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An evening of Hindustani music. These are scenes from the Living Traditions concert held at the Kala Academy in Panjim on December 17, as part of the ongoing Serendipity Arts Festival. The show was conceived and curated by the eminent Indian musician Shubha Mudgal and narrated by Rahul Vohra. The blurb for the programme read: […]

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Send-off Goan style. While wandering in Dhargalim, Goa, one late evening in September, I happened upon the home of Santosh Khanolkar on the edge of a paddy field. It was the final day of the extended Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the family was preparing its traditional visarjan (final rites before immersion of the idol). They […]

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Abode of Vishnu. The historic temple of Anant in the village of Savoi-Verem, Goa, is ensconced in a luscious bed of green. A schist plaque of the reclining Vishnu – Anantshayana – dating back to the 11th Century during the Kadamba period is the central object of worship in the garbhagriha. The temple is surrounded […]

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Making it back home. A lone fishing boat returns to the harbour in Norðurfjörður on Iceland‘s Strandir coast. Icelandic waters and weather can be extremely treacherous, and although technology has now made it safer, fishing here is always fraught with uncertainty and danger.      

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