Goan Music

Goan Music

Goan Music has a wide variety of music genres ranging from Western art music to Indian classical music. Goa was ruled by the Portuguese for almost 450 years. This has influenced the use of western instruments like Violin, Drums,Guitars, Trumpets and Piano .

Goa has produced a number of prominent musicians and singers in the world of Indian music.António Fortunato de Figueiredo (conductor and violinist), Chris Perry (often called the king of Goan music), Hema Sardesai (playback singer), Ian D'Sa, (former guitarist of Canadian band Billy Talent, of Goan descent), Remo Fernandes(musician and playback singer), Kishori Amonkar (classical vocalist), Dinanath Mangeshkar (dramatist and classical vocalist), and Oliver Sean (singer/songwriter), Monsorate Brothers.


Goan Bands

These include wedding bands in goa, one man band, duo band, serenaders, brass bands, etc. Goan wedding bands have come a long way from the unplugged era to the techno phase. The music scene comes alive during a wedding ,local festival or any excuse for entertainment. It is rightly said that music flows in the blood of goans.

The String instruments and blowing instruments along with the locally made drums have ruled the scene for quite some time. The brass bands are not totally forgotten and can be seen at selective functions. Hotels have added serenading to add a taste of goan flavour . The last journey of a man in Catholic burial is sometimes accompanied by a brass band.

Goan Mando

goan mandoIt 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.