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Drumming for a cause

Goa witnessed a first of its kind drum circle flash mob on Friday at Miramar beach. Drum circle facilitator and psychologist Arthur Fernandes along with students of the St Xavier’s College, Mapusa enthralled the rapt audience at the beach.

Fernandes said that this flash mob was a way for him to give back to the people of Goa through what Goans love the most— music. Through the beats of the djembes the young students along with Fernandes wanted to highlight the importance of the coconut trees to Goa. “What is Goa without its coconut trees”, said Gable Mascaranhes, a student.

The flash mob began with young drumming prodigy Nathan Miranda whose beats started to attract the locals out on an evening stroll at the beach. Other drummers soon followed suit orchestrated by Fernandes on the djembe himself. Soon enough over 50 ardent drummers thumped away rhythmically in a circle attracting onlookers.

Fernandes was humbled with the response of the locals. “I just wanted to do my bit for the lovely state of Goa. I felt that this was the best way possible to also spread the message about the importance of the coconut trees.”

Cartoonist Alexyz who is quite vocal about this coconut tree issue was also part of this flash mob.

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