Pilar Artfest organised by the Pilar Theological College in association with the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa was inaugurated by director of Fundação Oriente Eduardo Kol de Carvalho at the Pilar Seminary Annexe auditorium on November 11. The two-month-long art fest is aimed at both art lovers and devotees of St Francis Xavier.
On the opening day, Rudolf Ludwig Kammermeier showcased the life of St Francis Xavier through a visual documentary as part of his keynote address. In his talk he stated that all art requires inspiration and that Jesus continues to inspire artists by providing them enough food for thought he said. Almost a decade ago, the Pilar Theological College had held an art exhibition reflecting the Gospel by Goan artist Angelo Fonseca and this time round different artist have come together to reflect on St Francis Xavier he maintained.
Eduardo Kol de Carvalho drew a parallel between the Namban Art in Japan and Indo-Portuguese Art in India that expresses Christianity through Asian eyes and sensibility.
Fr Francis Carvalho, the Superior General of the Pilar Society, in his speech urged artists to keep up the tradition of taking inspiration from the sacred. Fr Carvalho released a catalogue titled Strokes of Faith- St Francis Xavier through the eyes of artist, on the occasion.
Fr Anselmo De Souza narrated the incident of Pope Benedict XVI meeting 250 professional artists, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The pope had invited them to be custodians of beauty, heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity. Fr De Souza stated that the Pilar Artfest was aimed at creating an opportunity for students of the Pilar Theological College to undertake research on Indian art, and culture and traditions of the ethnic people.
Present among the special invitees for the inaugural ceremony was Nepal’s Social Crusader Anuradha Koirala, who has rescued more than 25,000 women from human trafficking. She is among ten prominent winners named recently for the Harmony Foundation’s prestigious Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice-2014. Koirala is a friend of the Pilar Society, which has priests working in Nepal.
(Pilar Art Fest will remain open for public till January 5, 2015)