Festival of LORD GANESH

Chovoth/Ganesh Chaturthi commences come Sept 2 with Goans weaving matoli canopies, making or buying their Ganesh idols for worshipping and celebrating this much-loved popular festival in Goa. The week-long celebration will see ancestral homes being cleaned up and decorated, dozens of sweets and savouries being prepared and family, extended family and friends meeting up for an annual experience of togetherness – fasting, feasting, paying homage to family deities along with Lord Ganesh, in the evening participating in folk dancing fugdi and entertaining the children with stories of Chovoth as in the good old days. The annual markets down Campal Promenade and at Banastari are teaming with folk purchasing traditional Chovoth fruit, flowers, leaves, an assortment of goods required for Ganesh puja and celebration.
The Atal Gram Development Agency – Goa will be organizing two days ‘Netravali Matoli Bazaar 2019’ at Lohia Maidan , Margao from August 31, 2019, to September 1, 2019 from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Rural women (Self Help Groups) will be participating in the said Bazaar. This Bazaar has been organized with the sole Purpose of inculcating entrepreneurship among the rural women.
The Bazar will be inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Minister Shri Chandrakant Kavalekar in the presence of Leader of Opposition Shri Digamber V Kamat, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) Shri Francisco Sardinha, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Shri Vinay Tendulkar and MLA (Sanguem Constituency) Shri Prasad Gaonkar among other dignitaries.
Chovatichi Parbi!

Glenn Perry Concert: Glenn Perry is up again and all set to perform in a unique concert for the cause of cerebral stroke patients. His upcoming plans also includes 125 shows to raise awareness about brain strokes following his own experience recently while in Goa. The concert is also a memorial concert for his famous father Chris Perry and wife Lily Perry. The concert will feature Indian classical singers and instruments like the table and the sitar, in addition to the guitar for the blues…not to be missed! Venue: ESG, Campal Promenade, Panaji. Date: Saturday, Aug 31. Details:

Groove Dakshina Band Incubator: Here is a unique performance by band Groove Dakshina which plays a mix of popular numbers and laces music with new and experimental instruments interactively with an audience. Join the band as they play groovy western covers of retro Bollywood hits in formats such as jazz, blues, Latin, reggae, rock, etc. Venue: Kadence Music Store, Near Old Patto Bridge, Panaji. Date: Aug 31. Time:7.30pm

Cello Classes: Learn to play the cello with an experienced teacher of Child’s Play India Foundation. Admissions are open for a new batch starting Sept. Morning and afternoon batches. Adult learners also welcome. Venue: Child’s Play office, St Inez. Date: New classes starting September first week. Details: Visit Child’s Play office or email
Autocad Workshop: A free seminar for engineers and professionals on AutoCAD and 3D modeling software. Venue: IMS CAD Centre, Ponda/Panaji. Date: Aug31– Sep7. Details: 8806453029
Startup Camp: A 4-day workshop for individuals seeking details of how to start a startup venture or how to perfect it is being conducted through a curated mentorship programs. Interested participants may join. Venue: CIBA Verna. Date: Sept 12 to 15. Details: 7875397298

Miss International Goa & Mrs Goa: Calling Goan women young and younger to participate in this international beauty pageant, Goa auditions for Miss International and Mrs Goa are open to single women with minimum height of 5’5” and married women between 18 and 45 years. The event is organized by Media Waves Goa in association with Glamanand Super Model India. Goan winners will represent the Goa in the national pageant and winners will participate in the international pageants of Miss International and Miss Multinational representing India. Venue: Youth Hostel, Miramar. Date: Saturday, Aug 31. Time: 10am to 2pm

Celebrating Woman: The Rotaract Club of Panaji in association with GoWomania is hosting Women of the year 2019 awards. Onstage rounds will be held at Terminal Banquets. Date: Sept 15. Details: 9623070645 or log in
Warming by the Devil’s Fire’: In Stormy Monday Blues series the filmWarming by the Devil’s Fire’ directed by Charles Burnett will be screened, followed by an event organized by Desmond Nazareth and PD Mukherjee. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Date: Sept 9. Time: 7pm to 10pm

Journalists Forum: Patrakar, a forum for journalists, will feature veteran journalist, BBC Bureau chief in New Delhi and author Mark Tully, in conversation with director ICG director Dr Pushkar. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Sept 19. Time: 5.30pm to 7pm. Details:

Salt of the Earth: A solo exhibition by Rudi D’Silva. Here is a collection of porraits in watercolors that sings a song for the down-to-earth, ordinary Goans engaged in their day-to-day activities. Venue: Carpe Diem Art Gallery, Majorda. Date: Ongoing up to Sept 12. Time: 10am to 7pm. Details: Email

Learn Swimming: Learn to swim in ten hours with internationally trained and certified lifeguard Elias Patel. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Date: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays. Time: 6.15 pm to 7.45pm. Fee: `5,000. Details: 9822182415 or eliaspatel31@gmail.comi

Bungee Jumping is here in Goa now! This is an extreme adventure sport introduced recently by Goa Tourism at Mayem Lake in Bicholim. The facility features a 55-metre tower over the beautiful lake to serve as a jumping pad for those who love getting a jumping high and landing in cool water. The site overlooks green fields, forested hills and is restful for picnics and sporting activities. Trained staff help aspiring and veteran bungee jumpers through their paces, all jumpers have to wear a harness and read the safety rules. Some of the jump masters who will be supervising amateurs have trained in New Zealand and are veterans of bungee jumping. Ex-army officers will also monitor the sport. All equipment and safety gear meets Australia and New Zealand safety standards. Needless to say bungee jumping is catching fire in Goa judging by youngsters who’re making a beeline to Mayem Lake! There are locker and cafeteria facilities at the site so no worries…jump away! Venue: Mayem Lake, Bicholim. Time: 9.30am to 5pm. Details: Ideal age group for bungee jumping is 12 to 40 years, not suitable for folk with medical problems or history of fractures, dislocations, back or neck injuries, asthma, neurological disorders, epilepsy, heart conditions, osteoporosis or pregnant women.

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