fleck on India’s western shore…. A 50-minute flight-out south of
Bombay…GOA ! A holiday –maker’s paradise …sprawling hills, meandering
rivers, lush green fields…miles and miles of virgin beach…Goa has it
all! ! !
sunlit beaches, green hills, silvery waterways, waterfalls, and lakes,
Goa has always been a unique spot with vast tourist potentialities,
which are now being re-discovered continuously. The gift of nature has
endowed Goa with enchanting loveliness and idyllic serenity. It’s
culture… a unique blend of the Indian and Portuguese, laced with ‘Alegeria’,
and the Goan spirit of laughter, good fellowship and song. Besides a
long and checkered history, Goa reflects in its monuments, churches,
temples, forts, its colorful festivals throughout the year, music,
cuisine, and even a distinct style of living—a harmonious blending of
the East and West. (continued)
Goan Food Not Limited
To Fish And Feni
PANJIM: Goan food and drink is not
limited to "fish and feni". There are tonnes of other variants and
options that most visitors, and even locals, are often unaware of,
says a new guide to Goan food and beverages.
Food Stop, a newly-published comprehensive guide to the traditional
food of Goa edited by former Herald journalist Melanie Sequeira
lists some 350 recipes.
Focussing on age-old culinary art of Goa, this guide also offers an
insight into the equipment handed down over generations -- from the
adoi (grater-cutter fitted on a wooden platform), to the budkulo
(circular mud pot), chaalan (sieve), and the combo (earthern water
Also introduced to those who may not know are kitchen-equipment like
the dovlo (ladle), faatan (flat grinding stone), gainem (strainer),
kadai (deep-bottomed pan), kholboto (small pounder), kisnem (grater)
and similar equipment.
On Line Konkani
24 hour live Konkani Music station, 365 days of the year. Classic
songs from Goa, which will bring back memories while you sip on your
glass of feni. Song from Lorna, Chris Perry, Remo and popular Goan
Masala's can be heard.
Marathi-Konkani book was a catechism (cartilha) printed at the
College of St. Paul around Oct. 1556- Dec. 156. There are
contemporary references to it, but no copy has survived.
Christam em Lingoa Bramana Canarim of Fr. Thomas Stephen was
printed at Rachol in 1622. There are copies of it at National
Library of Lisbon and at the Vatican Library. Prof. Mariano Saldanha reprinted it with notes in 1945.
There is Arte da
Lingoa Canarim composed by the same Thomas Stephen of 1640, and
copies are found at the National Library of Lisbon and at SOAS,
The Konkani tiatr, a dramatic art form,
unique to Goa has flourished and thrived for over a hundred years.
Tiatr has been sustained entirely by popular support as it has never
been extended any patronage and help either by the Portuguese colonial
regime or successive governments in post liberation Goa.
The Kala Academy, which is the premier institution in the State for
the promotion of performing art has historically ignored tiatr. The
Chairman of the Kala Academy was present on the occasion of a function
associated with the tiatr recently for the first time probably because
the Chief Minister Francisco Sardinha, an avid tiatr fan was the chief
guest. Not just the Kala Academy, but even institutions like the
Konkani Academy set up with the primary objective of promoting Konkani
language and culture has tended to regard tiatr as a low brew form of
popular entertainment rather than a distinct art form. In the highly
casteist Goan society, tiatr has been looked down upon as a popular
form of entertainment of the lower classes. So much in the so-called
elite sections of society tiatr is virtually looked upon as taboo and
Migration to the Middle East
The present paper gives a
brief historical perspective of Goan migration. It attempts to examine
the push and pull factors that have contributed to Goan migration to
the Middle East in recent times. The paper will show also how a Goan
abroad attempts to preserve his heritage in terms of culture, which
includes religion, food, dress, attitude, habits and other influences.
Goans have been
migrating through the ages from their land either to settle
permanently or for short period of time. There is a reference to
sporadic migration of Goans from early period. M.N. Pearson says that
“ Goa had always, even in pre-Portuguese times, been open to the
Arabian sea and its littoral ”.
The first recorded wave of Goan migration can be traced back to the
sixteenth century – the first century of the Portuguese rule in Goa.
Goan migration has never
been uniform. It took shades. We may classify Goan migration into
three main phases : The early initial migration to the neighbouring
kingdoms, migration to British India and Africa, and the postcolonial
migration to the Gulf, the West (Europe and America), Australia and
New Zealand. More