Changing face of the nursery of folk talent

 

Shigmo's focus has shifted from live dances to the dead shows of chitra-rath, when it should have been the opposite, the aim being conservation of the rich, spiritually-based and aesthetically superb folk cultural ethos of Goa, writes Pandurang Phaldesai.
 
The various rituals observed in the form of festivals in Goa establish the direct link with age-old traditions that emerged after the fusion of races and agricultural communities. One can cite as the best example Shigmo, an exclusive spring festival of men, or the eco-feminist festival of Dhalo performed solely by women. [TOI]