By Our Special Correspondent
Panaji (Goa) As an attempt to review the old age traditions of maand culture to its unique original form, the State Government has launched financial assistance scheme to preserve and protect this old art forms.
The Directorate of Education has introduced ‘Financial Assistance to Revive, Preserve and Protect Goan Maand Culture’ scheme which will remain in force upto March 31, 2021.
The scheme is basically been designed with an objective to encourage Goan folk artists and to revive, preserve and protect the Goan Maand culture consisting of folk forms viz. Zagor, Ranmalle, Kallo, Perni zagor, Talgadi, Tonyamell, Shigmo, Challe, Naman, Jatigayan, Goff, Dhallo-Fugadi and folklore and folk music viz. Suvarivadan, Ghumatvadan, Shamelvadan and Dholvadan and any other folk forms, folklore and folk music as selected by the committee of experts which are basically originated from Goan Maand.
The objective of the scheme is to maintain bonding of unity and integrity and brotherhood amongst the villagers to uplift the cultural bondage and carry the tradition for future generations and to provide necessary infrastructure and financial support for the purpose. It also aims to create legacy of Maand artists through folk programmes at State, National and International level.
Under this scheme the artists will be imparted training in various Goan folk art forms, folklores and folk music for a period of one year. The maand group will have a liberty to apply after every two years provided no previous trained artist is enrolled again.
The list of folk art masters (Maand Guru) will be prepared and they will be brought in limelight to impart folk art education to budding artists of the village. The experts of goan folk art and music may express their interest and willingness to work as Maand Guru in writing. The selection will be made by the committee of experts constituted by the Government.
The District and State level Maand culture festivals will be organized to explore the cultural talent of Maand groups.