The fifth edition of the Monte Music Festival, where Indian classical music and dance meet with their western forms, will have an extra day this year, a day set aside for semi-classical Portuguese music and its encounter with Indian traditional instruments.

“Since they are not traditionally classical, we have a special day for them,” said Paulo Varella Gomes, delegate of the Fundacao Oriente, the main promoters of the festival. The four-day festival will feature Indian musicians like Prabhat Kumar on the Sarod, Anuradha Pal on the Tabla, the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra Quartet, The Chamber Singers, a 18-member ladies choir from Pune and soprano Joanne D’Mello with the Goa String Orchestra. There will also be a Bharat Natyam performance by Kshitija Barve from Goa.

From overseas will be the Reed Flute Duo from Macau and the Coro Alma de Coimbra a choral group from Portugal. A special performance, on the added extra day, will be a Portuguese guitar recital by Antonio Chainho and Tiago on guitars, along with Chhote Rahimat Khan on the sitar, Mayuresh on the tabla and Sonia Shirsat singing. They will be followed by the Portuguese choral group. The performances will all be held at the chapel of Our Lady of the Mount, Old Goa, with those at dusk being held in the courtyard, with the setting sun as a backdrop. The evening’s second and third performances will be held inside the 16th century chapel, where natural acoustics do not require the use of a sound system. Vehicles will not be allowed at the chapel, and will have to parked at the foot of the hill, from where a shuttle service will ferry the people to the chapel. “We take care not to harm the site and it’s a way to preserve the site and make it more enjoyable,” said Varella Gomes.