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A Musical Montage on World Music Day at Sofitel Mumbai BKC


Sofitel Mumbai BKC celebrated Fête de la Musique also known as World Music Day with a repertoire of performances by the differently abled including the versatile violinist Vishal Vidhyanayak, tabla maestro Pramod Sitaram Mistri and talented artists from The Happy Home& School for the Blind. Fête de la Musique is a symbolic day of the longest, summer solstice of the year in the hemisphere the North.

While Vishal Vidhyanayak has no vision, his fingers had an captivating charm to play the violin. His warm smile and down to earth demeanour won the hearts of many in the audiences. On the other hand, Pramod Sitaram Mistri, lost his leg but he mesmerized the music aficionados with his passion for tabla that resonated in the rhythmic beats.

Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager, Sofitel Mumbai BKC said, “Aligned to the brand pillar of culture, we are glad to commemorate Fête de la Musique annually. This year, a distinctive feature was the performances by the specially abled who allured the audiences with their melodious voice and musical instruments. The hotel’s alliance with the differently abled is to enunciate support to the community and talent, in addition to spreading joy and smiles to the soiree present.”
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Association presented stellar canvas creations of their members’ artwork. The All-day dining restaurant, Pondichéry Café offered a lavish dinner buffet with over 120 gourmet global delicacies, designed with an exquisite cocktail menu infused with musical notes.

Goa to be developed as Music Festival Destination


On the occasion of World Music Day, recently, Goa’s Minister for Tourism, Manohar Ajgaonkar unveiled plans of formulating various schemes through the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa to promote the spirit and gift of music in all forms through music festivals in Goa. He said, “Another reason that draws tourists to Goa is music and I will strive to make Goa a Music Festival Destination.”

He pointed out that the State government has proposed to identify special zones for conduct of late night music festivals which will not inconvenience the locals and such festivals are proposed to be held upholding all rules and laws of the land.
Ajgaonkar greeted musicians of Goa whose music resonates on all platforms, and recalled memories of musicians from the yesteryears who contributed immensely to Goa through their melodies. Music legends like Dinanath Mangeshkar, Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki, Mogubai Kurdikar, Lorna, Kishori Amonkar, M. Boyer, Alfred Rose, Rita Rose,, Emiliano Da Cruz, Anthony Gonsalves, Sonia Sirsat, Hema Sardesai, Selwyn Menezes, Zezinho Fernandes, Colin D’Cruz, Oliver Sean and many more have brought name and fame to Goa and placed Goa high on the world music map. He also remembered Goyem Shahir late Ulhas Buyao whose birth anniversary is coincidentally on World Music Day.

Goa is one of India’s leading music cities and music genres of various forms ranging from Western, Indian, classical, jazz, pop, rock, electronic dance music, traditional, liturgical, orchestras etc. Musical instruments like the Dhol, Ghumot, Mandolin, traditional songs like the Mando, Dhalo, Dulpod, Fugdi, etc are very popular and continue to be played and sung during festivities and celebrations.

Goa is a land and home to several music events from India and abroad be it light music festivals, jazz festivals, electronic dance music festivals, and festivals promoting music from across the globe. Several music studios have also been set up and music recordings are done in Goa for leading music producers as well. Considering the fact that music run deep in the blood of Goans, the minister also urged parents to encourage their children to take to music, in an exercise to keep Goa’s traditional culture alive for posterity.

Indulge in Festive Fun this August in Frankfurt
Tourists can now take in the beautiful views of Frankfurt’s unique rivers cape along the majestic River Main with the Main festival and enjoy the Frankfurt’s famous apple wine culture.

The Main Festival will be held in the first week of this month with live music at the Römerberg. A municipal representative will head the opening ceremony at 6:00 pm in front of the Fountain of Justice, which will be transformed into a wine fountain for the occasion. With children’s carousels, fairground rides, games, tombola’s and shooting galleries, this traditional folk festival attracts children of all ages, making it the only city festival for the whole family. The traditional highlight, a superb fireworks display, will bring the festival to a close on the following Monday.

The Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival will be held in middle August. Frankfurt’s apple wine culture has been playing an important role in the city’s social life for hundreds of years. Every year, locals and visitors come together in the Main metropolis to celebrate Frankfurt’s most popular beverage with their very own Apple Wine Festival, which is traditionally accompanied by a highly entertaining stage program. Typical Frankfurt folklore and dialect poetry provide old-school entertainment for both the young and young at heart, while nearby Hessian cult bands get their audiences singing and dancing. Relaxed lounge music is also on offer, providing the perfect atmospheric background for enjoying an unconventional apple wine cocktail.

Many excellent types of apple wine are available for tasting at the festival’s numerous trendy booths and vintage stalls. Traditional apple wine made from time-honored apple varieties is just as much a part of the offer range as are the trendy mixed blends and popular apple wine cocktails. Festival visitors will also find an excellent selection of apple wine merchandise on sale at the Roßmarkt, where the event is held. Those of you interested in taking back your very own apple wine “utensils” will find everything you need – from the typical ribbed apple wine glass to glass covers and, of course, the famous “bembel”, the blue-grey earthenware jug from which apple wine is traditionally served.