Goa's heritage festival kick starts

Panaji, Jan 9 : Goa Deputy Chief Minister, Francis D'Souza along with the Goa Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar and the Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) Nilesh Cabral on Tuesday inaugurated the Heritage Festival here at the football ground in Saligao.

According to sources, the inaugural event witnessed over 4,000 visitors.

The festival showcased Goa's rich and unique heritage through stall displays for things intrinsic to the state: Goan sausages, cashew feni, wood craft, coconut shell craft, crochet and needlework, terracotta, hand-painted tiles, Loka Daij, heritage photo gallery, etc.

Dilip Parulekar said, "Every Goan should be proud of their heritage and culture. We are happy to organise the 2nd Annual Heritage festival near the beautiful Mae de Deus church which is a 125 year old heritage structure. We hope that all tourists witness this festival and enjoy Goa's rich heritage."

Visitors also got a chance to watch the Divli-naach, Mando, Goff dance, Ganesh Vandana, tarang and the various stalls at the venue.

GTDC noted that the department of tourism plans to make this event an annual property and expand it to include many more local artists and Goan culture to give tourists a wholesome taste of Goa.

Officials informed that the Day-3 of the festival will witness the Goan Konkani Natak, Dhangarnrutya, Zemado, Dasarwadan dance and a musical evening by Sonia Sirsat and troupe.

--IBNS (Posted on 09-01-2014)

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