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art cultureThe east is the east, the west the west, but the twain do meet in Goa. After all, where in the world would you find Christmas celebrated with as much zest as Diwali, or where fish curry and rice are eaten side-by-side with chouricos (Portuguese for sausages). Imagine yourself strolling amongst women full dressed in their saris wading through one of Goa’s numerous beaches, and then having the (mis)fortune of accidentally walking over a not so fully dressed person taking in the rays. Goa is indeed a bridge between the east and west, with Goans (NOT Goanese!) serving their role as bridge keepers or “Culture Brokers” between the two. In order to better appreciate Goa and its unique culture, history and people, we hope that you take some time to browse through the several sections listed below.

Shri Kamakshi Temple, Shiroda

At a distance of 37 km from Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, 32.7 km from Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and 19 km from Margao Railway Station, Shri Kamakshi Temple is situated in North Goa. The temple of Shri Kamakshi is set amidst hills in the picturesque village of Shiroda of …

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Purnanand Chari – From his fortress in Canacona, his mission is Konkani

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Though always the bright kid in his class, Purnanand Chari was a regular guy until he entered his 20s. When he reached there, after acting and singing in Konkani nataks for years, something struck Chari — Konkani songs were devoid of the rhythm of the land, and were always imitating …

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Makar Sankranti

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Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues Makara Sankranti is generally celebrated every year on January 14, with a few exceptions on January 15. It is interesting to note that although the Hindu religious festivals are celebrated on the basis of lunar and solar calendar, and therefore the change of …

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THE GOAN BAKER

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The familiar ponk! Ponk! Sound of the Poder’s horn at dawn forms as much a part of Goa as does this tiny state’s numerous and unique customs, feasts and festivals. In Konkani there is no difference drawn between the bread delivery man and the baker. They are both referred to …

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Selwyn Pereira

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Selwyn Pereira started his own band when he was 10 years old. This much appreciated band of youngsters was named the “Civilians“. He then played for one of Goa’s top rated bands known as the “Big City Band for 5 years. At its peak, the band played shows in Goa …

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Music

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Remo Fernandes CLIFTAN – Goan Band poised to invade Indi Pop Selwyn Pereira Bombay’s Early Goan Musicians

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Remo Fernandes

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As a result of 450 years of colonialization by the Portuguese, Goan music has evolved to a form that is quite a bit different from traditional Indian music. This historical amalgamation from the east and west has produced some of India’s best artists such as Lata Mangeshkar and Remo Fernandes. …

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CLIFTAN – Goan Band poised to invade Indi Pop

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A very successful young Goan band has been making wide waves in Muscat for the last couple of years. After last year’s resounding success of their debut audio CD, “Memories of Christmas“, the Oman-based band styled as New Dimensions is preparing for the release of their second music venture. This …

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OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

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In the year 1541, a hermitage or a small chapel was built on the hilltop in Panaji for seeking Divine Grace. The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was made into a parochial Church in the year 1600, and it was rebuilt in its present architecture in 1614. It …

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A day dedicated to Lord Vishnu – Ananta Chaturdashi

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Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues Ananta Chaturdashi, or the day proceeding the full moon day of Bhadrapad, ten days after Ganesh Chaturthi, brings an end to one phase of the Chaturmaas festive season. In Goa many families have grand celebrations on this day, with special pujas performed and …

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