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Splash of colours at Kala Academy
- Published on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:33
Summer in Goa is the season of holidays, basking in the sun and enjoying the seas one last time before monsoon sets in for four months. Adding to this festive mood is an explosion of colour and culture at Kala Academy.
This May, Artefact brings some of the most promising artists from Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi and Goa together in a vibrant group show at Kala Academy.
Artefact is an initiative by established artist Alpana Lele, a resident of Goa for the last 25 years. With more than thirty shows, she has experienced firsthand the need for a platform for Indian artists.
“Art is priceless, I am just helping artists come together and put up a group show where we try to satisfy the taste of every art lover,” says Alpana Lele. She feels charging commission on sales of artwork is leading to commercialisation of art and art should be for art’s sake.
Participating in the Artefact Group Show-Goa 2013 will be seventeen artists with diverse styles and art forms. The group show includes promising young artists who come from as far as Kolkata.
Visitors can meet the artists as well as Alpana Lele. Artworks will be on display for five days from May 27 to May 31 between 10 am and 7 pm. [NT]
Electric Rain Season 1
- Published on Friday, 17 May 2013 14:37
Tito's Event Management , Seasons end and monsoon's opening party on 17th & 18th May 2013. Electric Rain Season 1
Kaos Kitten/ Sergio / Tania Romanova Anya Lakomova / Bonny / Su Edits / Shaun Moses / Zeeqar DJ Jay / DJ David / DJ Brandan. ZanZihar at 5 pm onwards, Mambo 10 pm onwards and Kamaki 10 pm onwards.
Sing to the King
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:16
By Cedric Silveira
‘Sing to the King’, a musical evening comprising of songs of praise and worship, prayer and dance will be staged today at the Kala Academy open air auditorium, Panaji at 6.30 p.m.
‘Sing to the King’ is an evangelistic program to proclaim the presence and power of the Risen Lord. The message of God’s love and salvation through the name of Jesus will be brought out through song and music. The musical evening will culminate with a prayer of surrender and commitment to Jesus Christ.
The groups that will be performing are ‘Shepherd’s Voiz’ led by Eutemia Fernandes, A26 with Lester Rodrigues at the helm and Alphabeat mentored by Winston Collaco. The entire program is co-ordinated by Alfie Silveira.
“From a small group in a classroom in the Duquesne University in Pittsburg, USA in 1967, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) has grown to be a worldwide movement that has practically influenced every parish community. Statistically CCR is known to be the largest and fastest growing movement in the Catholic Church and has influenced 125 million Catholics in 235 countries,” says Savio Mascarenhas, chairman, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Goa.
He continues, “At the national level, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal began first in Mumbai in 1972 and soon spread to other parts of the country. In Goa, CCR began in 1974 with the opening of the first prayer group at Aldona. There are at present around 115 prayer groups spread over 100 parishes.”
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Goa received its official recognition from Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao in August 2011.
Although most groups have already performed in such gospel music concerts, for newly formed Alphabeat it is their first. Members Gretchen and Aldrich (lead singers), Dylan (lead guitarist), Ryan (bass guitarist), Vellison (drums) and Adrian (keyboards) are excited and looking forward to the musical. “We are pushing ourselves. We have a passion for Gospel music and this will serve as a God given platform,” says Adrian Sequeira. When asked if they have any original gospel songs Adrian replies that although they do not have any original Gospel songs they try to sing each song in their own style, which adds to the uniqueness of the song. [NT]
Indian cinema centenary celebration at KA today
- Published on Friday, 03 May 2013 10:18
As Indian cinema is celebrating its centenary celebration on May 3, upcoming child artist of Goa, Akshada Bandekar will pay her tribute to all the female singers of Bollywood right from 1920s to the present era, featuring Surraiya to Shreya Ghoshal.
The show will be a colourful event and first of its kind held at Dinanath Mangueshkar auditorium, Kala Academy on May 3 from 6:30pm onwards.
Bollywood star singer Hema Sardesai will be the guest of honour.
The show will be open to all and is supported by Department of Art and Culture and Kala Academy and co-sponsored by State Bank of India and Radio Partner 92.7 Big FM. [H]
Sound Garden: Feast of jazz in Panaji tonight
- Published on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 12:34
For decades now, Panaji's central Jardim Garcia de Orta has been the city's home for public concerts. On Tuesday evening, as musicians from Goa and beyond celebrate International Jazz Day as declared by Unesco, there'll be yet another 'concert in the park', and if the buzz surrounding the event is to be believed, this one may be the biggest of them all.
Over 50 musicians will grace the 158-year-old garden's central bandstand from 6pm onwards. Besides the biggest names from the Goa circuit, foreigners regular on the Goa scene and musicians from outside the state will also troop into the city to perform at this mega concert, which is free to the public.
This gargantuan mission is a brainchild of jazz pioneer Colin D'Cruz, who managed to convince all the musicians to play for free. D'Cruz, an accomplished bassist, recording artist and promoter, hopes that apart from the six bands scheduled to perform, more will be formed as musicians walk up to the stage to jam. "That would be the true spirit of jazz," he told TOI on the eve the concert.
Although the concert is being promoted as jazz, it's likely to have something for everyone. "Jazz embraces all forms of music," D'Cruz says. Thus, and in tune with the mission of his organization, Jazz Goa, a slew of local musicians are scheduled to perform. Ultra Brass Sound, a brass quartet led by usually-a-classical-guitarist Rui Lobo, will open the proceedings, followed by established names like Zezinho Fernandes, Chico Fonseca, Belinda Fernandes, Sonia Shirsat, Alan Moraes and Varun Carvalho. The opening acts will play lighter, familiar tunes, paving the way for the more serious jazz that will follow.
D'Cruz has been organizing such 'concerts in the park' over the last few months. "Live music is dying in Goa, and this is an attempt to remind people what it really is," he had told TOI during the last concert he organized. It's the same philosophy that's behind Tuesday's concert too. Rui Lobo chips in: "This concert is a fantastic idea- it exposes people to the musicians, and musicians to the people, who would otherwise have to go to a 5-star hotel to listen to them." Even though the musicians play for free, there are other costs-chairs & lights, which D'Cruz bears himself, and for the rest, he gets by with a little help from his friends-Furtados Music and Casant sound.
Apart from the obvious 'promotion' angle, there's another, more significant, motivation that drives D'Cruz, and that's to do with putting Goa on the international map. "Last year, Unesco declared April 30 as International Jazz Day," he says. The host city for 2012 was Paris. This year, it's Istanbul. D'Cruz then learnt that in the host cities, some of the biggest jazz names perform. D'Cruz then wrote to the Unesco, with a suggestion that Goa be named as a host soon. "Then," D'Cruz says, "I got a call from the Unesco head office in Paris, and they told me that 2015 looks like a real possibility."
If that happens, and the Stevie Wonders and Esperanca Spaldings of the world descend upon Goa in 2015, you'll know whom to thank. [TOI]