(Last Updated on : 04/11/2010)
The Goan folk dances bear a tradition of thousands of years, characterized by innumerable forms performed by and reflecting lifestyles, cultures and aspirations of different strata, religions and castes of Goan society. The prominent ones include the Dashavatara, Ghode Modni and the Goff Dance.
Dashavatara dance is the performance of ten rupas or ten different incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is one of the famous dance of Goa.
Ghode Modni dance
Ghode Modni dance literally involves horse-like movements in its performances. It is a spectacular warrior-dance performed for the remembrance of the victory of the Ranes, the Maratha rulers of the Satari taluka in Goa, over the Portuguese. This dance is more popular in Bicholim, Pernem and Satari talukas, which was once ruled by the Marathas. It is also performed during the time of Shigmo festival in Goa. For the performance, the kshatriya dancers wear huge head gears made up of colourful flowers. Even the wooden horses are beautifully bridled and decorated with spotless white clothes and there are tied ghungurs on the anklets. The performance begins with the simple steps of the dance. Holding the bridle in one hand and brandishing and waving a naked sword in the other hand, the dancers take forward and backward steps on the beat of drums - Dhol, Tasha and Cymbals. These instruments are used to recreate the prancing of warhorses.
Basically, the brave deeds & praiseful actions of the Goan warriors are expressed in their dance named as Godhe Modni dance. This dance is also known as dummy horse presentation, where the attractively dressed dancers armed with swords perform. For three days the people are in a mood for fun and frolic during Carnival. This dance is a special attraction of this Annual Carnival season.
The Goff Dance is a folk dance performed with using cords, reflecting joy and happiness of peasants from Goa after the seasons of harvest.