The folk dances of Goa are the true instances of their rich cultural heritage. These dances have been performed over ages without any kind of changes whatsoever. The Goan dances reflect the true Goan spirit of the people and give an insight into their lifestyle, thinking patterns and traditions. Some popular dance forms are Shigmo, Fugdi, Dhalo, Dekhni, etc.
The Shigmo dance celebrates the spirit of spring season. It is the time of
regeneration of nature for the farmers. For the warriors, it marks the
victorious return of man from battlefield. Temples are beautifully decorated
and festivity takes place in its entire splendor. This dance also the name
of the spring festival and usually takes place in the month of March. It is
celebrated in rural Goa where the Hindu population dominates.
One of the favorite dances of the Goans, this traditional dance is very
popular among girls and women. This dance does not require a special
occasion or a festival. Fugdi dance is performed in the praise of Lord
Ganesha, the Elephant God of the Hindus. This dance is enjoyed by all age
groups and requires immense swirling until one sits down exhausted. It is
one of the most common dances performed by the women.
The Dhalo dance is yet another favorite of women of rural Goa. It is more
of played than danced. Young women and girls group-up and form semi circles
by entwining their arms around each other's backs. They then sing and dance
in synchronized swaying movements and have fun and frolic.
The Christians who remember their lost Hindu status mainly composed this
form of dance, which also involves singing along with it. It revolves around
a lovely woman who is usually the main danseuse who is joined later by other
dancers. The music is a lovely combination of Indian and western melody and