Mangaluru: St Aloysius College (Autonomous) always gives importance to cultural activities along with academics. It has organized several programmes and training programmes on cultural diversity in association with the UGC STRIDE Scheme. This time, the Department of Konkani, St Aloysius College (Autonomous) organized MAANDO – A music form of Goan Konkans for the students. A Trainer of MAANDO, Micheal Gracias from Goa introduced Tiatr + Mando in the campus. 35 students were actively involved in the training session from March 1 to 16, 2023.
The Maando Utsaav – valedictory of the training was held on March 17, 2023, in Mother Teresa Peace Park. The trained students exhibited the Goan Konkani songs during MAANDO Utsav with the traditional attire which was brought from Goa, particularly for this event. This Utsav was sponsored by Karnataka Konkani Adhyayana Peeta of Mangalore University.
Dr Jaywanth Nayak, Coordinator of Konkani Adhyayana Peeta graced the programme. Dr Alwyn D’Sa, the Registrar and Co-ordinator of the UGC STRIDE Scheme was the Keynote speaker on this occasion. Rev. Dr Praveen Martis, SJ. Principal of the College presided over the programme. Flora Castelino Coordinator for the programme was on the dais.
Clevita DSouza compered the programme. Olinca Lobo, Secretary of the Konkani Association welcomed the gathering. Marwin Sequiera proposed the vote of thanks.
MAANDO is a cultural heritage of Goa. Maando are the songs played especially when the two young hearts are in love. The major theme of MAANDO is love. The charming singing enhances the performance. It is a musical form that evolved during the 19th and 20th centuries among the Goan Catholics. The instruments used in MAANDO are guitars, violins and the Ghumot (Drum).
The dress worn by the ladies during the MAANDO dance is velvet or silk, red, blue or green in colour, embroidered with gold or silver threads. Also, a white or blue shawl will be worn. The socks had to be white and the slippers ornamented.