Kunbis, the earliest settlers of Goa, are a sturdy tribal community mostly settled in Salcete taluka, who though converted to Christianity, still retains the most ancient folk tradition of the land.

Their songs and dance belonging to the pre-Portuguese era are uniquely social and not religious.

The fast and elegant dance by a group of Kunbi women dancers, wearing traditional yet very simple dresses, lends a colourful touch to this ethnic art form.

An example of a Kunbi song: “The coy bride is filling the pitcher in the ankle-deep water of the rivulet and the fish (called) Thigur is winking at her.”