By formulating questions and theories about the origins of the azulejo tiles used in the Augustinian buildings, and the political conditions that may have led to their transport in Goa, this presentation seeks to open up Goan history to the Islamicate.
“Souls and Spices” is a 70 minute long video screener made in 2003 as “proof of concept” for a proposed TV series on Portuguese India. It presents a wealth of material for those interested in Goa’s Portuguese past. The team travelled to Portuguese settlements all across India, as well as to Lisbon and Sines in Portugal; documenting heritage monuments and artefacts dating back to the times of the Estado da India; and interviewing a comprehensive list both of scholars connected to the Indo-Portuguese story in different ways. This is the first public screening of the video in Goa since 2003. The filmmaker duo Christopher Rego and Desmond Nazareth (if his schedules permit) will be present to answer questions after the screening.