Now in its 9th year, the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival continues to bring the very best of the international classical guitar to Kolkata.
Since its inception, the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival has been the largest festival in Asia and is the only festival of its kind in India. It has hosted GFA winners, composers, Grammy award winners and maestros including Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, and David Russell.
In 2018 the festival will feature musicians from Spain, Italy, Portugal, England, Sweden, Brussels and Hungary performing solo and duo classical guitar concerts.
Concert 6: Fado & the Portuguese Guitar
Sunday 16 Dec, 6.30-7.30 pm
Artistes: Ricardo J Martins & Fernando Ponte
Fado is the traditional folk music from Portugal described by UNESCO as an `Intangible Cultural Heritage`. It is usually characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness, and melancholia. The Portuguese Guitar (an ethnic instrument which resembles more the mandolin than the contemporary) is the main accompanying instrument for this song.