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At G5A, we believe that art and culture have the power to catalyze change for the better – by challenging people to think critically, creatively, and courageously.

Through a series of diverse programs and projects we are committed to nurturing a vibrant, safe, and inclusive platform that encourages the creative and just – in thought and expression.

In doing so, our endeavor is to enrich people’s lives, rebuild resilient and responsible communities, and strengthen the cultural fabric of our community and city.

Our work is framed through five elements:

warehouse | forum | cityLAB | academy | imprint

about
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about
Port Kitchen & Bar
history

The G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture was envisioned and founded by Anuradha Parikh, an architect and filmmaker based in Mumbai.

Her wide-ranging independent and collaborative projects and her commitment towards creating deeper socio cultural dialogues, have organically led to the formation of G5A, a multi-functional community space and cultural center in Central Mumbai.

G5A is a not-for-profit organization that encourages contemporary art and culture that is experimental and courageous, good governance that is inclusive and participatory, and ecosystems that are equitable and resilient.

vision

A culturally vibrant society
that enables dignity for all
in a city that works

mission

To nurture creativity, excellence and resilience
with a focus on cultural practitioners and the younger population of the city

To give voice to cultural expression of the *marginalized
*socially and economically disadvantaged or non-mainstream cultural practitioners.

To build a model for a creative and livable city, through participatory neighborhood intervention
with local agencies and communities

our elements

warehouse

G5A warehouse is a repurposed warehouse in the mill district of central Mumbai. We foster a creative hub for artists, audiences, and communities through our many diverse spaces. The black box, the study, the terrace, and PORT Kitchen & Bar, host programs across a range of contemporary art disciplines and forms, while providing a safe and inclusive space for new ideas, new conversations, and new connections.

forum

G5A forum curates, co-creates, and produces interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work that is bold, experimental, and just. We bring together artists and creative professionals for dialogues, debates, and conversations around their craft, motivations, aspirations, and response to context. We strongly support and encourage original work that is grounded in form, theory, and practice.

cityLAB

G5A cityLAB works with our neighborhood communities through the process of creative placemaking, by sensitizing people to the condition and emotions of a place, and by bringing together local communities, artists, creative professionals, government, and other stakeholders, to foster a culturally vibrant, inclusive, and resilient neighborhood.

academy

G5A academy designs collaborative learning experiences with artists, for artists –reinforcing depth, rigor, and critical consciousness as well as enhancing creativity, innovation, and future thinking, within contemporary art practice. We also bring the focus back to the slow and mindful process of immersion through a deeper engagement with art and artists, legacy and the contemporary, and ideology and practice.

imprint

G5A imprint is a digital literary arts and culture magazine. We believe in the contemplative and reflective power of stories and storytelling. Each quarter follows a theme culminating with an annual print edition. Since our launch in October 2020, we have showcased work across a diverse range of mediums, formats, and perspectives.

founding board (honorary)

Dr. Jagdish Parikh, Chairman
Anuradha Parikh, Founder and Artistic Director
Ishan Benegal, Associate Artistic Director

advisory council (honorary)

Javed Akhtar, poet and lyricist
Atul Dodiya, artist
Ranjit Hoskote, poet and curator
Zakir Hussain, musician
T.M. Krishna, musician and activist
Yo-Yo Ma, musician
Nandan Maluste, banker and entrepreneur
Mira Nair, filmmaker

development (honorary)

Shabana Azmi, actor and activist
Jonathan Bannister, strategist and facilitator
Indira Chandrasekhar, writer and scientist
Nandita Das, actor and activist
Edith Khorakiwala, philanthropist
Sunil Nayak, business professional
Kiran Rao, filmmaker

team

elements

warehouse

Nimita Sheth, Head
Rohit Gadkari, Team Lead
Shradha Gulrajani, Lead
David Pinto, Technician, Sound
Ankit Chandok, Technician, Sound
Prashant Shirke, Technician, Light
Sopan Borkar, Technical Supervisor
Nitesh Ambekar, Electrician
Sachin Gije, Electrician

forum

Ishan Benegal, Associate Artistic Director
Priyanka Patel, Senior Lead
Shalaka Redkar, Coordinator

cityLAB

Anuradha Parikh, Founder + Artistic Director (Honorary)
Priyanka Patel, Senior Lead
Sukriti Sharma, Coordinator
Ashok Shinde, Senior Social Worker

academy

Anuradha ParikhFounder + Artistic Director (Honorary)
Sukriti Sharma, Coordinator

imprint

Ishan BenegalEditor-in-chief
Shradha Gulrajani, Editor

Indira Chandrasekhar, Mentor-Editor

pillars

development

Priyanka Patel, Senior Lead
Rohit Gadkari, Team Lead
Vritika Lalwani, Coordinator
Mihika Miranda, Associate

finance

Prasad Paradkar, Assistant Manager
Yogesh Rewale, Senior Accountant

human resources

Dipika Mehrotra, Head
Nidhi Bhatt, Assistant Manager

administration

Nimita Sheth, Head
Manish Tiwari, Senior Manager
Francis Machado, Assistant Manager
Sunita Chawan, Executive Assistant
Rohit Kavankar, Coordinator
Ishwar Yadav, Coordinator
Deepak Rampure, Technical Assistant

security

Sanjog Lad, Security Supervisor
Devendra Salaskar, Security Guard
Amar Chavan, Security Guard
Harshal Sonawane, Security Guard
Sanjay Parab, Security Guard
Vijay Shinde, Security Guard
Suresh Chavan, Security Guard

housekeeping

Aakash Pawar, Janitor
Nilesh Kamble, Janitor
Vishwas Shinde, Janitor

Port Kitchen & Bar

Ishan Benegal, Operator
Vijay Walunj, Executive Chef
Ninad Koli, Assistant Manager
Yashpal Khanna, Assistant Manager

service

Shankar Margale, Bartender
Fanindranath Bhujbal, Bartender
Kusum Yadav, Captain
Karan Gaineman, Waiter
Sufiyan Balbale, Waiter

kitchen

Ravi Tirlotkar, CDP
Ajinkya Pawar, Commis II
Akhil Shaikh, Commis II
Akshay Salve, Commis III
Mohammed Dilshad Alam, Commis III
Eknath Dhumak, Commis III