Mando Festival in Goa
Panaji, Jan 7. The 41st
Mando Festival, to be held at Panaji on January 7 and at Margao on January
9, will have a record high of 38 groups participating in the festival.
The Mando festival is organised by the Goa Cultural Social Centre and its
president, Mr Francis Noronha told a press conference today that for the
first time, they had introduced the children’s category as well as the
senior citizens category in the Mando festival.
The annual Mando Festival,
the event of a colourful form of Konkani music, gets underway at the Kala
Academy in Panjim on Janury 7, 2008 (5 pm) and at Narcinva Damodar Naik
Hall in Margao on January 9, 2008 at the same time.
Groups to take part in the
event willo come from Merces (four groups, children's group), Dona Paula,
St Xavier's Mapusa and Merces (teenagers' group), YMCA Panjim (senior citizens
group), Merces, St
Xavier's Mapusa, and Chimbel
(original category), St Xavier's Mapusa and Merces (dance category), and
Merces and St Xavier's (traditional category).
In Margao, participants will
come from Fatorda and Velim (children's category), Margao, Navelim and
Velim (teenagers' group), Velim (seniors), Sarzora, Nuvem, Margao and Velim
(original category), and
Nuvem, Margao, Velim, Fatorda,
Margao, Rivona and Sarzora (traditional category), besides Velim (dance
category). Comperes for the event will be Dr Bicaji Ganecar, Tina Costa,
Thomas Fernandes and Ana Tereza Rodrigues (Panjim) and Dr Bicaji Ganecar,
Swati Naik, Ana Tereza Rodrigues and Thomas Fernandes (Margao).
Mr Noronha said the allowances
have also been increased this year and added that the organisers may give
more then what has been laid down depending on the support they receive
from the government.
||He said as the Minister
for Art and Culture last year, Mr Digambar Kamat had sanctioned an amount
of Rs 1-lakh for the festival. As Chief Minister, we are sure he will sanction
at least Rs 1.5-lakh this year, Mr Noronha said.
The prize money has been
hiked this year. The prizes in the Original Mando category are Rs 2500,
Rs 2000 and Rs 1500 plus trophies. In the Traditional Mando children category
and in the Teenagers category the prizes are Rs 2000, Rs 1500 and Rs 1000.
In the Traditional Mando senior category and the Senior Citizens category,
the prizes are Rs 2500, Rs 2000 and Rs 1500. In the Dance group category,
the prizes are Rs 3000, Rs 2000 and Rs 1500.
The vice president of the
Goa Cultural Social Centre, Mr Isaac Dias, the treasurer Mr Octavio Rodrigues
and the joint secretary Mr Thomas Fernandes were also present for the press