Grinding Stories Retold: Songs From Goa


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9789355660831 | Hardback | 176 | 2021 | The Heritage Network

Grinding Stories Retold: Songs From Goa is a collection of oviyos - songs sung at the grinding stone.

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Authors: Various
Translated by Heta Pandit

9789355660831 | HB | pp. 176 | 2021 | The Heritage Network

Grinding Stories Retold: Songs From Goa is a collection of oviyos – songs sung at the grinding stone.

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The earlier edition, titled Grinding Stories, Songs from Goa was first published in 2018. Several new storytellers have emerged since then and many new resources have added their stories. This volume includes these new discoveries in the original, their interpretations in the English language,  and some beautiful images of Kaavi, a unique Goan architectural art.

These songs, called oviyos in Marathi and Konkani, are sung by women as they work at the grinding stone, a household chore that began a woman’s day in rural Goa. Most of the songs are sung in unison. When the Christian community in Goa was banned from singing these oviyos at their pre-wedding ceremonies, their Hindu neighbours obliged, singing in their place. Even so, a small community of Christian Gavdas, living in the village of Parodaa, Quepem, South Goa, have managed to preserve the oviyos that were once sung by their grandmothers.

This volume is an attempt to document this unique and extraordinary Goan oral tradition for posterity.


Subhadra Arjun Gaus, Saraswati Dutta Sawant, Sarojini Bhiva Gaonkar, Lakshmi Vishnu Harvalkar, Amelia Dias, Louisiana Fernandes, Gloria Dias, Carminia Fernandes
Translated by Heta Pandit







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About the Author

Heta Pandit lives and works in the village of Saligao, Goa in the field of heritage advocacy and activism. She has authored eight books on Goan heritage and innumerable articles, essays and presentations on the subject of Goa's art, architecture and heritage. She is the co-founder of the Goa Heritage Action Group, an NGO that believes in activism through participation, advice and collaboration with stakeholders. She firmly believes in the power of documentation as a foundation tool in the process of the preservation of the past in the interest of a sustainable future.


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