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The Fontainhas Festival in Panaji Goa from February 9, 2007

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The Fontainhas Festival of the Arts 2007, organised by the Goa Heritage Action Group got underway this evening, at the Latin quarters of the city with a scintillating live performance by the internationally reputed Goan musician-singer, Remo Fernandes, followed by the release of his latest music album, ‘Muchacha Latina’ (The Latin Girl).

The album was released by the GHAG secretary, Ms Heta Pandit, whom Remo described as “a non-Goan who saved Goa for Goans from Goan builders and Goan politicians”.

Senior artist Vamona (Ganesh) Navelcar lighting the inaugural lamp at the Fontainhas Festival 2007 which took off on February 9, 2007, evening at the Latin Quarter of Panjim, Goa, with several artists displaying their paintings in heritage homes turned galleries specially for the festival and along roadsides.

Remo, during the one-and-a-half-hour long musical performance accompanied with his Microwave Papadam band, enthralled the audiences by belting out a number of popular songs like ‘Keep on moving’, ‘Till I die’, ‘O meri munni’, ‘Maria Pitache’ and ‘Hamma Hamma’.

Remo Fernandes who rocked the crowd on the inaugural day of the Fontainhas Festival, seen with Heritage Action Group secretary Heta Pandit, who released his latest audio album in Goa.

The show having all characteristics of the musician-singer present in it, including vigorous body language and phonetic acrobatics, also saw Remo presenting ‘Alma’, a Brazilian song and the title track from his latest album, ‘Muchacha Latina’. A video of ‘Muchacha Latina’ was also screened for the audiences.

Two young Goan artists against the display of their paintings at the Fontainhas Festival in Goa.

Remo, thanking the residents of Fontainhas for opening their hearts and homes for the festival said that his music is not restricted to “I love you, you love me; Let’s go to disco” kind of lyrics, though such lyrics is a part of the music.

Goan Heritage Dancers at Fontainhas Festival in Panaji Goa

“My music is also about issues, and when I feel strongly for an issue, I write the song and perform it,” he added.

Interacting with the press in the midst of the show, Remo said that his recent decoration with the Padmashree award at the hands of the President was “an humbling as well as an exciting experience”. “Padmashree brings me bagful of emotions,” he said, “I didn’t even think of being nominated for it, leave aside winning the same,” he pointed out.

Remo also took a sharp dig at the state government by saying, “I was never ever recognised and given a state award by the petty little government of Goa.” But being suddenly recognised on an all India level makes me feel great, he added.

Earlier, the noted senior Goan painter, Vamona Navelkar formally inaugurated the Fontainhas Festival of the Arts 2007 by lighting a lamp and declared the five-day event open.

The chairperson of the Goa Heritage Action Group, Mr Yatin Kakodkar, speaking on the occasion said that art and heritage are considered to be serious faculties restricted to the elite class, but they are also popular activities and fun, to an extent.

The Fontainhas Festival in Panaji Goa

“The underlying idea of the festival is to make art and heritage accessible to common people,” he observed.

The former chairperson of the GHAG, Mr Ralph D’Souza, speaking on the occasion said that the Fontainhas Festival of the Arts is one of the projects of the Group, which is close to the hearts of its members. He hoped that the festival would eventually be a people’s festival.

The festival, which includes display of paintings, photographs and other art pieces from various artists, as well as folk art performances, musical concert and a lecture series, will conclude on February 13.

Courtesy: Navhind Times, Flickr : Joelpics, FrederickNoronha

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  1. By IndianPad on February 10, 2007 at 8:17 pm

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