Dr Tara Bhawalkar, researcher from Sangli, who is an expert in folk art and tradition, stated that Goa should mine traditions which are part of our culture, and not just natural resources.
Writer and expert on Goa’s rich culture, Mr Vinayak Khedekar recently released three books on Goa titled, ‘Goa Lagnakhyan’, ‘Eco-Culture, Goa Paradigm’ and ‘Goa Sanskrutibandh’ at Sanskruti Bhava, Patto, Panaji.
The books, wrapped in traditional kunbi cloth, were officially released by Chairman of Kala Academy, Mr Vishnu Surya Wagh in the presence of Dr Tara Bhavalkar, Rohit Phalgaonkar, Khalid Ahmed and the writer himself.
The event started with chanting of sholkas by Mr Khedekar and folk song by folk artiste, Kanta Gawde.
Vinayak Khedekar in his address lamented about diminishing rural cultures and traditions of Goa. He also highlighted that sometimes documented history is incorrect.
"In the 21st Volume of ‘People of Goa’ there is a mention of Lamanis, Madaris, etc, as the people of Goa. This mistake is then carried off. Circumstantial evidence is also very important when you are writing about a place," he added.
He further mentioned that the annual ‘Mhale Zatra’ held at Mayem didn’t happen this year because of differences between two groups. Dr Tara Bhawalkar, researcher from Sangli, who is an expert in folk art and tradition, stated that Goa should mine traditions which are part of our culture, and not just natural resources.
She mentioned that traditions are directly related to our environment and geography. Applauding the work of Mr Khedekar she opined that his previous book on Goan Kunbis gives minute details and is one of the well-researched books. "The University should award him with a doctorate just based on this book," she said.
Commenting further about traditions she highlighted that they are related to a community or group of people. "Religion is followed by an individual but traditions are followed by a community," she stated.
She observed that as one community becomes increasingly elite, it starts moving away from its roots.
Mr Vishnu Surya Wagh while speaking about Khedekar mentioned that he is a researcher who is not confined to four walls. He mingles with people for his research. He added, "Difference between generations’ increases. That’s why what we preserve in these changing times is very important."
Speaking of Goa he pointed that our villages have urbanised and a different culture is visible in our beach areas. He suggested that instead of taking our traditions out of our villages, people should be taken to our villages to show them our culture.