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IFFI Goa 2016: Discussions at Serendipity Arts Festival 2016


Serendipity Arts Festival is celebrating its first edition in Goa. The festival is the brainchild of the Serendipity Arts Trust, a Munjal initiative. The trust aims at promoting creativity and imagination in arts and culture.

The main focus of the Festival is to encourage the evolving arts community, promote a culture of patronage and create value for the arts, thus ensuring India’s place in the global cultural dialogue.

The Serendipity Arts Festival will provide a platform for the young people to perceive art in a different way. It is a first-of-its-kind in India and celebrates the diversity of art.

‘Let’s Talk’ is a collaboration between SAF and IFFI Goa 2016

As an important pre-event feature of the Festival’s first edition, Serendipity Arts Festival will collaborate with IFFI Goa 2016.

Let’s Talk” will be a series of interactive discussions where speakers and audience share their perspectives and experiences with the aim of Challenging the Norms of Seeing the Unseen.

Talks are scheduled to be held from 5:30 – 6:30 pm from 23rd to 27th November at the Old GMC building.

Let’s Talk’ will feature a panel of renowned speakers who will discuss a range of topics related to films, entertainment, art and culture. The audience will comprise of movie enthusiasts, artists, students, media people and anyone else with opinions to share. Registrations are free and those interested have to RSVP.

They will get to participate in the discussions and the most thought-provoking and interesting entries will be awarded a bottle of wine from the sponsors, Fratelli. Food at the venue is curated by Odette Mascarenhas, in association with Fratelli.

The conversation will be broadcasted live on the Internet and will invite real-time participation from web audiences as well.

Topics of Discussion

There will be a range of discussions taking place over the 5 day event.

  • 23rd November 2016 – Creating 1.3 billion cinema addicts?

Over a fifth of India’s 1.3 billion population is online, and the number is steadily rising. With this newfound connectivity the world of film has moved away from cinema halls and on to our phone and computer screens – into our pockets and our homes.  In a country of movie-fanatics, how have these new platforms for media consumption affected our age-old love affair with cinema?

The panel will consist of Sudhir Mishra, Vani Tripathi and Bharat Bala.

  • 24th November 2016 – Is crass the new comedy?

When does funny stop being funny and become distasteful? With the popping up of many comedy clubs, comedians and adult comedy movies, has the humour of yesteryear given way to cringe-worthy dialogues and shock-tactics that force us to be amused because of their absurdity? Should comedy be inoffensive and accessible to all to be acceptable?

Naved Khan, the famous Radio Mirchi RJ  and Jeeveshu Ahluwalia will be the panelists for this discussion

  • 25th November 2016 – Whose idea is it anyway?

Who is to say which an original is and which is a copy? The creative process naturally makes us draw ideas consciously and subconsciously from the art that inspires us, but where do we draw the line between inspiration, appropriation, and plagiarism?  Whose idea is it truly?

The panelist for this discussion will be story consultant Vipul K Rawal and documentary filmmaker Sumira Roy

  • 26th November – Whose India is it anyway? India vs Bharat

The relationship between fantasy and reality isn’t merely a motif within films; it is one of the defining traits of what films, as such, are. Films simultaneously offer the opportunity to reflect contemporary culture, to distort it, or to fabricate a world that doesn’t exist.  With India being a country of extremes, of parallel worlds that never intersect, what effect do the fantasy worlds depicted in films have on the incredibly diverse audiences who consume them?

Sanjeev Bhargava, founder and director of Seher and Uma daCunha, film journalist, writer and researcher, will be the panelists for this discussion.

  • 27th November 2016 – One film 800 dialects

A large number of films from regional film industries are dubbed into multiple languages and shared across the country. Who are the viewers for these dubbed movies? Is the audience looking for films like this because they don’t have similar content in their languages? Is our propensity for dubbing limiting the diversity of our film industry or is it in fact helping to unite us across our many cultural and linguistic boundaries as Indians?

Rajkumar Jha, creative director, social and developmental communication of Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, and Anupam Barve will be the panelists for this discussion.

In today’s era, it is important that we have open discussions on matters that are relevant, and Serendipity Arts Festival is doing just the same. With some of the most eminent speakers on board, the festival is the ideal opportunity for revelation, challenging preconceptions, debates and making new connections.