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!
Scenes of the otherwise bustling market we quite often miss: Like when the seemingly ever moving bazaar come to a grinding halt during a strike. The ever-crowded lanes look very lazy indeed! It affects the daily bread of hundreds of hands that move Mapusa every moment without anyone noticing it. The groups of daily wage labourers, porters, who have been earning their daily bread in the market like the other vendors do, wonder when they’ll get work again. Also… what does our bigg bazaar look like from the heavens above….?
There are, however, some souls like Domnic Fernandes (Mapusa: Yesterday & Today) who take some trouble to chronicle some such moments and Mhapxenkars like Miguel Braganza who wonder why it has to happen to their beloved Mapxencho bazar.
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
MAPUSA MAPPERS EXPO: Dr Sidney do Pinto Rosario took time off from his busy schedule at Goa's premier maternity home in Porvorim to visit the Exhibition. He recalled being present while the former Portuguese governor Vassalo da Silva inaugurated the market in the presence of his illustrious father - Dr Antonio Pinto Rosario, President of the Camara Municipal then - and other dignitaries way back in the Sixties of the last century.