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.


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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Live from Wuppertal – Clara Weise (Mandolin) & Sophie…

Last week on April 22nd, 2020 a live concert with Clara Weise (Mandolin) and Sophie Schlaubitz (Guitar) was streamed from Wuppertal.

Clara Weise is studying mandolin with Caterina Lichtenberg, Sophie Schlaubitz is studying guitar in Weimar.


10:22 – Keigo Fuji – Rhapsody
19:24 – 1 – Jean-Philippe Rameau – Les tendres plaintes (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode (Rameau, Jean-Philippe))
22:24 – 2 – Jean-Philippe Rameau – Le Rappel des Oiseaux (Suite in E minor, RCT 2 (Rameau, Jean-Philippe))
26:45 – Raffaele Calace – Danse fantastique
Gabriele Leone – Sonate Nr. 3
34:00 – Andante
36:55 – Allegretto
39:35 – Presto
43:10 – Astor Piazzolla – Libertango 
47:35 – J. S. Bach – Sonate für Flauto Traverso und basso continuo BWV 1034, Adagio ma non tanto
54:10 – Stephen Funk-Pearson – Mountain Moor
1:04:00 – Maximo Diego Pujol – Nubes de Buenos Aires
1:12.10 – Bela Bartok – Rumänische Volkstänze

My favorite pieces are the two compositions by J. Ph. Rameau, originally for the cembalo, but very well suited for mandolin and guitar. My other favorites of this concert are the Rhapsody by Japanese composer Keigo Fuji at the beginning of the concert and Mountain Moor by Stephen Funk-Pearson.

If you watch the video on youtube you can find the links to jump to each piece in my comment for the video.

Additional Information

Clara und Sophie kennen sich schon seit sie zwei Jahre alt sind und fast genauso lang machen sie auch gemeinsam Musik. Clara, die junge Musikerin, die das Instrument spielt, dass du nicht kennst – die Hutmacherin, die dir bis vor kurzem deinen Kaffee zubereitet hat. Die gebürtige Dresdnerin trieb es aufgrund ihres Studiums der Mandoline, an der Wuppertaler Musikhochschule, in die Talstadt. Sophie, die Deutschlandstipendiatin, verschlug es aus der Elbflorenz in die Klassikerstadt – sie studiert Gitarre in Weimar und engagiert sich dort in vielen sozialen und musikalischen Projekten. Trotz verschiedener Studienorte finden die beiden sich regelmäßig für gemeinsame Projekte zusammen, pendeln durch Deutschland und probieren sich und ihre 14 Saiten in verschiedensten musikalischen Konstellationen aus – zwischen Semperoper, internationalen Wettbewerben und Weihnachtsfeier im heimischen Schrebergarten. Für diesen Abend haben sie ein Best-Of-Programm der vergangenen Jahre zusammengestellt und nehmen euch mit auf die etwas andere Reise. Weg von spießigen Klassikkonzerten und rosaroter Singer-Songwriter-Attitüde. Besinnt auf das Essenzielle mit Hauch von Sehnsucht und Wohlfühlatmosphäre im Nirgendwo.

Sheet music by Jean Philippe Rameau in the Petrucci Library (IMSLP):,_RCT_2_(Rameau,_Jean-Philippe)

Website Stephen Funk-Fearson

Website Maximo Diego Pujol


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”.


Xograr – New Album by Fernando Barroso

Xograr – a Galician word for “Play” – ist the name of the new album by Galician musician and composer Fernando Barroso. For this album Fernand Barroso has formed his new band with mandolin, cello, double bass and drums.

Fernando Barroso: Mandolin
Margarida Mariño: Cello
Sofia Neide: Doublebass
Álvaro Trillo: Drums

The title track Xograr is already available at youtube – showing Fernando Barroso playing the oud as well as the mandolin.

Fernando Barroso has created his unique fusion style, based on Galician folk, the classical sound of violoncello and double bass, and his powerful and always present mandolin.

Until now the mandolin has not been used much in this kind of music, Fernando Barroso has opened a new style of music to the mandolin.

Screenshot from Xograr video

Xograr – Title track

Xograr – Life performance

Playlist Singles from the new album

The new album has been published on March 6, 2020.

Youtube Playlist complete Album Xograr

Spotify Playlist