With the aim of evolving strategies and to conduct, coordinate and support research, design and development efforts in the field of art and culture; and promote educational and research curriculum, Parikrama Knowledge Terminus (PKT) in association with different local groups is organising an event titled ‘Parikrama 0.1- Celebrate Ideas’ on January 13 and January 14 at Mai Alka Velingkar Sassay, Mardol.
Explaining what exactly Parikrama is, chief coordinator of Parikrama, Yugank Naik says: “Parikrama is a term derived from the Buddhist practice of ‘revolving around’. It is conceptualised in different ways but broadly it is an expedition of a kind. Our view of Parikrama is building up an ecosystem that sustains new ideas.”
The two-day residential event will be held for Goa-based higher secondary schools, colleges, university and cultural groups. The 32 participating teams will include 18 colleges and 14 groups. The event will evolve through 18 competitions designed on the lines of cultural aptitude, social consciousness, and research and knowledge generation. Some of the competitions will be essay writing, folk dance, Konkani typewriting, campaign art, tiatr cantaras and more. One will also witness traditional Goan sports like langdi and koyane bal.
As part of the event, Parikrama Academic Forum was held in December through 15 sessions in a two-day residential camp by top industry professionals, academics and intellectuals.
When asked why the first edition of Parikrama was numbered 0.1 and not 1.0, Naik explains: “We believe that zero deals with pure potentiality. It is the point from which all other numbers spring forth. Even visually, the number zero is symbolic of the seed, womb or egg from which pure potential emerges. ‘Parikrama 0.1’ is our first step towards creating an innovative, resourceful, enterprising and insightful ecosystem for the young minds, hence, 0.1 and not 1.0.”.
(The event will be inaugurated on January 13 at 9 a.m. at Mai Alka Velingkar Sassay, Mardol by the Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardessai)