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Singing and learning about Fado

Dolcy D’Cruz After learning something passionately, it’s most rewarding to get a good platform to showcase your talent. Many young singers educated in singing as well as theory of Fado have been part of the Fado de Goa over the last year. Now, Fado de Goa in association with the Deccan Heritage Foundation will be presenting Goa’s first ever Festa de Fado on January 21, 2018 at Maquinez Palace, Panjim. The event will include a master class on Fado conducted by Goa’s very own fadista, Sonia Shirsat, who will introduce and educate participants about the music form along with practical demonstrations and videos. This will be followed by a concert, where the students of Fado de Goa will perform together with Sonia, their mentor.
“At the concert, we will have four students who will represent the three batches that we have conducted; one is from Vasco,one from Panjim and two from Margao. I will also be performing at the one hour concert. The workshop is open to all; it is for anybody who is ten years and above. It is not restricted to students. It is actually for people who have not been able to be our students. The lecture will contain videos and a movie so that they get a better understanding of this form of music,” explains Sonia.Fado de Goa is an ongoing initiative of Sonia Shirsat and Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, through which over 200 students from the Margao, Panjim and Vasco chapters have been educated in this music genre through sessions of theory as well as singing. In addition to assignments, they have completed written and oral exams before an external panel consisting of experts in music and the Portuguese language.
“Students of Fado de Goa have performed before at various events. We also had the students’concert at Clube Harmonia, Margao, last year. They performed at the Taj, Elite Model Hunt and at Museum of Goa at some of their cultural evenings. The students also participated in the Fado Singing Competition at Semana De Cultura. They have been performing regularly for the past one year. This is the first time we are having a festival, a festa,” she adds.Sonia goes on to say that this event is not just a concert. “The festa is like a half day event because it includes workshops, interactions and a question-answer session, followed by the concert that showcases students. So it is not just a concert, as the whole thing is called Festa de Fado.I am quite excited because it is like going for your own child’s social gathering in school.”The master class will be held at 3pm,followed by the concert at 6:30pm. “We have received an excellent response from students of all ages. Festa de Fado will be very encouraging for first timers because fado will be explained, the students will be singing, there will be videos about fado at the workshop. Those who have attended fado or are familiar with fado will also benefit from it because there is a lot of information that you would normally not have access to.Apart from that, they will experience the students singing fado.Students who have picked fado in less than a year are already performing on stage with musicians. Looking at that itself is very encouraging,” concludes Sonia.‘Festa de Fado’ will be held on January 21, 2018 at the Maquinez Palace, Panjim from 3pm onwards. [H]

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