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The 4th Mando-Fest in India 2020

In February 2020 the 4th mando-fest of India took place in Goa. This made me very curious about the situation of the mandolin in India. I have tried to collect information about the mando-fest and the most important mandolin players in India.

I have got the following information from Pradipto Sengupta who is one of the founders of this festival.

MANDOLIN FESTIVAL IN INDIA

HI, I am PRADIPTO SENGUPTA from Mumbai India. I play mandolin since my childhood. When I decided to learn Mandolin, it was very difficult to get good teacher then in Kolkata because this instrument is not very popular even today in our country. I took this as my profession and shifted to Mumbai in 1988, and started playing in the Mumbai Film Industry as a studio musician. Every time a thought was in my mind that, I must do something for the promotion and propagate about Mandolin in our country, and it drives me to meet Mr. Anil Pendse from Pune who is a founder member of Mandolin Lovers Club. MLC formed in 2002, that time there were 10/15 members. I am happy to state today that we have more than 100 mandolin lovers in our forum.

 I approached him about the concept of Mandolin festival in our country. He has appreciated the idea and with the love and support of Mandolin Lovers Club the idea took off and we could start our first Mando-Fest in Loni, Pune in 2017, and with each passing year we have had three very successful fests already and this year 2020 we have organized our 4th festival in Goa and we have added another feather to our cap by making this fest a grand success. The special attraction of this festival was the presence of maestro Carlo Aonzo and Maestro Lorenzo Bernardi from Italy. My sincere thanks to both of them for accepting my invitation and it was an honour for us to have both of them with us. They have conducted workshop, performed, and it was a great pleasure for me to share the stage with them.

This year Carlo Aonzo (mandolin) and Lorenzo Bernardi (guitar) had been invited to the Mando-Fest. I have asked Carlo Aonzo for a short statement about the Mando-Fest:

I am very impressed for the level of passion and interest around the mandolin in India, many good players, amateurs and professional musicians and the surprise of the very young mandolinista like the Warna girls. The mandolin is completely integrated into the Indian musical culture.

4th Mando-Fest of India 2020 – Playlist

The Warna Girls – a mandolin ensemble of 12 young girls – played at the Mandofest and got a lot of applause from the audience. Other videos: “Dr. Avinash Damle – -Playing Mandolin at Mando fest of india” and “Mandolin -Mere Rashke Qamar-TipTipBarsaPani-Bulleya”

3rd National Mando-Fest of India 2019, Bangalore

The playlist contains a trailer with information about the 3rd Mando-Fest, the video “PRADIPTO SENGUPTA PLAYED Huttidare Kannada on Mandolin” and the performance “50 Ragas| Aravind Bhargav| Chowdiah Hall”

3rd Mandofest – First Day

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Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra – India

In February 2020 the 4th Mandolin Festival in Goa, India took place.

At the festival the Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra performed two pieces. The orchestra is composed of 12 young girls playing mandolins. Some girls are playing chords, the other girls play the melodie and other parts. They performed without printed music.

Traditional Folk Song from Goa

Obviously this song is a popular song, the audience started to clap hands and sing with the orchestra. You can also see Carlo Aonzo in the audience. He was invited to this mandolin festival and gave workshops and played in several concerts.

In the second video the orchestra plays a piece that reminds me to “My love is blue”.

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Eurofestival Zupfmusik Bruchsal 2018 – The Worlds biggest Festival…

The Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2018 in Bruchsal will take place May 10 – May 13 2018

This is a big event for mandolin orchestras, mandolin ensembles and soloists from all over the World.

I will collect the most important information about the festival on this page.

Officiel website of the festival with information in German and English:

Eurofestival Zupfmusik | 10.5.-13.5.2018

The program booklet Festivalmagazin is now available as download from the folling page:

http://www.eurofestival-zupfmusik.de/Magazin

I am collecting links, videos and other information about all the participants on a seperate page on my German blog gezupftes.de:

Particiapnts of the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2018 (opens in a new window)

I will take part in the festival as a mandolin player of the Badisches Zupforchester. Here is a playlist with videos by the Badisches Zupforchester:

Playlist Badisches Zupforchester

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Celtic Connections 2018 Glasgow – Playlist

I have compiled a playlist with performances from the Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow.

The Playlist starts with some great videos from the Bothy Culture concert with the Danny MacAskill and the GRIT Orchestra.

First video: Danny MacAskill (mountain bike) recreates some of his ‘Ridge’ film at the concert.

Other bands included are: The String Sisters, The Johnstone Pipe Band, Angus J MacColl, Tryst, Skipinnish, Big Country, James Duncan MacKenzie, Finlay MacDonald, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Apiary, Vair from Shetland, Roelle Blue, Le Vent du Nord, Sian, Emily Barker, Project Smok, Frank Turner, Will Varley, Elephant Sessions, Sarah Jaroz, and more.

Enjoy!

I would like to show one video because in this video you can see Eeva Talsi from Estonio from the band Curly Strings. Curly Strings played in Freiburg just before the went to Glasgow for the Celtic Connections where she played with her Torupilli Jussi Trio.

You can find more performances from Celtic Connections 2018 on the website of the BBC:

If you are a mountainbiker you might like the original movie The Ridge