Fado de Goa

Fado came to Goa in the 19th century while it was still a Portuguese colony, but this unique form of music has risked becoming a lost art in modern India. The Fado de Goa initiative was launched by Sonia Shirsat and supported by the Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF) to help ensure that Fado’s future in Goa can be secured for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Sonia has performed around the world and educated over 200 Goan students in the genre, as well as holding masterclasses on the history and theory of Fado. The first ever “Festa de Fado” sponsored by the DHF was held in 2018, featuring a masterclass by Sonia and a concert with performances by Sonia as well as students educated through the Fado de Goa initiative. The event was a resounding success, drawing a full house and was described by the Goa Times as “proof that the art form is seeing an unprecedented revival in the state”. 2019/20 is a particularly important period globally for fans of Fado as 2019 marks the 20th death anniversary of “Queen of Fado” Amalia Rodrigues and 2020 the centenary of her birth.

Over the course of 2019, Bagri Foundation and the DHF will be continuing the Fado de Goa project with Sonia Shirsat. An outreach programme is planned during June where attendees will be given a brief introduction to the Fado and given the opportunity of joining a programme of ten study sessions. Sonia will select the best students for future one-on-one training.

Sonia has also selected thirteen of her most promising existing students for one-on-one tuition. At the end of these lessons, they will have mastered the singing of at least five Fados and learnt how to perform them on stage. All these singers will enter the Fado Competition organised by Semana de Cultura in October/November and Sonia will select from amongst these competitors, soloists to perform with her in their first concert in January 2020 at an historical venue in Panjim, Goa.

About the Bagri Foundation

The Bagri Foundation joins the DHF in undertaking cultural events and educational programmes which have a strong social and community focus.

The Bagri Foundation, established in 1990, is a family foundation spanning three generations. The Foundation prioritises working collaboratively within a mutually supportive community of partners who share its vision. Through this dynamic and cross-disciplinary way of working, the Foundation is able to support a myriad of exciting artistic programmes that challenge, engage and inspire.