OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

OH MY GOA

All About Goa !!! The Goan Way of Life !!!

Goa, also referred as the ‘Rome of East’ is one of the most happening and modern tourist destination in india with heritage goan culture and tradition. Colonized by Portuguese for 450 years, cultural heritage of Goa consists of numerous goa churches, temples and mosques. Moreover, Goa’s exotic beaches that sprawl over wide and soft sands as well as the sea food of Goa are much admired and liked by people visiting Goa from different places. Goa’s cultural richness and vividness is well reflected through Goan folk dances, Goan folk culture and Goan songs.One also gets charmed by a series of Christian monuments that reveal some of the most attractive architecture.

A lot has been inherited from Portuguese in the form of attire which is western including skirts worn by women. Be it the western music including jazz, techno as well as western classic or western cuisines including the amazing sea food, everything in cultural Goa has great western influence. People here are extremely modern and have their inclination towards contemporary advancements. It’s been 40 years since the Portuguese left Goa and since then Goa has turned itself to being one of the most westernized and dashing places in India, which is much frequented and loved by tourists from across the world.

Numerous popular singers came up from Goa to please the minds and hearts of music lovers. Singers such as Emiliano D’cruz, Prince Jacob, , Souza Boy, M.Boyer, Alfred Rose, Kid Boxer, Rosario Rodrigues, Tony King and J. B. Rod. Goa also showcases buzzing nightlife to you. Goans flock around exotic beaches or let the various restaurants go buzzing all through the night. Festivals as well are celebrated with great festive cheer.

And when it comes to scrumptious food, one gets a chance to taste mouth watering Portuguese, Konkan, as well as Bahamani cuisines that are more than enough to satisfy your taste buds. Goans love to eat fish curry with rice which serves to be their staple diet. In addition to this, Goans also like pork as well as chicken. In the monsoon season, fish is quite abundant, and therefore, Goans have galore of them. The most preferred and liked drink of the Goans is known as Feni, which is made mainly from coconut water.

Some of the popular sports that are played in Goa include bull fighting as well as football. Moreover, wonderful fairs and festivals such Seista, a popular Hindu festival, are also celebrated in Goa with much enthusiasm. Moreover, cultural Goa is found to be replete with diverse cultural faiths. The contemporary Goa is replete with numerous hotels and resorts that serve to be a comfortable and pleasant abode for people coming to Goa. Therefore, make it a point to visit Goa closely and get acquainted with its rich and stunning cultural heritage that adds to its overall charm among the people.

The history of Goa is much shrouded in mystery. When the Hindu epic Mahabharata was written in the later Vedic period (c.1000-500 BC), Goa was referred to “Gomantak” (a Sanskrit word having many meanings, two of them being ‘fertile land’ and ‘land of the Gods’).

One legend has it that the mythical sage Parashuram – who was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu – created the entire stretch of Konkan coast, several thousand years ago, by ordering the seas to recede. The entire community of the warrior tribe Kshatriyas was eradicated by Parashuram. He then gifted the land that was captured Kashyapmuni – a sage. The Kshatriya annihilation left the land unadministered; thus leading to lawlessness and turmoil. As a result, the anxious sage Kashyapmuni, requested Parashuram to leave and settle in a different place. So Parashuram, in obedience to Kashyapmuni, recovered land from the sea by ordering the sea to go back – he is believed to have shot an arrow from the top of the Western Ghats into the sea; the distance covered by the arrow indicated the amount of land to be given up by the sea god. The location where the arrow is said to have landed was called “Bannali” (Sanskrit for ‘where the arrow landed’; Bann: arrow, ali: village). Today the place is better known as Benaulim. Legend has it that the land surrendered by the Sea God lies on the banks of the two main rivers: Gomati and Asghanasini – now known in Goa as Mandovi and Zuari.

Another legend has it that the beautiful ladies of the Konkan region enthralled Lord Krishna when he saw them bathing in the coastal area. The ladies in their turn were drawn to the music generated by his flute, that they were entranced and kept dancing. Lord Krishna, christened the place “Govapuri” after the cows (‘gov’) belonging to the locals.

The first settlers of Goa were the Brahmins who were called Saraswats. They were originally residents of the land lying on banks of the River Saraswati; hence the name. Following the drying up of the river, an exodus of Brahmins took place to all corners of India.

These Saraswat Brahmins lived in harmony with the local indigenous people, the Kunbi tribals, who are still around to this day. Around the year 740 AD, the Brahmins erected their first Matha (religious centre of learning) at Kushasthali (present day Cortalim).

Today a temple of Parashuram stands in Painguinim village of Canacona Taluka in South Goa as a proof of the state’s mythical history. There is no concrete proof to find out the accurate date as to when the Saraswats or Parashurama arrived in the Konkan. Even if the legends are counted as mere myths, the long inhabitation of Saraswat Brahmins in Goa, along with their family deities, remains an indisputable truth.

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LAMP DANCE

Sanna
This kind of lamps uses brass lamps and it is unique and difficult since it is basically the art and skill of the dancer who keeps the lamp on his head and uses different body movements without affecting the position of the lamp. The time at which this dance is performed is the time of the Shigmo festival. The various instruments that are used for this kind of dance are Cymbal, Ghumat, Haronium, and Samel. The songs used are the traditional folk songs and the main regions wherein this dance is performed are the southern and central regions of Goa.

TONYAMEL

This is a folk dance performed by peasants working on farms to celebrate the festivities of good harvest. The dance is performed in very vigorous and aggressive movements and with lots of noise and sound. The dance is a kind of homage paid to the Mother Nature and is quite fascinating.

DHANGAR DANCE

DHANGAR DANCE
Hangars form a community of shepherds who worship a folk god named as Bira Deva. They believe in rituals and various celebrations. They celebrate with dances on dhol and flute. The dances they perform are usually dedicated to Shri Radha and Krishna. The costumes they were are named as Kathiawari white dress.

DEKHNI DANCE

Dekhni is referred as a song cum dance. This is because the song has western bearings while the dance is of Indian form. It is only the women dancers who conduct this beautiful dance. A film producer got so enchanted by a popular Dekhni song that he made it familiar to every child of the country. Whenever this dance is performed, it is done with ghumat.

MUSSAL KHEL

This is one of the folk inheritances that involve a song cum dance done in the praise of brave kings. An important aspect associated with this dance is that it is performed by Christians to praise a Hindu King. The main day when the dance is performed is the beautiful full moon day of falguna month of the Hindu calendar. It is basically performed by the Cholas of Chandor who were defeated by the Harihar of Vijaynagar dynasty.

FUGDI AND DHALO

These folk dances are basically performed by women and they are quite common. The pace of Dhalo is slow while that of while that of Fugdi is fast. The pattern followed by the Fugdi dance is circular and in Dhalo a dozen of women dance having their faces in front of each other. Both these folk dances are performed on Marathi and Konkani songs.

Mando - the Latin Taste

GHODE MODNI Ghode Modni This is the name of a splendid folk dance that is mainly performed in Bicholim Taluka of Goa. The dances brangs back the memory of the great warriors in the past. The dancers swing around with dummy horses tucked to their waists. They carry swords in their hands showcasing bravery and at the same time they wear ‘ghungrus’. The background music is the music of dhol and tasha.     GOFF TALGADI AND SHIGMO GOFF TALGADI AND SHIGMO They are awesome and beautiful folk dances that are a part of Spring jubilation and they are basically performed to spread festive mood and happiness among the peasants. These dances are mainly performed by peasants of Goa. The peasants residing in Canacona Taluka perform the Goff dance. Goff consists of weaving of braid with various tints. The entire dance is a symbol of extreme discipline. Talgadi is also a folk dance that is performed on ghumat beats. It is quite identical to the dandiya dance of Gujarat. Shigmo is a dance that is performed by wearing colorful dresses and is done of the beats of dhol, tasha, cymbals, etc. DHANGAR DANCE DHANGAR DANCE Hangars form a community of shepherds who worship a folk god named as Bira Deva. They believe in rituals and various celebrations. They celebrate with dances on dhol and flute. The dances they perform are usually dedicated to Shri Radha and Krishna. The costumes they were are named as Kathiawari white dress. MUSSAL KHEL MUSSAL KHEL This is one of the folk inheritances that involve a song cum dance done in the praise of brave kings. An important aspect associated with this dance is that it is performed by Christians to praise a Hindu King. The main day when the dance is performed is the beautiful full moon day of falguna month of the Hindu calendar. It is basically performed by the Cholas of Chandor who were defeated by the Harihar of Vijaynagar dynasty. ZAGOR ZAGOR Zagor is a folk dance inherited from the Modern Marathi Theatre in Goa. It consists of two formsone of which belongs to the Pernni community, while the other belongs to the Christian Gawdas. Pernni Zagor concentrates on the philosophical topics based on the origin of universe. On the other hand the Christian Gawdas has been taken from the contemporary village life. LAMP DANCE Sanna This kind of lamps uses brass lamps and it is unique and difficult since it is basically the art and skill of the dancer who keeps the lamp on his head and uses different body movements without affecting the position of the lamp. The time at which this dance is performed is the time of the Shigmo festival. The various instruments that are used for this kind of dance are Cymbal, Ghumat, Haronium, and Samel. The songs used are the traditional folk songs and the main regions wherein this dance is performed are the southern and central regions of Goa. FUGDI AND DHALO FUGDI AND DHALO These folk dances are basically performed by women and they are quite common. The pace of Dhalo is slow while that of while that of Fugdi is fast. The pattern followed by the Fugdi dance is circular and in Dhalo a dozen of women dance having their faces in front of each other. Both these folk dances are performed on Marathi and Konkani songs. VEERBHADRA Veerbhadra is known as the son of Lord Shiva and he is also referred as the burning flame. This dance is actually performed on Dhalo Mand’s fifth day. The dance is performed while holding swords and and the instruments that are played include dhol and tasha. KUNBI SONGS AND DANCE Kunbi songs and dances is actually played by the primitive settlers in Goa that delineate ancient traditions. The songs belong to the Portuguese era and they are basically for the enjoyment of the dancers. MORULEM Morulem is a popular dance in which dancers dance on old and traditional songs to please their deities. The costume of the dancers includes flower garlands as well as peacock feathers adorning the heads. ROMAT This dance is accompanied by drum beats following a wonderful rhythm. The dancers dance amidst big banners, batons and umbrellas as well as festooned sticks. TONYAMEL This is afolk dance performed by peasants working on farms to celebrate the festivities of good harvest. The dance is performed in very vigorous and aggressive movements and with lots of noise and sound. The dance is a kind of homage paid to the Mother Nature and is quite fascinating. SUVARI This dance involves vibrant rhythms, music and taals that add a lot of enthusiasm to it. It is performed for religious festivals and related events. The instruments used in it are cymbals, ghumat, surt, shehnai and shamel. All through Goa, This dance is performed with much cheer.

Forms of Music in Goa

Goa is a Mashup of global forms and genre of Music
Trance in Goa

Goa trance is form of electronic music and is a style of trance music which originated in the Indian region of Goa. The music has its roots in the popularity of the Goa region in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a hippie mecca, although the actual Goa trance style would not appear until much later. As the tourist influx tapered off in the 1970’s and 1980’s, a core group remained in Goa, concentrating on improvements in music along with other activities such as yoga, recreational drug use, and various New Age pursuits.

The introduction of techno style and technique to Goa led to what would eventually become the Goa trance style; early pioneers included Goa Gil and Mark Allen. Many “parties” (similar to raves) in Goa revolve entirely around this genre of music; Goa is also often played in other countries at raves, festivals and parties often in conjunction with other styles of trance and techno.

Goa is essentially “dance-trance” music (and was referred to as “Trance Dance” in its formative years), and as such has an energetic beat, almost always at 4/4 and often going into 16th or 32nd notes. A typical number will generally build up to a much more energetic movement in the second half of the track, and then taper off fairly quickly toward the end. Generally 8-12 minutes long, Goa tracks usually have a noticeably stronger bassline than other trance music and incorporate more organic “squelchy” sounds.

 

Goa trance parties have a visual aspect as well, the use of “fluoro” (fluorescent paint) is common in clothing and decoration. The images are often associate with topics like aliens, hinduism and other religious (especially eastern) images, mushrooms (and other psychedelic imagery), shamanism and technology. Goa trance has a significant following in Israel, brought to that country by former soldiers returning from recreational “post-army trips” to Goa. A great deal of Goa trance is now produced in Israel, but its production and consumption is a global phenomenon.

Goa Trance effectively morphed into psychedelic trance during the latter half of the 1990’s. Both styles are generally non-commercial and underground compared to other forms of trance. The goa sound is more likely to be heard at outdoor parties and festivals than in clubs and places like Ibiza. For a short period in the mid-’90’s it enjoyed significant commercial success with support from DJ’s like Paul Oakenfold. The artist man with no name probably came the closest to being a goa trance “star”.

 International Flavor

 

ZAGOR

Zagor is a folk dance inherited from the Modern Marathi Theatre in Goa. It consists of two formsone of which belongs to the Pernni community, while the other belongs to the Christian Gawdas. Pernni Zagor concentrates on the philosophical topics based on the origin of universe. On the other hand the Christian Gawdas has been taken from the contemporary village life.

KUNBI SONGS

Kunbi songs and dances is actually played by the primitive settlers in Goa that delineate ancient traditions. The songs belong to the Portuguese era and they are basically for the enjoyment of the dancers.

VEERBHADRA

Veerbhadra is known as the son of Lord Shiva and he is also referred as the burning flame. This dance is actually performed on Dhalo Mand’s fifth day. The dance is performed while holding swords and and the instruments that are played include dhol and tasha.

ROMAT

ROMAT
This dance is accompanied by drum beats following a wonderful rhythm. The dancers dance amidst big banners, batons and umbrellas as well as festooned sticks.

MORULEM

Morulem is a popular dance in which dancers dance on old and traditional songs to please their deities. The costume of the dancers includes flower garlands as well as peacock feathers adorning the heads.

SUVARI Folk Music

Suvari is a traditional folk music, a tone setter to all Hindu religious and festival performances. The music is orchestral in nature and relies heavily on ‘Laya’ (tune) and ‘Tal’ (beat), as spoken words are few. The orchestra consists of ‘Ghumat’, ‘Shamel’, Cymbals and sometimes ‘Shehnai’ and ‘Surt’.
Other forms of Goan music include “Banvad”, “Cantaram”, “Dasra Vadan”, “Gadya Ramayan”, “Gaun Kani”, “Gosavi Gayan”, “Gudulya Geetam”, “Jat”, “Lagan Geet”, “Lavni”, “Pavada”, and devotional music like “Bhajan-Dindi”, Carol Singing, “Kirtan” and “Ladainha”.

GOFF TALGADI & SHIGMO

GOFF TALGADI AND SHIGMO
They are awesome and beautiful folk dances that are a part of Spring jubilation and they are basically performed to spread festive mood and happiness among the peasants. These dances are mainly performed by peasants of Goa. The peasants residing in Canacona Taluka perform the Goff dance. Goff consists of weaving of braid with various tints. The entire dance is a symbol of extreme discipline. Talgadi is also a folk dance that is performed on ghumat beats. It is quite identical to the dandiya dance of Gujarat. Shigmo is a dance that is performed by wearing colorful dresses and is done of the beats of dhol, tasha, cymbals, etc.

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