Northeast Beats add sheen to Goan celebrations;

Musical tribute to Anthony Gonsalves featured Northeast and Konkani artists on single platform

It was a concert in Goa with a difference. A musical tribute to the legendary Anthony Gonsalves concluded in Goa in the last week of June. The event organized to commemorate World Music Day however also sought to celebrate the musical vibrancy of Goa and Northeast – two most vibrant musical destinations of the country.

The event was organized by Music Mania Foundation of Goa in association with NEZCC, Dimapur and Eastern Beats Music Society. The three-day musical tribute to the unforgettable legend and genius, Anthony Gonsalves, who changed the scenario of the Indian Film Orchestra with his arrangements in the 1950s and 60s, included a number of artistes from various parts of the country.

The event sought to celebrate the musical diversity of the country through a slew of performances spread over three days. A special attraction was the focus laid on Northeast India and Goa – two highly vibrant regions as far as culture is concerned but markedly different from each other. “We hope this festival helps initiate better understanding about each other’s culture and traditions amongst the people of both regions,” Colin Savio Coelho of Music Mania Foundation of Goa said.

Thrice Grammy-listed experimental Naga band Abiogenesis headlined the second day of the festival, which also featured Simple Truth and Black Slade from Delhi. Abiogenesis, which has developed its own brand of Howey music, played with a repertoire of western instruments supplemented by the sound of the Bamhum – an instrument developed by its member Moa Subong. The band has earned critical acclaim for taking traditional Naga sounds and merging it with contemporary musical genres to create a beautiful medley.

The thirds day of the festival was dedicated to GOEMKAR AMI KHAS and included a Konkani musical evening with Konkani musicians and bands besides featuring Rhythm n Blues and Lulu. “Some of the highlights were performances by Fanchu Mendes (double bass) and Franky (Piano) and Salvador Pereira (violin and piano) and many more,” Colin informed.

Not just cultural dialogue, the festival also sought to uphold the spirit of World Music Day as the Music Mania foundation felicitated Goa’s famed violinist Emiliano da Cruz with a Lifetime Achievement in Music award.

Initially formed with the objective of harnessing the healing power of the arts to bring about development in strife-torn and rural areas, the Eastern Beats Music Society has been undertaking a number of initiatives towards its objectives. It organizes the Karbi Anglong Beats contest as part of the traditional Rongtheang festival of Karbi Anglong so as to strengthen the bonds of unity among people of different tribes and communities and prevent minor quarrels from erupting into ethnic clashes.

The society also seeks to initiate cross cultural dialogue between artists from the region with those from other areas. Its landmark event – Guwahati International Music Festival which was held last year – saw 35 top artists from the Northeast and countries like UK, Nepal, USA merge together on a common platform to showcase their music and exchange their diverse cultural ethos and traditions. The festival will be held again in November this year, a EBMS secretary informed.


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