Chained to the rhythm of ‘Paka Paka’
‘Feel the Moment – Paka Paka’, a single from the album, ‘Reloaded’, by singer Varun Carvalho, is one of the latest music videos to grab the attention of the public with its humorous lyrics and scenes shot in Moscow. The album released on India's premiere music channel 9XO earlier this monthMusic is the essence of Goa and the love for music is ingrained in the people of this soil. Varun Carvalho is one such Goan, who, despite being a dentist by profession, is pursuing music with an unmatched passion. Varun’s first album ‘I got to go home’ was released in the year 2009, followed by ‘You walk alone’ in 2012 and then the Konkani album ‘Dii Tekha’ in 2015. With the new album ‘Reloaded’, a plan to release the music video of a new track every 2 weeks has been initiated.
‘Feel the moment – Paka Paka’ is a song on savouring and feeling every moment. The word ‘paka’ means ‘goodbye’ in Russian. The idea for this song dates back to the time when Varun was performing at a festival in Moscow. “After the festival in Moscow, we were sitting on the banks of a river, jamming up with other musicians from the festival. In few hours, it was time to leave and the Russian musicians said ‘paka paka’. I then told them, ‘don't say paka paka; let's feel the moment as this time will never be back’.” And that is how Varun ended up playing music till the Sun came up, bringing with it the inspiration to compose ‘Feel the Moment – Paka Paka’. Contemplating the experience while shooting the music video in Moscow, Varun shares that they tried to create a lot of the Moscow vibe in the video. Travelling all over Moscow to shoot the video at different scenic locations was thrilling for all the members involved in making the video. The modus operandi was pretty simple: They would set up a boom box in different locations and play the song, while people would automatically start grooving and dancing. That’s how most of the shots were captured, making them feel the moment. Goa has always been a part of Varun’s music and he asserts that a lot of inspiration for his songs has come from Goa. Hence, the Forca Goa Anthem became the most popular song in Goa. It is this love that keeps him attached to his culture even though he travels for concerts over the world. Varun reveals that as a kid, he had a speech impairment that caused him to stammer. He even encountered bullying but he regained his courage after watching Goa’s very own artiste, Remo Fernandes, performing at a concert. Varun then started singing and soon realised that he did not stammer when he sang. As time passed, his love for singing became his biggest accomplishment and source of happiness. He relates to music as an essence that lifts and lightens up an individual and considers being true to oneself as the most important thing while writing a song. “You literally have to become the song,” he says. Talking about ethics, sticking to one’s own style is another principle that a musician must remember. In his message to h is fans, he advises them to always be positive and stay with music as only music has the power to evolve a person, relieve, soothe, aspire, inspire and take one to a higher space.
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