrorism in the modern world? Are we more affected by conventional terrorism or corporate terrorism? These are the tough questions posed by Michael Mann’s complex thriller/drama about tobacco whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand who is threatened, pressured and terrorised into not telling the truth about what he knows about cigarettes and their impact on public health. Using every trick in the book from complex confidentiality agreements and lawsuits to character assassination and death threats, Corporate America’s methods to silence the truth and the media make The Insider increasingly relevant.

Based on a true story, the film was nominated for 7 Oscars.


Film for Thought: Wednesday, 7th March '18 at 6.45 pm - Screening of `Howards End' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 7th March ’18 at 6.45 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Howards End at the outdoor amphitheatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Howards End (1992)

Directed by: James Ivory

Produced by: Ismail Merchant

Written by: Ruth Prawer Jhabwala

Starring: Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Redgrave

Run-Time: 2 hrs 19 mins 

Often incorrectly labelled as “costume drama” moviemakers, this categorization is a disservice to Merchant-Ivory-Jhabwala’s rich body of work – deeply nuanced studies of class structures, caste, social climbing and strong outspoken women stuck in traditional "turn-of-the-century England" mores.

This week Sunapranta presents their ever-relevant 1992 masterpiece `Howards End’, based on E.M. Forster’s novel about property, class hypocrisy and the karmic cycle of destiny. The plot revolves around the upwardly mobile Schlegel sisters as they encounter and “connect” with the wealthy Wilcoxes and the poor Basts. This mix of classes severely tests their core humanistic values as they grapple with their own ideologies and identities.

Winner of 3 Oscars for Actress (Thompson), Screenplay and Art Direction!


Sunaparanta's `Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016' by Sooni Taraporevala at The Whitworth, Manchester
Sooni Taraporevala, with whom Sunaparanta enjoys a lasting working relationship, enjoys her first UK solo show: Home in the City, Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016.  Curated by Sunaparanta Honorary Director, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi, with patronage from Sunaparanta founders, Dattaraj Salgaocar and Dipti Salgaocar, the show commissioned by Dr. Maria Balshaw opened at the Whitworth on March 4th 2017 and will be on view till 28 February 2018. The series of black and white photographs depict life in Bombay/Mumbai from 1976 to 2016.  Capturing the city in which she grew, Sooni’s images, cutting across class and community lines are an insider’s affectionate view, exploring a metropolis, as its shape shifted over four decades.  These works are personal documents of the city’s eccentrics, its children, its elderly and its landscape. On 20th July 2017, Sooni Taraporevala gave a rare insight into her black-and-white photographs within the exhibition ‘Home in the City: Bombay 1976-Mumbai 2016’ at The Whitworth, Manchester.

`When the Day Was Young' - short play by The Mustard See Art Co on Mon, 26 Feb 2018 at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts in association with The Mustard Seed Art Company presents `When the Day Was Young’ – a short original play that shines a colourful spotlight on seniors who retire from active life.

Cast includes: Aryan Bhobe, Karishma Alvares, Kiran Bhandari, Marisse Bhobe, Melanie Garreth & Suvarna Bandekar

Direction & Script by:  Isabel S R Vas

Date: Monday, 26th February 2018 at 6.45 pm

Venue: Sunaparanta amphitheatre

In its 31st year, The Mustard Seed Art Company continues to bring themes like these to the stage.  Local artists get together to create drama, music, song and dance.  When the Day Was Young is the 66th play performed by this amateur theatre group.

Free and Open to All!

For more details kindly call us on 2421311 or write to: info@sgcfa.org


Sensorium 2018: 27 & 28 February '18 - Portuguese film screenings at Sunaparanta

As part of Sensorium 2018, edition The End is Only the Beginning, Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts in association with Centro de Lingua Portuguesa-Camoes, I.P. presents From Images of a Time to the Time of Images – a series of Portuguese film screenings curated by Alexandra Côrte-Real de Almeida - Tuesday & Wednesday, 27th and 28th February ’18, 6.15 onwards at the amphi theatre.  

It will be a unique opportunity to watch “Douro, Faina Fluvial”, the first film directed by Manoel de Oliveira, in 1931, and some short films, fiction and documentary, by the young generation of Portuguese directors.

27th February ’18  |  6.15 pm onwards 

  1. Manoel de Oliveira first Portuguese documentary film Douro Faina Fluvial (1931)

          Running Time: 20 mins

             Douro, Faina Fluvial is a documentary that looks at the people working in the river Douro,           around the city of Porto

      2. Premiere screening of Madalena Fragoso and Margarida Meneses film Acaso (By Chance)

          Running Time: 40 mins

28th February ’18  |  6.15 pm onwards 

  1. The Edge of the World (2016) by Kate Saragaço Gomes’ is an award winning documentary film 

          Running Time: 15 mins

          Maria, Lurdes and Natália go down to the river to wash their blankets. Seduced by the sun           and the sound of running water, they stay long past sunset, playing out the time while                 waiting for the blankets to dry, hesitating over the desire of dipping their feet in the water           and giving in to a moment of pleasure.

       2. Fátima Dinis’ Will Free

           Run Time: 10 mins

           The internet reproduces images, one after the other, without a connection between them.            Most of the time, we don’t even choose the images we see.  These images live and                    inevitably build relations and create feelings that we cannot control.  This film                            experiments a possible logical connection yet fictional of what the internet brings us.

       3. Marta Reis Andrade’s Come to Me

           Run Time: 5 mins

           A short animation film about becoming a woman

       4. Ana Mariz’s Vigilia

           Run Time: 27 mins

              Vigilia is a documentary about the search for faith and adaptation to a new world.

       5. Diogo Baldaia’s Mirage my bros

           Run Time: 24 mins

           Three tales about young people who give a perspective on the idea of looking to the                  future, dreaming and are connected by an energetic power given by the portraited                      situations.  A very special film that was screened in Roterdam Film Festival 2018

Venue: Sunaparanta amphitheatre, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji - Goa

For more details kindly call on (0832) 2421311 or write to: info@sgcfa.org

Film screenings on both days are free and open to all!



Film for Thought: Wednesday, 21st February `18 at 6.30 pm - Screening of `The Heiress' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 21st February ’18 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Heiress at the outdoor amphitheatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: The Heiress (1949)

Directed by: William Wyler

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins

Run-Time: 1 hr 54 mins

About the Film 

Staying with the Oscar winning Fontaine-Havilland sisters, Sunaparanta presents the other De Havilland sister, Olivia, in her Oscar winning performance as a naïve and timid heiress who is wooed by the dashing Montgomery Clift.  The excellent cast also includes Miriam Hopkins of Design for Living and Ralph Richardson.

Based on the play of the same name, that was inspired by the Henry James novel `Washington Square’, The Heiress was nominated for 8 Oscars winning 4.


Film for Thought: Wednesday, 14th February '18 at 6.30 pm- Screening of `Suspicion' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 14th February ’18 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of Alfred Hitchcok film ‘Suspicion’ at the outdoor amphitheatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

Film: Suspicion (1941)

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Starring: Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant

Run-Time: 100 mins

About the Film 

Joan Fontaine won a deserved Oscar for her performance as a shy heiress who begins to suspect that her charming and irresistible beau (Cary Grant) may not be the person he claims to be. 

TRIVIA: Fontaine remains the only actress to ever win an acting Oscar for a Hitchcock film. 


Film for Thought- 7th Feb '18, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Punch-Drunk Love' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 7th February ’18 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Written & Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Run Time: 88 mins

‘The End is Only the Beginning’  -  In the spirit of this theme of Sensorium 2018, Sunaparanta presents “Punch-Drunk Love”, Paul Thomas Anderson’s whimsical, experimental, surreal, weird and hopeful love story. 

Barry Egan is lonely, angry, miserable, dominated and seemingly going nowhere. Into his mundane yet chaotic world comes Lena, a ray of hope but will Barry be able to conquer the crazy obstacles in their path ranging from his temper outbursts to the fallout of a phone sex-chat and pudding?

Drawing on the ‘theatre of the absurd’ and ‘science fiction films of the 1950’s’  and featuring an experimental  music score by Jon Brion, that is simultaneously jarring and melodious, Punch-Drunk Love features a career acting high for the mainstream comic Adam Sandler and won the award for  BEST DIRECTOR at the 2002 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.