Daily Archives: February 8, 2011

Monte & Music ~ Take 2

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Brochure

The second year that I made it for the Monte Music festival (here is the earlier post). This time I could only make it for the second day. Two reasons why I eagerly await this festival. First and foremost, the Monte festival is a great photo op and secondly words fall short to describe its magnificence.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 PANORAMA

The Monte Music Festival 2011 organised by Fundacao Oriente and Cidade de Goa was held from February 4 to 6 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa. This was the 9th edition of this festival which began in 2002 after the restoration of the Chapel, which was in ruins, was undertaken by Fundacao Oriente.

With a greater emphasis on Indian music and dance this year, I got to experience the Bharatnatyam-Odissi dance performance titled ‘Temple Bells’, by couple Raul and Mitali D’souza from Mumbai. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple BellsMonte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (7)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (3)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (6)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (5)Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (2)You cannot deny that watching a dance performance silhouetted against such a gorgeous sunset and capturing it in a perfectly framed shot is a dream come true!  😉

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells (4)

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Temple Bells DIPTYCH

This was followed by an Indian-Western violin recital by Hans Versmeersch from Belgium.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Hans Versmeersch (1)

Not did the notes of the violin tug the heartstrings of all those present, but Mr Hans Versmeersch was an excellent entertainer too.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Hans Versmeersch

He took us through the nuances and interpretations of the various pieces that helped identify and be part of that time and age in which they were composed… His musical stream built up in tempo and emotion, from melodies of the time of the East India Company, to soulful compositions of Rabindranath Tagore, flowing through Kashmiri and Hindu love songs and culminating in a blend of Carnatic music and Bach.

A short interval followed, where I pointed the camera to the famous “tree” on the Monte that does not escape any photographer 😉

Monte Festival Goa 2011 TREE

Monte Festival Goa 2011 (7)

Nobody challenges the fact anymore, that the natural acoustics of the Monte chapel projects the sound naturally and needs no amplification.

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Paranjoti Ensemble

To conclude the second day as predicted by Ms Yvonne Rebello (of Fundacao Oriente), this year the most commendable feature was in fact the performance of the 32-member Paranjoti Academy Chorus from Mumbai conducted by Coomi Wadia .

By a rare chance of fate, I experimented with my camera to try a panorama shot.. and succeeded!

Monte Festival Goa 2011 - Paranjoti Ensemble PANORAMA

Over the years, the Monte Music Festival has become a much awaited event for music lovers… and I just can’t wait for take 3 😉