Fado is a popular art form in Portugal as well as in Portuguese-speaking places like Goa. The lilting cadences and soothing tone of this Mediterranean art form have charmed people the world over.
Performers of fado are known as fadistas. They are accompanied beautifully by the crisp notes of the Portuguese guitar and the classical guitar. These instruments have been adapted over the years so as to highlight the sensory beauty of the fadista’s voice. Fados usually wax eloquent about the beauty of the motherland, Portugal, as well as themes of love, loss and longing.
Delve into the rich melodies of fado at Cidade de Goa’s Alfama on May 02, 2017. This delightful restaurant has been specially decorated to reflect Goa’s strong connection with all things Portuguese. On its walls hang clay wine jars, traditional utensils and crockery used in the Goan kitchens of yore to produce the finest delicacies. Quaint streetlamps and hand-painted murals reminiscent of the by-lanes of Lisbon, add to the old-world Portuguese charm at Cidade de Goa’s Alfama.
Sonia Shirsat, India’s most popular fadista, is a regular performer at Cidade de Goa’s fado nights. Prepare to be serenaded by renowned Goan fadistas, accompanied by some of Goa’s most talented musicians, as you dine on the Portuguese inspired treats Alfama has to offer.
Here’s a sneak peek into the delights that await you.