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Author & Cultural Researcher

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 19 Jun 2022


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

While Heta spent most of her time studying Goa using architecture as her main subject, she has spent the last few years studying Goa through it’s rich oral history. A chance encounter helped her discover the world of kaavi art, and oviyos. This talk will take you through Goa, starting from the story of the seven founding sisters of Goa, and understanding Goan culture and society, through oviyos, a form of singing practiced by women, while performing their daily duties of using the grinding stone. These songs contain tales of their trials and tribulations, earthy wisdom with regard to societal dynamics, and unusual but heartwarming tales even amongst adversaries.

For those of you that have ever wondered if all that Goa has are it’s beaches and churches, this talk will bring to light the influences of the various other dynasties whose influences can still be seen, while exploring the rich, lesser-known folk art, crafts and culture that has outlived colonial influences and influencers for centuries.


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Heta Pandit

Author & Cultural Researcher

Heta Pandit first “real job” was with famed ethologist Dr Jane Goodall on a chimpanzee research station in Tanzania, East Africa. On her return to India in 1983, Heta volunteered with Bombay Environmental Action Group and initiated several heritage preservation projects through the Indian Heritage Society, Bombay Chapter. Traumatized by the riots in 1993 in her beloved Bombay, she left the city for Munnar at first and then Goa putting all her energies into the preservation of Goan houses.

She has written 10 books on Goan heritage – Houses of Goa, Hidden Hands- Master builders of Goa, Dust & Other Short Stories from Goa, Walking in Goa, Walking in Old Goa and Walking with Angels, There’s More to Life Than a House in Goa and Grinding Stories: Songs from Goa and Grinding Stories Retold.

Heta is a Homi Bhabha Fellow and a founder member the Goa Heritage Action Group. She is currently working on Stories from Goan Houses and a book titled Objects and Memories from Goa. She lives in Saligao Goa with her dog Goru and a cat named Ginger.