Friday, September 20, 2013


Super Soprano Patricia Rozario featured at the Birmingham India-Pakistan Golden Jubilee Concert in 1997 (you may or may not been born then), and boyyyy....the waves only she is capable of creating...!

Wish nacheez possessed the eloquence, nottosayofmusic , of Remo. This is what he said of the twister called  Bertinha, God bless her:

She had a weakness for Cliff Richard tunes, Remo says. But that evening, she spun out a song called Bebdo (Drunkard). Miramar Beach was hypnotised. "The Panjim citizenry stopped in its tracks, the sunken sun popped up for another peep, the waves froze in mid-air," Remo has written. "What manner of music was this, as hep as hep can be, hitting you with the kick of a mule on steroids? What manner of voice was this, pouncing at you with the feline power of a jungle lioness? And hold it no, it couldn't be yes, it was no was it really? Was this amazing song in Konkani?"

The Independent,  in April 2008 carried this despatch from Jessica Duchen:

For a while, Patricia Rozario would only sing in a sari. She wanted, she says, to make sure that her Indian identity was obvious. Her name originates in the Portuguese influence in Goa and she'd found that many people assumed she was South American or Spanish. Today no celebration of Indian culture in a UK classical music festival would be complete without her. The Mumbai-born soprano started out singing operatic music in India; now she's bringing Indian folk songs to her recital as part of a beautifully calibrated programme of music from West and East at this year's City of London Festival.

Some of the music is brand new, too: Rozario is well established at the forefront of the contemporary music scene. Her pure and versatile voice, which possesses astonishing beauty at the very top and adapts itself effortlessly to ancient and modern works alike, has been an inspiration to composers such as Sir John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. Her forays into Indian musical techniques have added another dimension.

"I have some regrets that I didn't learn Indian classical music as a small child," she says. "As I grew up in a Christian family, there was more of a focus on Western influences and we didn't know anyone who could have taught me Indian classical music. A lot of ....

The concert was eminently enjoyable, with an attendance of 4000 at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, with performances by Pt. Ravi Shankar, Sabri Brothers, Rajan-Sajan Mishra, and of course Our Lady of Goa...Not a soul had any doubt as to the partition-wartition- only a shared enthusiasm for the Legacy of the Great Moghul, Mohammad Shah Rangeela...! 



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