At a time when most musical events in Goa are bouquet of trance and hip-hop thereby portraying to the global markets that Goa is not a musical heaven for people with a penchant for classic – India and World -music; the Monte Music Festival instills hope that in Goa everything about music is welcomed.
The music festival being held from 4th February to 6th February is organized by the Fundacao Oriente and Cidade de Goa at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Old Goa. It will be the ninth year of the unique music festival which began in 2002 after the restoration of the Chapel which was in ruins.
The festival will showcase talent in both Indian and Western classical music and also dance; the performances will be held inside the Chapel and in the courtyard. According to the organizers the Monte Music Festival has had a continuous run on account of the support from the Government of Goa – Department of Archives and Archaeology, Goa Tourism, Archdiocese of Goa, Travel Corporation of India, Academy of Culinary Education, Kala Academy and Furtados Music Store.
Over the years the festival has become a much-awaited event in Goa for music lovers with the organizers even getting requests from musicians — local, national and international, wanting to participate. This year too, the performers are from Goa, India and foreign shores as well.
On performance this year will be Sumedha Desai from Goa, Os Musicos do Tejo (Portugal), Raul and Mitali D’Souza (Mumbai), Hans Versmeersch (Belgium), Paranjoti Academy Chorus (Mumbai), Koranatus String Quartet (Goa), t he Kala Academy Flute & Sitar Ensemble (Goa), Tony Gatward (United Kingdom) and Bangalore School of Music Baroque Ensemble (Bangalore).