Song of Goa: Crown of Mandos (HB)


Author: José Pereira, Micael Martins, António da Costa

9789380739038 | HB | pp. 485 | 2010 | Goa 1556, Broadway Publishing House

Song of Goa: Crown of Mandos by José Pereira, Micael Martins and António da Costa documents the Mando, the last aristocratic social dance created anywhere.

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The Mando is a dance-song. Its main themes are love and reports of social and political events. But its favourite theme is love, oriented towards marriage, where the lover either yearns for union with his beloved, achieves that union, or laments his failure to realise it.

As a dance, the Mando, India’s ballo nobile, was the last aristocratic social dance created anywhere, faithful to the idea of cortezia, joi and amor.

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José Pereira, Micael Martins, António da Costa







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Goa 1556, Broadway Publishing House




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About the Author

José Pereira (1931) is Professor Emeritus of Theology of Fordham University, New York, and has authored books on theology, history of art and architecture, and on Goan and Konkani culture, language, literature and music.

Micael Martins (1914-1999), Goa’s outstanding composer of classical music, led film orchestras in Bombay. He began collecting traditional Goan songs in 1933, compiling as many as 11,000 numbers.

Antonio da Costa (1943) is a priest, psychotherapist, and musician who has worked in Arizona, US. He began collecting specimens of traditional Goan Song from the age of 16 and broadcasted for several years over Radio Goa (later AIR).


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