OPENING CEREMONY at International Centre Goa, 28 of January – 6 : 00pm
MUSIC: INDO GYPSIES, hailing from Mumbai, is a Folk/Fusion/World Music band. Their music being firmly rooted in the Indian culture gives them their ‘Indo’ part. As for the ‘Gypsies’ side, everyone knows that gypsies are eternal travelers, treating the whole world as their home. Similarly, everyone from the band has an inclination towards a variety of genres, bringing a ‘World’ influence in their music. Their passion to experiment with these exuberant melodies and rhythms led to the creation of the band. Indo Gypsies seamlessly blend Folk music with a myriad of genres ranging from New Age, Western as well as Indian Classical. These folk appeal to a wide range of audiences, captivating everyone with their engrossing music and colorful, vibrant attires defining Indian culture.
For more information please visit http://www.indogypsies.in/
DANCE: ASHIYANA came into existence on 8th February 2007 with the sole purpose of improving, guiding and inspiring the lives of the underprivileged women and children in need. Since its inception, the Trust has been helping the society at large and women and children in particular. Ms. Mamta Hussain a internationally renowned theatre Artist and an excellent Classical Dancer
and a well known Choreographer, Actor and Kathak exponent from the National School of Drama, New Delhi had taken up this challenge/ task under the flagship of Ashiyana trust – a Initiative of Ms. Fomento Resources Pvt. Ltd to train the special children at New Dawn Ashadeep School through the therapy of Dance and Music. She has been associated with the Kala Academy and Art & Culture in various programs and workshops over the years.She has choreographed dance performances for various National games and other large Celebrations like “Gomant Darshan” etc.
Presently on behalf of Fomento Resources Smt. Mamta Hussain trains a very large group of Special Children at New Dawn Ashadeep School, Vasco. The New Dawn Ashadeep is a school of special children catering to the needs of children with mental disabilities, cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, autism behavior and emotional disorders.
She believes that Dancing is the poetry of the feet and has been closely working with the special students for the last 8 years. She uses dance and theatre as a therapy for disable children and she calls it her dance laboratory. The children at Ashadeep undergo this therapy three times a week from 9am to 1pm along with her two assitants. Performance by these special Children trained through Music and Dance by Ms. Mamta Hussain are staged annually in a programme “Tum bhi chalo, Hum bhi chale”. The dance performances have also been staged at a National Festival “Umang” conducted by West Zone Cultural Center, Udaipur in Ahmedabad and Rajkot. For the last Eight years we have witnessed tremendous and remarkable improvement and confidence in these students.
Mando or Manddo (Konkani mānḍô) is a musical form that evolved during the 19th and 20th century among Goan Catholics of Goa, India. It represents the meeting point of Indian and western musical traditions. The music has elements of both Indian and western culture. The males wear formal coats, showing Portuguese influence, while females wear a unique Indian costume (bazu torop or pano baju). The ceremonial torhop-baz worn during the mando dance was of velvet or silk, red, blue or green in colour, embroidered with gold (rarely with silver) threads. A white or blue shawl was worn. The socks had to be white and the slippers ornamented. This was all graced with a fan, which enhanced the lady’s mood with a secret charm during the dance. Nowadays mandos are highlighted with their dance respective of their song. The plural of manddo in Konkani is mande.The major theme of mandos is love, the minor ones being historical narratives, grievance against exploitation and social injustice, and political resistance during the Portuguese presence in Goa.With grace in voice charm in costumes the performances are enhanced.
Instruments used in mando music are guitars, violins and the ghumot drum.
International Centre Goa, 30 of January – 1 : 30 PM
Prem Sena featuring Justin
Sufi rock with percussion
Prem Sena Aka Dr. Sunny Sandhu is Punjabi Singer , Songwriter and Guitarist. He is a medical doctor and an alternative healer with passion for environmental and cultural conservation . This theme is reflected in his songs like Bulana for the river dolphins of punjab , Phulkari (got featured in documentary Phulkari by acclaimed director Shruti Vohra) , Beeja (Song for Seed freedom and Organic Farming). InHis song Darinda reflects on the sexual violence. He has worked with artists like Vanessa Harvey , Johanz westernmann, Da Saz , Benjamin Murat etc. He performed at Villa Lena , Italy in August 2015 . He hadbeen performing in Goa at different venues and festivals Nokia india festival , vasundhara arts fest , we in climate change festival etc.
Cidade de Goa, 29 of January
MUSIC: Rene Singh is a singer a composer and a performer who weaves simple SUFI poetry to rhythm and melody to bring their true meaning out. Rene has imbibed the beauty and simplicity of remote folk cultures and traditions while working and travelling extensively across the villages in different states of India with her music.
This is reflected in the pure, simple and soulful musical renditions of her performances. She is the founding member of HUM, ‘Humari Urdu Mohabbat’, an organization that takes the world of Urdu poetry to a larger canvas of audience through recitation and singing.
She holds musical workshops in conflict zones with underprivileged children and the youth to create a chain of love and harmony and thus empowering them with a talent and platform. And shares it on national and international canvases. She has partnered with UNICEF to produce musical stories for community radios in remote villages of the country. She has initiated the TOUCHACHORD Choir in Delhi. Her musical journey of hope and happiness continues by sharing the stage with these children and singing the melodies of love across the globe.
CLOSING CEREMONY at International Centre Goa, 30 of January – 19:30pm
MUSIC: Known for her distinctive style, versatility, presence and spontaneous combustion – JOANNE FERNANDES is a dynamite of a singer/ songwriter from Goa.
Ten years ago “Jo” had a two year stint with a local pop/rock band and this experience gave her a foundation and insight in the music world; confirming that the vision for her future would be as a singer and musician.
Since then she has pursued her musical dreams as a freelancer, venturing into and across the worlds of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Rock, Funk, R & B, Electronica and shamanic journeys… cultivating an attitude with no boundaries.
In 2006 she won the Kingfisher Voice of Goa title for her rendition of The greatest love ; Whitney Houston. Subsequently, as brand ambassador for Kingfisher Voice, she completed 150 events in less than 2 years and made her mark as a voice to be reckoned with. 2008 she released her debut album “Pretty colours” a compilation of original alternative gospel songs and in 2009 the release of “Christmas with Joanne” both self produced albums. currently working on her third project which is in the process of creation. Today her experience over the past decade, with different acts and across genres – has made her into a constantly evolving artist with a diversity and assuredness that is rare.
Joanne has been touring the four corners of India and has just begun spreading her wings internationally. She takes pride in returning to her Goa roots for the raw and creative magic it offers.
Last season Joanne was the lead singer of the musical “Playground” performing arts co. Omaggio directed by Tino Sanchez and Peeya Rai Choudhury which was a sensational hit in Goa. Although her primary focus is developing her own sound which is her signature and a process of evolution.