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Escola de Musica Ancestral Goa Bigfoot Escola de Musica (Music School)

An integral part of the goan lifestyle, music played an important role in rural and urban Goa.

In days gone by, all the children of affluent Goan families were taught music from a very tender age. Those who couldn't afford a tutor at home went to the music school where the 'Maestre' or teacher conducted his classes. The violin, guitar and piano were popular instruments which came in as a direct European influence.

The rhythm of the goan life, its harmony and everyday's passage of time has been retold in the form of song and dance over the years and forms an integral part of the festivities no matter how small.

Saibinn Ancestral Goa Bigfoot Saibinn
The practice of hosting ‘Saibin’ is still popular in Goa today, it is held in veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A statue belonging to the church is displayed in a glass sided case, and carried from home to home for an overnight stay until it has been placed at all the houses of a particular ward, it then returns to the church and begins rounds at another ward. It is carried in a procession to the host home and set down upon a makeshift decorative alter in the sitting room. The members of the ward and followers of the procession then recite the Rosary followed by special prayers and the singing of hymns. The guests are then served tea and the traditional ‘soné’ (boiled chickpeas with thin slices of coconut and jaggery). Some may argue that this custom bears roots in the Hindu custom of ‘haldi-kumkum’. During the ‘Saibinn’ differences are cast aside and it forms a good backdrop for socializing.

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