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Ms. Sonia Shirsat
Sonia Shirsat, Fado singer from Goa, India.
Background information
Native name सोनिया शिरसाट
Ponda, Goa
Occupation(s) Singer. Former Law Professor.
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts Fado de Goa, Fado in the City, Bhangrallem Goem, Band

Sonia Shirsat is a Fado singer in India. She is from the region of Goa,
which till 1961 was a Portuguese colony and is now a State within India.
She has been called "the ambassador of Goan music to the world".[1] and has
performed world, across India and often during cultural and music events in
Goa. She sings in 13 different languages[2]


2Getting into the Fado
3Other achievements
4Musicography and performances
6Media comments
9External links


In her earlier day job, Shirsat was a lecturer of law. Newspaper reports in
Goa have noted that she "bagged an international award for her speaking
skills, much before she started singing professionally".[3] She holds an
LL.M(Master's in Law) degree.[3] She started singing as a hobby, and has
been a professional singer since about 1999.[3]Her mother is Roman Catholic
and her father, Hindu.[3]

Getting into the Fado

Shirsat is one of the few from India, if not the only one, to excel in the
Fado, a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal or
earlier. She credits Portuguese guitarist Antonio Chainho, who was offering
guitar training in Goa some years ago. At the end of the workshop, there
was a search for someone to sing the Fado. Shirsat's voice was found to
have "fitted perfectly for the song", and thus began her "tryst with the
genre", she says. In five years time, she performed at her first-ever solo
concert, in Portugal, 2008.[3]

As of 2016, she has performed in Goa, Daman[disambiguation needed],
Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Luxembourg, Macau, Kuwait, France,
Singapore, Hawaii, Nepal, Canada, London, Dubai, Muscat, Lisbon and
Qatar.[1] She has also performed in California, Toronto, Paris, Porto,
Oeiras[disambiguation needed] and Seoul.

Shirsat has also performed along with some of the prominent names from the
world of Fado, including Katia Guerreiro, Maria Ana Bobone, Raquel Tavares,
Rao Kyao, Carlos do Carmo, Argentina Santos, Miguel Capucho, Ricardo Rocha
and Maestro Antonio Chainho.[4] She has performed on a number of occasions
on a number of Portugal-based TV channels, including in live performances
on RTPI, Sociedade Independente de Comunicação and Televisão

In Goa, she is known for her live performances at a number of venues, among
these the Art Chamber[5] at Calangute.

Other achievements

Shirsat is the only professional Fadista (Fado singer) in the Indian
Subcontinent, a form she has performed since 2003. She also conducts
workshops and gives talks on this semi-classical genre of music called the
Fado. Apart from the Portuguese Fado, Shirsat is also known for performing
Traditional and Pop music from Goa.

Musicography and performances

August 2016: Fado in the City performance
2013: Released a Konkani album Ugddas, which was a collection of hit songs
from that language.[6] This collection comprises cover versions of
prominent musicians such as Alfred Rose, Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, Wilfy
Remembus, among others. Shirsat is otherwise better known for her singing
of the Fado, though she has also been working on Konkani music in recent
March 2010: Release in Lisbon of album 'Lisgoa' which Shirsat has performed
in with Antonio Chainho
May 2010: Shirsat released her debut album, 'Saudades de Fado', with Rock
and Raaga, in Goa, India.
2006: Selected for Fado scholarship in Portugal.[2]


Shirsat has won the 2016 April: Best Singer (Female) Award[7] from the
Tiatr Academy of Goa

She has also won the Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar, 2016, in the
category of Traditional Music[8] which is conferred by the Sangeet Natak
Akademi, Government of India, Ministry of Culture. She attained the Yuva
Srujan Puraskar 2011, the highest Award in the Cultural field given by the
Govt of Goa in Youth Category.

Media comments

The Hindu newspaper said of her: "Sonia is a prodigious singer with a
versatile voice. Rated as the best Fadista in India of all time, the
talented singer has toured across the globe."[9]

Saudades de Fado, 2010
Ugddas, 2013
Melodious Goa, 2014
Saudades de Fado II, 2016


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Sonia Shirsat". Goa Streets. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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to:a b c d e Rodrigues, Jonathan (25 January 2015). "A little bit of
Portugal in PONDA". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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September 2016.
Jump up^ Sudan, Jugneeta (28 August 2016). "Alchemical Music". The Navhind
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Jump up^ Achrekar, Pratima (27 February 2013). "It's all about memories:
Sonia Shirsat". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
Jump up^ "TAG awards the cream of the Konkani music and song world". The
Times of India. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
Jump up^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi" (PDF). Sangeet Natak Akademi. 26 May 2017.
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Retrieved 13 September 2016.

External links

Official website

Goa – O Fado da Historia; Rui Pires

Saudades de Fado

Gonzaga Coutinho and Sónia Shirsat on RDP Africa

Noite de Fado, Cidade de Goa

Sonia Shirsat and Gonzaga Coutinho render "Claudia", vídeo by Jojo Cortez

Thank You For The Music, Sonia Shirsat, Goa Streets

Fado in the City

Portugueses na India - Sonia Shirsat - Hora dos Portugueses - Episódio 17

Portuguese in India - Fado de Goa - Hora dos Portugueses - Ep 54 (8min)

Festa de Fado, 2018

Bollywood Republic-Goa: Sonia Shirsat: Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain

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