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Now parties, music can go on all night long in Goa as Govt plans special zones for late night music festivals

With opposition to late night parties from local residents, the State government has proposed special zones to hold late night music festivals where people will not be affected, reports Herald.

“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,” Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar said.

While Azgaonkar had recently indicated the desire to bring back electronic dance music festivals to Goa, his ministerial colleague, Water Resources Minsiter Vinod Palyekar had demanded a complete ban on such parties.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had thereafter made it clear that any activity not permitted by law, will not be allowed and reiterated on the ban on parties after 10 pm.

Azgaonkar has meanwhile unveiled plans of formulating various schemes through the Department of Tourism to promote the spirit and gift of music in all forms through music festivals in Goa.

“Another reason that draws tourists to Goa is music and I will strive to make Goa a Music Festival Destination,” he said on the eve of World Music Day.

On eve of World Music Day, Goa Minister for Tourism Manohar Ajgaonkar today unveiled plans of formulating various schemes through the Department of Tourism to promote the spirit and gift of music in all forms through music festivals in the state.

In a statement here, 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 toidentify special zones for conduct of late night music festivals,which will not inconvenience the locals and such festivals areproposed to be held upholding all rules and laws of the land.

Mr Ajgaonkar greeted musicians of Goa whose music resonatedon all platforms and recalled memories of musicians from theyesteryears who contributed immensely to Goa through theirmelodies.

Music legends like Dinanath Mangeshkar, Pandit 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 are found here. 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.

Music is also part of the theater art forms like Tiatr and Sangeet Natak.

Songs in Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, Hindi and English have caught on with the youth in Goa and are played extensivelyduring weddings and other 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, Mr Ajgaonkar urged parents to encourage their children to take to music, in an exercise to keep Goa’s traditional culture alive for posterity.

He also complimented music lovers of Goa for supporting and keeping the musical identity of Goa alive.

with inputs from UNI & Herald

 

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