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Padma Shri Remo Fernandes: The man from Goa, India.

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A pioneer and exponent of indian pop, rock, socio-political protest, fusion, bollywood, chill-out & meditative music. 

Remo from Goa

Remo Fernandes is a popular pop/rock/Indian fusion artist and playback singer from the state of Goa, India. His musical work is a fusion of many different cultures and styles he’s been exposed to as a child in Goa and in his later travels around the world. Such influences include Goan and Portuguese music, Sega music from Mauritius and Seychelles, African music, Latin music from Cuba and Nicaragua, the music of earstwhile European communist states, those of the dancehalls from Jamaica and Soca from Trinidad.Writing and singing songs in English made his success more unique in the context of the Bollywood dominated, Hindi language based, Disco music scene that was popular in the 80s and 90s. His music, reflecting life and socio-political happenings in India which every Indian could identify with, became popular largely with the growing, English educated, Indian middle class. A popular stage performer in India, he has also taken part in many music festivals around the world.He now writes and sings his songs in five different languages, English, Hindi, French, Portuguese, and Konkani.

News on Remo Fernandes, Goa

He is the first pop singer to have received the Padma Shri. But singer and musician Remo Fernandes believes that it’s not just his music but also his social consciousness and its manifestation in his music that made him Padma Shri Remo Fernandes.

“I am very surprised and emotional at the same time. The first thought that came to my mind was my parents should have witnessed this moment. It’s not only the pop music that made me Padma Shri. But it’s the social message that my lyrics always conveyed, Remo said.

The Padma Shri comes 20 years after Remo made his musical debut in films with Pankaj Parashar’s Jalwa, which according to the singer is a recognition long over due.

“This award gave me all the recognition that I didn’t get all these years. This award made up for all the Filmfares, MTV and others awards that I never got, Remo says.

Remo’s new album Muchacha Latina has already hit stores and it’s music video will be on air soon. Now with promotion work for his earlier album India Beyond to begin soon this Padma Shri sure has his hands full.

What Remo Says

The reason why I love Goa is because I was born there. There is no special reason for me to love this land. It is the nature the people and all that goes with it.

I cannot think of settling in any other part of India except Goa. If there was some other place to go, I’d be there. If in the future I ever have to leave Goa by force or because of some circumstances or other, I’ll go to a place which is similar to Goa like Seychelles. This is the only place which is maintained better than Goa. I’d love to settle there.

I feel the only thing which makes Goans different from the rest of the country is a simple historical fact. I do not say it is good or bad. But what I feel is that the Portuguese ruled Goa for 400 years where as Britishers ruled the rest of country for 150 years. This particular fact makes our people different from others. I remember at one time you needed passport to travel to Bombay or any other place in India.

I would never recommend to tourists any of my favourite places in Goa. Because I feel Goa has already been overexploited. There are only few secret places remaining, which Goans know, and I would like to keep them a secret. I really apologize to readers for my secret.

No! I am not upset with tourists. But it is very sad when you see simple natural places becoming highly commercialised. A lot of people come here for nature. It was famous for its beaches and nature and the people, who were so simple. And now because of tourists we Goans are building more and more concrete structures, on the beaches and in the fields to accommodate tourists. So that the very nature they came for is disappearing. What is the sense of this. It is a vicious circle. The tourist came here to enjoy nature and tourists are destroying the nature they came to be part of; so it is a cycle.

I was eight years old when Goa was liberated from Portuguese rule. I am glad I witnessed this historical event with my own eyes. It was a Goa that does not exist today. That Goa is not there any more. The liberated Goa was beautiful for hardly ten years after that. And then it was discovered by tourism and the rest of the world.

But I can recommend to tourists the best food joints, some of which are my favourites. There is a place called Vinit in Panjim which is near the post office. Their food is my favourite. I really like the food at Ronils too at Baga. Goan rice and curry is the best in some of these small places. But if you ask me which is my favourite dish. I would say none other than prawn curry rice, prawn xacuti, lot of papads and sana.

Though Bombay is a place where music industry is prospering. I still prefer Goa because it is a cool place. Unlike Bombay it is not crowded. There is no dirt. I have my own recording studio here. So I only come to Bombay for two-day trips.

My favourite pastime is to walk alone on the beach. I also enjoy climbing up to a hill to view the sea, the sands, the fields. But I don’t go to beaches as often as tourists go, because I stay next to beach.

The only thing which I dislike about Goa is that the Goan people can be very small minded. We Goans think that Goa is the beginning and the end of the universe. We are not interested in knowing what is going around the world. Goans are very jealous and cannot bear to see their fellow Goan prosper. Just like in a basket of crab when one crab tries to go up the others try to bring him down. And that is what hurts me. and eventually this attitude should change.

Remo’s song samples from Wikipedia 

Photos of Remo

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Best Wishes to Remo from the Bloggers of Goa

17 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. dear remo i need your program in lucknow 26 jan 2013
    pls. give me your contact no. for detail

    1. amit rajpoot on January 5th, 2013 at 2:42 pm
  2. Symphonic Chants…!!!
    Can anyone tell me from where to download the album “Symphonic Chants” as this album is no more available in the market and i had lost my old Cd.
    Please let me know asap.
    Thanks in Advance.
    Tarun Chugh

    2. tarun chugh on August 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm
  3. i wish to sung a song with you it is my composition need your voice and need your attension if you interested than i have mail id please contact me

    3. indian tiger on January 5th, 2012 at 10:06 pm
  4. Dear Remo,
    I’ve been a big fan of yours since Jalwa days. I have made several attempts to meet you in Goa, but have failed. This time between 7-10 Nov, I have planned a family trip to Goa. I would be happy to spend some time with you in your recording shack.
    I hope you contact me on my email or call 09699547995
    See you one day for sure!!
    Jack

    4. Jack Sondi on November 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am
  5. hi remo!!
    i am from bits-pilani goa campus
    we have our cutural festival coming up ‘WAVES-09’
    FROM 6-8 NOV which is one of the biggest cultural festivals in india..
    we would be really really honoured to have you here for a performance or a visit
    thanx a lot!!
    contact: 9370253070

    5. jay on August 11th, 2009 at 10:44 am
  6. Dear Padma Shri Remo, I am a big fan and my self started up with my own business of event management,We are planning organize a fusion show in goa…. we would be honored if we could get ur date……….. or we could talk to him….. regarding this show……………

    Rgds
    Anthony Dsouza

    6. Anthony Dsouza on December 10th, 2008 at 12:45 pm
  7. We are organising Inter-College western music competition in Bangalore and would be honoured if Shri Remo would preside as Judge and the students will be encouraged by Him.Please contact me if He is agreeing to participate as Judge Mobile No. 09742199230

    7. Dhiren Avlani on November 15th, 2008 at 10:44 am
  8. Congratulations ! Remo – Padma Shri genuine Pop star from Goa
    Loved your music specially the sound of sitar on your Guitar
    Viva Remo

    Mississauga, Canada

    8. Max on June 20th, 2008 at 10:21 pm
  9. Remo, Congratulations on all your accomplishments!!!!!!!!!!!. I used to study with your sister in Dhempe College. Please say hello to her!!!!!!!!. Give her my email address. I am now in canada, originally from Taleigao. Used to come to your house in Miramar after classes. You have a great family!!!!!!!!!!

    Anthony Luis
    Brampton, Ontario
    Canada

    10. ANTHONY LUIS on March 15th, 2007 at 10:19 pm
  10. Appreaicte if you can let me knowfrom where I can download Remo Flute Kick…I Love hearing to Remo Flute….

    Appreaicte all your help and time in advance

    My Email:

    rajju_101176@rediffmail.com

    11. Raj on March 3rd, 2007 at 4:23 am
  11. Appreaicte if you can let me knowfrom where I can download Remo Flute Kick…I Love hearing to Remo Flute….

    Appreaicte all your help and time in advance

    12. Raj on March 3rd, 2007 at 4:22 am
  12. i read ur experience you shared while playing with ian anderson and tull.
    it made me believe that even God has God above him.

    i am proud being a goan only becoz of you. long live remo. also happy to hear that mr. rocky lazarus is travelling with you. he is a simple guy.
    this shows that god is really there (examples being you and rocky)

    elias

    13. Elias Alvares on February 20th, 2007 at 12:23 pm
  13. Remo is the best..
    Viva Remo..
    Viva Goa..

    GOA STANDS FOR REMO & VICE VERSA

    14. JERRY - MUMBAI on February 18th, 2007 at 12:58 pm
  14. check Remo’s Latest song Video clip here
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=mNGwqlLekdc

    15. Joe on February 17th, 2007 at 12:35 am
  15. Remo, I am a big fan.Growing up in Goa and playing for many Beat Groups.( That is how we used to refer them)
    Any very proud of you and your accomplishments, being a Goan admire all that you have done.
    If you visit Canada, please call 613-762-1468 Cell,613-823-2865 Home.
    Best wishes always,
    Dickson

    16. Dickson Gomes on February 11th, 2007 at 8:51 pm
  16. Remo is da best..
    Viva Remo..
    Viva Goa..

    17. Schubert Gomes on February 10th, 2007 at 5:57 pm
  17. Remo truely rocks

    18. amit on January 31st, 2007 at 11:38 pm

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