Sunday, November 29, 2009

Tweetup at IFFI International Film Festival India @ kingfisher valley

Tweetup - at IFFI International Film Festival India @ kingfisher valley





I have just got back home from IFFI, watched a few good movies among them I felt "7 days in slow motion" is a very nice movie.

Later I met a few twitter friends at the Kingfisher Valley @ IFFI

I was also informed by them that being the winner of their contest I would be getting some DVD's which would be sent by courier to me later. Among those present was @dhempe the winner of the "trip to Goa".

It was interesting experience meeting and knowing them all.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Konkani Rocks - Saskia Laroo Band fusion of konkani music in a jazz rock format

Goa Rocks - Konkani music in a jazz rock format


Date : Thursday, 3rd Dedember 2009
Time 6.30 pm to 11 pm
Location : Goa Velha Church Grounds



Goa has always been know as Rome of the East. However, there is so much to Goa, and its been a wonder that no other world city has called itself the Goa of the west, and it is time to change that!

With so much happening for, and in Goa, it is one of the most exciting places in the world today and it is a fact that Goa has found its rightful place in the Sun. So, is it not to time shout from the rooftop about Goa’s pedigree?

Our last year’s Jazz for Peace show was a stunning success, and the icon who made it happen was Saskia Laroo, the magical trumpeter from Netherlands who will be with us this December. Saskia will fuse Konkani music in a jazz rock format and her band will perform popular Konkani music in thus creating an international fusion that will excite the grassroots.

Besides, Konkani music is going to be honored by the virtuoso violin player, violin chakaravarthy gold medal winner S. Harikumar from Kerala who will perform with Sonia Shirsat as well as Saskia Laroo Band. Harikumar is one if the most exciting violinist in the country today.

Additionally, India’s top lead guitarist and composer Amit Heri will also participate in honoring the language that we hold so dear to our hearts. All in all it is a show of grand proportion considering that musicians from all over the world will perform in salute to our mother tongue.

The church of Goa Velha led by parish priest Fr. Raul Colaco he is all excited about this grand event which will also commemorate 140 years of the church. Elaborate arrangements are being done to light up the church in grand style in true heritage jazz and Armando Gonsalves style.

To make things even more exciting, we have spoken to leading Goan local bands who will perform local Konkani music in their own style thus bringing about a further fusion of bringing international as well as local musicians under one programme.
These include
1. The stunning diva Sonia Shirsat along with her five piece ensemble
2. Sigmund de Souza along with Carlos Gonsalves on percussion, Rocky Lazarus on bass and others


The venue for the Goa Velha show is near the majestic church St. Andrews - typical of Goa, full of charm, coziness and camaraderie. After all, what are we working towards? This event is about the heartbeat of Goa, the music that unites the exciting people of Goa.

Click here for the event page
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184249777454


organised by Armando Gonsalves
http://www.heritagejazz.com/

See you all at Goa Velha on 3rd December, 2009 @ 6 pm

Regards
Rohan
www.exoticgoa.co.in


Location map to the Konkani Rocks Event at Goa Velha Church Grounds


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Thursday, November 26, 2009

International Film Festival of India at Goa - Day 3

International Film Festival of India - Day Three

I saw a couple of movies today, a few cultural programs and folk dance and live bands playing. Missed the tweetup at the IFFI, coz i did not have any contact of the organizers :-(. May be sometime again during IFFI we all can meet.







Wednesday, November 25, 2009

International Film Festival India Goa day 2

that's my booty at the IFFI 2009


the ESG complex decorated with light for the IFFI

Seema Kapoor, the director speaks to the audience before the screening of her movie "HAAT" the weekly bazaar"


the crowd on the IFFI street entertained by the godemonni artist


Live musical shows on the stages around the IFFI street


Beautiful decorations along the IFFI street


Beautiful decorations along the IFFI street


Beautiful decorations along the IFFI street


Live musical shows on the stages around the IFFI street


A live band plays at the stage inside the INOX area

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

International Film Festival of India - Goa day 1

International Film Festival India at Goa

Some boards and items put on display along the IFFI street at Panjim
(a goan house)


Some boards and items put on display along the IFFI street at Panjim
(a goan house)


The "Shigmo" festival in Goa


The "Carnival" festival in Goa


The "bonderam" festival of Goa


The "sangodd" festival of Goa


Thats my friend "Bebe" carrying out the last minute checking of the arrangements for IFFI


A depiction of the Goan house windows made of oyster shells


That's Azavedo with my Bulgarian friend "Miro" at the Kingfisher village at IFFI


That's me and my Bulgarian friend "Miro" at the Kingfisher village at IFFI

Saturday, November 21, 2009

IFFI International Film Festival of India in Goa

Goa is Set to Rock - IFFI - International Film Festival of India - Goa

Hey I got my delegate pass for the 40th International Film Festival of India, Goa 2009





It promises to be a festival of Films with a dash of Goan music art and culture


to check on the festival follow the official Websites for the Festival

http://iffi.gov.in/

http://www.iffigoa.org/

Play the following contests on kingfisher the king of good times @ IFFI 2009 contests and win free trip for IFFI Goa and loads of DVD's, I have won KF Ultra Reel Nites IFFI contest 1 result: @- a handpicked world cinema DVD..

best of luck to you all.

http://www.kingfisherworld.com/iffi-contest/default.aspx

Friday, November 13, 2009

My meeting with Barbara and Pamela

It was nice to meet my friends Barbara & Pamela at Calangute. It was a short and sweet meeting. Barbara is the Delhi ambassador for CS and Pamela is her friend.



Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Tweetup - My first meeting with my twitter friends

"Tweetup"

I have just got back from my first Twitter Meet-up (tweetup) at Adrian Pinto's place in Aldona

It was interesting experience. Finally meeting my friends from Twitter in reality.

It was nice meeting John Pollard, Adrian pinto, John Negi and a few others.


There are the twitter guys sitting in the bolcao of Adrian's house


There are the twitter guys sitting in the bolcao of Adrian's house
can't find me there, well I was behind the camera :-)


theonlyolive at Aldona (amazing place)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Verma De Mello - Khadi goes Global


Goa goes Jute - Jute week celebration in Goa



A fashion show of eco-friendly fabric spun by loving human hands

Verma De Mello showcased her khadi designer outfits on 4th November, 2009 to a jam packed audience at the kala academy.

The event was not all Fashion show but there was a lot of intereaction with the public by Natasha Suri getting the participants involved in the event. With some of the members of the audience singing some of the konkani folk songs. The event also saw were some folk dances and live performance by Goa's Singing sensation Joanne - the winner of Kingfisher "Voice of Goa"

The Choreographer & Stylist : Charmaine Shakleton Godinho
The event was compered by Natasha Suri (Miss India World 2006)
All the models for the event were from Goa.
Harshita Saxena : Miss India 2009
Viraj Desphande : Gladrags Manhunt 2006 (1st runner up)
Darshika Saxena : Femina Miss India 2006 finalist
Kabir Pinto Makhija : Grashim Mr. India 2002 finalist
Karishma Mehta
Audrea Mendonca
Pradosh Kamat
Joanna Dacunha
Rohini Fernandes
The event was conceptualised by "Event Mantra"














Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tripurari Poornima - Boat festival at Vithalapur Sanquelim Goa

Boat festival on the occasion "Tripurari Poornima" at Sanquelim


Tripurari Poornima, is the full moon day in the Kartik month in a traditional Hindu calendar. The day celebrates the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasura and the destruction of the three cities – Tripuri – made by demons

The legend has it that a powerful demon named Tripuri or Tripurasura built three cities of gold, silver and iron with the blessing of Lord Shiva. The demon became so powerful that he started attacking humans and the gods (devas). Brahma and Vishnu failed to contain Tripurasura who was armed with several boons from Shiva.

Finally, the task of annihilating the demon fell on Lord Shiva and after three days of fight, Lord Shiva killed Tripurasura and destroyed the three cities – Tripuri. This great victory happened on the full moon day in Kartik month and therefore the day is celebrated as Tripuri Poornima. Lighting of lamps in temples and homes in the evening after sunset in honor of Shiva is a major event on this day.

Vithalapur in Sankhali has a tradition of celebrating Deeparadhana (Lamp or Fire worship) on this day.

Earlier the festival was celebrated using floating earthen lamps placed in dronas or cups made out of thick dried leaves. Today boats of made of cardboard and thermocol and placing electric bulbs. These boats are floated in the Walvanti river decorated with lights and different colours. The palanque procession of lord Vitthal was carried out followed by the burning the effigy of demon Tripurasur. The boat competition began at midnight after the fireworks at the Walwanti river.

The temple is located at a distace of 40 kms from Panaji at Vithalwadi, Sanquelim, the home town of the Ranes of Satari.

The beautifully lighted Vithal temple


The People gathered to view the Cultural program


The musical concert organised in the courtyard with included lavni recital and vocal performance by Ravindra Sathe


Some of the boats that took part in the competition


Some of the boats that took part in the competition


Some of the boats that took part in the competition


Some of the boats that took part in the competition


Some of the boats that took part in the competition


A section of the large crowd that was present to view the boating competition



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