|Goa at A Glance
The beaches of Goa are the highlights of travel in this state, making
Goa the premier beach vacation destination.
The people of Goa love to sing and dance. Songs and dance are part
of every Goan's life.
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Dances of Goa
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Manddo is a song or rather a poignant story of love told in the form of
a lovely song. The word Manddo, derives from the Sanskrit 'mandalam' meaning
circular movement. It is believed that originally the Konkani Manddo dance
involved movement in circle. At present such circular patterns are noticed
when the dancers get into a feverish pitch in the concluding stages of
the dance. In the normal course the dance moves along parallel lines,
with graceful movements to and fro, advancing and reading, the men displaying
in a flourish towards the women their colourful handkerchiefs and the
women admiring their toy fans, with an eye on the men.
It is a folk dance with cords, manifesting joy and happiness of Goan peasants
after the harvest. It is performed during the Shigmo Festival in Phalgun
month. Each dancer holds a colourful cord hanging at the centre point
of the 'mand' - the place of performance – and starts dancing intricately
with the others, forming a beautiful, colourful, intricate braid at the
end of the first movement. The music starts again and the dancers reverse
the pattern of dancing so skillfully that the braid gets unrevelled and
at the end of the second movement, all the cords are loose and single
once again. There are 4 different braids of Goff. The songs sung are devoted
to Lord Krishna. Ghumat, Samael and Surta Shansi or melodic instruments
accompany the dance. Goff has an affinity with tribal dance forms of Gujarat.
Kunbis, the earliest settlers of Goa, are a sturdy tribal community mostly
settled in Salcete taluka, who though converted to Christianity, still
retains the most ancient folk tradition of the land. Their songs and dance
belonging to the pre-Portuguese era are uniquely social and not religious.
The fast and elegant dance by a group of Kunbi women dancers, wearing
traditional yet very simple dresses, lends a colourful touch to this ethnic
art form. An example of a Kunbi song:
"The coy bride is filling the pitcher in the ankle-deep water
of the rivulet and the fish (called) Thigur is winking at her."
This dance derives its name from brass lamps used in the dance during
the Shigmo festival. The accompanying instruments include Ghumat, Samael,
Cymbal and Harmonium. The performers indulge in a slow dancing movement,
balancing brass lamps with burning wicks on the head and the hands. The
balancing act controlled by tremendous self-discipline and exquisite footwork
matching with the rhythms of the traditional folk songs are eye-catching.
This group dance is popular in the southern and central Goa.
There are some activities which are peculiar to Goan Hindus. The spirit
of the carnival finds its expression in Chandor village among the Hindus
in the form of the Talgoddi dance. It literally means young men in rhythm
in Konkani. It has eight distinct modes, expressed through its theme and
is danced by eight to twelve men. They show their skill in footwork and
muscles by dancing a number of group dances, which are a spontaneous outburst
of genuine folk spirit, on the Mandd or paved courtyard under the graceful
and cool mattov (pavilion made of thatched green coconut, tree plaited
leaves and mounted on betel nut poles). It is a sort of an aimless dance
expressing a pure rhythmic pattern of human movements, energy and sheer
joy of living.
DEKNNI OR DAKHNNI
It is a form of song-cum-dance in the Christian repertoire of song
among the people of Goa. It is a song composed by Christian artistes perhaps
an expression of the Goan Christian nostalgia for their lost Hindu past,
where the Devadasi or kolvont in Konkani was an alluring symbol.
|Goa at A Glance
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Church building was one of the main occupations of the early Portuguese
and in fact one of Vasco da Gama's main missions for finding the
sea route to India.
Goa is the home of the famous Vindaloo, originally an extra-hot
and sour pork curry, but now made with a variety of meat and fish.