Sunday, 11 March 2012

Shigmo 2012 Panjim - Floats, Dance etc

Shigmo- A colourful display of Cultural wealth.
Street parade / floats mainly depicting giant mechanical Mythological characters

This festival occurs few weeks after Goa Carnival

Organised by Goa Tourism in association with organising committees
in  14 cities of Goa

This one is from Panjim streets on 10th March 2012

After Panjim, Mapusa etc
Pernem on 12th March
Bicholim 13th
Sanquelim 14th
Valpoi 15th
Vasco 16th
Sanguem 17th
Margao 18th
Curchorem 19th
Canacona 20th
Cuncolim 21st
Quepem 22nd

Usually starts at 5pm and goes on till late night

Panjim Shigmo 2012 parade  was the worst organised this year.
It looks like the floats or the participating groups were organising it and not the Panjim Shigmotasav Samiti.

Many floats that were ready to roll on to the streets simply refused as they wanted their float to go later on.  Some of the giant mythological characters were seen headless or wingless or covered faces to prove they are not ready although they were there since 4pm.

Huge gaps were seen upto to 30 minutes gaps on 3 occasions.

Whereas the last two were stuck up in the middle due to some technical problems which finaly arrived at Azad Maidan after 11pm off beat.

 Again, there was a delay at Azad Maidan for more than 30 minutes, probably waiting for the City MLA cum Chief Minister  Manohar Parrikar  who was welcomed amidst spectacular fireworks at the Maidan. Mr Parrikar  was the chief Guest and assured the floats and the programme at Azad Maidan will get over by 10pm next year (This year it got over at midnight).

Like in the past, this year too 3 artistes are felicitated  included Filipe Pereira a tiatr Artist, Pardurang Parab & Khemraj  Tari - Gumat / Pakhwaj players.

There were less floats and dance groups such as Romtamel, Goda modni and other folk dances and floats.

Dr. Ambedkar
Amongst the individual participants (Fancy dress), I like the Abade Farria (Statue Replica, see pic) and Dr. Ambedkar (See pic)  which got first prize. Besides there were Ravans, Sai baba, Kali Mata etc

I like this one – Half fish half human
another angle with fish tail etc

Dr. Ambedkar

Travelling Abade Faria

Narad Muni

Narad Senior

The god chops off Ravan’s head with spinning Chakra

Lord Ganapati riding on a Peacock - Day


Women worshipping Shivalinga

A chariot pulled by Honey bees

Sai baba and Jai Bajarangabali (Hanuman)

Kali Mata ?

With tongue hanging out

a part of Romtamel – Players

Multi headed multi handed

under the tree, popping out from the sea

Beating Dhol  (Drum)


A drunkard (Acting)

Dhol Bajao dhol

Druxtt Ravaan..

God hovering over MG Road

Looks like they carry a giant wheel

Can you count the number of heads and hands ?

goddess riding on a tiger

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Just One day old Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar

With Shrinivas Dempo

 With the rest

Stage setup at Azad maidan


a short video clip – Stage, azad Maidan etc

Video 1 - Street floats, Manohar Parrikar etc

Video 2 -  CM Parrikar

Bhatmama who was also making money


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