State of The Arts | A Discussion #mondayfixgoa 1st Feb, 7.30 pm 2021

With Rashmi Dhanwani, Sapna Shahani, Nupura Hautamaki and Vijaya Josephine Pais (Founders –
Art X Company, Blurb, Gypsy Gigs, Offbeat Goa)

Rashmi Dhanwani (Art X Company) will be in conversation this #mondayfixgoa with Nupura Hautamaki (Gypsy Gigs) Sapna Shahani (Blurb), and Vijaya Josephine Pais (Offbeat Goa), to discuss the Taking the Temperature report. The group will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the local creative economy in Goa, based on the insights from the report and discuss short-term solutions and recommendations.


Sapna has lived in Goa on and off since 1988. She moved to the US to study media and worked for an Indian American newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, Berkeley community TV and leading production houses, back in her hometown Bombay.

She is the recipient of a 2009 award in the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning competition that enabled her to train a pan-Indian group of young women to make videos on social issues. Sapna now runs Blurb, a business consulting and digital marketing agency for several years that serves lifestyle brands in Goa, and has recently launched an online magazine at

Nupura Hautamaki is a Marketing & Events consultant who is passionate about the arts sector & Indie music especially. She heads Sofar Sounds Goa chapter, and also curates gigs for some venues/festivals, as well as has a new indie monthly gig event called Gypsy Gigs.

Vijaya Josephine Pais is the founder and content creator in chief of Offbeat Goa. Her core aim is to build community and promote sustainable businesses and responsible travel, all while giving back to the land that nurtures us. She lists and shares experiences and spaces that are offbeat while still being sensitive to our ecology, environment and the community, with a following of over 40,000 locals, travellers and expats through the Offbeat Goa online platforms. She also organises and collaborates on events that centre around causes that she cares about like the New Earth Gathering – A healthy, holistic, vegan community market, The Good Karma Treasure Shop, Sisterhood of Goa Meetups, Eternal Sound Project – Homebound concerts, Offbeat Goa Volunteers and more…

Rashmi Dhanwani is the Founder of the Art X Company, a strategic consultancy for the cultural sector focused on strategy, audience development and sector research. Prior to founding Art X, Rashmi has worked with NCPA Mumbai, Breakthrough in Delhi, the newspaper Daily News and Analysis (DNA); Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and The Goa Project. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries from King’s College London. She has also been a recipient of the ARThink South Asia Fellowship (2011-12), a participant fellow at ‘The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute’, a scholarship grantee of the JN Tata Trust and Charles Wallace India Trust, and a 2017 Global Fellow of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), New York. Rashmi has also founded Arts Culture Resources India, a network and platform for cultural professionals in India and South Asia.




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The event is held by thus. in collaboration with British Council, FICCI and The Art X Company.

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