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MONTE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021



MONTE MUSIC FESTIVAL  2021

The Monte Music Festival is organised by the Fundação oriente Delegation in India in part-nership with Cidade de Goa Beach Resort and takes place at one of the most idyllic hilltops of Goa, overlooking the Mandovi river, its islands, a bird sanctuary and the UNESCO Herit-age Site of Old Goa.

Started in 2002, after the restoration of the beautiful XVI century chapel of Nossa Senhora do Monte by Fundação Oriente, the festival aims to foster a dialogue between Western and Indian classical performing arts. Every year on the first weekend of February, the courtyard and the chapel itself host a series of concerts that have been inspiring musicians and the public for almost two decades, making this festival one of the most important events in the cultural calendar of Goa.  

Due to the limitations imposed by the current pandemic, it was not advisable to present the MMF 2021 in its traditional format constituted by 6 concerts spanned across 3 days with 3 courtyard performances at sunset and 3 concerts in the Chapel. Nonetheless, we would like to share a glimpse of this wonderful experience with two remarkable concerts, showcasing the best of Goan talent.

Both concerts were recorded recently onsite. At sunset, the courtyard of the chapel was the perfect backdrop for Goan Fadista Sonia Shirsat and the Aradhon choir directed by Omar de Loiola Pereira to performed “Sounds of the Mandovi and Tejo”, with a programme composed by wonderful renditions of fado, mando and goan folk. Following, the Stuti Cho-ral Ensemble, directed by Parvesh Java with Eshvita Menezes and Judyline Fernandes on the violins, presented an outstanding performance with a repertoire that included pieces by Grieg, Schubert, Bruckner and Delibes among others.

LINKS:
Sounds from the Mandovi and Tejo –  https://youtu.be/EiXt8qP0gRA

Stuti Choral Ensemble – https://youtu.be/Hn7lwLEQ8ic