August 15 may be a special day to us because India became an Independent country or because of the feast of Our Lady of Assumption among Catholics. But, in the near future, this day will also be known for the Patolienchem Fest that is annually organised by Socorro Socio Art and Cultural Association. To know what’s in store for this year’s celebration NT BUZZ finds more
SHERAS FERNANDES | NT BUZZ
Yet another festival is set to take Goans on a roller coaster experience with over six events being incorporated in this year’s ‘Patolienchem Fest on Independence Day’ organised by Socorro Socio Art and Cultural Association, Porvorim.
The feast of Our Lady of Assumption will be celebrated on this day at the Socorro Church with the Eucharistic celebration at 9 a.m. followed by a brass band procession at 10.30 a.m. Since the festival clashes with Independence Day the organisers have decided to incorporate flag hoisting as part of the celebration to pay tribute to the motherland. To add on to the cheer and colour, primary school students of Our Lady of Succour Primary School will partake in the celebration.
The organisers have also decided to observe World Goa Day which will connect clubs from around the world and Konkani Day as the language will complete 25 years of being recognised as Goa’s official language on August 20. “Tomazinho Cardozo and Miguel Braganza will speak about the language and how its popularity has grown over time,” says socio-cultural activist, Marius Fernandes. The entire talk will be centred on how Konkani has been added to the national list and its growth to other parts of the country and abroad. Talking about the crux of his talk Miguel says: “On February 4, 1987 the Goa Legislative Assembly passed the Official Language Bill making Konkani the official language of Goa. Konkani was included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India as per the Seventy-First Amendment on August 20, 1992, adding it to the list of national languages.”
The third and fourth generation decedents of Goans who have moved and settled abroad want to learn the language spoken by their ancestors. “Goan decedents who have settled in countries like England, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Portugal and several African countries like Kenya and Zimbabwe have shown a keen interest in learning Konkani. This is a good opportunity for Goans to teach them Konkani if they want,” says Marius.
Besides, the festival will also celebrate the Goan instrument – the ghumat, as several activities have been planned around this instrument. The theme for this year’s festival is ghumat and hence there will be a jam session with the ghumat from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. “Anyone who has a ghumat and wants to render a live musical performance to enthral the audience at the festival can come for the festival. Also famous musician, Cezer D’mello will perform at the festival,” says Marius.
To further enhance the musical experience, performer Shakuntala Bharne will render a musical performance of songs composed by her. Member secretary, Kala Academy, Pandurang Phaldessai will also be present for the festival.
At the festival, participants will get to taste a range of delicacies such as patolieos, pole and saanas besides authentic Goan cuisine consisting of rice, curry (tirphal), fish, kismur, pickles, and seasons fruits such as pineapple, jackfruit and papaya.
Another facet of the festival is the involvement of volunteers or eco warriors who will go around the premises collecting the waste. The festival will have on display traditional utensils such as bhand and modki among others. Ghumat – the traditional instrument of Goa will be on sale at discounted rates. The ghumat for children is priced at `250 and that for adults is `600.
Like all other festivals that are organised by the association this one too will provide a platform to the local talents to come forth and showcase their talents. “There will also be dance troupes that will render traditional dance performances,” says Marius.
(The festival is open to all)