Sonia Shirsat | Traditional Fado Music In Goa | Unique Stories From India

Meet Sonia Shirsat: The Ambassador of Goan music to the world.
Fado is a form of traditional Portuguese music dating back before the 19th century. It is arguably the oldest urban folk music in the world. Sonia Shirsat is the best Fado singer or ‘Fadista’ in India, and perhaps one of the best in the world. She has performed on stages around the world, singing in 13 languages!

Introduced to the genre by her mother, and encouraged to practise it for a living by Maestro Antonio Chainho, a master Portuguese guitarist, Fado is now Sonia’s drive and passion. Listen as she describes her passion for the genre, its origins and intricacies.

Outside the metros and beyond the urban jungle live the sons and daughters of India’s heartland. This series tells their stories. 101 Heartland celebrates both unique communities and individual tales of hope, struggle, and reform. From the village of bouncers just outside Delhi to the fascinating story of Ram Kumar Tyagi, once a wanted man but now a coach for aspiring female wrestlers, 101 Heartland tells stories for the heart, from the heartland.

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