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World Music Festival - World Music for Peace, Baga Beach

  • Goa News Updated on JANUARY 11, 2013 23:26 IST

It is with great excitement that I bring you our flagship event "Gaia: The World Beat" in Goa proposed for the 25th, 26th and 27th of January 2013. This event is a truly unique concept bringing together artistes from all around the world who celebrate music of the world that comes from its soil and is sung from the heart.

GAIA, a 3 day music festival of world music brings music from around the world and further exerts wide cross-cultural influence amongst all. GAIA refers to music that pretty much encompasses everything right from traditional Indian Classical music to foreign pop music, the phrase "World Music" covers a whole lot of music that brings in a new genre of harmony.

Our main objective in organizing the GAIA festival for world Music every year henceforth is to express the culture, language, tradition and history of different countries, influenced by traditional classical music or fused with other forms of external influences.
Further the aim of this music festival is to bring diverse cultures in the music world together and perform for a cause of making this world closer. It actually expresses the vibrancy of music from all cultures.

Carnival is the last hope for more tourists

  • Goa News Updated on JANUARY 14, 2013 23:26 IST

After a lull in the arrival of tourists around the New Year, the tourism industry in Goa is expecting a brighter season for the next month's 'Carnival'. There was a drop in tourist arrivals by 15-17 per cent during the New Year season against the last year, industry sources said. The drop was attributed to the high flight rates which discouraged the travellers to come to Goa who usually prefer to usher in the New Year on the sandy state beaches.
"There was a drop in the tourist arrivals in October, November and December,"Ralf D'Souza, the spokesman of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) said.
The season was bad in October because Diwali was in November last year. Arrivals dropped in November because of the delayed start of chartered flights landing in Goa. December saw less tourists due to high flight rates, he said."The FIT (Free Independent Travellers) arriving in Goa and staying in two, three or four star hotels preferred to go to other destinations. The business was good for five-star hotels," he said.

State tourism director Nikhil Desai said the exact figures can be available only after occupancy data is collected from various hotels. Some of the hotels were holding on to their peak season rates till the end, which made the things expensive, forcing the people to opt for other destinations, he said.
"Things did not move as per expectation. The hoteliers were looking at sellers market but it was otherwise," he said.However, they are now expecting a better influx of tourists around the Carnival time."We have got a feedback that all the airlines are booked during Carnival time. So we expect that the arrivals will shoot up," Desai said.
The carnival would be celebrated in Goa from February 9 onwards during which float parades are organised across main five cities.Mythological figure King Momo spearheads all the float parades. Desai also said the tourist arrivals shot up during the first two weeks of January, which is unusual.

Paris Hilton fascinated by Indian fashion

  • Goa News Updated on DECEMBER 02, 2012 15:54 IST

American socialite Paris Hilton says she is fascinated by Indian fashion for its style and elegance. The 33-year-old model-fashion designer, will be DJjaying for the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) currently underway at Candolim beach in Goa."I tried wearing Indian Saree which was really beautiful. Indian fashion is stylish, elegant and sexy," she said. Hilton, who has made cameo appearances in films like "Zoolander" (2001), "Wonderland" (2003) and "The Cat in the Hat" (2003), will also walk the ramp for designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock at the IRFW. "I love fashion being designer myself (sic)," she added.

Hilton, who began modelling when she was a teenager, said fashion was always close to her heart. "Fashion is always important to me. When I was small my mother used to take me to the fashion shows. My fashion style is more fun and trend-setting," she said. This is Hilton's second visit to India and first to the beach capital of the country. "I am so excited to be in Goa for the first time. I have really enjoyed being here. First time I am DJaying in India," she added. Last year, she had launched the Fall-Winter designs of her handbags in Mumbai. On her plans for the Indian itinerary, the hotel heiress said that she was looking forward to ride elephant in Goa and visit spice farms."I love travelling all over the world. Goa is now my new favourite place," she added.

Windsong pulls good crowd

  • Goa News Updated on DECEMBER 25, 2012 13:07 IST

The two-day-long Windsong musical festival, showcasing the best Indian talent in sufi, rock and soul music was today kicked off today at Baga beach here. The festival will have India's few of the topmost bands including Lucky Ali, Rabbi, Strings, Ankur Tewari, Anushka Manchanda (Shkabang), Soulmate, Mohan Kannan (Agnee), Monica Dogra (Shaa'ir n Func), the Ska Vengers and Papon performing in it, who will play over the next two days. "This is India's first ever festival, where we feature only Indian bands," Shailendra Singh, Managing Director of Percept Limited, who have organised the event, told PTI at the venue. The festival is being held ahead of Sunburn 2012, a electro dance and music, which will be held between December 27-29.

Singh said they have been looking at a target audience of 18-50 years for the Windsong Festival, which will be an annual feature on Goa's event calendar from this year onwards.The organisers have also planned food carnival and shopping carnival during the festival at the venue.
During the two day long event, 22 Indian bands performing folk, jazz, rock,funk, blues and soul music. Singh said that the festival is aiming to bring the finest and the most renowned artists from the world of alternate and independent music. "The festival not only offers the best of what Indian sounds and talent have to showcase but also state of the art technology and effects that makes it a visual delight par excellence," he added. He said that the whole idea is to create a platform to showcase outstanding talent. It promises to be a visual treat and expects to see music lovers from around the country for an ultimate music experience like never before, Singh added.

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