Folk Dances of Goa
Rich cultural heritage of Goa

Goa abounds in festival and fairs and temples and churches which also commemorate early legends. They are the occasions when a Goan peasant manifests joy and happiness.

Bhandap: A traditional folk dance performed by the women folk of the scheduled tribe community who were the earliest settlers of Goa, in the second half of the Hindu month Bhadrapada.

Corredinho-Portuguese folk dance: A peasant dance which is popular among Goan elite youth.

Dekhni dance: Performed only by women,displays a rare blend of Indian &Western rhythms.

Dhangaar Dance : In Navratra days, a vigorous session of worship dance.

Fugdi & Dhalo: Folk dance performed by women. The most common folk dance forms of Goa.

Ghode Modni: It is in commemoration of the return of the Ranes after victories over the Portuguese in Bicholim and Satari Taluka.

Goff-folk dance with chords: Manifests joy and hapiness of Goan peasants after the harvest,during Shigmo Festival in Phalgun month.

Hanpet Sword Dance : A traditional warrior dance performed during the Shigmo Festival.

Kala & Dashvatar :
Folk dance forms representing the subsequent development of jagar as tiatr . Some of the other popular folk drama forms are Ranmale, Ratkala and Tiatr.

Kunbi dance : Tribal folk dance : A group dance-cum-song thoroughly rustic.

Lamp dance : Performed during Shigmo Festival by women holding lamps on their heads.

Mando : A love song. It represents the mingling of Indian and Western tradition.

Morulem : A traditional folk dance presented by the backwaard community during Shigmo Festival.

Mussal-Khel-Pestel Dance : A dance-cum-song in praise of valiant Kings. It also projects incidents in the village life of the times, Romat, Tonya Mel and Dhendlo are some other folk dance forms.

Perani Jagar : The earliest form of drama.

Raatib : Part of religion ritual of Muslim community performed during 11th month of the Muslim calendar.

Suvari : It is a traditional tone setter to all Hindu religious and festival performances.

Talgadi : Folkk dance performed by men-a social, sophisticated, outdoor dance for men.

Taranga Mel : Banners mela of farmers.

Tonyamel : Folk dance with sticks. A very vigorous and muscular group dance which is connected with the farm-folk celebrating the joys of good harvest. Tipri Nritya resembles tonyamel folk dance.

Veerbhadra : It is a typical Indian style dance performed in Ponda, Sanguem and Bicholim Talukas.

Zagor : Folk Play. A cultural activity presented in different villages of Goa in different styles by the Gauda community.