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Film for Thought: 20 Feb 2019, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Midnight Cowboy' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 20th February 2019 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘Midnight Cowboyat the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Starring: Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight

Run-Time: 1 hr 52 mins

About the Film 

One of the landmark American films, Midnight Cowboy is one of the few films about the urban nightmare and the hellish existence of the poor drifter.

Jon Voight plays Joe Buck, a street hustler from Texas who comes to New York with “big” dreams of making a fortune and ends up facing the brutal realities of survival in the mean city where he is out-hustled by everyone including the crippled, sleazy conman ‘Rizzo Ratso’ (Hoffman).

Midnight Cowboy – winner of 3 Oscars including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay, this is also a moving story of friendship and the bonding created by shared suffering.

Over the years, the memorable score by JOHN BARRY and the title song “EVERYBODY’S TALKING” by NILSSON have also become classics.

Western Classical Music Concert by AMITRI (Austria) at Sunaparanta on 16 Feb 19, 6.30 pm

Sunaparanta - Goa Centre for the Arts is delighted to present AMITRI (Austria) featuring Marialena Fernandes (Austria) on Piano; Ieva Pranskute (Lithuania) on Violin; Amina Vamosi (Hungary) on Flute on Saturday, 16th February 2019 at 6:30 pm. 

The all-women trio will play compositions of Clara Schumann, Moritz Moszkowski, W.A. Mozart, C. Saint-Saëns, J. Brahms, Ehsan E. Shanjani and others.

Since 2015, Fernandes has initiated a project called ‘The Quest for Passion’ which takes place annually in India, in which she incorporates musicians from Europe and India in dialog and interaction with each other, but also involving talented youth discussing diverse artistic themes.

In addition, the Trio will conduct a session on ‘Understanding Chamber Music’ for musicians on 19th February, 5 pm at Sunaparanta.

Free and open to all!


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

Kindly contact us for more details: Tel: 0832-2421311 / Email: info@sgcfa.org


Film for Thought: Classic February @ Sunaparanta - Film Screenings on 12th, 13th, 20th & 27th February '19

Sunaparanta presents two films about the Hollywood Movie Industry (The Bad and the Beautiful and The Player) on 12th & 13th February ’19 at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

“… a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway place where thieves, and pimps run free and good men (and women) die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

Hunter Thompson’s above statement was about the music business. However, the same can also be applied to the movie business.

These two film highlight, dramatize and illustrate the perils and pitfalls of the brutal Hollywood movie business.

Tuesday, 12th February 2019 – 6.30 pm

Film: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Directed by: Vincente Minneli

Written by: Charles Schnee

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame

Run Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Kirk Douglas (legendary actor and father of Michael Douglas) gives a career best, Oscar nominated performance as the enigmatic producer who manipulates his way to the top.   

Minnelli was better known for his musicals like ‘An American in Paris’ and ‘The Band-Wagon’ but this deeply personal film based on his experiences ranks as one of his best. Winner of 5 Oscars.

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 – 6.30 pm

Film: The Player (1992)

Directed by: Robert Altman

Written by: Michael Tolkien

Starring: Tim Robbins, Great Scacchi, Whoopi Goldberg

Run Time: 2 hrs

Liberally peppered with celebrity cameos, this darkly satiric, suspense film follows Griffin Mill (Robbins) an unscruplous movie executive who is stalked by a disgruntled writer. Altman’s takedown of the powers that make moviemaking decisions seems even more relevant as the years go by.

Winner of Best Director and Actor (Robbins) at the Cannes Film Festival 1992

Other films to look out for:

  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) on Wednesday, 20th February 2019 at 6.30 pm
  • Roman Holiday (1953) on Wednesday, 27th February 2019 at 6.30 pm

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

Kindly contact us for more details: Tel: 0832-2421311 / Email: info@sgcfa.org


`Moving Between the Lines' a workshop with Sanjukta Wagh on 5 Feb '19 at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta in association with beej is pleased to announce `Moving Between the Lines’ –Kabir’s verses explored in Breath, Song and Movement with Sanjukta Wagh on 5th February 2019, 4 pm to 7 pm

Supported by Fundacao Oriente this immersive session is designed for dancers, artists, theatre practitioners and anyone interested in performance art, to journey into the world of Kabir’s philosophy of the Truth of the present Moment.

Sanjukta will guide participants through a series of breathing exercises, movements melting into postures and integration of music & sound for an embodied, meditative experience of Kabir’s words.

Sanjukta is extensively trained in Kathak, Hindustani music, Theatre and Navrasa Sadhana.  She studied contemporary dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.  Recipient of several awards and scholarships in performing arts throughout her career, Sanjukta was also curator for dance at Kala Ghoda Festival. 

Sanjukta and her group will perform at theh opening of Monte Festival on 1st February 2019

Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji - Goa

Limited seats!

For more details and to register, please call us on 2421311 or email info@sgcfa.org


Film for Thought: 6th Feb 2019, 6.30 pm - Screening of `Saturday Night Fever' at Sunaparanta

This Wednesday, 6th February 2019 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening ofSaturday Night Feverat the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by: John Badham

Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

Run-Time: 1 hr 58 mins

About the Film 

People remember “Saturday Night Fever” as a cheery film about the glory days of disco filled with classic Bee Gees numbers like ‘Staying Alive’, ‘More than a Woman’, ‘If I Can’t Have You’ and ‘You Should Be Dancing’. What is often forgotten is that it is also a brutal, unpleasant and sometimes uncomfortable story of a teenager growing up in a misogynistic, violent and bigoted environment who tries to find escape from his 'dead-end' existence in his dancing. Travolta is excellent in his Oscar nominated, star-making performance as Tony Manero, the "kid" from "no place" who's "going nowhere".

The late and legendary critic Gene Siskel often stated that SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER was his favourite film of all time.

Note: Screening only for 18 years and above


Film for Thought: 30th Jan 2019, 6.30 pm - Screening of `5 Fingers' at Sunaparanta amphitheatre

This Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at 6.30 pm, Sunaparanta will host the screening of ‘5 Fingers’ at the outdoor amphi theatre, presented by Arvind Sivakumaran.

Film: 5 Fingers (1952; Black and White) 

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve)

Written by: Michael Wilson

Starring: James Mason

Run-Time: 1 hr 44 mins

James Mason shines in one of the most under-rated and forgotten spy thrillers of the 1950’s. The film is a master-class in tension building and proves that one can create a compelling spy movie without gunfights, explosions and complicated plots.

Based on a true story, this film was nominated for 2 Oscars for Directing and Screenplay.


Batik and Tie Dye with a Twist - workshop by Rani Sarin - 2 & 3 Feb '19 at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts is pleased to announce `Batik and Tie Dye with a Twist’ workshop with Rani Sarin on 2nd & 3rd February 2019, 11 am to 3 pm

The 2-day workshop will explore traditional and non-traditional resist techniques including Japanese Shibori stitch resist and methods of merging batik and tie dye processes on fabric. Rani will guide participants in transforming ordinary fabric into various patterns and colours to create unique pieces of art.

Rani’s early and formal training was in Textiles in India where she grew up. She is a printmaker, paper maker and also works with fabric.  Exploiting her expertise in batik and tie dye, she uses traditional methods in a new and contemporary way.  Rani spends her time between Boston and Goa.

Participants are requested to bring along 3-5 washed white or light coloured pure cotton things that could include T-shirts, dupattas, cushion covers, table mats and an apron. 

Venue: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Near Army House, Altinho, Panaji - Goa

Limited seats!

For more details and to register, please call us on 2421311 or email info@sgcfa.org


In Stages Final Performance `All the World's a Taxi Ride' - Saturday, 26 Jan '19, 7.00 pm at Sunaparanta

Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts presents `All the World’s a Taxi Ride’ – an adaptation of a Ramu Ramanathan play performed by the students of In Stages – a theatre company for young adults and directed by Arundhati Chattopadhyaya

Ramu Ramanathan is an Indian playwright-director with acclaimed plays to his credit and whose works in Indian theatre has shaped many younger playwrights. Writing and editing is a big part of who he is. Ramanathan is renowned for works such as Cotton 56, Polyester 84, Comrade Kumbhakarna and more.  He is currently the editor of PrintWeek India and WhatPackaging magazines. 

Saturday, 26th January 2019 at 7.00 pm at Sunaparanta

In Stages – A Theatre Company for Young Adults at Sunaparanta is a 35-week theatre programme facilitated by Arundhati Chattopadhyaya with guest facilitators like Keya D’Souza, Shakuntala Kulkarni alongwith Divesh Gadekar, Prasad Kalangutkar, Sindhuraj Kamat, Neelam Chauhan, Marc Francis, Clayton and Gaurish Amonkar.

This performance is open to all!

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


Workshop with A Capella ensemble, Vocal Colors on Mon 14th Jan, 5pm Sunaparanta

Join the A Capella ensemble, Vocal Colors from Sweden for an enjoyable music making workshop on Monday 14th January 2019 at 5pm.  The choir’s conductors, Marie Bejstam and Charlotte Rider, will facilitate an interactive session for local participants with the Swedish ensemble in a joyful exploration of vocal colour through a wide repertoire ranging from Folk to ABBA!  The workshop will benefit singers in choral groups as well as all those training in classical singing.  Age group 12 years and above.

About the conductors:

Marie Bejstam and Charlotte Rider founded Kulturfyren (The Culture Lighthouse) in 2011, a creative meeting place in the heart of Stockholm. It is open to professional and amateurs, within all cultural fields. Some of Kulturfyren’s projects include summer day camps within choral music, art and film, theatre, circus and acrobatics, musicals, art and philosophy.

Marie and Charlotte are choral pedagogues, choral conductors and music teachers. Through their choirs, they have worked with musical productions, concert projects and CD-recordings, collaborated with international artists such as Barbara Hendricks and other national artists within Sweden.

Marie and Charlotte lecture and teach frequently at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Not to be missed!

For more details and to register, please call on 2421311 or write to : info@sgcfa.org

A short video on Vocal Colors :   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gM_vRPHRrD-qVbooCytOIxOmeaixscam/view?usp=sharing


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.