I was trained in art appreciation and art history by Dr Saryu
Doshi, my first boss right out of college. Although I am mainly a writer, and visual art is no longer my primary area of focus,
I am an active promoter of the art community of Goa whenever I can find the time. Since 2001, after the publication of
Skin, I have curated exhibitions of Goa-based artists, written the art-critical matter for catalogs and occasionally for art
journals, and tried to encourage buyers here and abroad to train their eyes on Goa, which has a high density of emerging
and extant talent. I am the founding director and advisory board convenor of Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts.
This is a D V Salgaocar arts initiative with an advisory board headed by Dr Doshi. The centre is situated in
Altinho as a resource and education-oriented organisation in a beautifully restored and adapted colonial mansion. It
has already opened a popular art school, run by Leslie Lakhia, a graduate of Pratt. It is our hope that the centre will
serve as a forum for discourse and learning, with special emphasis on art students and emerging artists.