A festival for the senses

Unique and stellar, Sensorium is a two-month-long festival of arts, literature and ideas in Goa that will showcase an interdisciplinary approach by displaying the works of Dayanita Singh, Sooni Taraporevala, Sohrab Hura and Anusha Yadav

It’s imagination that binds artists together. The realm of ideas, per se. Artists, photographers and writers will inhabit and recreate that space at the Sensorium, a unique festival of the arts, literature and ideas at Goa’s Sunapranta Complex. A converging point, the festival will debut this weekend, bringing in historian-writer William Dalrymple, artist-photographer Dayanita Singh, screenwriter-photographer Sooni Taraporevala and several others at the same venue.

One of the archival photos of the Indian Memory Project, titled Soul Sisters of the Rs 70s.
One of the archival photos of the Indian Memory Project, titled Soul Sisters of the Rs 70s. Pic courtesy/Juhi Pande

From the collective archive of the Indian Memory Project to an Italian photographer Fausto Giaccone’s resurrection of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s fictional town Macondo — the festival will not only put the spotlight on the arts but through its interdisciplinary line-up throw an alternate perspective on the artists as well. Booker Prize nominee Jeet Thayil can be discovered in a different element as he performs as a musician on the opening day.

Images from Dayanita Singh’s Offset pic courtesy/dayanita singh
Images from Dayanita Singh’s Offset Pic courtesy/Dayanita Singh

The festival is directed by writer Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi and Prashant Panijar, founder of the acclaimed Delhi Photo Festival. It will also showcase young and upcoming talent such as Anusha Yadav and Sohrab Hura.

While being there one can also treat one’s senses to an exhibition of handmade photo books curated by artist Regina Anzenberger. There is also a show on photo-poetry, titled Octavio Paz in India that has been put together by Jesus Calvero-Rodriguez and has photographs by Adil Hassan, Subrata Biswas and Sudeep Sen.

One can also catch riveting talks by noted figures such as Dalrymple, Ritesh Batra (director of The Lunchbox), artist Jitish Kallat and Dr Amin Jaffer (international director of Asian art at Christie’s International).

From: December 6 to February 5, Monday to Saturday (10 am to 7 pm); Sundays (10.30 am to 6 pm)
At: Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, near Army House, Altinho, Panaji, Goa. Call 08322421311
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