Folk Dances of Goa :
bind the present with the past and keep the continuity of civilization.
The originality of folklores have pleasantly surprised even most erudite
scholars and litterateurs.
Goa has a unique
cultural heritage, rich and lively and it is known for several folk
festivals and performances.
sub-castes and tribes mingled in its social texture in Goa's long
history and this presents a wide diversity of folk arts that incarnate
its traditions, customs, convictions and culture.
Goa has been inhabited
by many racial stocks. No other region in India perhaps has had such a
wide variety of political regimes. The various rules introduced their
life styles and cultural influences of which, the marks are vividly to
be seen in the races and the rulers, there have been the in comers for
trade and commerce and the men of the armed forces drawn from different
During the history
spanning over 2,000 years of life, Goa has been shaped by the Bhojas,
Shilaharas, Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Vijaynagar rulers, Adilshahi and
finally the Portuguese. The changing colours of history have left their
multiple and lovely shades on the Goan life. And folk art has not been
an exception to it.
The traditional folk
music and dances have continued uninterruptedly, while the influence of
the Portuguese music and dance on the local culture has helped evolve
new forms. This happy blending and co-existence of cultural traditions
gives a unique character the music and folk dances of Goa..
The diversity of these
cultural influences makes Goa distinctive although it shares in a
general way the culture of the coastal Konkan strip. Among the
innumerable folk dances and forms encountered in Goa include Talgadi,
Goff, Tonya Mel, Mando, Kunbi dance, Suvari, Dasarawadan, Virabhadra,
Hanpeth, Gauda jagar, Ranmale, Fugadi, Ghode Modni, Lamp Dance, Musal
Dance, Romat or Mell, Morullem, Bhandap, Dhangar Dance, Dekhni and
Other Folk Art Forms of Goa:
Dashavatara | Dekhni
| Dhalo | Dhangar |
Fugdi |Ghodemodni |
Goff | Kunbi |
Mando | Muslam
Khel |Ranmale | Samayi Dance |
Veerbhadra | Other Folk Dances )