The inauguration of sixth edition of Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) 2015 will be held on December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Maquinez Palace, Panaji. Photographer Dayanita Singh and eminent poet and author Keki Daruwalla will deliver the keynote address. This will be followed by a discussion between award-winning author and historian Ramachandra Guha and Naresh Fernandes of scroll.in. There will be also poetry reading by Arundhati Subramaniam, followed by launch of the book titled ‘There’s More to Life than a house in Goa’ by Heta Pandit.
Prior to the formal inaugural at 4 p.m. there will be screening of the documentary ‘Volume Zero’ by Arun Khopkar. “The screening is part of the commemoration to architect Charles Correa, as the film speaks about him and his work. This will be followed by an interaction with the director of the Charles Correa Foundation, Ruturaj Parekh,” informed GALF co-ordinator Vivek Menezes during the press briefing on December 9.
He further stated that GALF is commemorating two writers – Meera Kosambi and Goan Konkani writer Madhavi Sardesai. On December 11 at 7.45 p.m. there will be poetry reading session by Hemant Divate, Meena Alexander, Ranjit Hoskote, Ramesh Veluskar and others at Museum of Goa (MOG), Pilerne Industrial Estate. Prior to this there will be launch of the book titled ‘Selected Poems’ by Hemant Divate.
Menezes also informed that ‘Farthest Field – An Indian Story of the Second World War’ by Raghu Karnad, Mahesh Rao’s ‘One Point Two Billion’ a collection of short stories from different places of India and ‘Unbound: 2,000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing’ by Annie Zaidi will be released during GALF.
The sixth edition of GALF will be held from December 10 to December 13 at International Centre of Goa, Dona Paula. Around 100 delegates from 12 different countries are participating in this Festival. There will be book launches, panel discussions, art exhibitions by Goan artists like Savia Viegas and Sonia Rodrigues Sabbarwal, musical performance and even stand-up comedy by Radhika Vaz.