Confluence of Indian classical music
The 38th edition of the Surashree Kesarbai Kerkar festival organised by Kala Academy Goa will be inaugurated at Dinanath Mangeshkar auditorium at 5.45 p.m. by minister for art and culture, Govind Gaude on November 2. The festival will be held on November 2, 3 and 4 and will see the participation of top vocalists and instrumentalists of India. Prior to the inaugural function, the, curtain raiser event of the festival, a Symposium on the topic ‘Indian Classical Music And Its Aesthetics’ will be held between 10.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m. on November 2 at the Black Box in which speakers and experts of music namely Pt. Dinkar Panshikar, Dr Vidhyadhar Vyas and Dr Ajay Pohankar will participate and present their views in the threadbare discussion session to be moderated by noted music critic Mukund Sangoram. After the inaugural function, vocalist Ustad Arshad Ali Khan from Kolkata will present a classical vocal concert at 6.00 p.m. The first day’s session will conclude with santoor instrumental concert by Pt. Satish Vyas, disciple of Santoor Maestro Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. On November 3, the session will begin at 10.00 am with classical vocal Recital by Goan artist Veena Mopkar followed by vocal concert to […]
Uniform Civil Code is the best thing that happened to us: Rohan Khaunte
The tenth edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) was inaugurated on September 29 with Minister of Revenue and IT, Rohan Khaunte, Minister for Environment of Portugal, Joao Pedro De Matos Fernandes, Consul General of Portugal in Goa Antônio Chrystello Tavares and executive committee members of the Semana da Cultura in attendance. Addressing the gathering, Joao Pedro De Matos Fernandes, congratulated the committee and said, “So many miles away from home I was surprised to be greeted by the wonderful melody of a Portuguese fado when I entered. The celebrated Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa once said that his country was the Portuguese language. I’m delighted to hear the Portuguese language in use here in Goa. This is my third visit to Goa and the beautiful state has enchanted me every single time.” Highlighting the similarities of the culture and tradition between Portugal and Goa, Rohan Khaunte said: “There are a number of similarities between Porugal and Goa. The Portugues have left back a rich heritage and legacy. The Uniform Civil Code is the best thing that happened to us. When it comes to football most of us support Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo is a favourite amongst Goan football […]
Cantaram Competition on Oct 13-14
With a view of promoting talent in singing, preserving and reviewing the tradition of Tiatr songs and also to give incentive to new compositions in the line of Goan rich heritage of Tiatr performances, the Kala Academy Goa will be organising the 16th edition of ‘Cantaram Competition’ which will be held on October 13 and 14 in the Black Box of Kala Academy. The competition is organised with the performances of Decent and Comedy Cantaram under one category only. There shall be three prizes in each subcategory: solo male (junior), solo male (senior) and solo female (junior), solo female (senior), duet, due, trio, quartet (group) and choral cantar singing. Male and female participating in solo singing below and upto the age of 16 years shall be considered for solo(junior) whereas participants above 16 years of age shall have to compulsorily participate in solo (Senior) in both male and female category as the case may be. The competition shall be open to all the Goan artistes. There shall be no entry fee for participation in the competition. However, each participant will be paid T.A as per the norms of Kala Academy. The artistes will be allowed to send only one entry […]
Subhash Chandra Ghosh to perform at Kala Academy
The Rotary Club of Panaji in association with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (Goa), Kala Academy, and Samraat Club of Panaji, will be presenting a musical concert of international artist Subhash Chandra Ghosh at Kala Academy’s black box on September 28 at 7 p.m. The programme will feature a solo performance by Ghosh which will be followed by a jugalbandi by Ghosh and Naresh Madgaonkar on santoor and will be supported by Rushikesh Padke on the tabla. Ghosh, a senior disciple of sarod master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will be performing for the first time in Goa. He will be playing his own instrument ‘Sarasvani and Swar Ragini’ which is made by combining veena, sarod, and guitar. Ghosh has various earned various international accolades and has played for high ranking people. The second artist, Naresh Madgaonkar, who will be sharing the stage with Ghosh will be performing with a santoor. Madagonkar is the disciple of Satish Vyas, Mumbai and is the first santoor player to perform with the Western Classical Orchestra, Germany. (The event is open to all and the seating will be on first come first serve basis.)
Festive celebrations to mark ‘Decennary’ of Semana da Cultura Indo –Portuguesa
Semana da Cultura Indo –Portuguesa (Goa) will complete a decade with the tenth edition of the event that will begin on Saturday, September 29. To mark the celebrations of the 10th edition the executive committee has lined up a celebration of Indian and Portuguese culture that ranges from cinema, and music to cuisine, art and more. The inaugural event will be held at Hotel Mandovi with a discussion on ‘Portuguese influence on Goan culture’ that will be moderated by author Alexandre Barbosa. Minister of IT, Rohan Khaunte will be the chief guest and the panelist for the discussion will include historians Prajal Sakhardande and Maria Lourdes Bravo de Costa Rodrigues. There will also be a Harvest Night celebration at Clube Nacional after the discussion. While briefing the media about the event, chairman of the executive committee, Fransisco Martins said: “India and Portugal are both regions steeped in rich heritage and culture and through this event, we would like to share and enjoy the essence of our diverse culture. Goa too has its own unique identity and culture with a blend of Indian and western cultures.” Having partnered with Fundacao Oriente and Instituto Camoes a Fado concert by Portuguese fadista ‘Ana […]
Musical tribute to Pt Jitendra Abhisheki
The 14th edition of Pt Jitendra Abhisheki Music Festival which is organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of Pt Jitendra Abhisheki will be held on September 29 and September 30 at Kala Academy, Panaji. The music festival will feature sixteen artistes who will be performing for the 2- day event. While briefing the media, programme officer of Kala Academy, Dattaguru Amonkar said that two Goan artistes will be performing at the event: Subhash Parwar will present a performance in vocal classical music and Naresh Madgaonkar will present a santoor recital. Senior disciples of Pt Jitendra Abhisheki namely Shubha Mudgal, Devaki Pandit and Hemant Pendse will offer their musical homage to the musician. Among them, the other vocal artistes are Gayatree Joshi, Manu Shrivastav, Meeta Pandit, Ravindra Parchure, Shakir Khan (sitar) Asawari Patankar (Kathak Dance ), Amarendra Dhaneshwar, Damodar Roa, Milind Raikar and Yadnesh Raikar (Father Son Violin Duo), Ragunandan Panshikar, Vishwanath Kanhere (Harmonium solo). Among the female classical performers, vocal performance will be by Gayatree Joshi, Meeta Pandit. The Kathak dance performance will be by Asawari Patankar,”Well-known accompanying artists from Goa, Mayank Bedekar, Raya Korgaonkar, Dayesh Kosambe, Tulshidas Navelkar, Chinamay Kolhatkar Vithhal Khandolkar, Dattaraj Surlakar, Dattaraj Mhashi, Amar Mopkar, Subhash […]
Promotional songs of upcoming Konkani movie ‘Questao De Confusao’ released
Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude said that there is a need to make an effort to promote the art of filmmaking in Goa. He was speaking during the release of promotional songs of upcoming Konkani movie ‘Questao De Confusao’ at the Directorate of Art and Culture, Panaji. He said that the artistes of the film were earlier involved with theatre and have now moved to filmmaking; this not only shows their love for art but also their passion. “Though we may not have enough finance to make a film but Goans are rich in creativity. Films like these are a way to promote and showcase our creative side. This film is not only for entertainment purpose but is also an initiative to give people a different outlook towards life,” added Gaude. A total of four promotional songs of the film were released. The team has made a Konkani kantar, dindi, rap and a parody of famous Marathi tracks. The music has been composed by Sindhuraj Kamat, while lyrics for three songs have been written by Rajdeep Naik. Amit Naik has written the lyrics of rap song. Diptesh Kuttikar, Priyanka Raikar and Amit Naik are the singers of the […]
Six music videos released
Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on Friday said that music should inspire people and it should encourage them to help people in need. He was talking at the release of singer and music composer Sidhanath Buyao’s six music videos release at the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Panaji. Gaude further added that there are a lot of music videos which are going viral on social media and people should be wise enough to pick up the message from them. Sidhanath’s videos are based on varied themes and tell different stories. Two of these videos feature Puja Naik and Vikram Keni Gaitonde. Appreciating Buyao for encouraging Puja who has a speech impediment, president GPCC Girish Chodankar said that we should work towards encouraging differently abled children so that they come up and make an identity of their own. Buyao also said that the reason for holding a release was basically to launch two artistes Puja and Vikram who have been through a lot and yet have brought out their hidden talents of singing. “I spoke to Puja first, I tried listening to her. Nobody in her family was from a singing background but what I liked about her was […]
Konkani gazal ‘Hanv Pila Illoso’ released
Singer Ajay Naik along with Producao de Ishtuqutoor recently released the video of Konkani gazal ‘Hanv Pila Illoso’ written by Konkani litterateur Pundalik Naik. Speaking at the release of the video, Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude said that going by the name of the title of the gazal, it gives you a whole different meaning but it’s an eye-opener to the youth of this generation to stay away from such things. Gaude also added that “earlier, people who used to work in the fields were used to take a small amount of liquor to meet their bodily needs and would go on to live for a minimum of 80 years but youth nowadays are more addicted to bad vices and thus has resulted in them living a shorter lifespan.” Pic Credit- Hemant Parab
Kala Academy Observes World Music Day
Kala Academy Goa has celebrated World Music Day on June 21 . in the Foyer area of Kala Academy Complex, Panaji by organizing different programmes of Indian Music and Western Music.
Kala Academy to celebrate World Music Day on June 21
Kala Academy Goa will celebrate World Music Day on 21st June 2018 at 4.30 p.m. at the Foyer area, Kala Academy Complex, Panaji by organizing different programmes of Indian Music and Western Music. The duration of each performance will be 5-10 minutes. The programme will be open to all and Kala Academy has requested the artist community residing in Goa to present their performances on this open platform. Those interested to participate in the programme are requested to directly enroll their details like name, address, contact phone/mobile no. type of performance, duration, on email: email@example.com etc. or personally call Shri Sandeep Kalangutkar of Kala Academy on mobile no. 9823369336/ 0832-2420452/53 latest by 4.00 p.m on 18th June 2018, during office hours for any further information. The organizers will not pay any honorarium or payment fees to artists. However, refreshments will be provided to the artists. A drum set and sound system will be made available to the participants, free of charge. Rest all other instruments will have to be arranged by the concerned artists. All the artists are required to take note of the above and submit their applications. The artist’s community in the field of music are requested to […]
The inaugural function of the first edition of Gaansaraswati Kishoritai Amonkar Sangeet Mahotsav in memory of Goan singer late Kishori Amonkar was held on Saturday at Kala Academy, Panaji. Prior to the function a documentary tracing the life of Kishori produced by Mumbai Doordarshan was screened. Speaking at the inaugural function minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude comparing the life of late Kishori to Sant Meera Bai or Mirabai said, like Meera dedicated her life to Lord Krishna, Kishori dedicated her life for music and ragas. On the occasion Meena Waikar who has been a companion and a family member of Kishori Amonkar was felicitated, though I am not her real daughter she always treated me like her own daughter, said Meena. Senior disciple, Arun Dravid and sons of Kishori Amonkar Nihar Amonkar and Bibhas Amonkar along with their wives were also present for the event. Earlier in the day, a curtain raiser event was held in the black box of Kala Academy, titled – ‘Rarely Heard Kishori Amonkar’, which featured a commentary by Arun Dravid on rare recordings of Kishoritai from 1962-85. Besides this, there was also a photographic exhibition on display in the foyer of the venue, […]
Gaansaraswati Kishoritai Amonkar Sangeet Mahotsav to be held on April 28
Kala Academy, Panaji will be hosting the 1st edition of Gaansaraswati Kishoritai Amonkar Sangeet Mahotsav on April 28 and 29 at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy. The Sangeet Mahotsav is organised to commemorate the death anniversary of legendary singer and daughter of Goa Late Kishoritai Amonkar, who passed away in April 2017. While briefing the media, Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude urged all the music lovers especially the young crop to be a part of this festival so that they can witness the rare ‘Raggas’ which were created by Kishoritai herself, which will be performed by her disciples. There will be a curtain raiser event on April 28 at 10 a.m. titled – ‘Rarely Heard Kishori Amonkar’. The programme will feature with a commentary by Arun Dravid on rare recordings of Kishoritai from 1962-85.There will be also a photographic exhibition on Kishoritai’s rare photographs conceptualized by her son Bhibas Amonkar. The festival will be inaugurated by Minister for Art and Culture, Govind Gaude on April 28 at 5.00 p.m. along with the family members of Kishoritai. Before the inaugural function a documentary on Kishoritai produced by Mumbai Doordarshan will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Meena Waikar, who […]
Swastik to celebrate Gudhi Padwa on March 30 at Kala Academy
Swastik – Panaji will be organising eleventh edition of a musical program to celebrate Gudhi Padwa. This musical program titled ‘Sur Nidhi’ is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at Kala Academy’s – Dinanath Mangeshkar Auditorium and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Young vocalists of Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil’ Champs fame – Prathamesh Laghate and Mugdha Vaishampayan have been invited to perform and the programme will be anchored by Dhanashree Lele. (This program is ticketed and entry coupons are available at Kala Academy Ticket Counter.)
Konkani Kataram Ani Songit Puroskar
Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) awarded the ‘Konkani Song and Music awards 2017’ to the winners of the respective categories on March 21 at Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji. The TAG has taken up this initiative to honor these artistes as, a lot of Konkani Audio (CD)/Video Albums are produced every year in Goa by Konkani music enthusiasts by investing substantial amount of money and in order to encourage them to produce qualitative albums, every year Tiatr Academy of Goa presents the Konkani Song and Music Awards.</span< The awards were presented to the winners by Fr. Peter Cardozo, who was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Fr. Cardozo lauded the efforts of the Tiatr Academy for organising such award function as such awards act as a motivation for the artistes to perform even more better. Fr. Cardozo also remembered the artistes of yesteryears and also urged the younger artistes to be clear and audible while performing. Following is the list of award winners in the respective categories: Category Award winners Album Male Singer John Pereira Jezuk Kalzan Dovor Female Singer Cielda Pereira Devachea Hatatlem Duet of the year Bushka D’souza and Erik Vaz Poilo Mog Duo of […]
MOG Friday with Madhav Haridas and Mayank Bedekar
Museum of Goa, Pilerne, will be bringing in classical music performers on 23rd March 2018 (6:00-7:00). There will be a soulful flute performance by Madhav Haridas who will be accompanied by Tabla player, Mayank Bedekar. About the Artists Madhav Haridas Born in France in 1980, Madhav started to learn western classical on saxophone at an early age. He moved to India at the age of 23 where he started to learn Carnatic Classical Music from an Indian saxophone master- Haridas Dogra. In 2007, he started to learn Hindustani Classical Music from a vocalist, Devashish Dey, following him with the bansuri flute. With him, he learned hundreds of ragas and vocal compositions and started to reproduce his bansuri technique on the saxophone, alto, and soprano. Mayank Bedekar Born in Ujjain, Mayank started playing Tabla at 3 years of age and was guided by Vinay Wagle. Now for past several years, Mayank is learning under the Guru-Shishya Parampara (Tradition) from Suresh Talwalkar. Date: 23/03/2018 Time: 6:00 – 7:00 Venue: Museum of Goa Entry Fee: Rs. 250/- (free for children)
State level Choir competition on March 24
Kala Academy Goa will be organising a State Level Choir competition which will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 4.00 p.m. in the Black Box of Kala Academy. The groups will be allowed to present minimum two hymns and maximum of three hymns. A stipulated time of 12 minutes time will be given for each group performance and 3 minutes for setting. Hymns are to be presented in Konkani. However, one hymn may be presented in any other language. One ‘Motet’ song may also be presented. The minimum number of participants in each group should be five and maximum can be 15 including musicians. Singers shall be allowed to participate in only one group; however, musicians will be allowed to play in more than one group. For the competition the prize money is as follows: 1st –Rs. 20,000/-, 2nd prize – Rs. 15,000/-, 3rd prize- Rs. 10,000/- and there will be two consolation prizes of Rs. 5,000/- each. (The competition will be open to all Goan artists, choir groups, institutions and churches. The entries for the competition should be submitted by March 21.)
Choir singing competition
A choir singing competition will be held on 4th March 2018 in the Kala Academy Black Box. The next part will be held in the black box of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on 11th March 2018. The first five winning teams will then compete at the state level competition on 25th March 2018 at Kala Academy’s Open air auditorium. Goan artists belonging to different choir groups, institutions and churches will be participating in this event.
Everything but harmony
Stuti Choral Ensemble along with Goa String Orchestra, directed by Parvesh Jawa, presented an evening of classical music on February 20 at Kala Academy. The programme included works by Eccles, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi and Warlock. The concert comprised of six multi-movements: sonata, symphony, rondo, mass, suite and concerto. Sonata- showed off the sound of the double bass, accompanied by the string orchestra while the symphony showed off the sound of the string orchestra itself. The suite brought together a combination of six dances while the rondo showcased the virtuosity of the solo violinist through a dialogue with the orchestra. The special guest soloists Joanne D’Mello, Kersi Gazdar and Rahul Bharadwaj delivered short solos in the mass sung by the Stuti Choral Ensemble.
Folk music workshop
Bengal Goa Musical Ensemble is a collaboration between Goa and Bengal musicians. They conducted a workshop at Kala Academy as part of Sur Jahan Festival. One of the instruments played was a ghumat – Goa’s traditional percussion instrument. Divya Naik sang different songs. The first one was a dhalo song. Females dance to this song on a moonlit night. Another song was Dekhni – a popular Goan song. Following that, the Bengal musicians performed Baul, which is a philosophy and type of music. There are about 2,500 practicing Bauls. It believes that everything is connected to the human body. They used a Dotara and other percussion instruments in the workshop.
Cheikh Lo – An energetic musician’s workshop
The Sur Jahan festival brought a variety of talented performers to Goa. One of them was Cheikh Lo (Senegal). His music style is a mixture of reggae, mbalax, and other influences. He conducted a workshop where he showcased his talents by playing different songs. His friendly personality and energy charmed the audience. The songs had different themes. Some of the songs had historical stories in them. Another song was about an impolite son who took his father’s bike without his permission and damaged it which made the father unable to go to work as that bike was his only means of transportation. He also taught part of the lyrics to help the audience sing along. One song had a faster lyric speed and spoke about how people in Africa mess up their lives and then blame God for their mistakes. The last song had a special Senegalese percussion instrument rhythm which made some of the audience get up and dance.
Sur Jahan- Where music unites
The 4th edition of Sur Jahan- World Peace Music Festival in Goa was inaugurated on February 7 by Art and Culture minister of Goa Govind Gaude at Kala Academy, Panaji in the presence of Amitav Bhattacharya (director of banglanatak dot com). The band members of the troupes that will be performing at the venue over the next two days were also present. The objective of the festival is to create a platform for cultural exchange in order to understand the diversity of different cultures. Gaude said that music helps to unite people of diverse cultures on one platform. The inaugural ceremony featured various folk artistes from the state including Elvis Lobo, Divya Naik, Carlos Gonsalves and others performing in different disciplines of Goan folk music such as, Ghumat- Aarti, Goff, Ghodemodni, Dhalo and Dulpods. The Day 1 of the Sur Jahan also featured performances from the troupe from Finland called ‘Tuuletar’, whose music was based on expressing the four elements of earth i.e. air, water, fire and wind. The other band which performed was Muzsikas from Hungary, which depicted the folk music of Hungary.
The Symphonies of Nature
The German National Youth Orchestra, Germany’s youngest major orchestra, gave a stellar performance On Tuesday at the Dinanath Mangueshkar auditorium at Kala Academy, Panaji. The orchestra was founded by the German Music Council In 1969 and is made up of the country’s finest young musicians between the age group of 14 and 19. The orchestra troupe was led by Hermann Baumer, who has conducted various orchestras such as the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestras and others. The performance of orchestra was based on the theme of ‘Weather and Forces of Nature’. The prelude performed was “Geysir”, a composition of Jon Leifs which is inspired by the incredible forces of nature and which give rise to the power of Icelandic geysirs. The prelude was followed by “The Tempest” as a fantasy overture composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, which is based on the play The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which depicts the stillness of the ship at sea and the grotesque nature of Caliban. The symphony “Rhenish” composed by Robert Schumann was the final piece of orchestra which was inspired by Schumann’s trip to Rhineland, expresses the elements of his journey and other experiences of his life.
The 8th edition of Sur Jahan will be held at Kala Academy from 7th – 9th February. This is the 4th edition of the Sur Jahan which will be held in Goa. Sur Jahan is a world peace music festival which celebrates the diverse nature of the music world and provides platform for cultural exchange and to create awareness about the various music cultures of the world. The 2018 edition of Sur Jahan will include concerts and workshops by troupes hailing from Finland, Hungary, Poland, Senegal, Italy and Ethiopia. For more details visit- Sur Jahan