The ethos of Goa through music, dance, art and more was celebrated at the Abolianchem Fest 2020 at Nirmala Institute of Education, Altinho.
The objective of the festival is to document and generate knowledge about our environment and socio-cultural resources, as well as promote the ideals of sustainable living among the present and the future generations. This year, the fest was woven around the theme ‘Goenchi Mati’ (the soil of Goa).
As part of the festival, a range of performances were staged by the teacher trainees of Nirmala Institute of Education. The official theme song composed by the teacher trainees of batch 2016-18 along with assistant professor, Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Nuvem, Glenis Mendonca and assistant professor at the Nirmala Institute of Education, Eutemia Fernandes, was sung on the occasion and accompanied by musical instruments such as the ghumot, violin, organ and the guitar. A performance by the DElEd students of the original composition ‘Goenchi Mati’ by Alisha D’Cunha and Noel Barreto was also held.
The fest also featured an art and decoration stall, food stall, medicinal and ornamental plants stall, traditional games stall, a photo booth, a pottery counter by Vishwanath Shetkar and a caricature counter by Goan artist and cartoonist, Alexyz.
Guests of honour were assistants to the superior general in Paris, Patsy Khan and Marie Fringes, and provincial from India Province South, Philomena D’Sa.
In her address, officiating principal of Nirmala Institute of Education, Delia Antao urged the visitors to use this fest as an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the Goenchi Mati, by exploring the various stalls to understand the Goan culture and in turn to grow in responsibility to save the land for the future generations.
Speaking on the occasion, director of Nirmala Institute of Education, Rita Paes briefly spoke on the origin and purpose of the Abolianchem Fest as it evolved from the project ‘Goa Day’. She stressed on the adversities of the Goan soil caused in the name of ‘development’ and appealed to the public to have their own kitchen garden as an initiative to stand up for nature and to preserve our culture.
Additional director of the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI), Miguel Braganza enlightened the public on the various aspects of soil, organic farming and the khazan lands.
Architect and environmental activist, Tallulah D’Silva gave an insight into the sustainable development and provided measures to adopt a sustainable way of living. She invited people to render help in her upcoming projects and contribute towards community building. Founder of the NGO Live Happy, Felly Gomes entertained the audience through an informative yet amusing musical piece emphasising the various issues of waste management. A performance by percussionist, Jose Fernandes (Bondo) was also part of the festivities.
Goan folk stories were enacted using props and puppets along with role plays by the pre-primary teacher trainees of Nirmala Institute of Education.
Science exhibits on Goenchi Mati were showcased by the students from various schools in North Goa. The winners of the science project exhibition were Chubby Cheeks Spring Valley High School, Porvorim. The second place was awarded to Our Lady of Merces High School, Merces; while the third place was won by Holy Family High School, Porvorim.
Also present on the occasion were IAS, Collector, North Goa, Menaka; deputy collector of Sanguem Ajay Gaude; Carlos Gonsalves, O’Luv among others.