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Creative ideas take a new meaning at Café Bom Gosto

Cuncolim creativity takes to new heights !!!!!!!

A recent initiative in Cuncolim could be a precursor of similar initiatives around the state. Artist collective where creative individuals meet and discuss ideas and explore possibilities of working together and taking things forward.

One could see the birth of various ideas; artists were discussing thoughts that were springing in their mind. It was so motivating to watch all this. Everyone roas talking, everyone was thinking, it was intellectually stimulating. Shelton D'Mello, an actor

Creating art can be a singular obsession or a collaborative effort. Ideas discussed with friends can be part of the final presentation Academic studies on the transformative nature of the arts documents how community-based, collaborative arts initiatives enhance collective identity, build community, and address community problems. Art has that power. Recently in Cuncolim a very interesting development took place. Possibly for the first time in the state, a group of talented individuals came together to discuss ideas, the general state of affairs and find ways to move ahead.

Milroy Goes, film maker, was the man behind the idea. Called the Cuncolim Artists Circle, he invited artists of varying expertise to come together to exchange ideas and to refuel their energy. Milroy said the idea was to have intellectual conversation over coffee. Since Milroy is a filmmaker, there were a large number of people from that industry. It also attracted Varun Carvalho and Elvis Gomes. The evening was such that no one discussed politics but just focused on the arts. The initiative was personally very good for Milroy because a producer was desperate for people for an advertisement that needed to be shot. This initiative, he said, was just the start and he hoped more would spring up all over the state.

Varun Carvalho said the idea was very good and had to be replicated around the state. Art he said had to be nurtured in the state. Goa he said anyway attracted creative people from all over the world and incubators like this were a very good idea. He said he intended to set up a facility for reggae musicians to come stay and record albums. This would be open to musicians who played reggae from the rest of the country and the world. Goa, he said, was a good place to meet and discuss ideas and take projects forward. The general community he said was also very open to the idea of creative folk living in their midst.

GREAT MOVE: This artist collective could be











the start of a trend in Goa.

Siddhant Mehra, a film maker from New Jersey now based in Goa for a month, was also present. Normally one who writes scripts or peruses scripts written by others is here to write a story inspired by his life in India as well as in the states. He said he came across Milroy the first day he landed in Goa and stepped out to grab a bite. He said "Milroy talked about his creative ambitions and so did I that day. We got along very well and discussed creative ideas. I read his mind and suggested an artist's circle. He put it out in his network and people responded". He said it was a wonderful evening with

several filmmakers and musicians present. Siddhanth said "We were all doing stuff in isolation and the idea was to get together. Share our sorrows. It was a place where people could speak and people listened. We all liked that, we liked the fact that people were listening to what we were saying. It went on for several hours

Shelton D'Mello an actor who has starred in Marathi and Konkani films in addition to some Goa Agricultural Department short films felt it was an intellectually invigorating experience. He said "One could see the birth of various ideas, artists were discussing thoughts that were springing in

their mind. It was so motivating to watch all this. Everyone was talking, everyone was thinking, it was intellectually stimulating Everyone's struggle he said was different but when one heard it, it provided motivation because then people would realize it was happening with everyone.

This creative collective is a very good initiative and could help add more colour to the Goan landscape

We were all doing stuff in isolation andthe idea was to get together. Share our sorrows. It was a place where people could speak and people listened. We all liked that, we liked the fact that people were listening to what we were saying. It went on for several hours. Siddhant Mehra, a film maker

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