After our performances in Kolkata we hopped on another plane to Goa. The cities are incredible different from each other so it felt like we had travelled to a new country entirely. All of the performers travelled together and it was great to get to know everyone. Airports CAN be fun!
After checking into our hotel we headed straight for more press. This time the press conference included many journalists and we each did a short performance for them and then a collaboration of all of the team leaders.
On one of our days off in Goa we travelled to Mapusa Market to do some souvenir shopping. The market was possibly one of the most colour places I have ever been with food and crafts around every corner.
We bought handwoven scarves and pillowcases from a lovely woman who gifted all of the girls with bindis.
Glasses from IOLLA.
Below is an expert from the Times of India newspaper.
“Panaji: Enthralling a packed room of music lovers, the opening act of the second edition of Sufi Sutra in Goa resonated at the Kala Academy with a stimulating live performance on Wednesday.
No sooner did Marianne of Cherry Grove strum the chords of her guitar than the upbeat melodies of the band echoed through the auditorium. Within the next 10 minutes, the band had its audience engaged in an interactive sing-along to the tunes of popular Scottish songs, Black is the colour and Home on my mind, besides their own original songs.
In India for the first time, Fraser and her team are thrilled to be part of the festival. “We love the sunshine in Goa compared to the biting cold in Scotland,” she said.”
Between performances we had the chance to travel to the beach. Yes, the beach. We were all pale and white from the cold Scottish winter we were in the middle of so we were literally jumping with joy all the way to the beach. We enjoyed fresh fruit and ice cold Indian beers off the west coast of the country in 34 degree heat. Pure bliss.
My legs were whiter than the sand.
Nearing the end of our Indian tour we prepared for the final concert of the Sufi Sutra World Peace Music Festival – the closing ceremony. The organisers banglanatak.com spared nothing when it came to delivering an exciting final show. There was music, dancing and collaborations between countries and art forms – it was an incredible special night and one I will never forget.
Thank you to everyone who was involved in the festival and I can’t wait to return to this incredibly vibrant country.