The final judgement of the Honorable High Court of Bombay at Goa, on the Kala Academy issue is published below.
5 April 2021
The Charles Correa Foundation (CCF) has not been consulted or involved in the work being done at Kala Academy, which is commencing on Monday, April 5, 2021.
From June 2019 when CCF first learnt that the Government was considering demolishing the building, CCF recommended that structural repair and waterproofing be done, especially to the amphitheatre, and had asked faculty from IIT Madras, structural engineers who are experts in restoring reinforced concrete, to inspect Kala Academy. This review was done at CCF’s expense, with the hope that in the public interest, the building would be restored and well looked after. It was determined that this repair work would cost a fraction of what now has been announced as the budget ₹50 crores. Therefore, it would be in the public interest to know what additional work is being proposed? What exactly is being done to the building that is going to cost ₹50 crores?
In the many discussions and debates over the last two years, it was clearly established that the people of Goa appreciated the design, spaciousness of the public spaces and their easy access, making it an important cultural artifact for the city. Its open design welcomed everyone to walk through the lobby, to attend events at the theatres, and even access the Mandovi riverfront. The design of a building is not just about the façade, it is the entire building. If you are going to change the lobby, the auditoriums, the practice spaces and terraces, you are changing the DNA of the building. Do the people of Goa want the building to be altered and transformed? The Kala Academy is an important building, an exemplary modern public building, and one of the first contemporary post-Liberation buildings in Goa. If additional auditoriums are required, could they be built as an annex, so that the integrity of this unique design is not destroyed?
Panaji and Goa have only one public building designed by Correa, and shouldn’t it be kept exactly the way he designed it? Correa was given the Gomant Vibhushan, Goa’s highest honour in 2011, but what is the value of this recognition if the State is ready to compromise the integrity of his architecture?
Movement, pause and rest patterns inside Kala Academy – an analysis by Janice Veigas
Kala Academy is one of the most significant structures in the city of Panaji. A cultural center that was beautifully designed by the legendary architect Charles Correa is a symbol of modern heritage in Goa. Its human-friendly scale, building proportions, and a non-restrictive design approach to accommodate users from different walks of life is truly an architecture for humans. Janice Veigas, as a part of her thesis study, analyzed the human behavior patterns inside Kala Academy, and how the design is sensitive to the needs of its users. Read here to know more.
Kala Academy is more than just a stone structure. Apart from the intangible values that surround the building, Kala Academy is being visited and studied by around a thousand students every year for its architectural significance.
Read more on why it is considered to be such an important building here, by Lester Silveira.
The Charles Correa Foundation announce a petition to the Minister of Art and Culture, Government of Goa. To undertake sensitive conservation measures with proper consultation, together with the Foundation with the goal of preserving the building of Kala Academy.
If you believe in our cause, please sign the petition and share the same.
A full-page cover on Times of India, special edition on 4th August.
Vivek Menezes reflects on the value of an equitable public building. And how Kala Academy is a meaningful space to the city of Panjim.
Read it here
Alexandre Moniz Barbosa weighs in on the news about Kala Academy’s demolition in the oHeraldo newspaper
Herald published an entire page sharing the views of Experts and Engineers opposing the Government’s decision to demolish KA.
Date: 25 July 2019
Nida Sayed makes a case for the academic significance of the Architecture of Kala Academy in the Times of India.
25th July 2019,