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Arambol Beach - Goa
Dated 2007-10-07

One of the unique features of Arambol beach situated in this small Indian state of Goa is that it is secluded and manages to look quite untouched and primitive, though it is a tourist’s dream beach and quite frequented. Arambol beach in India’s Goa can be a sheer delight if a person is looking for just the sea, himself and tranquillity.

The villagers at this Goan beach are friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. Here, you can get the feel of the Goan culture from close quarters. After the other crowded beaches in Goa which chug out commercial air, Arambol comes as a welcome change. There are miles and miles of long uninterrupted beaches with well-made track running around. The second beach is even more secluded and little used. There are sulphur pits and freshwater lakes that tourists can use for swimming during their vacations in Goa. . . . . MORE
Artistes Impress Upon Need To Promote Mando Dance Form
NT News Desk

Panaji, Sept 27: The traditional mando dance is a unique dance form, evolved as a blend of Indian melody and Western tune and every Goan has to ensure the promotion and preservation of this art form, said Mr Tomazinho Cardozo, a member of the general council of the Kala Academy while inaugurating the day-long workshop on Goan mando dance organised by Kala Academy at the Black Box on September 23.

The workshop was attended by around 80 participants wherein different lectures-cum-demonstrations and practical sessions were staged by experts of mando dance. Dr Francisco Colaco made a special presentation on the theoretical part of the said art form and also the costumes as well as the dancing patterns of the dance form. Dr Colaco extended his compliments to Kala Academy for organising the workshop which is of prime importance for preservation of traditional mando.

Mr Lawrence Fernandes demonstrated how the rhythmic patterns could be provided with the traditional percussion instrument viz Ghumat. Mr Fernandes emphasised on the preservation of ethnic musical patterns and suggested to the Kala Academy to organise the follow-up sessions of the present workshop.

Mr Timotio Fernandes, a well-known folklorist staged the demonstrations of Mando dance and explained how to stage the traditional art form before the elite audience. Mr Augustinho de Cruz, an eminent musician gave a demonstration on his rhythm guitar and explained how to provide musical beats on rhythm guitar as well as base guitar to maintain the tradition of mando.

Earlier, Dr Pandurang Phaldesai, member secretary of Kala Academy stated that in the era of globalisation, every Goan has to take care for maintaining our own identity through the preservation of traditional art forms, those which have enriched our heritage. Dr Phaldesai also declared that Kala Academy will organise more workshops towards the follow-up action and will also explore the possibilities of organising a festival of traditional Mando dance with the participation of traditional groups from Salcete area.

He also offered to provide infrastructural facilities for practicing Mando singing and dancing for participation in the forthcoming All Goa Mando Dance Competition organised by Goa Cultural and Social Centre. Mr Issac Dias, vice president and Mr Octavio Rodrigues, general secretary of Goa Cultural and Social Centre expressed their views and extended compliments to Kala Academy for taking up the project of mando workshop.
Goans will be strangers in their own land: Nandkumar
NT News Service

Margao, Sept 27:
Warning that coastal areas from Salcete taluka would be submerged under water after 20 years from now, Dr Nandkumar Kamat, a scientist and renowned social worker, said that unless Goans wake up and protect their land they will be strangers in their own land.

He was speaking at a largely attended meeting which was organised by Cansaulim, Velcao, and Arrosim Peoples’ Front near St Thomas Church, Cansaulim this evening.

Earlier, the rally of the villagers which started at 3 p.m. passed through the village and culminated into a huge public meeting.

The rally, on World Tourism Day, was organised to protest against tourism promoted without attempting to protect the land and its people, the organisers disclosed to ‘The Navhind Times.’

Young and old, including students carried with them placards and banners with slogans such as ‘Do not privatise beaches,’ ‘We want heritage tourism,’ ‘Our coasts are not for sale,’ ‘Don’t exploit children’ etc.

Reminding the Cansaulim villagers of the great Goan leader Dr Tristao Braganza Cunha, who was born in Cansaulim village and who worked with stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru and Pandit Jawaharla Nehru, about his struggle for freedom and protecting the Goan identity, Dr Kamat said that Goa must be protected at any cost for the future generation.

Let the future generation be safe from deadly diseases like HIV/ AIDS, which have made their presence felt in Goa and were threatening the lives of many Goans, he noted.

The Goan Communidades and their leaders worked hard to carve out villages with meticulous planning, which he said were now being destroyed in the name of tourism and gave a call to Goans to wake up or else they would be vanquished.

He warned that time was running out for coastal villages and that the Goans should now rally together to protect this state once known as the ‘Golden Goa.’

Dr Kamat called upon all the sarpanchas of the villages of the coastal talukas to be vigilant and not to allow anyone to sell their soul for the sake of few pieces of silver.

Fr Valeriano Vaz speaking on the occasion reminded the Goans that the church had played a significant role to protect the lives of traditional fishermen and toddy tappers and that it is the duty of every Goan to see that Goa is protected from all kinds of ills that is happening in the name of tourism.

Later, the villagers resolved to multiply the area groups, find out specific problems faced by the villagers and then push the same to the government to find solutions through peoples’ programme.

Velsao sarpanch, Ms Aruna Rodrigues, Cansaulim sarpanch, Ms Blanche B Pereira, convenor, Mr Savio Sequeira, Mr Teotonio from Majorda were among others who spoke on the occasion. Fr Maverick Fernandes of Council for Social Justice and Peace was also present on the occasion.
New body to fight for power to panchayats
PANJIM: Aiming to streamline power to panchayats as envisaged under the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment, which, in turn, supported by the Panchayat Minister Mani Shanker Aiyer, a nascent movement has taken birth in the state. Calling itself the 'Goa Democratic Decentralisation Movement" it aims at creating an awareness on the effects of decentralisation in the state and enhancing the political and social potential of local bodies in governance. The movement has chalked out various activities such as conducting awareness meetings, rallies, padayataras, ensuring accountability in governance, documentation, advocacy and lobbying. The office bearers of this group are: Dr Nandkumar Kamat (Convenor), Lalan Kerkar (jt convenor), Dr Aureliano Fernandes (Vice chairperson), Soter D'Souza (secretary), Miguel Braganza (joint secretary), Anabel Gama (treasurer). The advisory committee comprises of Fr Maverick Fernandes, who is the joint secretary of the Council for Social Justice and Peace, and Kumar Kalanand Mani. [GT]
Goan artists at "Divergent Horizons"
The works of acclaimed Goan artists Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal, Nirupa Naik and Rajashree Thakker will be featured in "Divergent Horizons", an exhibition organised by Mahua Gallery. Also included will be paintings by varied artists coming from other regional zones including Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
This exhibition to be held at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area, New Delhi, from 11 to 14 October, thus becomes unique with distinctive stylizations and techniques indulging in varied images. The artists have innovated and created contemporary images with ideas taken from the new age environment, folk motifs, elements from ancient miniature style paintings and tantric symbols. [GoaNewsClips]
Rain above normal in Goa
PANJIM, Oct 9:P Goa has received highest rainfall this season compared to the last seven years with 141 inches of rainfall being noted until now. Normally, Goa receives about 110 to 115 inches but for the last three years it has been good in terms of the average, said Goa Meteorological Observatory in-charge KV Singh. In 2006, Goa received 116.9 inches while in 2005 it was 131.4 inches. The record highest was in 1961 when Goa had crossed 169 inches. [H]
First of 800 charter flights to arrive on Oct 11
VASCO, Oct 7: The Dabolim airport director, Mr D Paul Manickam, today informed that around 800 charter flights carrying tourists from different countries are expected to arrive this year, out of which 717 have already confirmed their arrival. Last year, 776 charter flights had arrived. The Condor flight from Frankfurt coming via Dubai will touch down the airport early on Thursday morning. Last year, about 22 lakh air passengers flew to Goa through the Dabolim airport including 4 lakh charter tourists. [NT]
Konkani adages
"Vozram" is a just-released book by Isidore Dantas, and illustrated by GT cartoonist Alexyz R Fernandes, which describes itself as "a treasure trove of Konkani adages with English interpretations". Mumbai/Pune-based Dantas has, since some time now, been very helpful in volunteering to translate English texts into Konkani, and to build that language's presence in cyberspace. This book (154 pp, Queeny Productions and Publications, Velsao-Pale, Rs.100) is a good compilation of Konkani sayings. While Dantas has done a great job in collating the sayings, the English rendering gives the impression of falling in-between a literal translation and one which gives adequate understanding of the context. Nonetheless, this is a useful book. Dantas is one more of those expats thinking of their Goa, even while sitting far from home. [Frederick Noronha, GT]

# So finally the government of Goa is waking up and realising that thee is a need to act tough against people violating the laws of the land? The decision by the government to clamp down on foreigners overstaying their visa may come as a surprise to many but if one looks at in clear perspective, the law of the land is the law of the land. [Herald]

# The process for preparation of a regional plan for horizon year 2021 has finally begun. What ought to be appreciated is that the Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, instead of rushing for preparation of the plan at one go, has preferred to constitute a task force, which would suggest an appropriate methodology for framing the plan. [The Navhind Times]

# Monday, 8 October, 2007, belonged to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat. Practically, all the newspapers carried a report and photograph of the opening of the road from Panjim to Mapusa, which was closed due to the landslide at Porvorim. Secondly, and more importantly, Monday was also the day when newspapers carried the names of a task force set up by the Chief Minister to assist the government in drafting a new regional plan for the state. The CM's achievement lies in the constitution of the task force. [Gomantak Times]

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