Fado is one of the many cultural influences left behind by the Portuguese that have become an integral part of Goan culture. Its origin is disputed but the fado is believed to have begun as an art form in Portugal during the 19th century.

It is rumoured to have grown out of the songs that Portuguese seafarers sang. These songs were often about longing for home and till today, the fado is associated with ‘saudades’ which is loosely translated as a ‘nostalgic longing’.  

The songs are sometimes adaptations of the emotive works of Portuguese poets. The fado may either be fast paced, singing of beauty and love, or slow paced and melancholic. It often sings of the glories of the motherland and fadistas – as those who sing the fado are typically known – often croon wistfully of the culture of Portugal. Singers are accompanied by both an acoustic guitar and a Portuguese guitar which complement the lilting melodies beautifully.

Though its style has varied over the years, the fado is a popular art form in several Lusophone parts of the world, Goa included. Cidade de Goa presents an evening of Fado on Tuesday, 4th April, 2017. Exult in the luxurious melodies of some of Goa’s most renowned fadistas and experience a touch of Portugal. While you immerse yourself in the soulful music, Portuguese-style delicacies and drinks will be available. The fado evening at Cidade de Goa promises to be a feast for all the senses.