Goa is the tiniest state of India, lying in the Konkan region. Millions of tourists visit this beach destination every year, and this place is often synonymous with the tourism in the country. Divided in North and South districts, it is the ultimate place to enjoy peaceful vacations or fun-filled weekends. This place is dotted with numerous stunning sights and historical monuments. The geography is a perfect amalgamation of plateaus, mountainous regions and coastal plains. Tourists can see glimpses of Roman and Portuguese architecture in the churches and other man-made wonders of this region. One glimpse of this state gives an insight of the cultural richness and interesting traditions. It is also regarded as a pilgrimage centre for the believers of Christianity.
Celebrations in Goa
Most of the tourists come to this place to enjoy their vacation. The months of November and December are busiest as the Christmas and New Year celebrations of this state are popular all across the globe. Tourists can enjoy the most happening party on one hand, followed by a serene walk by the sea. These parties include performance by renowned names in the music industry. Special performance in parties or full-fledged concert by these artists can be enjoyed during a stay here. Apart from this, classical programs are also part of the culture, and tourists can be a part of them to know this place in a better way.
Dance Events in Goa
This state is quite rich in culture, heritage and arts. The performing arts of this place are unique and have been point of interest of many travellers. The unity in diversity of the Goan heritage can be easily spotted in the dances performed by artists. The overall view is colourful and ethnic, depicting the mix of Indian and Western influence on the art form. Over a period of time, various dances and musical events have evolved as result of the fusion. They all grew parallel with the classical dance. Here is a list of dances, which have been a part of the state since years.
Local Performing Arts
The first one in the list is Dekni, performed exclusively by women. Its background music is inspired by both the East and West; hence has contemporary as well as ethnic components. Unlike other Indian classic performance, it is devoid of religious context and came into existence as a result of social gatherings. It includes elements of Kunbi, Dhalo and Fugdi – folk and tribal dances, respectively. Kunbi is perhaps the only form, in which Portuguese influence is absent as it has been practised even before their arrival.
Lamp Dance is the speciality of Goa, performed by trained women during Shigmo – the spring festival. It needs a lot of practice as balancing lamps on the head is a part of the whole act.
To get a closer look at the lifestyle of locals, travellers can go to see the Goff. It is performed by Goans after the crop is harvested in order to celebrate the occasion. The techniques involved in this performance may take months to learn. In the first half, braids are made using colourful cords, and in the second half artists unravel it while doing rhythmic movements inspired by Gujarati tribal dances. Songs played during the entire performance are dedicated to the Lord Krishna.
Dance drama and plays also feature elegant dance forms, some of which are Jagar, Dhangar, Muscle and Ghode Modni.
Gawdas – known as original settlers in Goa – perform Jagar and Dhangar.
Apart from this, Dashavatar, which means ten incarnations, is also a major genre associated with Lord Vishnu. Some people say that this form takes instances from Kuchipudi and has originated from it while the other group believes that it has evolved from Yakshagana. It is part of a play, in which the theft of Vedas is the subject. Main characters include Goddess Saraswati, Lord Brahma and the Sankasur demon.
Romat dance performed as a result of the thanks-giving observation is one of the most vibrant sights. It is more of a procession carried by people of Central and Northern Goa that features ceremonial umbrellas, huge banners, festooned stick and people dancing on beats of Dholas and Tashas (drums). The electric cultural mix of Goa is different from rest of the country, and is unique in its own way. Travellers can experience an exhilarating vibrancy, rhythmic charm and colourful variety by visiting this place.