Sang ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ to spread harmony in times of turmoil
MARGAO: All for Goa organized a fascinating musical programme to “celebrate harmony in Goa” and protest against those seeking to spread hatred amongst Goans by dictating what should be eaten and what not. Even the Weather Gods were in favour of the show and the sun was shining bright on Sunday!
An impressive crowd was present at Lohia Maidan to express their solidarity with the purpose of the show. People made themselves comfortable on the ground in the absence of chairs.
Bollywood singer Hema Sardesai rocked the show and took the crowd along with her as she came on stage after a host of other musicians sang/played their instruments.
In a touching speech, she recalled how every community treated her with love and affection from her childhood and how this Goan ethos has to be preserved.
The first song she sang, "Bridge over Troubled Waters" in a way symbolized the troubled times Goa is going through.
Siddhanath Buyao revived old memories when he sang his father’s composition ‘Zayat Zage’ that played a stellar role during the Opinion Poll to keep Goa as an Union Territory.
Edwin Fernandes and Merlyn D’Souza jammed on the lead guitar and organ to render a mesmerizing instrumental that was much appreciated especially because they had were playing together for the first time without rehearsing.
While Allan from Bombay sang ‘What a wonderful world’, Anwar Shaikh belted out a Hindi number ‘Ishwar Allah tere naam’ and Amak Shaikh sang ‘Jab koi baat bigad jaye’.
Young singers Divya Naik started the show on the right note by singing Chris Perry’s evergreen song ‘Calangute’ and Siddarth Yaji sang the equally popular ‘Juliana’ while Priyanka Raikar sang the melodious ‘Goa tum amchem’.
Dr. Sydney Morais, President of All Goa Shack Owners Association Cruz Cardoso and photographer Prasad Pankar in their short and crispy speeches condemned the intolerance being promoted in Goa and said these nefarious designs will never succeed.