The Adil Shah Palace

One of the oldest buildings in Panaji pre-dates the invasion of the Portuguese – despite looking typically colonial – and was the palace of Adil Shah of Bijapur. The proud building stands on the banks of the peacefully flowing Mandovi River and is a testament to Goa’s long and varied history. Its interior was renovated by Serendipity Arts Foundation and the Government of Goa and was opened to the public after 12 years for SAF 2016. We are delighted to be showcasing a series of exciting projects in this venue again this year, ranging from exhibitions to performances.

Events at The Adil Shah Palace

Bandish Antaakshari

Bandish, loosely translated as composition, acts as the seed-idea for melodic and rhythmic elaboration in various genres of vocal and instrumental Hindustani music. It is one of the tangible elements that not only represents the aesthetics of different gharanas (literally ..Read More ›

This site-specific work at Adil Shah Palace looks at igniting an experience that is created by placing moving bodies in and against an architectural space. The aim is to capture the variety of episodes/phases/stages the palace has been through over ..Read More ›

Explored in two formats, the two parts of the title run parallel lives as live performance and video installation. ‘To Be Danced...’ is a solo that builds a relationship between a live performer, her moving image and the patterns of ..Read More ›

Queen Size

Created in 2016 in response to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized sexual intercourse against the heteronormatively defined 'order of nature' in India for over 150 years, before it was finally scrapped by the Supreme Court of ..Read More ›

Say, What?

Say, What? focusses on the interaction between two people who slide between using and abandoning codified language. As the audience encounters various conversations that are set up in space using sign language as a point of entry, the role of ..Read More ›

This play is inspired by the stories of Daniil Kharms (1905-1942), an early Soviet era absurdist poet, writer and dramatist. Kharms was often incarcerated by the Stalinist regime for his unconventional and rebellious ways. He is said to have starved ..Read More ›

This exhibition project for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 will be developed around the proposition of ‘the sacred everyday’ – the interrelationship between the domain of the divine, iconic, cosmic and sublime on the one hand, and the realm of ..Read More ›

The history of photography in India presents some unexplored and unexpected gaps. One of the most understudied concepts is that of 'vernacular' photography - a term often applied to quotidian images, which in India, given its colonial connotations, has been ..Read More ›