The music, dance, handicrafts and other arts of Goa have been shaped by the cultural osmosis of the Konkan coast mixed with Portuguese patronage. Many of the objects from ancient times are still seen in Goan churches, temples, residential homes and museums. Goan artisans created a new typology that incorporated elements of Portuguese and Indian art, and came to be known as Indo-Portuguese art.
Colonised by the Portuguese for more than four centuries, Goa was also referred to as the ‘Rome of East’. It is now one of the popular tourist destinations in India with a rich heritage, culture and tradition. It has various dances, folk songs, visual arts, music and folk tales rich in both content and variety. Songs of Mando, Ovi and Dekhni have been part of Goan culture. There are multiple dance forms such as Dhalo, Fugdi, Corridinho, Mando and Tonyamel among others. Goa has several institutes which promote and encourage its art and culture. At its forefront, is the Kala Academy, designed by architect Charles Correa, established by the Government of Goa on 28 February 1970, as an apex body to develop music, dance, drama, fine art and literature. The Directorate of Art and Culture is a government body in the pursuit of the preservation and promotion of the cultural ethos and artistic traditions of Goa.