Art & Culture
Goa is the place where the mystical east meets the modern west. There is no place in the world where you will find Christmas being celebrated with as much passion as Diwali, or where traditional Indian fish curry and rice are eaten along with sausages. You will find the most beautiful women in saris (traditional Indian attire) and also in shorts and spaghettis! There is a zenith of various cultures here and the people are really liberal and tolerant towards western tourists. Goa is indeed a true link between the East and West.
Goa is the land of exquisite crafts and craftsmen, where artistic quality finds an innate expression. Goa has a prosperous and splendid tradition of traditional arts. Over the years, Goans have excelled in the fields of music, dance, poetry and the fine arts. Goans have put in to a great extent to the world of music. Many famous names on the Indian music scene originate from Goa.
Famous Indian singers have originated from Goa. These include high profile personalities like the very famous Lata Mangeshkar and Kishori Amonkar in the classical range and in the recent times, Remo Fernandez in pop music.
In Goa, local craftsmen produce an extensive range of crafts, ranging from Terracotta Pottery and statues to fabulous brass lamps and other decorative objects.
The folk paintings of Goa mostly portray occurrences from the traditional Indian epics - The Mahabharata, The Ramayana and The Puranas and also some well-known illustrations from the New Testament.