Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2017 proudly presents vernissage at the iconic Adil Shah Palace

Vernissage SAF

The revolutionary performing arts festival ‘Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2017’ is set to fire up Goa’s finest and elite art connoisseurs and marvel audiences with acts that have never been presented on an international stage before. The vernissage witnessed the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar as the Chief of Ceremonies, accompanied by Mr. Sunil Munjal, Chief Patron & Founder, Serendipity Arts Foundation Goa 2017, Mr. Dalmia from Dalmia Bharat Group, Mr. Ameet Nivsarkar, Vice President and Head, Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services. The festival will commence on December 15th and conclude on December 22nd 2017 and it brings a plethora of effects like multiple venues, magnificent stage sets, architecturally built to transform Panjim for audience delight, and seamless surface transport connectivity; the festival will showcase 70 performing art genres such as various art forms and performances by known artists and upcoming artists, all sharing one platform/umbrella. Set on the riverbanks of the Mandovi, this year is bigger, better and offers a breathtaking composition of multidisciplinary performances.

 The itinerary is curated to address and satiate an art lovers’ imagination and the beginning of a journey into the world of incredible content. The deluge of creativity breaks all barriers in the cultural culinary art forms thoughtfully curated by renowned artists of the likes of Lillete Dubey and Anuradha Kapur, which showcases an immersive experience, the Ranjit Hoskote and Riyas Komu show which brings together young artists from across the vast landscape of India, mesmerizing photography curated by the famous Dinesh Khanna and Prashant Panjiar, and Odette Mascarenhas and Manu Chandra, two scintillating chefs, who bring alive the culinary section with delectable and sumptuous local cuisines coupled with exquisite meal experiences. India’s modern and classic acts come together as Sanjeev Bhargava, Tanusree Shankar, Shubha Mudgal and Ranjot Barot serenade people with myriad musical pieces composed to transform the music lover’s paradise with a special line-up of artists from international and Indian backgrounds. Among other performances, the festival highlights the jazz era, when India moved to the tunes of the maestros of time.

 Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Munjal, a noted industrialist and Founder & Chief Patron, Serendipity Arts Trust, “Goa is an ideal setting for a festival with the ambitions and scale of Serendipity. It is scenic, and has great weather. More importantly, Goa celebrates all kinds of different cultures. It is accepting and very inclusive. That is why we held the festival here last year as well. We are using the same venues; all are in Panjim, along the Mandovi river. It will be much bigger than last time. So, hopefully much better. Serendipity aims to revive and rebuild India’s diverse legacy of performing arts.

 Sharing his view on the SAF-Goa 2017, Honorable Chief Minister of Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar, said,“This festival has brought forward the Goan tourist season to the forefront. It has galvanized the multi-faceted culture of Goa to greater heights. We have always welcomed artists to Goa, and they have all been extremely delighted to give the audiences here a great performance. Until the SAF-Goa 2017, there have been many music festivals and films festivals. This is the first ever Performing Arts festival to be held here. The momentum it has gathered is unlike any other form that has ever been witnessed. I am truly humbled with the line-up of artists from International and Indian genres, and I am happy to welcome all of them with much delight.”

 Spread over 8 days of non-stop performances and an exciting extravaganza of displays, some of the performances, acts and displays lined-up are:

 A night in Harlem – curated by Ranjit Barot, which refabricates the vivacity of nightclubs of the golden era of jazz and effervescence of the origin of contemporary music; featuring epic proportions of music with lead vocalists, instrumentals, and choir rhythm. A riveting performance and a journey to the birthplace of jazz.

 Young Subcontinent – presented by Riyas Komu, a compilation of young commissioned artists who attempt to remediate the scattered political boundaries; it will showcase sculptures, installations, and paintings that extends patronage to cultural activists and artists.

 Purush – curated by Tanusree Shankar, which breaks stereotypes and barriers through dance. The performance is set to scintillate audiences with powerful acts of strength and masculinity. 

 The music stopped, but we were still dancing – curated by Prashant Panjiar, a collection of reprints of Goan musicians re-photographed; it is bound to create a photography enthusiast to cogitate and revisit the jazz era. A journey into the memorabilia of the Indian Jazz scene between in early days.


Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft – Made in Goa – curated by Annapurna Gerimella, an interdisciplinary selection of craft, architecture and education. A compilation of conceptualized designs for development of architectural models and a sustainable pavilion of learning. There will be many more performances, art displays, musical burlesque staged to captivate audiences and enthralling acts ready to transcend upon the hypnotic Goan backdrop of sandy beaches and delightful weather. 

 The organizing committee has put in an intrinsic number of hours to curate the content for the SAF-GOA 2017. Including the scintillating performances, the venues has 10 stages and a multitude of performances throughout the day. To give every visitor and guest a truly immersive experience, organizers have planned a seamless surface transportation strategy to ensure everyone can reach the venue of their choice.

 Serendipity Arts Festival – Goa 2017 also has been responsible for putting India on the world map for performing culinary cultural arts. This initiative is a personal passion of the patronage of Mr. Munjal, who has been involved personally in curating the SAF-Goa 2017. This year is all about scale and pushing boundaries – SAF 17, will be experimenting with site, form and display. Along with a line-up of scintillating programming spanning music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and culinary arts, this year’s edition is an unmissable spectacle of epic proportions.

 SAF 17 will feature projects curated by some of the leading names in their respective fields: Dinesh Khanna and Prashant Panjiar (Photography), Ranjit Hoskote and Riyas Komu (Visual Arts), Manu Chandra and Odette Mascarenhas (Culinary Arts), Sanjeev Bhargava and Tanushree Shankar (Dance), Lillete Dubey and Anuradha Kapur (Theatre) and Shubha Mudgal and Ranjit Barot (Music).

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