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Drive for Communal harmony in Goa

Written by: Staff

Panaji, Mar 26: Even as an uneasy calm prevails in parts of South Goa following the recent communal violence, an effort has been made to drive home the importance of communal harmony through art exhibition in the state.

Thanks to the members of noted Maendra Araujo Alvares family at a tiny but internationally reputed Loutolim village for its bold initiative to promote harmony at their ''Big Foot'' campus at the ''Ancestral Goa'', exhibiting a treasure of attractions in the lap of Mother Nature.

As many as 18 pieces of paintaings, sculptures, cartoons besides poems have been thrown open to the milling tourists at the Big Foot Art Gallery landscape with the theme ''Creativity in Harmony''.

The exhibit was inaugurated last evening not by a VVIP or a big bureaucrat, but by three ordinary mortals--a village mason, a cook and a school principal--in the presence of Goa Art and Culture Minister Digambar Kamat.

Interestingly, a 100-metre long board made of cloth was kept open for visitors' comments on ways to promote peace and unity among the masses. All grabbed the opportunity to express their views on the subject.

Alvares' 13-year-old daughter Karishma and 10-year-old son Adriel richly contributed to the exhibition with their master strokes on their canvas paintings, while his wife Maureen enriched the exhibition with her poems on harmony.

''The truest form of existence is that one in which man respects, cohabits in peace and propagates the rules of Nature without offence or dissonance. This is Harmony in the tuest sense,'' Mr Alvares told UNI.

''Why men cannot, what flowers and Nature can do--live in Harmony,'' said Mr Alvares, who carved a niche as a sculptor and artist by creating ''The Ancestral Goa'' at the Big Foot in the otherwise calm and unknown village.

Hundreds of tourists, foreign and domestic, throng the Big Foot complex to witness a rainbow of exhibits that moulded the real life of ancestral Goa besides the Indian mythological art and culture in all its glory.

Alvares' art is more impressionistic in expression and seeks to protect the environment in a creative manner. His civic duties extend towards the improvement of the surroundings, in ways than are pleasing to the aesthetic sense.

Besides, he is very passionate about issues pertaininig to the conservation of eco-system, as he had organised endless anti-plastic campaigns.

''As culture and tradition merge to give a race its identity, so do form and shape to crete a sculpture. It takes the melange of seven colours to create a rainbow and the flash of colour and symbol to give a nation its flag,'' Mr Alvares said.

The people should realise that rare burst of vibrant energy comes forth through the bubbling fount of power called creativity in harmony, he added.


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