Shigmo (Shigmotsav/Shimga) is often called the Goa’s version of Holi (Rang Panchami). The annual Shigmo parade held on Panaji’s 18th June Road is the culmination of Shigmo celebrations. The parade is a kaleidoscope of Goa’s Hindu roots through folk dances in resplendent traditional costumes and larger than life floats depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.
There are three categories on display: fugdi, romtamel and tableaux
The procession is led by a series of such Kunbi dances (a folk dance performed by village tribal women, dressed up in colourful sarees).
The Romtamel included various village groups clad in their festive colors, their pulsating drums and blowing flutes accompanied with multicolored cloths, torans, flags and column-like red spotted Dwajas
and this is the amazing goff (the ‘ribbon dance’, through co-ordinated dance moves the dancers intertwine numerous ribbons into a braid)
These were interspersed with lots of individual fancy dress entrants…
And finally came the sights that I was waiting for the whole evening… chitrarath… the shigmo floats!
It began with Laxmi bestowing blessings on everyone
and a series of other floats depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata
The waking of Kumbakarana, complete with a two-truck long float and the evil laugh hehe hahaha (which left me in splits!) was a sure shot prize winner!
And three others that were strong contenders were:
The heavenly abode
The Abduction of Sita (Sita Haran) with Rama in close pursuit
and The Dance of Shiva
Shigmo stands in stark contrast with the commercialisation of Carnival. It is truly a celebration of community, culture and creativity.
Light has the power to facilitate activity. The power to rejuvenate.
This is the theme of LIGHTS IN GOA, an International Architectural Lighting Workshop and seminar for “Activating public spaces”. This is a collaborative effort of the Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IID-Goa) and the Professional Lighting Designers’ Association (PLDA, Germany)
Lighting designers embarked on transforming urban spaces using professional designed lighting and make them pockets of social activity! Here is the one that I happened to chance upon–Kala Academy.
It took me a while to figure out the writing in light… but then I did have some help from an Hindi expert The symbols read prakash (which is light in hindi)
… somre more Indian Rangoli in light
Lighting the tree-lined Kala Academy promenade that was the work of light designer Martin Lupton from UK and his team of students. The latter fashioned waste materials like empty cartons and soft drink cans into lanterns and lighting artefacts.
The science of lighting is enlightening indeed!
If you are interested in knowing more, here is the official brochure of Lights in Goa
The moon on the night of March 19, 2011 was different because it was 356577 km from the earth, one of the closest approaches in the past 18 years… and it gets the label… Supermoon (or scientifically speaking, a lunar perigree)! Going with all the hype created by the media I had to witness this first hand!
The most convenient location that came to mind was the Dona Paula jetty. Good thing I went out here, because at “moon rise”, the moon actually took on a reddish hue…
I could not resist taking this night panorama (click on it for a better view)
But then as it goes with every spectacular “breaking news” everything went back to normal, there were no high tides in the sea, no other celestial phenomenon and the biggest news discussed next was how India crushed West Indies to enter the World cup semi final!