Goa Art and Culture
it is the stunning beaches, fringed with swaying palms, golden sand, scenic
coves and captivating azure waters that make Goa one of the premier tourist
destinations of the world. But beyond the coastline, in the least explored
stretch of its picturesque villages and quaint little towns, lies Goa's rich
art and culture. It is only in Goa that you will find several culture and
art forms flourish in perfect harmony. In Goa, you will see that Christmas
is celebrated with as much interest as Hindu festival of Deewali, or fish
curry and rice are eaten side-by-side with chouricos. Goa is indeed a
cultural bridge between the east and west, with Goans serving their
important role as 'bridge keepers.' In truth, the words could not define the
uniqueness of Goan art and culture, better you visit Goa and appreciate its
distinct art, culture, history and people.
Art & Craft of Goa
Goa, a land of crafts and craftsmen, is definitely not behind in the field
of arts and crafts too. Since time immemorial in Goa, artistic quality finds
a natural expression. The major art forms of Goa include bamboo craft, brass
metals, woodcarving, seashell craft, wooden lacquer ware and pappier-mache.
Other important crafts are plaster of Paris, jute macramé, fabric
collage, fiber stone carving, crochet and embroidery, fiber and batik
prints, silver and imitation jewelry, artistic weaving cotton dolls, soft
toys, woolen tapestry etc.
Art and Craft of Goa show a perfect harmony between Portuguese and Indian
cultures. During the Portuguese rule, the local craftsmen played a major
role in the development of the beautiful furnishings and decorations used in
the churches, chapels and residential buildings. Till date, you can see this
art form in the Christian Art Museum at Old Goa.
Folk painting is another popular art form
of Goa, which manifests itself from ancient temples, churches and palatial
mansions to even humble households. The folk paintings mostly depict scenes
from the epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas and also from
the New Testament. You can catch a glimpses of this Goan art in the museums
and art galleries of the state.
Goan art is a unique blend of various art forms from different religious
beliefs and life-styles. So it is common that you will see a Hindu artists
representing Christian images. Even today you will find the influence of
Goan traditional art in the intricately carved rosewood and teak furniture,
the terracotta figures, the classical brass items and the unique gold
Many a folk art and craft of Goa have now joined the mainstream and are
commercially produced. Goan artists make attractive souvenirs for tourists
in their ethnic ambience and also in the Arts and Crafts complex run by the
Performing art in Goa is a unique feature of the state. Performing arts in
Goa have a distinct flavour and it can be easily differentiate from those of
the other Indian states. What is notable in the performing arts in Goa, that
they colourfully illustrates the unity in diversity of Goan heritage.
Music, dance and folklore are deeply rooted in the heart of Goans and the
rhythm runs in their blood. Over the years, Goan have proved their
excellence in the field of poetry, music and the fine arts. Goans have
contributed a lot to the world of music and many popular names in the Indian
music have originated from Goa.
Culture of Goa
One of Goa's most discerning assets is its rich cultural heritage. Its
natural beauty and hospitality with the cultural heritage has put Goa on the
international tourist map. Goa was under the Portuguese rule from 1510 to
1961 and the Portuguese influences are visible in Goa's art, culture,
architecture, food and music. Over the years the Goans have imbibed the
Portuguese culture in their lives and it is difficult to imagine about the
state without its Portuguese link. While you are in Goa, you will come
across different shades of the state. On the beach, Goa seems to be very
happening place where people are ultra modern, but if you want to see the
other side of Goa visit the Churches, Temples and Mosques. In these
religious places you will observe that Goans are deeply connected to their
Art and Culture Goa Tour Packages
Features : Goa is known all
over the world for its rich art and culture, which you can observe on
Goa Tour in India. This tour takes you to small towns and big cities of
Goa where a rich cultural heritage flourish since time immemorial. Visit
Goa on this package and get a close look of popular arts forms like
bamboo craft, brass metals, woodcarving, seashell craft, wooden lacquer
Features : Goa is famous for
its rich art and culture, On India by Day and Night tour, you get a
wonderful chance to observe the rich cultural heritage of the state.
This tour takes you to almost all the parts of Goa, where you can see a
variety of art forms. Besides, this package also provides you a chance
to have a close look of Goan culture.
Features : During your
five-days stay in Goa, Rajasthan Heritage and Goa takes you to various
parts of the state. While you visit Goa on Rajasthan Heritage and Goa,
you get a good chance to observe the various art forms and rich culture
of the state. Popular Goan art forms that you can see on this tour are
bamboo craft, woodcarving, brass metals, seashell craft, wooden lacquer
ware, fabric collage and jute macramé. Besides, you can also
enjoy traditional music, songs and dance of Goa.
Features : A thousand year of
Hindu-Muslim rule, followed by 450 years of Portuguese rule has left a
hybrid of Eastern and Western culture in Goa, that makes a trip to it a
unique experience. Goa's old culture has contributed a lot in the
field of arts and crafts. Today, many a folk art and craft have joined
the mainstream and the Goan craftsmen make excellent souvenirs for
tourists. On Best of South India tour, you get a good opportunity to
experience the unique culture of Goa on your own.