Saturday, 30 March 2013

Good Friday at Mapusa, Aldona, Bastora, Moira, Pomburpa..

Good Friday Services at various Churches in Goa (Bardez).
29th March 2013  (4pm - 7.30pm)

I have just been to Bastora and Socorro  for the first time.
I did not even know Bastora is so close to Mapusa. Infact, standing middle of a road, one can see both churches - right Mapusa and left Bastora (watch video). As for Socorro, I knew it was somewhere near Porvorim. Today being Good Friday, we also visited Mapusa, Aldona, Moira, Olaulim, Carona, Pomburpa and Saloi. Sadly, Britona Church we found closed at 3.55pm, we made another attempt around 7.45pm but everything was over by that time. Gate was closed too. I just realised, we might have missed Ucassaim Church ?, never been there too. Similarly, Bastora was not on our list / plan, just happened to come across the Church while going to Socorro..

Some Pics









Socorro (Porvorim)

Saviour of the World - Saloi

Video 1  ( Good Friday at Bastora - Procession etc)

Video 2 ( Good Friday at various churches)
Mapusa, Aldona, Moira, Olaulim, Carona, Pomburpa, Bastora, Saloi ..

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Goa Shigmo 2013

Looks like another poorly organised Shigmo, Panjim shigmo 30/3/13.
Last Romtamel to start at the Origin was at 8.15pm About 75 groups in all including Romtamell.
Last main float (Chitrarath) left at the origin at around 10.30pm which mean at Azad Maindan (terminating point) it will reach around 11.45pm
It was to start at 3.30pm but started after 5.30pm as usual

Some pics

Panjim Shigmor 30th March 2013

Flying hanuman

No Shigmo without dhol

Little hanumans

Snake in blue water

Horses, Multi headed Ravan etc

 carnivorous or flesh eating god ?

multi-headed elephant


 Goda-modni folk dance

Crowd at Caculo Island



Bhandora Nagrik Samiti - First Prize  Rs.60,000 (hat-trick)
Kumbharjua Nagrik Samiti - Second Prize 40,000
Adpai Yuvak Sangh - Third Prize 40,000

Video 1 ( Panjim Romtamell -  award winning)
Sanvordem Shigmoutsav Mandal - First Prize Rs.35,000

Video 2  Panjim Shigmo (Main floats / Chitrarath)
All floats included

Video 3 (Top 3 Award winning Floats)

Ponda Shigmo - 27th March 2013

Looks like Ponda shingmo poorly organised despite the shared expertise of Ravi Naik’s group.

Members both men and women with saffron headgears seen loitering in the middle

 Orgainsed by Goverment of Goa, Tourism Dept
in association with Antruz Mahal Shigmoutsav Samiti, Ponda

Started with Minister Sudin, Lavoo Mamledar etc at around 5.30pm

Romtamel started soon after that but at damn slow speed. The first group which started around 5.45 reached the terminating point (City bus stand) just after 8pm.

Last Romtamel group must have started at originating point just after 8pm which was to be followed by the main floats (Chitrarat).

We had to abandoned at 8pm and as such we did not see any of the floats depicting mythological characters

Shigmo ladies




night scene
Standing tall on a hooded snake head

PWD minister, Sudin Davlikar

Some Bhats making money in the name of god and shigmo, year after year

A bull walking the parade street

Subash Chandra Bose

Saffron headgears

Police on guard

Stage Setup

Appeared in Herald dtd 30.3.13

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra, Goa

Indian Naval Symphonic Orchestra

Goa Naval Area in Association with Kala Academy
16th March 2013 (day 2), Kala Academy, Goa

Little bit of (video, watch below)
Abba, iffi jetty, Sunset, Goan-konkan Masala, Goa Governor etc
About one doz Clarinets, half a doz Trombone, another half doz Trumpets,
about Dozen Saxophones, half doz Violins plus Guitars, Drums, keyboards etc

Free entertainment (Free passes)  with free refreshment on top with choice of tea / Coffee,
water, Patice, sandwich, Black gateau or cake

It really made my day. Thanks to the organisers.

This was my first time. I missed this event for last 2-3 years though.

Here it is, some clips of second half of the 2nd day


Sunday, 10 March 2013

14 Stations of the Cross, Sancoale hillock, Goa

Hillock at Sanctuary of Blessed Joseph Vaz
Sancoale, Goa.
Way of the Cross every Friday during Lent and on
16th of each month after 4 o'clock Mass

Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane

Pornipatt ani nomoskar kortanv tuka Somia Jezu Krista
Kiteak Tuje Povitr Khursa vorvim soddoilo munn  soglo sonvsar

14 Stations of the Cross (uphill)
1. Jesus Trial – condemned to death
(Pilat Jezucher mornachem formonn marta)


2. Jesus carries the cross
(Jezu aplea Khandar Khuris gheta)


3. Jesus falls for the first time
(Jezu poile pautt Khursa tolla apttota)


4.   Jesus sees his mother the Virgin Mary
(Jezuchi ani Mariechi bhett Kalvar Porvotache vatter zata)


5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross
(Sirinev Jezucho Khuris ukllunk aplo adhar dita)


6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
(Veronica Jezuchem mukamoll pusta)


7.  Jesus falls the second time
(Jezu dusre pautti Khursa soit zomnir apttota)

8. Jesus and the Women of Jerusalem
(Jeruzaleacheo duvo Jezu khatir roddtat)

9. Jesus falls a third time
(Jezu tisre pautt Khursa soit sokla apttota)


10. Jesus stripped from his cloths
(Jezuchem angvostr sobhemazar kaddun uddoitat)


11. Jesus nailed to the Cross
(Jezuk Khursar killaitat)


12. Jesus dies on the Cross
(Jezu Khursar aplo prann soddta)


13.  Jesus taken down from the Cross
(Jezuchem mollem Mariechea gopant dovortat)


14.  Jesus laid in the tomb
(Jezuchi kudd nikipitat)

Blessed Joseph Vaz Sanctuary, Sancoale, Goa

Stations of the Cross uphill

Devotees climbing uphill / Way of the Cross

Video - Way of the Cross on 8.3.13
 Up on the hill

Video 2 - the 14 Stations