Serendipity Arts Foundation

Serendipity Arts Foundation is very pleased to present Projects / Processes – a new initiative to publish commissioned research essays, longform writing, and in-depth criticism that explore the ideas and processes behind select curatorial projects at Serendipity Arts Festival. Since it began in 2016, the Festival has accumulated a rich database of creative energies and partnerships. As an eight-day long event, the festival is a platform for multidisciplinary collaboration and cultural innovation, and has commissioned over 70 new works across the visual arts and performance since its inception in 2016. Projects / Processes offers an opportunity to give some of these incredible works and the stories that they tell a continued life, through a deeply engaged look at how they came together and their significance to the discourse of contemporary art in the subcontinent moving forward. Each volume comprises essays covering distinct projects that stand in some dialogue with each other through the questions they raise and the thematic landscape they cover. 


  • Improvising History: Archival Negotiations and Memory in The Music Stopped, But We Were Still Dancing by Arnav Adhikari (The Music Stopped, But We Were Still Dancing: Goan Musicians in the Early Jazz and Hot Dance Era curated by Prashant Panjiar)

  • A Cinematic Imagination: Josef Wirsching and The Bombay Talkies by Debashree Mukherjee (A Cinematic Imagination: Josef Wirsching and The Bombay Talkies curated by Rahaab Allana and Debashree Mukherjee)


  • The Grammar of Reversal - An Essay on Anti Memoirs: Locus, Language, Landscape by Khorshed Deboo (Anti Memoirs: Locus, Language, Landscape curated by Ranjit Hoksote) 

  • The Young Subcontinent: An Intermediate Analysis by Anuj Daga (Young Subcontinent curated by Riyas Komu)


  • The Ground Beneath My Feet by Sabih Ahmed (The Ground Beneath My Feet – A collaboration between Serendipity Arts Foundation and Asia Art Archive with performances curated by HH Art Spaces)

  • Detritus: Matter Out of Place by Vidya Shivadas (Detritus: Matter Out of Place curated by Vidya Shivadas)


  • Mixed, Fused, Rehashed: Cultural Hybridity Through Ethnic Dress by Kanika Anand (Pano Bhaju: Influences and Inspirations curated by Wendell Rodricks)

  • Is My Horizon Different From Yours? The Curious Case of Goan Identity by Kanika Anand (Now You See It! The River of Konkani Surrealismcurated by Vivek Menezes)


  • Theatrical Explorations of Contemporaneity by Gargi Bharadwaj (Quality Street Dir. Maya Rao / Shikhandi Dir. Faezeh Jalali / Dumb Wait-err Dir. Tushar Pandey)

  • Purush by Ranjana Dave (Purush curated by Tanusree Shankar, choreographed by Robert Moses Kin)

  • Towards New Beginnings by Ranjana Dave (Sari: The Unstitchedchoreographed by Daksha Sheth / Sandhi curated by Sanjeev Bhargava)


  • Jaali: Its Past and Present by Kanika Makhija (Jaali curated by Manjari Nirula)

  • Brinjal: The Royal Hued Wonder and Coconut: The Marvel Ingredient by Deepa Bhasthi (Brinjal Taste-test and Seed Saving Cart by Center for Genomic Gastronomy / The Coconut Story curated by Odette Mascarenhas)

  • A Study of the Barefoot School of Craft by Niveditha Kuttaiah (Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made I Goa curated by Annapurna Garimella)