The unique tradition of Dhalo in Goa

The first episode of ‘Explore with GT’ highlights one of Goa’s most unique folk traditions called ‘Dhalo’ which is entirely performed and celebrated by women.

This folk dance is performed during the Hindu month of Pausha, during the full moon. For seven days you will find women of various communities such as Gawda, Naik and others dancing and singing throughout the night, evoking blessings, narrating stories, expressing themselves and more.

Dhalo is performed on a scared space called ‘maand’ while some also perform it at temple premises. In order to better understand what drives these Hindu women of Goa to keep this practice alive, we travelled to the interiors of Sarvan village, in Bicholim taluka. Watch to know more about this folk tradition of Goa.

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