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Cyrus Berne – Voice of Goa 2012

Cyrus Berne – Voice of Goa 2012


A Young artist who swoons the crowd


Only 18 years old when he won the Voice of Goa competition, Cyrus Berne is the youngest Goan to ever win the title!  Cyrus likes to do what every other boy his age does, playing football, the play station, spending time with his family but what sets him apart from the rest is his great voice and the ability to compose his own music!


cyrus (4)1) You are such a talented singer, when did you decide music was meant for you?

- From a young age I liked music. I started leaning to play the violin when I was in standard 3. I have always liked to sing and later realized I have a good voice so I started learning the guitar at the age of 14 as it was a good instrument to suit and accompany my singing.


2) You won the grand title Voice of Goa, what was your experience in it? Were you nervous or confidant about the journey?

- I had always watched the voice of Goa competitions. I turned 18 and decided to go for the auditions just to get some experience. I dint know if I would get selected or not. But I did! There were moments when I was discouraged like when one of the judges told me to finish my education and come back but I did get selected for that round. I was the only contestant to play an instrument and sing his own compositions. I felt on top of the world when I won! I was so happy and excited! I felt like my dream had come true.

3) The song that made you the winner was your own composition, what are the kinds of songs you write? Does it relate to the happenings in your life?

- Almost all my songs talk about people’s feelings of love, pain, regret. They are something that everyone can relate to. They wary on different instances. All of my songs have been in English. The only Konkani song I have composed is Crazy Rosie.

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4) What can you say about the situation in Goa in regards to singing original compositions?

- Well it is extremely difficult. The people want you to sing the popular songs which they see on the television. They want to listen to latest famous songs and not your own compositions.

5) Which are some of the artists that you look up to?
– Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, A.R Raman, Remo, A26 Band (Goan Band)

6) What are some of the Advantages and Disadvantages to winning Voice of Goa?

- The advantages would be a lot more exposure to the music industry. After winning such a prestigious title, people realize you actually are talented. They start taking you seriously. And it has made me more musically aware – I have had to learn at least 60 new songs to sing!
As for the disadvantages well the voice of goa stigma remains with you. The attitudes of those who are my best friends dint change. But there are some things I cannot do now as I have remarks being passed that the winner of voice of goa should not act like that.


7) Is your family supportive of you being a singer or would they want something different for you?

- My family is very supportive of me. The only rule they had was that I complete my graduation. Music has always been in my life so I leant to balance my education along with it. I give equal attention to my education too so my family is happy and proud!

8) What are your present and future plans? Will you continue in the music business?

- Presently I have a contract with Kingfisher to perform at different venues. And my future plans would be to stay in Goa and change the music scene! I want to be known as one of Goa’s best singers!

9) Since you have achieved so much, what message would you give those pursuing an occupation in music?

- I would say be different, be unique, have your own style! That’s what gets you noticed – being different from others! Always keep practising and never give up – no matter what.

10) What would you like to say about Inngoa.com?

- It’s a good idea for a site – something which Goa requires!



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Hema Sardesai

Hema Sardesai


Hema Sardesai

having won the Grand Prix Award at Germany at a tender age is also the only Indian to have won another international award, the UNICEF International Contest of Music in Yugoslavia.  She is also the only female singer other than Lata Mangeshkar to perform at the celebrations for the 50th year of India’s Independence day, 


She is the very first celebrity to work towards the grave cause of SAVE THE GIRL CHILD from 1998 for various other causes including women empowerment, The Save Goa Campaign, against SEZs (special economic zone) in Goa, against drug addiction in children etc with no remuneration of any kind.

Hema Sardesai, best known for her Hindi songs has sung playback songs for over 60 Bollywood films, is versatile because she not only sings for films and Indipop, but also renders Indian Classical and Western Pop songs beautifully, besides folk and fusion. During her career, Hema Sardesai has released several successful Indipop albums, and has performed numerous live stage shows in almost all the states of India and world tours in different countries around the globe. Here’s Hema talking to matters close to her heart…

1- Tell us about your earliest memories of Goa.

Prettiest gardens, lushest fields, happily swaying trees, real white-sanded beaches, carefree dancing and singing, susegaad afternoon siestas…love,love, and love…


2- Did you always want to be a singer?

Loved singing always like crazy. But my career just happened naturally.


3-When did you realize that singing is very important to you?

When I had to decide on a career in life.


4-How did your family react. Were they apprehensive?

My family, my Late father Dr. Kashinath Sardesai, mymother, Mrs Kumud Sardesai and my sister Sunila,  encouraged me throughout since the time my talent was discovered by my late teacher, Mrs.Sequeira, at the age of 6.


hema35-Do you remember your first stage performance?

Very much. It was at the age of 9 at a navratri dandiya festival held outside my house in Panjim . But my first real public performance was at the age of 11, at Campal, when I performed at the concert of the then famous magician, D Satish, wherein the newspapers acclaimed me as ‘The youngest and best singer of Goa’. I got eons of love and blessings from my Goans then and later too, when I took to singing professionally.


6-You have been born in Mumbai and brought up in Goa. Which place do you feel totally at home?

Obviously and warmly, Goa of course, but the gratitude I have for Mumbai is immense too. This place helped many a seeker fulfill their dreams.


7-  Mumbai offers more opportunities than Goa. Comment.

Maybe, career-wise it could have been easier, though God did not let me loose out on anything. And being brought up in my own ancestral land Goa, was the nicest thing to happen to me, mostly because not only does Goa suit my dreamer self who loves to dream, dance and sing, it is also the place where love is at its purest…


8-Did you drift into Bollywood or was that a dream of yours.

I was always focused on how to reach out to the maximum of people. I had been given a gift (my voice) by God to make people happy.I wondered how to use this precious gift extensively and be known enough? The film industry seemed the apt place. It was a very tough journey, but I am grateful to God, I finally made it there and could spread joy and am spreading happiness through my songs far and wide. So if it were a dream… Glad it came true…


9-Was it difficult getting a break in the film industry?

Of course it was.


10-How did you find the people of the film industry

There are good and bad people in every industry. Thankfully I got to work with the good as well.


11- Casting couch is considered a common phenomena in the industry. How did you handle it?

Initially, for a long while I came across only the bad people. Indecent offers ( casting couch) one after the other and resulting in me walking out of studios every time used to really make me sad and dejected. I used to be called to the sitting rooms. Here they would play to me the song I was supposed to sing, which I could sense could be a great hit…then the sick offers would be put forth. I had to hold my womanhood dignity real high, and put aside the need for easy money and fame and walk out again and again. Everyday, I would implore to God …’You gave me this gift..then why are you not helping me use it to give happiness to the world?’


12-Were there times when you felt like giving it all up and returning back to Goa?

Oh yes! tooooooo many times. At every  opportunity, I did run back to Goa. My happy-go- lucky attitude and need for Goa was impeding my focus to make it big, constantly. Whoa, it was tough hanging on.


13-Who are you closest to in the film industry.

Initially to the non- film people and much later when I made it, to the film industry people. My gratitude to all these people who gave me the opportunity to use the precious gift of my voice, was intense and I am hence close to all those who gave me what I have only on my merit, with the highest respect. These people are many, including Father Peter and Joseph St Ann and Joy Augustine of Goa, later, A R Rahman,Subhash Ghai, Adesh Shrivastava, Nadeem Shravan, Anu Malik etc. I respect Champak Jain and Kumar Taurani too. They treated me respectfully and I am deeply grateful.


14-Did any Bollywood singer guide or encourage you?

No, no one did anything for me, but I had absolutely no expectations that they should and there are no ill feeling that they did not. Although I was younger to them, I have introduced singers like Vinod Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan and also stood by Shaan  and many others. It does not matter if they are grateful or not, they are nice to me when we meet and that’s good enough.


15-Have you ever let go off a song only to regret later?

O many, many songs I let go off, sure hits, and it hurt, but my devotion and respect to what God has given me as a gift, my music, was anytime greater than getting songs in any low or cheap manner. I am proud of myself for keeping the greatness of womanhood and the name of my State,Goa, at the highest level.


16-Tell us something about your marriage

It was a love marriage and an inter-religious one. My husband, Xavier D’Souza,is a Goan catholic. My great parents believe in Gandhian principles  ‘Sarv dharm Samnathva’, so got me married with great pomp.


17-Is your husband more of a friend or a guide?

Both, my friend and my guide. We have lots of arguments and quarrels too.


18- Is he involved with your career. Do you discuss your work with him?

Everything. He is part of everything. He is dignified and far from being one who would be remotely threatened by his wife’s fame. Guess he does not feel separate from me, so the question of insecurity of any sort never arises. He deeply respects womanhood.


19-How are you as a wife?

Hmm, you should ask him that! I must be quite a handful for him to handle, no? Ha ha…well on the other hand, he does seem so focused on me, surely I must be a good girl (wink). Both of us look up to our beloved Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


20-What do you think of the Goan youth

They rock!!! They are great!!! I believe in them totally.


21- Any advice you would want to offer to them?

Although I know they are great, to some who may not have much belief in themselves, let me say, along with your close ones and God, I too am there for you . Don’t let yourself and your parents down in any way because of any emotional upheaval regarding studies or career. If you are depressed on any issue, professional or personal, talk to me either on my Facebook account HEMA SARDESAI, or my Like page HEMA SARDESAAI. Be strong in any situation. Make us all proud of you and I know you will. love you all.


22-Are you happy with the state of affairs in Goa?

Right now, a big yes!


23-Any changes you would love to see in Goa?

They are happening and am expecting more good changes for the betterment of Goans and Goa.


24-Who is your favorite Goan.

All. Each and every Goan. As a leader, everyone knows Hema’s favorite is our Hon CM, Shri Manohar Parrikar.

25-Any last words?

I Wish my beloved Goans, the very best. Lets not fall to false prejudices and no matter what, lets stand by each other irrespective of caste or religion. I love you very much and am there always…



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Remo Rocks Again

Remo Rocks Again


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Independent…strong…free… that’s how Ayn Rand describes her hero Howard Roark in Fountainhead and that’s how pop star Remo Fernandes truly is. Listen to the tracks Bombay City, Humma Humma or the latest The Lighthouse Symphony  from the film David and there will be no uncertainties as to why the legendary Remo Fernandes left a thriving architectural profession for music.  Like the book’s protagonist, Padmashree Remo believes in originality at all cost, is someone who would gladly let it all go rather than compromise on his music. Succeed he’d rather but on his own terms even if it entails standing alone.







Here is singer, composer and a  music director Remo talking  about things very personal to him.


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1) There aren’t many by the name Remo. What made your parents decide on this name.

You are observant. Yes, I believe there wasn’t a single Remo in Goa when my parents named me so. A good friend of my mother’s, who lived in Bombay, had named her own new born son Remo, so my mother asked her if she could use the same name. My parents always chose rare names; when they named my sister Belinda, I believe there was no one else by that name in Goa either. And really, Goa was ‘small’ enough then for people to know whether there were others by the same rare name or not. Remus and Romulus, by the way, were the mythological founders of Rome, suckled and brought up by a she-wolf in the forest when abandoned to die there as babies.


2) You were born in Goa at the time when it was greatly influenced by the Portuguese. How influenced were and are you by the Portuguese culture and their way of thinking?

Very, very much. I’m sad to say that the greatest influence on me from those days is something that hardly exists today: and that is, the value of a person’s word or promise. I was brought up to believe that a person’s spoken word meant as much as, if not more than, a written contract. Breaking one’s word was losing one’s honor. And honor and respect were everything. Besides this there was a civic sense which made people feel responsible for the cleanliness of not only one’s home, but also one’s surroundings, the whole city, the beaches, in short the whole of Goa. People were embarrassed and ashamed to be seen breaking these codes of conduct. Today there is no shame. I see plastic bottles and wrappers being flung out of passing Mercedes and BMWs. If our rich, educated people are so filthy, how can one expect a sense of hygiene from the poor in the slums?



3) You took off for Europe to follow your passion in music but were there times, when you faltered and wondered if you were doing the right thing.


I’m afraid you got this wrong. I took off for Europe to ‘see the world’, not to pursue a career or passion in music. Although based in Paris, I spent two years and a few months hitch-hiking around France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, England, and also Tunisia and Algeria. I earned my living playing the guitar and singing in underground metro stations, on pedestrian streets, in restaurants where I passed my hat around after singing. I visited museums, monuments, art exhibitions, concerts, and places of interest in every country I visited. I learnt how to speak French quite fluently, and also to make myself sufficiently understood in Spanish and Italian. I met a huge number of diverse people while traveling. They were perhaps the most educational two years of my life.
It is upon returning to Goa that I decided to start a professional career in music, drawing and writing. Of course, music took over totally, being my main passion from childhood.


4) What do you think of the people of Goa? Do you feel they are lagging behind in the national scenario?

Goa is a very small place with a very small population. Considering this, I think we have enough Goans who have made a mark on an all-India level, and are still doing so, in different fields. We even have Goans who have truly made marks on a global level, such as painter Francis Newton d’Souza, and presently the 6th Top CEO in the world, yet another Francis d’Sousa. [pullquote] Dear Goan youth, I’m bored of seeing you post photos on Facebook of yourselves partying. I’d love to see photos of yourselves getting involved in doing something for Goa for a change. [/pullquote]




5) Do you really agree to the common notion that goans are `susegad’?

Of course we are. Or else how would people from all over India and the world come here and mint money out of Goa’s greatest bounty, tourism? While most of us are left twiddling our thumbs?


6) There are music bands mushrooming in Goa. Do you think there is real talent there or is it a mistaken passion for music?

I’m afraid I measure talent by originality only. However well musicians may copy the original record, whether Bollywood or pop or heavy rock, I can only appreciate them as I would  appreciate good photocopying machines. Considering the number of bands and musicians Goa has, I’m afraid there is very little originality being attempted. And by originality I don’t mean writing songs in the style you normally play, such as country or pop or rock; I mean creating your own style, your own rhythms, fusing Goan Dulpods with Hip Hop for example – why not?


7) What is your opinion about the politicians in Goa.


People who selflessly work for the betterment of Goa are a breed apart. They are like Mathany Saldanha, who did not need a minister’s position to carry out the wonderful work he did for the ramponkars, for Goa’s Movement for Special Status, and so on. But politicians are politicians. They play games, tell lies, break promises, they manipulate, they form alliances with people they denounced as criminals just yesterday – they do whatever it takes to be and to stay in power. But some are less bad than others, that’s for sure. And we have to be content with these.


8) Do you feel Goa should belong only to the Goans? Do you feel we should allow foreigners to set up business here?


However much you may love your friends, you cannot invite them and their families to move and come stay in your house, can you? Especially if you live in a one-bedroom flat? Goa is tiny. That is why she simply will not be able to withstand a free-for-all onslaught of people from elsewhere [India and abroad] coming and building and settling here. Special Status is the only thing which will stop this. But our builders, and our politicians, are two powerful lobbies which will lose a lot of revenue if that happens. Our mainstream media is reluctant to lose huge expensive advertisements from builders. And people with mammoth tracts of land to sell also don’t want Special Status for Goa. However much of these very people may scream and shout that they are working to ‘save Goa’, they are the ones who care least for Goa, the ones who will not rest until every square inch of this land has been exploited and destroyed for their profit.


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9) What advice would you give to those who want to settle in Goa?


Go home. Come, enjoy Goa, but if you really love Goa, you will go home after your lovely holiday. You will not see Goa as just another investment proposition for a house or a flat or an office. And you will not want to see her beautiful nature covered with concrete, even if you wish one of those pieces of concrete were yours. If you really love Goa, enjoy her – but do not try to posses her.


10)  What would you say about the drug menace and the rave parties in Goa.

If you wish to talk about drugs and rave parties, we should also talk about alcohol and Goan dances and weddings. The number of homes and families destroyed in Goa every year due to alcohol isn’t a joke. Yet we think nothing of allowing an adolescent son to taste his first beer, or an adolescent daughter to taste her first port wine. We truly feel it is ‘part of our culture’, and are actually proud of it. While we condemn drugs, let us not forget that alcohol destroys more lives and homes in Goa than all the drugs put together.


remo barber11) What advice would you give the Goan youth?


Dear Goan youth, I’m bored of seeing you post photos on Facebook of yourselves partying, in clubs and discos and bars and beaches and weddings and at home. I’d love to see photos of yourselves getting involved in doing something for Goa for a change. Forming movements for ecology preservation, drives against plastic and garbage, using your awesome youth power to make your government afraid of you – not afraid of your violence, but afraid of your vote. Make your Sarpanch, MLA and Minister realize that if they don’t do their job, they’ll be packed off real soon. These are the photos and pages and posts I’d love to see on Facebook. I would also love to see you party, of course. All work and no play wouldn’t make Goa what it is.

- Interview  By Maria D’costa


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Model of the Season – Scarlett Rose

Model of the Season – Scarlett Rose

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There’s something about Scarlett that we just can’t resist! This bikini model is the latest to grab our attention. Whether she’s pouting for the camera or revealing about her life, Scarlett’s vulnerability, wilfulness along with her animated personality and innate style shines through.



This Is What She had To Say to Us



1: Tell us about your childhood. Did you always want to be a model?

- I was studying in Assam before I came to Goa in the 7th grade and joined Presentation Convent, Margao. I was a very mischievous kid Modeling was never in my foresight; I always wanted to be a teacher, a D.J., or an airhostess.

2: Did you have to struggle hard to make it in the modelling world?

- Yes, I had to work a lot, as I was chubby, and loosing that excessive weight was a big concern. I was over 60kgs pre “Miss Goa”. Now I am 47kgs. I had to exercise everyday and follow a strict diet. Also, being a model isn’t a piece of cake! You have to be confident, bold and should be able to carry off different outfits with ease Thankfully, I am very comfortable in my body and all the hard work paid off.

3: Describe your first photo shoot. Did you enjoy the experience?

-My friends who were amateur photographers used to use me as their model back then in college , and we use to shoot often so yes, that helped me a lot.

4: Tell us something of the beauty pageants that you won?

- The first Crown I won, was in 2011 “Miss Creation “.My friends filled the form and I was told about it just 10 minutes before the show!  So I walked the ramp in shorts and sneakers, danced on a random song and lo, won the crown, and there after Miss Goa Runners up and Miss Facebook for “Navy Queen”.

5: Have you changed as a person over the years?

- Physically, I have changed a lot; Old friends fail to recognize me. But as a person, I have changed the way I looked at life! Today, I try to see the positive side of life, learn to appreciate everything that comes my way, give more importance to humanity and people close to me, and empathise with others. Importantly, I have learnt to smile through my tough times.


6: Are you happy with the modelling scene in Goa. What changes would you want to see in Goa as far as modelling is concerned?

- Not really, the modelling scene is yet to pick up in Goa, but at least compared to some years back, Goa has raised it bar a little It would be nice to see more male and female models, designers, make-up artist, hair stylist and photographers as we hardly have any. But sadly, the modelling industry in Goa pay a pittance. It’s sad and that should change.

7: What advice would you give to the youth of Goa who want to get into modeling?

- Goa has potential. The young blood of Goa has a lot of talent and is very creative. My words of encouragement would be, “If you want to achieve and make it big, set a goal and work hard. Don’t let any sort of negativity pull you down! If you really like what you are doing, enjoy it and follow your goal” You will surely make it big!


8: Has any incidents made you bitter?

- Not really, I don’t really let negativity pull me down.

9: How do people react to your bikinis shots?

- Mixed reactions, I would say! People in the glamour and entertainment industry appreciate it. The people of Goa have supported me.  But there are many others who have a lot of negative opinion about my work. They think being a Bikini Model is blasphemous and try to degrade you. But My Biggest Support is Goa. and I’m proud to represent this beautiful state.

10: How did photographer Neil Grake know of you?

- After Miss Goa, I had lot of people following me on Facebook, so I created a fan page, and started getting a lot of fan following. So Neil Grake, the photographer from Mumbai, happened to come across my profile. He saw the potential in me and asked me to do a shoot for him.

11: How did you get the debonair assignment?

- After my shoot with Neil Grake, I got a lot of work. Debonair too noticed me and asked Neil to do a shoot with me for their magazine.

12: Besides modeling, do you plan to do anything else?

- Yeah, I may get into the business line, as Commerce is my stream in college.  I’m currently studying, So someday I may become an entrepreneur or get into Management, Human resources or Mass Communication.


13: Are you happy with your celebrity status?

- Yes, I am happy that I have achieved everything through my hard work. There was no monetary help from anyone nor did I have a god-father in the industry! Yet, within a span of one year I have worked with top people, nationally & internationally too.  I have reached where I am today because of the encouragement and support from the people of “Goa” and I will strive to make my State proud of me.


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– By Maria D’costa





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