India’s first multi-disciplinary arts event, Serendipity Arts Festival launches its fourth edition in Goa from the 15-22 December 2019, with over 100 dynamic projects highlighting India’s rich traditions of music, dance and theatre, alongside culinary arts, craft, photography and visual arts exhibitions.
The music programme, curated by Aneesh Pradhan, one of India’s leading tabla players and Sneha Khanwalkar, a leading Bollywood music director, in its latest edition will explore a range of Hindustani and folk music traditions, in addition to Hindi poetry and the art-rock genre. This will include visual and aural installations, offering visitors a unique sound experience that showcases the synergy between sound, visuals and technology. The music programming will be showcasing known national and international musicians as well as groups from Goa, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bengal and Manipur.
Highlights of this year’s music projects include Sadaarang, a concert underlining the melodic, rhythmic and poetic variety experienced in Sadaarang (18th century Hindustani musical composer and artist, Niyamat Khan’s) compositions; Bandish Antaakshari, a performance-based game, portraying compositions (bandish) from the Hindustani art music tradition through antaakshari; Dhun Mela, a folk song extravaganza bringing together groups of musicians and dancers from various states; Serendipity Soundscapes, where the music curators are invited to bring the unique sounds of the subcontinent together; River Raga, Hindustani classical music concerts taking place on a ferry cruise along the Mandovi river; and Sound Interventions, a multi-artist project experimenting with interactivity, sound and performance-based installations.
Other performances include an evening of jazz with Louiz Banks and Braz Gonzalves; Dastaan Live, a genre-defying art-rock project; a performance by Floy Krouchi, bassist and composer of electro-acoustic music; renowned musician, songwriter composer DJ Karsh Kale; and renowned playback singer for Indian films, Rekha Bhardwaj. The Neemrana Music, Foundation will also be conducting a workshop titled Discover Your Opera Voice where world-renowned voice coach Jasmin Martorell and opera singer Priya Wacziarg will conduct.
The Festival will also be organising concerts in the park by a variety of musicians and bands, with genres ranging from jazz to fusion, pop to retro, and blues to funk.