Mapusa. The name itself sounds so feminine, womanly and Goddess like. A sex symbol maybe. Fertile yet very strong just like every other woman who is the backbone of a family. The one who usually feeds. The one who seduces. The one who takes pride in her kin and in her independence and sometimes, her loneliness too. Her voluptuous body clad in amber skin, Gajra clad bun, her beautiful curves and her cracked heels. Her smile and her tantrums. It has nothing got to do behind the motive of endangering something but only to nourish and sustain.

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Mapusa does that to maybe Goa. Or just this part of Goa. I still haven’t explored it in depths. Neither Goa nor Mapusa.
Like Ma. She works in harmony with the other forces. The nature, the sunlight and the men around her. Creating the perfect yin-yang like balance in life, leaving all her inhibitions behind, sharing smile and laughter and making the ends meet while educating her offspring. With all the dignity the world has to offer her. She has synced herself with the times and has no hatred towards it’s own kind. Making peace prevail in this chaotic society. Take the woman out of Mapusa and you will make place lose its charm. And one will search for freshness in the rotten flowers and the fresh fishes.

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She will make sure its not the bombil pickle or the jackfruit papad you are taking back home. You will take back much more. You will take back much more. Her stance and her glance and her skinning down the fish has a rhythm and romance to it. She has all the colors and emotions to offer. The female form and psyche itself has amazed and amused people over the centuries.

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One can’t really go through books or google Mapusa history as to know what the place really means. The humans, the men, the women, the cats and the dogs and then again the people of this place need to be experienced to learn the true meaning of Mapusa. And to understand that no job in life is small. This place knows no gender or age if they have got to sell what you need and run a smooth livelihood.

This piece is a part of my scripting process for the documentary i am working on and quite a personal perspective to it. Will be starting with the edit of the same soon. Cheers.

The workshop which mainly aimed at mapping the market, encouraged all the participants to discover the market in their own time and space. The printout handed to us, was similar to a blank canvas which awaited colours to be put on it. I’m sure that each and every person will have their own approach to the map and might have discovered something new, or revisited those corners which have already been stumbled upon by previous mappers.mapusamarketmapkey

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Day 2 of the workshop, i.e., 14th January 2013 saw the whole team being given a 100 rupee note individually. The task involved buying whatever appealed to one at the market, which was in spirit of the same.

I specially had fun exploring the market on my own after the introduction the previous day. In those few hours I saw myself roaming the market, similar to a monk in search of a relic. It was interesting as to whatever items came across my eyes; from a pin to rusted antiques.

But there were a few items which I just couldn’t resist buying..

    You are invited for a fim screening, made by myself. I was fascinated by the repetitive sound that the sugarcane machines make, initially I saw it as a metaphor for the idea of simultaneity that for me becomes very apparent in the hustle and bustle of the market. But soon I found myself mesmerised by the sound and the various components that revolve . I will be showing a 6 minute film on a loop starting from 6:00 pm till 8:30 pm. Please make it if you can.

A few shots, from one of the bigger buildings surrounding the market. It was interesting to overlook various happenings in the market in one sight,  as I stood there, I saw a good number of people simultaneously buying stuff, casually strolling, trying to sell goods etc. You could hear an ambiguous talking, buses honking far away, the sound of traffic and to my surprise, you could also hear the bell ringing of one of the sugarcane sellers in the market, I am in the process of making a short film on the 8 sugarcane machines in and around the market.

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Hello everyone,

As some of you may know, we ran a 6 day workshop from the 13-18 focusing on creating new responses to the market in the form of, artistic impressions/interventions. So, we have just finished a rather action packed week.

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We had a fantastic week, full of curiosity and enthusiasm followed by articulate conversations, these conversations helped break the ice among strangers and also, with the development of ideas. It was a great group of people from various backgrounds such as, graphic design, journalism, fabric natural dyeing, history and of course art. In the weekends we also saw some Goa College of Arts students, namely Rajaram, Sahil, Sunny and Gautam, whose project is to finish this weekend, 25-26 January.

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To start things off, artist Sharmistha Kar did a performance, which involved her continuously transferring 200 metres of Gajra made in the flower market, out of ‘Kakda’ flowers, she then offered a metres length to anyone who wanted it. She finished before schedule. A post on the performance is to follow soon, so watch this space.

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As the workshop began on the 13th of January, everyone was really hands on and projects soon went into directions such as, creating a web based Mapusa market diary, documenting the making of Pao, making a short film on the 8 sugarcane juicers in an around the market, exploring and understanding the crucial roles that women play in the market among many other ideas and using imperfect, mutant brinjals as a tool for communication, the term “naak vaangi” (nosed brinjal) has been coined as a result of this.

So, say hello to Sharmi, Nash, Gayatri, Werner, Shankar, Mehar, Alok, Shubhanshi, Kabir and Maithili. It was great to work with all of you. We’re looking forward to individual posts from you.

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