Category Archives: Mando Magic

Mando echoing the anguish of tarvotti families

A popular, farewell Goan mando In the latter half of the1800s, British shipping companies began operating larger, and more modern steamships, opening up a huge market for maritime labour. The sudden availability of jobs on a large scale was a … Continue reading

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How a sad Goan mando comforted Granny

Goan mando Surya Denvon Guelo: Sad but soothing “Baiye… Neena… to Am’recho Vellu mando mhunn go bai,” Mai said, pleading with me,  as she often did, to sing her favourite Goan mando Surya Denvon Guelo for her. That was in … Continue reading

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My Goan mando video: Sontos bogta re jivako

A ‘happy’ Konkani mando Most of the Goan mandos are love songs expressing feelings of love and romance, yearning, separation, or disappointment in love. A small number are patriotic and express love for Goa, and a still smaller number just … Continue reading

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Goan mandos: The influence of church music

How church music led to the creation of the Goan mando “Aare, segund konn ghaltolo?” (Who’ll sing seconds?) a perturbed elderly gentleman from among the motley group of villagers assembled around the cross in front of our house in Chinchinim, … Continue reading

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The fascinating stories behind the lyrics of Goan mandos

Goan mandos: Sagas linked to their soul-stirring lyrics After the brief introduction to some of the major Goan mando composers in my last post, it’s time to move on to the lyrics of their superb compositions. I’m sure you’ll agree … Continue reading

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Goan mando composers: Pioneers of East-West fusion music

Goan mandos: Indo-Portuguese fusion music Since the last few decades, fusion music has been making waves all across the world as an exciting new style of music. But it all began from the time Pandit Ravi Shankar strummed his sitar … Continue reading

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The Goan Mando: A Malay Connection

East Asian influence on the Goan Mando Since ancient times, hybridization brought on by colonization and migration has led to things related to human life such as culture, language, cuisine, and even garments taking on blended forms. Consider the unique … Continue reading

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Goan mandos: A blend of East and West

Origins of the Goan mando Folk songs in Konkani were common among the Goan people long before the Portuguese came on the scene. But the mando came into existence during the colonial rule and shows strong Portuguese influences both in … Continue reading

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Goan mandos

Goa’s sublime musical creation It was cool and pleasant up in the hill station of Panchgani where we were spending our summer holiday in the late 1950s.  On the very first night, after dinner, my parents and the rest of … Continue reading

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