A walk through Old Goa in itself is a visual treat (did you know it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site?) and add an international music festival with musicians from across the world and you’ve got yourself an experience like none other. Now in its fourth edition, Keteven World Sacred Music Festival is making a comeback (at Augustine Ruins, St Monica Chapel) from Feb 21–24.
The list of performing artists includes 100 names not just from India but musicians and troupes from Spain, UK, Poland, Germany, Argentina, Japan, Portugal and more. The idea is to celebrate oneness and what better way to do it than by bringing everyone together for the love of music. Music has no boundaries and its power to unite extends beyond local traditions and faiths. This is what Keteven music fest is all about.
Apart from giving you a glimpse into the beauty of Old Goa, it’ll be a cultural immersion of sorts. Imagine listening to soprano and santoor on one day and choirs from Goa and UK on another. This year, the line-up looks spectacular with Drupad Singing from Benaras, Lucca Cirala, a violinist from Italy, Jonathan Voyer on santoor, Vidhya Sha with Hindustani and choir groups from Bangalore, UK and Goa University among many other musical stalwarts.
Sufi, Hindustani classical, Jewish, Carnatic… The festival will bring together diverse influences in the hope that people can understand ‘coexistence’ and see hope and happiness in a rather cynical, modern-day existence.