THE VOICES OF THE FUTURE OF FADO
The ninth edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) recently hosted its 5th Fado Contest, an annual fado singing competition at the Institute Menezes Braganza hall in Panjim
Fado, the traditional Portuguese music genre and art form can be traced back to the early 1800s. The Institute Menezes Braganza hall was filled with an eager audience waiting in anticipation for the rhythmic and melodious notes of the Fado, and they were not disappointed. The ninth edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) hosted its ‘5th Concurso de Fado’, which saw an enthusiastic audience turn up to cheer for the state’s young talent. Judged by music aficionados Fatima Figueredo, Esmenia Viega Coutinho and Gilda Machado, the competition saw some of the state’s best talent compete onstage for the coveted prizes. The competition saw participation from contestants in three categories: 10 to 15 years, 16 to 21 years of age and above 22 years. In the first category, Poorita Vaz was adjudged the first place for his soulful rendition of the Fado, while Kiana Zara Menezes and Eric J Pereira won the second and third place respectively. “It was very exciting, right from preparing for the competition, to executing it,” says Poorita. In the second category, Daniella Fernandes took home the first prize with a power packed performance. The second and third place was awarded to Sigrid Celestial Velusha Fernandes and Jeannete Camilla Barbosa Noronha respectively. Daniella had won the first place last year as well. “I came back as a better version of myself this year all thanks to Sonia Shirsat and the practice sessions held by Carlos Menezes and Orlando de Noronha,” says Daniella. In the third category, Linus Fernandes walked away with the first prize Loraine Ethel Barreto Alberto and Grisha Costa won the second and third prize respectively. The organisers said they were elated with the increased turnout at this year’s edition, adding that the contestants elevated the event to a whole new level this year. The first ever Fado singing competition which was held in 2013 saw a lot of young talent emerge. In an effort to encourage the beautiful art form, Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) collaborates with Institute Menezes Braganza and Taj Group of Hotels to host the Fado singing competition each year.
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