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The Last Song: Traditional Fado Music In Goa | 101 Traces

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.

101 Traces looks at the last of anything: ethnic communities, folk craftsmen, disappearing trades, forgotten people. It sketches portraits of these unique individuals, locked in a battle they cannot win: a battle against the future. Together, they represent the dying whispers of ancient heritage and traditional individuality. As India moves towards homogenized global pop culture, 101 Traces honors the people, the objects, and the skills that connect us to our ancient identity.