The history of India's western coastline is written in the ebb and flow of ocean tides, and the constant passage of voyagers who profoundly shaped the history and culture of the ancient entrepôt called Goa. At the very heart of this civilisational experience is globalisation on an epic scale: confluential layers of meaning that extend back for millennia to mankind's earliest recorded history and continue to accrue in the wildly diverse contemporary experience. Mundo Goa highlights the infinitely varied ways of being and belonging that artists, writers and intellectuals derive from this unique cultural scenario, with its deep-rooted connections across the subcontinent, to Africa, South America and Europe, and more recently North America and Australasia. Mundo Goa will have separate constituent parts, each reflecting identity as it is reflected, refracted, contested, alienated and re-constructed via diaspora, migration and other profound processes of change.
Image: Illustration by Brendan Fernandes.