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ABOUT MOCA
Letter from the Curator
The Museum of Christian Art (MoCA) is located on the picturesque Holy Hill in Old Goa within the 17th century Convent of Santa Monica. The first of its kind in Asia, MoCA was set up in collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi.
Recognised globally as a perfect symbiosis of two cultural manifestations, Indian and European, the art objects at MoCA are known, for their antiquity and distinct Indo-Portuguese influence and have attracted visitors and research scholars not only from India but also from all over the world. It is marked as a ‘Must See’ in most international travel guides and art objects from the collection have been sought for international exhibitions. Twenty years after its opening in January 1994, a need was felt for the upgradation and modernization of the Museum. MoCA and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation jointly prepared and executed a project to transform and upgrade the Museum to the latest world standards, as well as to enhance the visitor experience. As part of this project, INTACH, New Delhi conserved the unique collection, thereby ensuring its survival for posterity.
With the completion of this project in 2020, MoCA is entering an exciting phase: of modernity in terms of exhibition design and display while also expanding its range of activities to reach a wider audience. Our commitment to our patrons is that every visitor entering MoCA will embark on a journey dating back to the 16th century, where art imitates life, as seen in the masterpieces created by the highly skilled local craftsmen in different styles with accentuated Portuguese influence as well rich Indian artistic and cultural symbolism.
We welcome you to join us on this journey!
NATASHA FERNANDES
Curator


People Behind the Museum of Christian Art
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Fr. Avinash Rebelo
Fr. Avinash is the president of the Managing Committee and played a pivotal role since MoCA’s inception. Since his ordination on 16th October 1967, Fr. Avinash has worked in various parishes across Goa, most recently the parish of Holy ...Spirit Church, Margao, Goa. His many roles include serving as the Secretary of the Diocesan Board of Education in Goa for over a decade.

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Nascimento de Souza
Nascimento de Souza is the Vice-President of the museum’s Managing Committee. A member of MoCA since its establishment in Rachol, Goa, he is a key figure in the museum’s modernization and upgrade. A Mechanical and ...Electrical Engineer from the University of Poona and London,his illustrious career has seen an upward trajectory from a Designs Engineer with Igranic Electric Company Ltd, Bedford, England, to Executive Director of Mettur Beardsell Ltd, a multinational company, finally taking him to the position of Managing Director of the Beardsell Group of Companies.

He has also served as the Chairman and committee member on several prestigious Boards.. A highly active nonagenarian, having now retired from all commercial activity, Mr. Nasci, as he is affectionately known, is involved in all aspects of the Museum and is leading visionary.

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Filipe Colaco
Filipe Colaco a Commerce graduate from the University of Bombay has over four decades of marketing and commercial experience in Multinational Companies from the MENA and Asia regions. He devotes his time to his ancestral home in ... Margao, Goa and serves as Secretary on the Managing Committee.

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Advocate Raunaq Rao
Raunaq Rao has been a member of the Museum of Christian Art since the beginning of 2019 and counsels on its legal aspects.
An advocate, Rao graduated with honours from V.M. ...Salgaocar College of Law, Goa, a multiple award winner for outstanding performance in academics, who went on to complete a Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights from Geneva, Switzerland. Rao started his career by assisting the Counsel of Mr. Dhruv Mehta at the Supreme Court of India and then was associated with the chamber of Senior Advocate Mr. A.N.S Nadkarni (Former Attorney General for the State of Goa). He is a columnist with the monthly magazine “Business Goa'' published and circulated in India and is part of the Advisory Council of People’s Higher Secondary School, Panaji, Goa.

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Ajit Jack Sukhija
Ajit Jack Sukhija has been a member of the Museum of Christian Art Managing Committee since 2013. He is the Hon. Secretary of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, the Vice-President of SKAL Club of Goa, the Chairman of the ... tourism committee of Goa Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Goa Heritage Action Group (GHAG). Sukhija completed his graduation in Commerce from Goa University and MBA from Goa Institute of Management in 2002. He has represented the State of Goa in Basketball and Table Tennis. He is a partner of the Welcome Heritage Panjim Inn and Gallery Gitanjali.

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Mario Braganza
An important counselor to the Museum’s Management Committee, Mario is an Investment Advisor, an avid reader, movie buff, music lover, traveler, community service et al, whose joyful state is further heightened when he dwells upon ...his passion in equity research. Mario’s focus is to help people create wealth by making their money work for them so that they enjoy life without financial worries! Prior to this line of engagement, Mario worked with The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) and Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Ltd (BSLI) in a variety of management roles for 28 years culminating as Chief Operating Officer for BSLI.

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Ernest Dias
Member of the Museum of Christian Art Managing Committee, and Presently COO of SITA & TCI, India’s biggest inbound Tour Operator, Ernest Dias holds many prestigious positions - Managing Committee Member of ...Travel Corporation of India, Ex Member of the Investment Promotion Board, Govt. of Goa, Member of the Tourism Committee – GCCI, Executive Member of TTAG, and President of Skal Goa. Travelling around India and the World is his passion; he is in love with Goa and its culture.

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Ian Karl Araujo Alvares
Ian brings to the museum an extensive knowledge of the local and international Conservation of Heritage and Contemporary homes and buildings. He shares his experience of building construction and technology to assist the museum ...management with issues concerning maintenance and other planning processes. Ian completed his Masters in Architectural Conservation at the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. He is the Co-Convenor of INTACH Goa Chapter.

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Sergio A Freitas
A significant member of the MoCA managing committee, Sergio A Freitas graduated with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He worked in Operations, Projects and Factory Management with ITC Ltd & Wimco Ltd. at ... Akerlund & Rausing Packaging Systems and returned to India to set up and head the Indian operations along with responsibility for the South East Asia operations. After retirement, Sergio was a Trustee at the Goa America Heart Trust - a nonprofit which worked to bring affordable Health Care to Goa.

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Fr Eufemiano Miranda
After his ordination in 1967, he taught for four years in the department of the Philosophy, Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol and with an MA and Dip H.E. taught literature at St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, Goa. In 1988, the Gulbenkian Foundation, ... Lisbon, Portugal awarded him a scholarship for his project on Indo- Portuguese literature which he completed in 1995 under Prof. Ivo de Mascarenhas of Goa University. His thesis was published with a subsidy from the Government of Goa, Department of Art and Culture, under the title ‘Literatura Goesa’. A lover of music he founded ‘Stuti Choral’ and Goa String Orchestra with a view to providing a platform for performance to young people completing musical studies from various schools.

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Ms Natasha Fernandes
Natasha Fernandes is the Curator of the Museum of Christian Art since 2007. She trained with the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Museu Nacional de Azulejo, Museu de Sao Roque in Lisbon,... Portugal during 2006-07. She has been involved in every aspect of the Museum including conservation projects, visitor engagement and organizing special events.

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