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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

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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

is a creative hub for artists, audiences, and communities.

It is a repurposed warehouse in the mill district of central Mumbai and is made up of diverse and flexible spaces: the Black Box, the Study, the Terrace, and our restaurant, PORT Kitchen & Bar. At the warehouse we curate programs across a range of contemporary art forms and disciplines, while providing a safe and inclusive space for new ideas, new conversations, and new connections.

forum

produces and co-creates interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary work that is bold, experimental, and just.

Through In Residence, we work with contemporary, visionary artists to bring their ideas and concepts to life through conversations, space for rehearsals and workshops, along with presenting long runs of their work.
Through Intermedium, we create multidisciplinary and multimedia projects that connect culture, community, and city.

cityLAB

works with our neighborhood communities through three lenses: architecture, community, and environment.

We bring together local communities, artists, creative professionals, government, and other stakeholders to foster culturally vibrant, inclusive, and resilient neighborhoods. We currently work with the Worli Koliwada community and the BMC in G South Ward, in multiple ways: the restoration and revitalization of the worli fort precinct, creating livelihood opportunities through this project; recording their stories and myths, self-run heritage walks, theatre projects, training in the arts, and publications.

academy

designs collaborative learning experiences with artists, for artists.

We present workshops and courses that reinforce depth, rigor, and critical consciousness and spark creativity, innovation, and future thinking, within contemporary art practice. We return our focus 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

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 and a monthly exhibition series. We showcase 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, Artistic Director

advisory council (honorary)

Nikkhil Advani, filmmaker
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

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
Kiran Rao, filmmaker

team

Anuradha Parikh, Founder + Artistic Director (Honorary)
Ishan Benegal, Artistic Director

Sunita Chawan, Executive Assistant

Dipika Seth Mehrotra, Head Human Resource
Nimita Sheth, Head Design and Special Projects

Reshma Nair, Senior Lead
Ritu Varier, Lead
Manish Tiwari, Lead
Francis Machado, Lead
Dishank Gehlot, Lead
David Pinto, Lead
Shubham Gohil, Lead


Gavin Pinto, Coordinator
Sopan Borkar, Coordinator
Sonali Patil, Coordinator
Surekha Palvankar, Coordinator
Sanket Sevekar, Coordinator
Anurag Shinde, Coordinator
Rosy Awale, Coordinator

Prashant Shirke, Associate
Rohit Kavankar, Associate
Ishwar Yadav, Associate
Deepak Rampure, Associate
Nitesh Ambekar, Associate

Port Kitchen & Bar

Ishan Benegal, Founder + chef
Ajinkya Pawar, DCDP
Akshay Salve , Commis I
Akhil Shaikh, Commis II
Mohammed Dilshad Alam, Commis II
Eknath Dhumak, Commis III
Mandar Padave, Commis III

Siddhesh Birje, Purchase and Procurement Manager
Jason Rodrigues, Assistant Manager
Ajay Mane, Captain
Sufiyan Balbale, Captain
Swapnil Pawar, Waiter
Ganesh Yadav, Waiter