Goan Mando

Goan Mando, meeting point of Indian and western musical traditions

Goan Mando is a musical form that evolved during the 19th and 20th century among Goan Catholics of Goa. This tiny state of India was ruled by the Portuguese for as long as 450 years. 

The Goan Mando represents the meeting point of Indian and western musical traditions. The music has elements of both Indian and western culture.Instruments used in mando music are guitars, violins and the ghumot (drum).

The attire included the males wearing formal coats, showing Portuguese influence, while females wear a unique Indian costume (bazu torop or pano baju). The ceremonial torhop-baz worn during the mando dance was of velvet or silk, red, blue or green in colour, embroidered with gold (rarely with silver) threads.A white or blue shawl was worn. The socks had to be white and the slippers ornamented. This was all graced with a fan, which enhanced the lady's mood with a secret charm during the dance.