|Goa Art & Culture
art and craft forms of Goa show a remarkable harmony between
Portuguese and Indian cultures. The crafts of the state
are intricately beautiful, capturing the fancies of tourists
and locals alike. These crafts can be at best described
as a mirror of Goa's perennial glory and beauty and they
have carved a niche for themselves with the connoisseur's
of art the world over. The major art forms of the state
include bamboo craft, woodcarving, brass metals, seashell
craft, papier-mâché, and wooden lacquer ware.
Other important crafts of the state include jute macramé,
fabric collage, plaster of Paris, crochet and embroidery,
fiber and batik prints, fiber stone carving, coconut shell
carving, metal embossing, silver and imitation jewelry.
Terracotta figurines, exquisitely carved rosewood and teak
furniture, classic brass items and the unique gold jewellery
designs all speak of an age still valuable in this technology
obsessed world. Local craftsmen in Goa produce a wide variety
of crafts ranging from terracotta pottery and figures to
superb brass lamps and decorative items.
The folk paintings of Goa have been traced to different
places from ancient temples, churches and palatial manors
to humble households. Feni is Goa's famous contribution
to the world, the drink prepared from cashew apples. Feni
preparation is in fact a cottage industry in Goa and feni
is brewed in many a house.During the Portuguese colonisation,
local craftsmen played a major role in the development of
the exquisite furnishings and decorations used in residential
houses, churches and chapels. This art can still be seen
the Christian Art Museum at Old Goa.
Goans have contributed greatly to the world of music. Many
famous names on the Indian music scene originate from Goa.
Famous singers such as Lata Mangeshkar and Kishori Amonkar
in the classical variety and Remo Fernandes in pop music,
are from Goa.
Konkani literature has produced many great names such as
Bakibab Borkar who have contributed to the development of
Konkani as a national language with some superlative writing.
A number of Goans have also played a major role in drama
and Hindi film industry in the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.
The Goan culture is a rich blend of eastern
and western traditions, influences and art forms. It is a
constantly evolving culture, which has adapted to welcome
aii the international guests it gets every year.Goa has a
rich local tradition with quaint peculiarities that are common
to the Goan community. The Portuguese influence is evident
in almost all forms of the Goan way of life, from its cuisine
amazing architectural structures to its music and dance forms
and last but not the least its hospitality.
Needless to say, the 500 yr occupation has left an impact
that cannot be undermined.
In spite of remaining under Portuguese control for so long,
majority of the people in Goa are still Hindu. Though, strong
catholic influences are visible everywhere in the art, culture,
|Art and Craft Goa
Goa is a land, where aesthetic quality
finds a natural expression. Goa has a rich and magnificent
tradition of the classical arts & crafts. Over the years,
Goans have contributed greatly to the world of poetry, music
and the fine arts.
The major role played by the local craftsmen at the time of
Portuguese colonisation can be seen in the exquisite furnishings
and decorations used in residential houses, churches and chapels
of that time. The Christian Art Museum at Old Goa projects
some of the masterpieces of the Portuguese time.
The folk paintings of Goa have been speaking
of different places, ancient temples, churches and palatial
mansions to humble households. The paintings mostly portrays
episodes from the epics - the Mahabharata and the Ramayana
and the Puranas and also found are the scenes from the New
Testament. Goa's gift of exquisitely carved rosewood and teak
furniture, the terracotta figurines, the classical brass items
and the unique gold jewelry designs speak volumes of the development
of arts & crafts in the past age.