Heritage Jazz, Konkani Rocks presents two world class shows at Goa Arts & Literary Festival
A select audience comprising of eminent authors, literary critics, top musicians and performers from Goa, other parts of India and foreign countries got a unique display of some of the finest music the state has to offer, during the Goa Arts and Literary Festival, organized by the International Centre Goa, located in upscale Dona Paula, near Panjim.
Trancemedia, through its two brands, Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks, had partnered with the International Centre Goa to present two high quality music concerts during the festival. One of these was a performance by Crossly Menezes Group, held in the evening on December 13, 2010. The other was a open air Fado Evening by renowned Goan singer, Sonia Sirsat, held on December 14, 2010. Both these bands were sponsored by Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks, as part of Trancemedia’s commitment to showcase the best of Goa’s rich musical culture through various events.
The Crossly Menezes Group consisted of Pearlyshel Diniz on violin, Tome Fernandes, the noted percussionist who is also popular as the King Momo of Goa’s Carnival and singers Jasmine, Anna, Ruzai and Bobby from Goa Velha. Crossly himself performed on the guitar. The Crossly Menezes Group played traditional Goan songs that have regaled audiences worldwide due to their timeless charm.
The Sonia Sirsat show had the audience on fire. The energy evoked by Sonia who sang Portuguese Fado (traditional) hits, can be well gauged from the fact, the show was extended by almost an hour, due to demand from viewers. The crowds gave Sonia a standing ovation and the performance was studded with calls for an encore. Sonia was accompanied by two well known musicians, Daryl Coelho on Mandolin and Dr. Alan Abreo with Viola-Do-Fado.
“Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks partnership with the ICG for the Goa Arts and Literary Festival reflects our commitment to promoting Goan and Konkani culture and heritage. With such a huge gathering of luminaries from Goa and elsewhere gathered under one roof, we felt the festival was an excellent opportunity to showcase the best of Goan and Konkani music,” said Armando Gonsalves, Founder and CEO, Trancemedia. The three-day event, which began on December 12, 2010, included discussions on various important topics related to arts and literature.
Other supporters of the Goa Arts and Literary Festival included the Sahitya Academy, Goa Writers Group, Goa Konkani Academy, Gomantak Marathi Academy, Alliance Francaise and the CLP Instituto Camoes. The Principal Sponsors of the event were Goa’s Department of Tourism.