What is Goa?
Goa is a world-renowned tourist hub that is enthralled by palm groves, coconut trees, rice paddies, a large spread of sandy beaches and mesmerizing sunsets over the Arabian Sea.
An unexpected blend of both Indian and Mediterranean European culture right from vivid saris, beautiful flora & fauna, oriental bazaars to alluring architecture
Goa is often associated and limited to beaches and parties, but the visage of what this tiny state has to offer goes beyond the stereotypical expectations. There is a peace that runs through the lanes and hides in the baskets of fisherwomen that cannot be found anywhere else.
Who are Goans?
‘Goans’ a demonym used to describe the people of Goa. Ruled by the Portuguese for over 450 years, the culture is embedded with the remnants of the past. Right from their religious beliefs, attires, education, festivals, and art is highly influenced. Due to this Goa remains the most unique state in India.
Velha Goa’s ‘Goan Series’
As you’ve read above Portuguese had a heavy influence on the culture that directed the unique lifestyle of Goans and it has even reflected on art. We at Velha Goa recognize and honor this extraordinary culture that Goa has to offer to the world.
So, we created the ‘Goan Series’ that depicts the everyday life of Goans in an artistic view.
Goans are always referred to as ‘Sussegad’ (laid back), but contrary to that popular belief, Goans are in fact very hard-working people.
Agriculture is one of the most important occupations, this piece is dedicated to the farmers that work tirelessly to provide us sustenance.
The Village Woman
Despite Kerala being known for its backwaters, Goa also has its share of a network of backwaters that run through many villages. An aspect that isn’t widely publicized.
These backwaters are a source of fishes and of course water for the villagers. This piece depicts how women carry water from these water bodies. A reflection of our strong culture and resilient women.
The Village Life
To experience the authenticity of what Goa has to offer you need to head out the village. Life in villages start really early and ends by 8 pm, leaving the streets to be deserted.
A lot of villages are connected to cities through private buses, which also end their services very early in the evening.
This piece shows the quiet scene of village life.
Old Goa Church
The biggest tourist attraction of Goa the ‘Basilica of Bom Jesus’ also famously known as Old Goa Church, is a part of the Churches and convents of Goa UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica is in Old Goa, the former capital of Portuguese India, that holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
This piece is a mini replica of the church, a tribute to the very fiber of what holds us together.
A temple that stands as an embodiment of the goddess Shantadurga, who was a mediator between Shiva and Vishnu.
This mini replica of the temple captures the very essence of the fierceness Shantadurga carried.
You can buy the above products from Velha Goa. These products are a part of the ‘Goan series’ available at our galleries located in Panjim and Margao.