Goan Reporter News: Governor Shri P. S. Sreedharan Pillai announces schemes to support Traditional skills


Governor Shri P. S Sreedharan Pillai attended Kutumb Mela celebrations at New Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan today. The event was organized to mark his successful two years as Governor at Raj Bhavan, Goa.

Earlier, Shri MRM Rao, IAS, Secretary to Governor gave the introductory remarks and welcomed the guests. He highlighted the various activities that are carried out by Raj Bhavan.

Addressing the gathering, Governor, Shri P. S. Sreedharan Pillai said, July 15 is an important day for Goa as the war against colonial rule started on this day.

On the occasion of completion of 2 years in office of Governor Shri P.S.Sreedharan Pillai announced a Scheme for the support and encouragement of the traditional skills/ occupations of the people of Goa. Traditional skills/occupation to be covered under this Scheme are Kumbhar (Potter),Kunbi Saree & Kashti (Handloom), Coir Making, Godhadi Making (traditional patch work quilts),  Kamar/Kasar (Blacksmith/Coppersmith), Cane Work/Bamboo Work, Fulkar (Flower Craft), Coconut Jaggery (Goddkars), Lavo Mandri (Mat Weaving) and Chitari (Drawing/Painting).

The Governor said, Goan Society is characterised by several unique facets. One of them is the diverse traditional occupations that constitute an important fabric of Goa’s rich culture and heritage. Many of these traditional occupations have been a characteristic of Goan society from time immemorial. However it is unfortunate that in these modern times, these traditional professions have been gradually diminishing and some of them are near to extinction. It is therefore essential that steps are taken to protect, preserve and promote these skills/occupations for posterity, the Governor added.

The Governor informed about the sincere work and cooperation of the colleagues of Raj Bhavan due to which Raj Bhavan has succeeded in doing many things at Raj Bhavan.

Various cultural events were organized in which talented artists performed the different types of arts. Kum. Sanvi Gurav, dance, Mast. Aditya Das and Kum. Dhriti Kandolk, gymnastic performance and Mast. Nimish Borkar, guitar performance, Miss Aishani Rao, and Aishani Gadekari who later were given appreciation awards at the hands of First Lady of Goa, Smt. K. Rita Pillai.

Later, the Governor presented encouragement gifts to Chetana Tirodkar, Omkar Parwar, Sumit Bansi and Rohit Bansi for participating in sports at higher level. Gifts were also presented to Aaradhan Gauns, Vigniesh Shet, Saloni Gadekar and Vishaka Parwar for securing first class with distinction in Xth and XII board examination during the academic year. Encouragement gifts were also presented to Virshika Borkar, Faeda Shaikh, Gaurang Tari and Naveen Palkar who are in different profession.