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Global music focus of new Goa festival

By Prasun Sonwalkar

Hindustan Times, 2 June 2014

'THE FESTIVAL WILL SERVE AS A FOCAL POINT FOR WORK IN SCHOOLS THROUGH THE ORGANISATION OF A COMPETITION, THE FINALE OF WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE REIS MAGOS ITSELF'

MARY ANNE CORDEIRO, chair, Deccan heritage foundation

LONDON: Performances by some famous international singers and musicians will be the highlight of a major new festival at the picturesque sixteenth-century fort at Reis Magos village on the banks of the Mandovi river in Goa in December.

Announcing details at the Indian high commission here, organisers — the Deccan Heritage Foundation and the Giving Voice Society — said that the three-day event, which will begin on December 12, will include workshops and Goan music forms such as 'mando', 'dulpod' and Goan exemplars of 'fado'.

Highlights of the Reis Magos International Festival (RMIF) will include performances by the acclaimed Indian-origin soprano, Patricia Rozario, her pianist husband Michael Troop and Joan Enric Lluna, Spain's most celebrated clarinettist.

The recent restoration of the Reis Magos fort was led by the London-based Helen Hamlyn Trust, which is also a partner in the festival and is involved in teaching music to children in Goa. The theme of RMIF 2014 is 'Nature'.

Mary Anne Cordeiro, chair of the deccan heritage foundation, said: "We feel that alongside a high level music festival, the restoration of Reis Magos opens the possibility of showcasing educational work on Indian heritage themes together with relevant exhibitions of art and artifacts".

"In particular we are interested in the overall educational possibilities that a high level event of this nature will foster in Goa…The festival will also serve as a focal point for work in schools through the organisation of a competition, the finale of which will take place in the reconstructed jewel that is Reis Magos itself, "she added.

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