Housed inside the three Goa heritage hotels Panjim Inn, Panjim Pousada and Panjim Peoples, Gallery Gitanjali has original art exhibits of both local and international artists scattered in all corners of the historic hotels. They are displayed across public areas and corridors and even inside guest rooms. The stunning display area is the highlight of Panjim Pousada where the paintings hang across the white walls of the square. Being located amidst the romantic ambience of the century old hotels, the gallery is one of the best places for art lovers and gallery–goers.
Located in the charming Latin Quarter, Fontainhas, Panjim, Gallery Gitanjali is one of the first art galleries in Goa that display abstract as well as realistic paintings of Contemporary Indian Art, including collages and landscapes. Among the painters on display, include Suhas Shilker, Mohan Naik, Francis d’Souza, Sonia Rodriguez Sabharwhal, Jayashree Patankar, Shri Shail, Dietrich Kirky, Robert Geesink and Arya. Most of these artists are acclaimed painters that have won local awards, while some are popular abroad.
As part of the Welcome Heritage Group, one can enjoy the huge art collection inside the well-restored Panjim Heritage Hotels – Panjim Inn, Panjim Peoples and Panjim Pousada (all collectively known as Panjim Inn). These structures of 1880s vintage were painstakingly restored by the present owners to achieve their original grandeur, recapturing the nostalgia, aura and poignance of the romantic past. Perhaps the best part about these hotels is the fine art that they flaunt. The art collections in Panjim Inn, which can be found across the entire premises, give off a unique feeling for guests and at the same time, promote local Goan artists. A string of transition spaces – verandah, balcony, courtyard, corridors and open spaces are enlivened by the showcase of art. The paintings, sketches and etchings of Indian artists form the relationship between the three heritage hotel spaces, yielding the impression of a building with an extensive and customized collection of art.
The Hindu House or Panjim Pousada was the erstwhile home of the Ghanekar family and is one among the few Hindu homes within a prominent Catholic district. It has a breathtaking central courtyard enclosed by an internal verandah. Its verandah exhibits local Goan sculpture and art while a wooden statue of Ganesha occupies a major position around the courtyard. Panjim People, the third building, is a mini-hotel and a restaurant and was once a famous high school. Its ground floor was converted into an art gallery, the Gallery Gitanjali, which also displays and sells contemporary Goan art and artifacts including old porcelain, art, china and antique glass ware. It is also used as a state of the art conference room, outfitted with modern multi-media equipments and paraphernalia where conferences, seminars and meetings can be organized.
Visiting Gallery Gitanjali and the entire Panjim Inn provide unforgettable memories for its art, architecture and atmosphere. More so if you stay in one of the hotels that is heavily anchored in art and history. The serene rewarding experience is truly a must-return destination in Goa.