Heta’s talk brings us stories from her book Grinding Stories retold, which documents Oviyos sung by the Christain Gavda community in Goa, an art form which until now, was thought to be wiped out. With access to any musical instruments forbidden to these women, these songs, mostly monophonic, sung alone,while using the grinding stone as their instruments contain tales of their trials and tribulations, earthy wisdom with regard to societal dynamics, and unusual but heartwarming tales even amongst adversaries.
For those of you that have ever wondered if all that Goa has are it’s beaches and churches, this talk will bring to light the influences of the various other dynasties whose influences can still be seen, while exploring the rich, lesser-known folk art, crafts and culture that has outlived colonial influences and influencers for centuries.
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Heta Pandit currently lives in the village of Saligao, Goa. She has had a wide range of career stints in advertising, journalism and working with Dr. Jane Goodall in the field of chimpanzee research in Tanzania.
After pioneering multiple heritage awareness and action movements in Bombay, she has been living in Goa 26 years now, where she co-founded Goa Heritage Action Group in the year 2000, that is dedicated to the advocacy of preservation, conservation and restoration of Goa’s natural, built and cultural heritage. Widely regarded as a treasure trove of information, she has written ten books, with two more in the pipeline, all aiming at bringing to light the art,culture and history of Goa, with many of them featuring at prestigious Literature festivals across India.
Her most recent book Grinding Stories Retold: Songs from Goa, sheds light on oviyos, songs sung by women as they work at the grinding stone, a household chore that began a woman’s day in rural Goa. Most are songs of sadness, suppressed anger,envy,expectation, words of wisdom and frustration.