One of the most
popular rural dances, Dhalo is performed by women folk on the moonlit
night of Hindu 'Pausha' month. This dance is performed during the
week-long festivities are held at night time and the main deities
propitiated on the occasion are Mother Earth and Sylvan deity, who are
supposed to protect their house-holds.
Compared to Fugdi
dance, this dance is slow. The songs are in Konkani and Marathi.
Normally 12 - 24 women assemble after the dinner at a pre-selected
specific spot called 'Mand' in the courtyard of a house in the village.
themselves in 2 parallel rows of 12, facing each other, and in a tribal
fashion form a link within themselves with an arm-around-the-back
arrangement, singing in unison. Normally, two rows of women confront
each other by prancing forward and backward while singing the stories of
their life and the contemporary society.
The songs cover
religious and social themes. The dance goes on every night for a week.
On the concluding day, women sport all sorts of fancy dresses and even
Other Folk Art Forms of Goa:
Dashavatara | Dekhni
| Dhalo | Dhangar |
Fugdi |Ghodemodni |
Goff | Kunbi |
Mando | Muslam
Khel |Ranmale | Samayi Dance |
Veerbhadra | Other Folk Dances )