A virtual Serendipity Arts Festival is on

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You’ve enjoyed the Serendipity Arts Festival at various locations in and around Panaji in December. Now, enjoy a virtual one.

Serendipity Arts Festival has launched a new digital experience for all those who are braving the pandemic in quarantine and living in lockdown. SAF 2020 x You (#SAFeFestival), a digital initiative, which began on April 25 and will be held for around five to six days, will be hosted on the different social media platforms of the Festival, supported by a new, specially designed webpage. The new webpage will carry the essential details about the daily offerings of this digital collaborative festival.

The virtual festival will be bringing a range of multi-disciplinary experiences, from a cross section of the arts in the form of archived and aggregated content from the past and present. The offerings will see a diverse mix of content presented through webinars, performances, readings and workshops. People can expect to be a part of special sessions by the likes of tabla virtuoso and percussionist Bickram Ghosh, drummer and percussionist and curator of the music discipline from the Serendipity Arts Festival 2016 Ranjit Barot, and music director and curator to the Serendipity Arts Festival, Sneha Khanwalkar. There will also be messages and special presentations by artists and curators who have been associated with the Serendipity Arts Foundation and Festival like Vidya Shivadas, Rahaab Allana, Ravi Agarwal, Veeranganakumari Solanki, Anuja Ghosalkar, Niketan Sharma, Astad Deboo, and many more. Much like the annual festival, the digital experience will also package elements for people of all ages. Ranga Shankara Theater, envisioned by actress, theatre personality and curator Arundhati Nag, will do special readings and storytelling sessions for children from fables and children’s literature. The programming will also include several workshops on theatre, music and culinary arts for everyone to participate in and rejoice from the comfort of their homes.

Speaking about
SAF 2020 x You, founder patron, Serendipity Arts Foundation, Sunil Kant Munjal, said: “At a time when people across nations are hurting, and lives have been disrupted, the arts helps us stay connected. SAF 2020 x YOU celebrates the human spirit, the ability to support each other, and to come out on top of any crisis with the human spirit and humanity intact. We hope this will brighten your day and give you reason
for joy.”

Speaking about the initiative, director, Foundation and Festival, Smriti Rajgarhia said: “At Serendipity Arts Foundation, we have been inspired by the resilience and strength of the arts community, in offering kindness, hope and faith through the arts to the wider public, even as we collectively experience these strenuous times. We would like to thank the arts community for their efforts in keeping the arts alive and roaring, through this rough patch and bring some comfort to people.”

(For more information and the daily schedule please visit www.serendipityartsfestival-safxyou.com)