The Sacred Everyday an exhibition curated by poet and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote as part of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, is now open at two venues – the Adilshah Palace, Panjim, and the Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa. The Sacred Everyday draws on 11 individual, family, foundation and public collections, and has commissioned works by a number of contemporary artists.
In a first, The Sacred Everyday celebrates a collaboration between the Serendipity
Arts Festival and the Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa (MoCA). Since MoCA is
currently under renovation, The Sacred Everyday offers an opportunity for some
objects from its collection to be put on view, while inviting a new viewership to its
At the Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa, The Sacred Everyday includes such
* The Issanama, an extraordinary series of paintings depicting the life and ministry
of Jesus, created by Manish Soni, grandson of the legendary Rajasthan-idiom artist
Badrilal Chitrakar, in collaboration with the collector and aesthete Paul Abraham
of the Sarmaya Arts Foundation. The Issanama is rendered in a contemporary style
inspired by the Mughal, Rajput, Pahari, and Safavid idioms.
* A set of four paintings by the stellar Goan-origin artist Angelo da Fonseca (1902-
1967), graciously loaned by Leonard and Naomi Menezes. Angelo, who studied
with Nandalal Bose at Santiniketan and was one of Rabindranath Tagore’s disciples,
pioneered the Indianization of Christian iconography well before the thesis of
inculturation evolved from the deliberations of Vatican II.
* The documentation of the legendary Goan-origin architect Charles Correa’s Church
of Nossa Senhora da Salvacao/ Portuguese Church project, developed in the Bombay
of the 1970s and 1980s.
* An 18th-century painting on wood of Our Lady of Sorrows, rendered in a vividly
demotic Baroque style, from the collection of the Museum of Christian Art.
As part of the exhibition, there will be a talk on the 16th of December 2018 at 11 a.m.
at the Church of Santa Monica on the Isanama series with Paul Abraham and Ranjit
As part of the exhibition, there will be a talk on the 16th of December 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Santa Monica on the Isanama series with Paul Abraham and Ranjit Hoskote.