Cultural Dances of Goa

Bhandap:   A traditional folk dance performed by the women folk of the scheduled tribe community who were the earliest settlers of Goa, in the second half of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.

Corredinho- Portuguese folk dance:   A peasant dance which is popular among Goan elite youth.

Dekhni-Beauty dance:   Performed only by women, displays a rare blend of Indian & Western rhythms.

Dhangar Dance:   In Navaratra days, a vigorous session of worship dance.

Fugdi & Dhalo:   Folk dance performed by women. The most common folk dance forms of Goa.

Ghode Modni:   It is in commemoration of the return of the Ranes after victories over the Portuguese in Bicholim and Satari Taluka.

Goff- folk dance with chords:  Manifesto joy and hapiness of Goan peasants after the harvest, during Shigmo Festival in Phalgum month.

Hanpet- Sword Dance:  A traditional warrior dance performed during the Shigmo Festival.

Kala & Dashavtar:  Folk dance forms representing the subsequent development of jagar as tiatr. Some of the other popular folk dance forms are Ranmale, Ratkala and Tiatr.

Kunbi Dance:  Tribal Folk dance: A group dance-cum-song thoroughly rustic.

Lamp Dance:  Performed during Shigmo Festival by women holding lamps on their heads.

Mando:   A love song. It represents the mingling of Indian and Western tradition.

Morulem:  A traditional folk dance presented by the backward community during Shigmo Festival.

Mussal-Khel-Pestel Dance:  A dance-cum-song in praise of valiant Kings. It also projects incidents in the village life of the times; Romat, Tonya Mel and Dhendlo are some other folk dance forms.

Perani Jagar:  The earliest form of drama.

Raatib:   Part of religion ritual of Muslim community performed during 11th month of the Muslim calendar.

Suvari:  It is a traditional tone setter to all Hindu religious and festival performances.

Talgadi:   Folk dance performed by men-a social, sophisticated, outdoor dance for men.

Taranga Mel:  Banners mela of farmers.

Tonya Mel:  Folk dance with sticks. A very vigorous and muscular group dance which is connected with the farm-folk celebrating the joys of good harvest. Tipri Nritya resembles Tonya Mel folk dance.

Veerbhadra:  It is a typical Indian style dance performed in Ponda, Sanguem and Bicholim Talukas.

Zagor:   Folk Play. A cultural commotion presented in different villages of Goa in different styles by the Gauda community.
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