Shigmo set to enthral state

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Post carnival, Goa’s streets will come alive to the beats of the Shigmo. The state is set to celebrate the festival over a period of around 14 days, beginning from March 12. A meeting of the Shigmo central committee was convened by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) chairperson Shyam Satardekar and vice president Lyndon Monteiro on Thursday. Some of the chairpersons of Goa’s 13 municipalities, including the City Corporation of Panaji (CCP) were in attendance.

“This was the first meeting primarily convened to decide the dates of the float parade,” Satardekar said. As such, float parades will be held on March 12 at Ponda, March 13 at Curchorem, March 14 at Panaji, March 15 at Mapusa, March 16 at Vasco, March 17 at Bicholim, March 18 at Sanquelim, March 19 at Valpoi, and March 20 at Pernem.

With regard to South Goa, float parades will be held on March 21 at Quepem, March 22 at Margao, March 23 at Sanguem, March 24 at Cuncolim, and March 25 at Canacona. “The respective organising committees have been accorded the responsibility organising the Shigmotsav,” Satardekar said when he was asked what role the central committee would play in organising the event.

Prize money in the main towns of Goa – Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, Vasco and Ponda – has been set at Rs 25,000, Rs 20,000, Rs 15,000 for the first, second and third places respectively. Twenty two consolation prizes worth Rs 4,000 each will also be given out.

The Romtamell will see winners walk away with Rs 30,000, Rs 25,000, and Rs 20,000 respectively. Five consolation prizes of Rs 10,000 each will also be awarded. Winners of the folk dance competition will be given Rs 15,000, Rs 10,000, and Rs 8,000, besides 10 consolation prizes, each worth Rs 5,000. Winners in the individual costume contest will be awarded Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000, Rs 2000 and five consolation prizes at Rs 500 each.

Prizes at the smaller towns will be slightly lesser, the GTDC chairperson said. It maybe noted that state government has earmarked around Rs 1.25 crore for carnival and Shigmo, which is to be distributed equally for both the festivities.


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