Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has proposed to set its regional centre in Goa to promote local Goan culture. NT BUZZ finds out about its aim and more
SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has proposed to the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa, to set up a regional centre in Goa to promote local indigenous Goan culture. The proposal has been now forwarded to Ravindra Bhavan, Margao that will provide space for IGNCA to set up its regional centre.
Chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao Prashant Naik informed NT BUZZ that this proposal is currently kept on hold. He said that the IGNCA centre aims not only to preserve Goan culture but also to promote it. Apart from Goan folk dances, folklores and other art forms; rock carvings and Goan heritage structures have also been classified as part of Goan culture.
Prashant said: “IGNCA is a huge organisation that is into research, documentation, library, etc. Ravindra Bhavan, Margao will play an important role in providing a space for setting up a regional centre of IGNCA.” After setting up a centre here, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao will collaborate with the activities organised by IGNCA in Goa. Besides promoting Goan culture, the centre aims to revive the Goan art forms that are extinct or on the verge of extinction.
Folklorist, Vinayak Khedekar has agreed to be a part of this project in Goa. He said that the centre will document to preserve the items of cultural significance in our state. “This project includes documentation of the traditional knowledge and techniques used by Goans in the past like fire management, water management,” he said.
According to Vinayak, real cultural history of Goa should be documented in an authentic manner that needs to be preserved for use in the future and for posterity. “Everything is changing slowly, hence there is need to protect our true cultural identity,” he said.
Historian, Rohit Phalgaonkar believes that it is a great move by IGNCA to document Goa’s ancient culture. Goa is portrayed as a land of beaches, drinks, and parties. However, the actual identity of Goa lies in its rich culture and history. “Goa’s culture is hidden. People are not aware of ‘dhalo’, ‘fugdi’, ‘lok ved’, ‘maand’, ‘jaagor’, ‘intrumez’ that take place in Goa. There is a need for systematic academic documentation of Goan culture. Some folk arts that have become extinct in Goa can also be revived in certain places using such analysis that will be carried out,” said Rohit.
Talking about how people and tourists are misguided about Goan culture through commercialisation of tourism, Rohit points out that on cruises and for functions, tourists are shown Portuguese dances in Goa, which was never a part of local Goan culture. These notions have given Goa a different brand image, which will certainly change if its true identity is documented and promoted.