The 2nd Goa Arts and Literary Festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Goa's liberation after 451 years of colonial rule. It is an opportunity to reflect on the idea of India as reflected through the perspective of cultures, communities and writers on the margins of the grand historical narrative of the country. There will be a particular emphasis on Diaspora, on the Goan and other Indian migrant communities across the world which retain different ideas about what being Indian means, as well as on the North-East of India and its art, music and literature. Music, painting and photography, poetry, journalism and publishing, debates, discussions and book-releases: from 17-21 December, the 2nd Goa Arts and Literary festival promises a truly historic cultural event of the highest standard, with delegates attending from around the world.
In collaboration with Sahitya Academy, Goa Writers Group, Goa Konkani Akademi, Gomantak Marathi Akademi, Department of Tourism - Government of Goa and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the 2nd annual Goa Arts and Literary Festival hosted by The International Centre Goa will celebrate 50 years of democracy after decolonization, Goa's Golden Jubilee.
The Festival will be held on 17-21 December, exactly 50 years after the historic days when Indian troops conquered, and annexed Goa. It was another dramatic moment in history for this tiny territory, which has experienced many. Each day of the Festival will recall 1961, featuring historians and witnesses to the sensational events as they occurred, as well as lectures, special book releases, and panel discussions about the Goan experience of the Estado da India, quite different from much of the rest of the subcontinent's experience with the British Raj.
The 2011 Goa Arts and Literary Festival will celebrate creative excellence across India, with a special focus on Goa and its Diaspora. As with the inaugural edition, there will be prominent daily showcases for the best contemporary poetry from across India, and for the extraordinary writers and musicians of the North East.
Events such as this Festival will be held annually so that the quality of the Festival is enriched and enhanced every year by involving more and more people and their ideas and the image of Goa in people’s mind is of a more vibrant cultural and intellectual destination.
Participating Authors and Artists:
Abhay Sardesai, Anjum Hasan, Bhalchandra Nemade,Bilal Tanweer,Charles Correa, Deborah Baker, Eunice de Souza, Gulzar, H M Naqvi, Jai Arjun Singh, Jerry Pinto, Kiran Nagarkar, Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih,Meena Kandasamy, Naresh Fernandes, Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, Mridula Garg,Pablo Bartholomew, Ranjit Hoskote, Robin Ngangom, Sadia Dehlvi, Sivasankari, Sonia Faleiro,Sukrita Paul Kumar, Urvashi Butalia, Teju Cole, Zac O'Yeah