An orchestra, violin and guitar… in cyberspace (and on CD)


Goa Guitar Guild is a network run by Rui Lobo and friends. Rui recently passed on a copy of the recordings from their GGG International Musik Fest. Held earlier in 2008 (March), it was described as “an Indo-German confluence” and included the performances of the Goa State Symphony Orchestra. The latter was conducted by Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer and showcased soloist from Goa, the young and talented Sanya Myla Cotta.

You’ll find some recordings of the event on my youtube page,

Or go directly here:

Another cd contains recordings of the David Menezes National Violin Competition 2008, also held at Goa around the same time.

For some music by the IIT-engineer-turned-guitarist Rui Lobo, take a look here:

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A CD on Goa….


My former colleague and friend, Niraj Naik, has come out with “Goa’s first comprehensive data bank on (a) multimedia CD”. It promises to explore all facets of Goa, with the largest compilation of photographs and information. It is an “ideal gift for students” and a “treasure trove for students, teachers, tourists, NRGs (non-resident Goans) and Goa enthusiasts” says the cover of the CD. It is priced at Rs 99 and comes from

Unfortunately, the CD runs only on Windows (.exe file) while my comp runs on GNU/Linux (Free Software)….

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Issues … from the heart of concrete

A scenic part of Goa is going under the builder’s axe. Jason Keith Fernandes, a National Law School-educated lawyer and campaigner, explains what are the issues there.

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Malini Krishnakutty… an overview on contemporary planning in Goa

A very nice Goanet Reader article from Malini Krishnakutty, titled The plan that awakened Goa: moving from protest to a vision that touches on contemporary (and a lack-of-vision) issues in contemporary Goa.

She explains:

         On January 18, 2007, the Goa government denotified
         Regional Plan 2011 (for short, referred to as RP
         2011). It thus gave in to public opposition to the
         Plan that had been mounting since its notification
         in August 2006. This was a significant victory
         because it awakened people to their surroundings
         and gave them the feeling that they can influence
         what happens to their land.

The plan was opposed because it wished to alter land uses in
the State significantly without taking people into confidence
about its intentions. The Revised Draft Regional Plan was
published on 22nd November 2005 and suggestions and
objections were invited from the public who were given a mere
three weeks till 15 December 2005 to do so.

Some other links: 


Access online:

RPG21: Draft Regional Plan for Goa 2021
Task Force for the Regional Plan for Goa 2021

313-page report, with tables etc...

Video: Jason Keith Fernandes: Issues From the Heart of Concrete
23 Sep: You Tube. Frederick Noronha interviews Jason Keith Fernandes,
academic and activist. He dwells on the issues of concrete
monstrosities springing up in the heart of Goa, the impact they have
on lifestyle and the total lack of infrastructural planning to sustain
this sort of urbanization. 10m. 16s. Click here.


This article was first published in PARMAL, the interesting journal of the Goa Heritage Action Group…

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A family from Moira, Goa

Richard de Souza has his family-tree site here:
Says he: “Have a look around and let me know what you think by leaving
a comment in the Guest Book.”
Courtesy, Moira-Net:

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Cameras for a Cause :: Our rationale. V 1.0 23 September 2008

More about this group:

Cameras for a Cause (C-FAC) is a volunteer network, meant to share photography (and sometimes videography) skills with campaigners, citizens, not-for-profits and anyone undertaking work for positive social change on the planet.

1. By “positive social change”, we refer to those working on issues of environment, labour, conservation, education, development, IT-for-change any other such issues. We leave it open to each volunteer to define what they see as a “good cause”, and to offer their support to the same.

2. Anyone, anywhere on the planet with access to a camera and a suitable level of photography skills, can volunteer to sign-up here. The network was however started out of Goa, India in September 2008.

3. Each volunteer needs to give out sufficient details of their offer for volunteer help (form below), their skill level, time and travel-hours willing to commit to each project, and restrictions on their ability to help, if any.

4. As an organisation we neither seek nor solicit funds. Work is based purely on voluntarism. Rules may be changed in future, depending on the needs of the group, while ensuring to be fair to all concerned. Entry is open to all, and members are free to leave the group if they so choose. Members are encouraged to invite other socially committed lensmen (and women) to join this network.

5. Cameras for a Cause believes in, and supports, sharable licensing for their work. We are influenced by the power of sharable knowledge and creative work (as seen from the Free Software movement, the Creative Commons, the Wikipedia, etc). We encourage associated photographers to share their work with a Creative Commons or other suitable license.

6. Our volunteers do not expect to be paid for their work. Under some circumstances, travel cost and modest refreshments (if applicable) may be appreciated. In case the work involves
a project spanning many days, or travel beyond home base, and the organisation concerned has funds to cover photography, you could consider offering a honorarium to our volunteers.
This may be worked out directly with the photographer concerned. Keep in mind that some of our volunteers are freelancers, and revenues earned might help make their overall photography operations viable to help to cross-subsidise the photography of other good causes.

7. This network has two levels of membership: photographer-volunteer and general-volunteer. The latter are those who may not currently have the photography skills, but are willing to help this venture in other ways (spreading the word, administrative functions, publicity, etc).



Contact details (phone, mobile, address):
Type of work: Still / Moving / Photo Story / Audio / Multiple

Cameras used
Digital (details):
Traditional photography:
Web videography:
Others (details):

Offering services to (specify types of causes you prefer to
work with):
Area within which willing to work:
Notice period needed:
Time-slots available for volunteer work:
May decline to undertake project if (specific circumstances):
Photographic experience:
Examples of volunteer (or NGO) work undertaken:
Expect to be paid/reimbursed (Yes or No, with details):

More about this group:

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