The Nirmala Institute of Education, Altinho celebrated Abolianchem Fest. The celebrations began with a short skit on the fest.
Director of Nirmala Institute of Education, Rita Paes and officiating principal of Nirmala Institute of Education, Delia Antao planted a coconut sapling and declared the Abolianchem Fest 2019 open.
A parade accompanied by the traditional brass band created a festive ambience to celebrate Goa’s unique culture.
The inaugural began with a prayer service that was followed by students singing the official theme song composed by last year’s batch of students with the help of professor at Carmel College, Nuvem, Glenis Mendonca and assistant professor at Nirmala Institute of Education, Eutemia Fernandes.
The objective of the festival is to document knowledge generated about the Goan environment and socio-cultural resources and traditions, and share them with the public. This year the focus was on the coconut and its socio-cultural and economic significance.
Speaking on the occasion, Antao thanked the brass band and the Directorate of Art and Culture for their constant support. She also thanked ‘Festival Man of Goa’ Marius Fernandes for his support as well as the teacher trainees, their families and friends.
Paes appealed to the public to protect the land of Goa and to take a stand on the various issues affecting Goa in order to preserve its beauty and character.
The set-up was skilfully designed with the ‘maand’ at the centre surrounded by stalls with art and décor, games, medicinal plants, food, pottery, eco-friendly products and a stall depicting the socio-cultural and economic significance of the coconut tree. The art of making ‘mollam’ and weaving abolim for the hair were demonstrated.
A fancy-dress presentation titled ‘Niz Goenkar’ was organised for primary school students to celebrate and preserve the various traditional occupations of Goa.
The music group captivated the audience with their performance that reverberated with the delightful beats of the ghumot under the guidance of percussionist, Carlos Gonsalves.
The teacher trainees also performed various Goan traditional dances such as cotti fugdi, dhalo, kunbi, goff and dekni. The Cantaram group entertained music lovers with popular old Goan songs as well as a ‘mando’.
The items were interspersed with recitations composed by teacher trainees on the different features of the coconut tree and its importance to mankind. Age-old traditional games such as logorio (seven tiles), kombiazuz and breaking the coconut (nalani) were demonstrated.
The importance of medicinal plants like aloe vera and tulsi were also shared with the audience.
One act plays ‘Asa Hanv Toyar’ and ‘Amchem Osmitai Amchem Diaz’ was performed by students with the message of preserving the Goan culture, traditions and language.
Architect and adjunct professor at the Goa College of Architecture, Talluha D’Silva highlighted the profound value of traditional methods of construction in the past in Goa.
Rajendra Kerkar spoke on the importance and the role played by the biodiversity in the Western Ghats regions in protecting Goa.
‘Uzvadd’ a group from Mapusa performed a street play named ‘Goenchem Diaz Rakumia’.
The Fest was also graced by the presence of personalities like Minguel Braganza, Prajal Sakardande, Carlos Gonsalves, Boromeo Pereira, Saish Deshpande, Elvis Goes and O’Luv.