year Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) took the
initiative to popularize the Bonderam Festival at Divar
amongst the tourists from all over India. GTDC organized
a special cruise from Panaji to Old Goa. Tourists staying
at various GTDC residencies as well as locals availed of
this special cruise.
The Santa Monica launch was gaily decorated with colourful
flags to give it a festive Bonderam look. The cruise set
off at 3.30 pm from Santa Monica Jetty, along Dr. Salim
Ali Bird Sanctuary to dock at Old Goa Jetty. There was a
lot of live entertainment on board with a solo performance
by GTDC, Deputy General Manager, Administration, A. T. Fernandes
and DJ music to entertain the guests. After Santa Monica
docked at Old Goa, the guests were taken across the river
to the island of Divar in the Old Goa ferry and picked up
by GTDC coaches to be carried to the festival venue at Divar.
The tourists witnessed traditional celebration of Bonderam
Festival and enjoyed the float parade and dance performances
which depicted various facets of Goan culture.
The organizers of the festival, Piedade Association from
Divar invited Francis Xavier Pacheco, Minister for Tourism
as the Chief Guest of the function. Mrs. Pacheco, GTDC Managing
Director, Sanjit Rodrigues, Father Assis Dourado and Prasad
Harmalkar, President of Piedade Association were also present.
Addressing the gathering, Tourism Minister Pacheco praised
Piedade Association for organizing the event. He assured
them that the Ministry of Tourism will always extend full
cooperation for the age old Bonderam Festival. Sanjit Rodrigues
in his speech extended support to popularize the traditional
After the float parade the guests embarked on Santa Monica
for Panaji. Tourists enjoyed the entertainment on board,
and were also awarded prizes for competitions held during
the cruise. After a delicious dinner on board, the cruise
came to an end.
The show on the cruise was compered by GTDC Manager Travels,
Armando Duarte. Prizes were awarded by Deputy General Manager,
Marketing, L. C. Kavlekar in the presence of Marketing Executive,
Ashton Souza, and Public Relations Officer Deepak Narvekar.