Goan music and culture took centre stage at the Mandovi Riviera, Panaji, on Saturday as a slew of popular musicians entertained the over 500-odd crowd that made their way through sluch and muck to witness the Konkani Revolution. Headlined by the Monsorate Brothers, the concert also featured popular singers Sonia Shirsat, Lulu Fortes and crowd favorite Olavo Rodrigues, among others. Konkani pop classics like 'Hey hey moga' and 'Kor kantar' had the exuberant crowd making a beeling for the dance floor. The concert, organized by Heritage Jazz and Konkani Rocks, was part of their recent initiative 'The Konkani Revolution', a move to popularize Konkani via music and culture rather than forced instruction.
Even the incessant rains couldn't dampen the spirit of enthusiastic Konkani music afficionados, some of whom came from as far as England and mainland Europe for the concert. Rene Baretto, who received the citation of the Karmaveer Puraskaar for his efforts in uniting Goans, was presented with the citation during a special but short felicitation ceremony. The Konkani revolution started in 2010 with Lorna's maiden concert in Campal, followed by in Margao and continued in Amersfoort as Heritage Jazz embarked on their first tour to Europe. It is on this tour that Rene Baretto received the Karmaveer Puraskaar trophy.
The concert was attended by several prominent personalities like leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar, and some other people whose names you'll have to fill. It also witnessed the rechristening of Olavo Rodrigues, whom Chris Perry described as 'his last discovery' to O'luv. His, along with Lulu Fortes', energetic renditions of Konkani standards set the high standard that even the younger singers like Marushka Rosario, Veem Braganza and Jasmine Rosario handled with aplomb. The concert was held to celebrate World Goa Day, founded by Rene Baretto, which, since 2000, has been marked every year by the Goan diaspora.