In-house to the Panjim Inn, the Panjim Pousada and the Panjim People’s; original work by Local and Overseas artists sprawl over the entire premises. They spill across corridors and public areas and even extend to Guest Rooms. A striking display area is the Chowk of the Pousada where paintings are hung across the white walls of the Verandah circling the Tulus. The brown terracotta double tiles of the Verandah Roof, the granite mosaic floor and a curious mix of artificial and natural light filtering through the open “Chowk” has a surreal effect on the Art on display.
Painters on exhibit include Vamona Navelcar, Mohan Naik, Suhas Shilker, Praveen Naik, Sadguru and Veenita Chendvankar, Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwhal, Francis D’Souza, Jayashree Patankar, Dietrich Kerky, Shri Shail , Rafael Arya and known Gond & Bhil artists. They have won Acclaim Locally and some are well Known Overseas, having had successful shows sbroad as well. Work at the Gallery is Abstract and Realistic in colour and oil, including collages and landscapes.
The gallery also exhibits a large collection of Scandinavian art from the 50’s to the 90’s including lithographs, serigraphs, linocuts, woodcuts and etchings. Over the years the gallery has evolved into a central cultural space, offering an alternative art studio, a cafe and a conference / workshop venue. Gallery Gitanjali hosts several events and workshops throughout the year, including art history and film appreciation courses, book & poetry readings, book launches, art and theatre workshops, art performances, as well as talks on conservation and environmental concerns.
The gallery café has been envisioned as a space for people to come by to browse through books, play board-games or enjoy an espresso amidst an inspirational world of art. The ‘Aangan’ at the ‘Pousada’ offers a studio for alternative art, where courses are facilitated on the art of ‘ seeing’ and expressing on canvas and paper, employing avant-garde methodologies.
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