Upcoming Programs

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Film for Thought: 16th Jan `19 at 6.30 pm, screening of `Eye of the Needle' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 16th January ’19 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Eye of the Needle’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by John Menezes.

Film: Eye of the Needle (1981)

Directed by: Richard Marquand

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan

Run-Time: 1 hr 51 mins

Eye of the Needle is a film adaption of Ken Follett’s novel by talented movie director, Richard Marquand.  The plot is a classic style espionage thriller interwoven with a passionate ill-fated love story about a German spy operating in wartime England during WWII.  This engrossing suspenseful drama has a splendid music score by the great, Miklós Rózsa.


Film for Thought: 9th Jan '19 at 6.25 pm, screening of `West Side Story' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 9th January ’19 at 6.25 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘West Side Story’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: West Side Story (1961)

Written by: Ernest Lehman

Directed by: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

Music by: Leonard Bernstein

Choreography by: Jerome Robbins

Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris and Rita Moreno

Run-Time: 2 hrs 27 mins

With incomparable dance sequences and unforgettable songs (“Cool”, “Something’s Coming”, “America”, “The Jet Song”, “Gee Officer Krupke”, “I Feel Pretty” and “Maria”) West Side Story is certainly the most energetic of all screen musicals.

The film also deals with ever-relevant issues like racism, juvenile delinquency and street-gang culture. Winner of 10 Oscars including Best Picture and Director, this film is based on the stage musical that was loosely adapted from SHAKESPEARE’S “Romeo and Juliet.”

Screening will begin at 6.25 pm.

All classic musicals have a 5-minute “Overture” – an orchestral piece that plays over a still image at the beginning of the movie as audiences walk in. That will commence at 6.25 pm.

Do Not miss the beginning!!  The stylized nine-minute prologue is one of the most famous in movie history!

Kindly Note:

Registration for Film Club is now open.  Membership is valid from 1st January 2019 – 31st December 2019. 

Existing members are requested to renew their membership.

For further information, kindly contact our office (Tel: 0832-2421311)


Souza in the 40's - Curatorial walkthrough with Conor Macklin - 28 Dec '18, 11 am

Sunaparanta is pleased to announce a curatorial walkthrough of ‘Souza in the 40’s’ on Friday, 28th December 2018 at 11.00 am.

Conor Macklin, curator and director of Grosvenor Gallery London will lead the guests through 60 earliest works of F N Souza from his time as a student in Goa and Bombay, as well as works from around the time of the inception of the Progressive Artists' Group in 1947, the same year as India's Independence

Limited edition of illustrated catalogue, posters and postcards are on available on sale.

Look forward to having you with us on 28th December morning.

Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji – Goa.

Tel : +91 832 2421311 | www.sgcfa.org | info@sgcfa.org


Film for Thought: 2nd Jan '19 at 6.30 pm, screening of `The Lost Weekend' at Sunaparanta

Season’s Greetings from Sunaparanta-Goa Centre for the Arts!

We are happy to announce our weekly film screenings from this coming week.  Members are kindly requested to note that Film Club membership renewal & new memberships will begin from 2nd January 2018.  Kindly call the office for more details.

This Wednesday, 2nd January ’19 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘The Lost Weekend’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: The Lost Weekend (1945)

Written by: Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Doris Dowling

Run-Time: 1 hr 41 mins

Billy Wilder’s hard-hitting, Oscar winning drama about the vicious circle of alcoholism has lost none of its power even after all these decades.  Few films have captured the mind of a self-destructive alcoholic with such insight and sensitivity. 

The liquor industry offered Paramount 5 million dollars to bury the film. Paramount refused and it resulted in 4 oscars including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor.


`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