This year, the colourful Carnival Float Parade passed along the road in front of the Mapusa Municipal Marked on March 4, 2014 - Tuesday - the last day of Goa's famed Carnival. It was a riot of colours... the booming music...SEE YOU AROUND MARCH 17... another grand spectacle - HOLI Festival.
Communal bonding is probably good for business… as in the Mapusa city… where members of Goa’s major communities are seen at least once a year… for the Milagres feast at the 1594-built Mannerist Neo-Roman style St Jerome’s Church and also at the Comunidade House nearby where the gaonkars of the same communities meet to collect their annual zonn or otherwise. Around these two landmarks, the common folk met to buy and sell commodities until the new Municipal Market came up just before Liberation. Goods came from the surrounding villages via canoes along the rivulet and landed at the Tar in front of the church.
Preliminary Projects under PRODUCTION... the production unit SHIFTS location from Xavier's College up on the hill TO Cafe Aurora in the heart of the Mapusa market... further... to a bright classroom of the Dnyanprasarkh High School opposite the Main gaTe of the marKET... probably like a choosy bird searching a prettier perch... that's if all birds have an eagle eye like Orijit does!
The Mappers met in groups at our regular haunt – Aurora Cafe – where Orijit explained to them further regarding the various preliminary projects. Some interesting projects, which came on the roll today, included – Fish (Ramiya, Ankita, Mariah and Sumedha), Clothes N Jewellery (Manjela, Sidhie, Meghana, Jessica & Malcolm), Pottery, Fonts (Prerna and Vanessa), Shop Locating Revisited & Time Lapse Film (Vivian Lopes & Bharat Prajapati). Prashant and Joel will fix the appointments for the History Interviews. It was nice to see Vanessa Desa back in the exercise. Salil too came today. Poonam, please note that we are already in the ‘decoration’ mode. PICS: PRASHANT FALARI.
MAPPING MAPUSA MARKET Module 2:
Orijit Sen briefed the second batch of volunteers who had gathered at St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, on the first day of the Module 2 take off on December 9, 2013. It’s a Goa University programme of the Mario Miranda Chair of Fine Art. The audio clip can be heard at archives.org https://archive.org/details/21Orijit1
Back in London and planted the jackfruit sapling kindly gifted to me by Joel. fingers crossed the little fella thinks it is still in assagao and grows a few inches.
I am ecstatically checking the blog and will contribute from across the seas.
In the meantime, please check the blog we created on our first trip to Goa as Unbox fellows. This is no longer updated, but holds some key information.
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