Thousands of Panjimites throng streets to witness Shigmotsav

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Panaji, Mar 29 (UNI) Thousands of Panjimites thronged the streets of the city, to witness Shigmotsav, reflecting the rich Goan Hindu culture, with scores of artists in their traditional attires and colourful costumes performing amid tight security.

Shigmotsav is a time to rejoice for the Panjimites, since the last 25 years. This time it comprised of about 30 floats with huge displays on mythology and other themes, about 50 folk dance groups, 20 fancy dress groups and five Romta band parties.

The Romta bands, originally comprised of people displaying their skills on huge bands at the temples of Goa for about 10 days, since the beginning of the Holi festival.

This had now spread to all major towns and cities of this tourist state, with even foreigners seen posing for photographs with mythological characters.

The colourful 5 km cultural procession culminated at the historic Azad Maidan, where the artists performed different items including singing and acting, amid display of huge buntings with different themes including demons, gods and goddesses.

Organised by the Shigmotsav Samithi, the event was financed by the tourism department for promoting tourism and culture.

The best performers will be presented with cash awards amounting to Rs 4 lakhs. The organisers, wearing saffron turbans in Maratha style, ensure discipline and smooth conduct of the event.

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