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Culture of Goa
The culture of Goa is a unique synthesis of indigenous elements and extraneous influence. Goa’s cultural traditions literally stretch back to the dawn of civilization. Goa has nurtured and preserved local art and culture despite being repeatedly conquered by invading forces.

Dance and music are a necessary part of the Goa culture. Goa has a collection of exquisite art and crafts and tourists visiting the state take artifacts as souvenirs.

Goa abounds in festivals and fairs around temples and churches which also commemorate eaily legends. They are the occasions when a Goan peasant manifests joy and happiness.

A Goan is said to be born with music in his blood and music literally accompanies him from the cradle to the grave. Musical traditions run in whole generations.
Goan Folk Dances
Goan folk music has a lively rhythm and the folk-dances a rugged vitality. The musical accompaniment for both folk songs and the folk dances is provided by a diversity of musical instruments – Ghumats, Dhols, Cymbals (Drums), Flutes, Harmonium, Violins and Guitars. The favorite, however, seems to be the Ghumat.
Tiatr
The Konkani tiatr, a dramatic art form, unique to Goa has flourished and thrived for over a hundred years.

Tiatrist have achieved a high degree of professionalism in recent years with elaborate sets, lighting and other technical aspects. But the success of the tiatr is mainly due to the fact that the themes chosen are topical and contemporary.

The songs on topical, burning, controversial issues that are interspersed through the performance are sung. The songs are irreverent and gently or at times even savagely poke fun at the government. Most of the themes of tiatr are concerned with social problems confronting the people.
People of Goa
 
Mando
The dhulpad, a part of the mando, with a very quick tempo, came into general use first and the mando with the medium tempo later. The dhulpad was sung simply as a relaxation to the sole accompaniment of the ghumat (traditional Goan percussion instrument); the violin and the guitar.
Kunbi Dance
Its a tribal folk dance. A group dance-cum-song thoroughly rustic.
Bhandap
A traditional folk dance performed by the womenfolk of the scheduled tribe community who were the earliest settlers of Goa, in the second half of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.
Goff-folk Dance
It manifests joy and happiness of Goa peasants after the harvest, dining Shigmo Festival in Phalgun month.
Lamp Dance
Performed during Shigmo festival by women Holding lamps on their heads.
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 Dhendio are some other folk dance forms.
Suvari Folk Music
It is a traditional tone setter to ail Hindu religious and festival performances.
Talgadi
Folk dance performed by men-a social sophisticated, outdoor group dance for men.
Dekhni
The dekhni meaning “bewitching beauty” represents an attractive mixture of folk culture and Western music, danced by girls in fully Indian dress and accompanied by folk drum "Ghumat".
Fugdi
is danced in a circle or by a rows of dancers. People from the villages dance in a circle but forest settlements have it in rows. No instrument or musical accompaniment is found with the dance, but special fugdi songs are innumerable with a few fixed steps and hand gestures and hand laps are the elements.
 
Lifestyle of Goa
Goa Party
If you want to party, there is no place on this planet like Goa. Goa is synonymous with partying and the land is chock a bloc with party zones on every nook and corner. Beach parties, trance parties, New Year parties -- parties of myriad hues keep the Goan life throbbing with dynamic energy all year round.
Goa History
The history of Goa is steeped in mythological roots. An ancient land, Goa finds mention in Hindu epics as Gomantak, literally meaning 'fertile land with plentiful water.' The first major dynasty to have ruled over Goa was the Satavahanas under who Goa flourished as a prominent center of maritime trade.
Goa Music
Music occupies the pride of place in the cultural milieu of Goa. Goans are born musicians and music runs deep in their veins. Apart from being a vast repository of folk music forms, Goa is also the cradle of a number of Western music forms.
Religions in Goa
Goans are deeply pious people and religion play an important role in the Goan society. Hinduism and Christianity are the two major religions in Goa, together constituting around 95% of the population.