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DAMAN, January 30th 2013: 2nd of February, the historical date (02.02.1559) when Damão first came to be, has been celebrated worldwide by Damanenses as ‘Dia de Damão’ (Daman Day) for centuries.
The festival is a celebration of the unique culture of the people of Daman and includes musical festivals, food festivals, traditional/folk dance performances, art & craft displays and various competitions that encourage artistic expressions of their culture.
The essence is celebration of all that is inherently old-world, 'Damão’ - the sights, the sounds, the senses and the ‘saudades.’ The mandate - “Feel, think, breathe, live, eat and drink, to Damão!"
The celebrations begin in August, along with World Goa Day celebrations, in countries like the UK, US, UAE, Canada, and Holland among others, and culminate on Daman Day on the 2nd of February which is celebrated in Daman, Macau and Portugal.
The theme for Daman Day 2013 is "Viva Damao! Raise a toast to traditional Damanense cuisine!" The theme comprises a title and a subtitle. While the title, “Viva Damão" is permanent, the subtitle changes every year. The themes in the last few years have been:
2012: "Viva Damão! 100% Música Portuguesa!"
2011: "Viva Damão! Proud to be Damanense!"
2010: "Viva Damão! Eu falo Português!"
2009: "Viva Damão! Come, Discover Daman!"
2008: "Viva Damão! Keep the culture alive!"
Daman Day is a self-financed initiative of the Damanenses under the aegis of World Goa Day and its founder, UK-based Rene Barreto. Each participating country has a ‘Country Coordinator’ who is in constant touch with the Daman-based ‘Overall Coordinator’ and founder, Noel Gama.
Beginning last year, the organisers in Daman, teamed up with the Daman Municipal Council (DMC) to celebrate the event jointly as the council has already been sponsoring the traditional annual mass commemorating the feast of Our Lady of Purification and N S das Candeias every February 2nd at the DMC Square.
The event launches with high mass in honour of the patroness of the city, Our Lady of Purification at 6pm, followed by a cultural program showcasing Damanense folklore which will include a play in Portuguese, Damanense folklore and traditional Portuguese and Damanense dance performances by local artists and musicians.
More information can be found at www.Discover-Daman.com
Overall Coordinator - Daman Day (Dia de Damao)
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Friday, July 13, 2012
As an award-winning writer of the Writers Bureau (UK) and author of Culture Wise India (Survival Books Ltd, UK), I'm now putting this experience into writing a series of books on the Indo Portuguese culture of Daman and in writing/recording new folk songs to complement the books.
It was a solo performance at Instituto Camões in my 'Unplugged' avatar - just me and my Ovation guitar and a digital vocal harmonizer - the others being, 'Concert' (Midi guitar OMB) and 'Grand Concert' (Arranger keyboard OMB). The songs were covers of contemporary Portuguese songs in the Pop & Romantic genres with a couple of traditional folk songs thrown into the mix as well. That's about all you'd expect from someone who's an HR Pro by day, author by night and singer/songwriter on very special evenings, like this one.
I'll let these photographs (courtesy, Bhupendra Baria) tell the rest of the story...
|Arrival at Camoes...|
|More treble on the vocals, please!|
For Guitar, my quick-fix is Bass @ 4 'O' Clock; Treble @ 2 'O' Clock
|The audience couldn't really know what to expect from a nonfiction author!|
|A few seconds in the dark before the 'curtain' went up!|
|The first song... about how good it feels to go back to my roots|
|Threw two trads into the mix - Encosta a tua Cabecinha - arguably, the most popular Portuguese trad in India. One of the first songs my mother taught me as a little boy.|
Interestingly, it's from Brazil!
|Followed by A historia que eu vou contar - I'd need to write a voluminous book to tell the story of a complicated woman. Not that I would succeed though. The songwriter tried to tell it all in just one verse!|
|A change of rhythm and tempo - little snippets of the Pimba that's played for the wedding march in Daman|
|With H. E., the Ambassador of Portugal, Jorge Roza de Oliveira|
I presented him a copy of my book, "Culture Wise INDIA" (Survival Books - UK) and made a commitment that I'd complete writing my second book, "DISCOVER DAMÃO IN DAMAN - The Insider’s Guide to the Indo-Portuguese Culture, Customs & Etiquette of Daman"
The ambassador said he'd be visiting Daman very soon!
|A final caress of appreciation for my Ovation before she goes into her case|
I couldn't decide whether to take the Ovation or the Taylor 714ce Fall Ltd Edition. My friends on Facebook voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Ovation! Isn't she 'photogenic'? I strung her with Silk & Steel strings and played her with my fingers to get that clunky sound between a steel-string and a nylon-string guitar
Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
Welcome on board my 'Folksy Ark' at "Folk-Songs-Rock.com!
Monday, March 14, 2011
|This is the main road in Big Daman - people are coming out of Machiwar (one of the 'Bairros' of Daman) and heading towards the football field|
|Revelers coming out of the various 'Bairros' on to the main road of Big Daman|
|Revelers dancing in one of the 'Bairros' of Big Daman|
|The groups (mini floats) dance their way from 'Bairro' to 'Bairro' to recorded Portuguese Pimba music blaring from speakers mounted on to little trucks with a DJ onboard
The closest thing to carnival in India is 'Holi' in that both have revelers and use colour on each though in the Daman Carnival, a sort of cheap talcum powder is used and 'gulal' or water-based colours are never used. The main two differences however, are that while 'holi' is a religious festival, carnival though celebrated by Catholics, is not a religious festival; secondly, revelers come out in fancy dress while in 'holi' that's not the case.
|Adeus, ate outro ano!|
Friday, February 04, 2011
Daman Day 2011 was celebrated on "Dia de Damao" - 2nd of February which also coincides with the feast of "Nossa Senhora das Candeias" - an annual, open air mass held on the forecourt of the DMC building and offered by the councillors and staff of the Daman municipal council.
Due to the ongoing DMC elections, the organizers of "Daman Day 2011" decided not to have the sports and cultural events this year and instead hire out a restaurant-cum-discotheque for celebrating their 4th Daman Day soon after the mass. A special bus ferried revelers to venue - "Nana's," in Small Daman at 8pm and dropped them back at 11pm.
The theme for Daman Day 2011 was...
Mr. Gabriel Guedes, well-known orator of Daman, made the welcome speech in Portuguese which was followed by a toast raised with the traditional goblets of port (albeit Goan) wine! This was followed by the quintessential Portuguese traditional dance - the Vira - performed by children in authentic costumes to the musical performances of the Daman Folklore Group.
The evening flew by in the time it took to sample the starters and down a couple of drinks, with renditions of popular Damanense folk songs as revelers jammed with the folklore group.
Then there was the customary session of ballroom dancing to peppy Portuguese music by DJ Rambo before dinner was served. The traditional Daman "Dampaque" took centre stage on the buffet table as did a bottle of the local fiery drink, "Benslor" on the bar counter!
Soon it was time to sip liqueur and head for the bus but not before everyone made a pact to meet again on Carnival 2011!
Visit http://www.WorldDamanDay.com for more!