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An evening of music and nostalgia

10th October 2019, 02:16 Hrs

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A musical play, brought in a new charm in contrast to a week day evening, that made its audience go back in time and re-live the past. It was an evening where one could sit back and relax to the tunes of smooth Jazz and fine theatre performances. The directorate of Art and Culture along with Social Economical Environmental Developing (SEED) Foundation, hosted Bombay Jazz, a semi- autobiographical musical which takes its inspiration from the Goans and Anglo-Indians who introduced the jazz music genre to Indian cinema in the late 1900s.

Featuring acclaimed stage actors Denzil Smith and saxophonist Rhys Sebastian D’souza, the musical tells the stories of celebrated musicians of yesteryears who introduces Jazz to the world of Bollywood in the late 1900s. Smith, enacts a role that portrays the musicians of that time. You can see glimpses of Anthony Gonsalves, Anthonio Xavier Vaz, also known as Chic Chocolate, Chris Perry, Alfred Rose, Sebastian D’Souza, Remo Fernandes, and Dattaram Naik. Rhys plays himself in the play. The musical tells the story of how jazz impacted the lives of the musicians in their times.

SEED Foundation also felicitated the cast and crew as well as well-wishers who have supported the organization in keeping Goa’s traditions alive. These included, Parmaditya IPS – DIG, Goa; celebrated jazz saxophonist Braz Gonsalves, musician Anthony Vaz and the cast and crew of the musical which included Denzil Smith, Rhys D’Souza, Blossom Coutinho,  Etienne Coutinho, Merlin D’Souza, Gurleen Jugde, Varrunn Bangera, Somrai Rathod, Cassiano and Anthony Fernandes.The musical Bombay Jazz is written by Ramu Ramanathan, based on research by Naresh Fernandes, directed by Etienne Coutinho, music composed by Merlin D’souza and the cast includes Denzil Smith and Rhys Sebastian D’souza.

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