Author: Dr Jose Pereira, Micael Martins, Antonio Costa Genre: ,
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Song of Goa Crown of Mandos
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It was in Goa that Indian musicians first began to compose in Western musical forms, incorporating them into motifs and nuances of their own immemorial tradition. Goans not only initiated the Westernisation of Indian music, but, from the late 19th century, also pioneered an Indian ethno-musicology, providing a model for preserving and interpreting India’s rich folk music.

Undra Muja Mama: Scores, lyrics and translation of one of Goa’s most popular song-form, the Dulpods that follow the Mando on the dance-floor. Set in six-eight time, of quick rhythm, dulpods are typically descriptive of life in traditional Goa, especially the life of the Christians. This is a companion volume to the Song of Goa which focuses on the mando. Both books have done well and are popular with musicians, music enthusiasts and just about anyone who would like to more about the Konkani songs that are still so popular in the Goa of our times.

The Mando is music, poetry and dance. In describing the first of these characteristics, music, this book examines the Mando’s form, its musical structure, rhythm, tempo, counterpoint and grace notes. The Mando developed two forms, the binary Early Mando form and the ternary Classical Mando form.

The Mando’s basic themes are four: utrike, or the lovers’ yearning for union; ekvott, the union attained; villap, or lament, desolation out of despair for the union, from any other personal grief; and fobro, a narrative of events, domestic, local and political. This is an exhaustive book on the mando co-authored by three scholars-musicians of repute.