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India & Portugal: Cultural Interactions

 
Jose Pereira (Author) Pratapaditya Pal (Editor)
Synopsis Starting with the earliest travelers in the 16th century, this volume reviews the cultural legacy of five centuries of Indo-Portuguese contact. Although Goa was the capital of the Portuguese sea-borne empire in the East and their largest settlement in India, which they controlled till as recently as forty years ago, they had also settled in Daman and Diu, Calicut, and sites in Bengal. The synthesis is most evident in the architecture, both religious and civic. Two of the chapters discuss rare manuscripts in Portuguese and Dutch which document the customs and traditions of the people of 16th- century India, and particularly Goa, and reproduce translated excerpts and illustrations from these manuscripts. The evolution of Goan church and temple architecture, the typical houses of Goa, and the development of the characteristic covered porch or balcao are examined here, as are the richly carved charirs of Indo-Portuguese style. Essays on the relatively less studied Portuguese tenures on the Kerala and Bengal coasts are included. Also documented is the traditional Goan dance-song, the Mando, which has today given way to more populist variations. Joining the high table of the arts is a chapter on the rich culinary heritage for which Goa is justly famous. The variety of subjects covered makes India & Portugal an invaluable contribution to the study of this unique confluence of European and Indian cultures.
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About the authors

Jose Pereira

JOSE PEREIRA, Born in Bombay in 1931, B.A. (Hons.) in Sanskrit, University of Bombay (1951). Ph.D. in Ancient Indian History and Culture, University of Bombay(1958). Adjunct Professor of East-West Cultural Relationships at the Insituto Superior de Estudos Ultramarinos, Lisbon (1959-1960). Research Fellow in the History of Indian Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1962-1966). Research Associate in the History of Indian Art, The American Academy of Benares, Varanasi(1967-1969). Professor of Theology, Fordham University, New York (1970 to present). Pereira has published 14 books and over 130 articles on theology, history of art and architecture, and on Goan and Konkani culture, language and music. MICAEL MARTINS (29 October 1914-9 February 1999) born at Ol-lli/Orlim, Goa, in 1914. Studied music in Goa, and in Bombay with renowned music teachers. Performed for various musical societies in Bombay and Delhi and directed musical groups like the Coro Sacro and the Micael Martins String Quartet. Conducted the opera Geisha (1953). Was orchestra leader of films (Films Division Orchestra, 1949, Rajkamal Kala Mandir Orchestra, 1949). Participated in concerts in Delhi, where, in 1962, he performed alongside Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi, and, in 1972, at the inaugural function of the Delhi Symphony Orchestra. Martins began his research into traditional Goan Song in 1933. Collaborated with Jose Pereira in recording Goan songs from 1954, collecting as many as 11,000 numbers. Martins and Pereira published some of those songs in Marg (1954) and Goan Tribune (1956-1957). They also published monographs of Goan Song in A Sheaf of Deknnis (Bombay: Konkan Cultural Association, 1967) and “Song of Goa. An Anthology of Mandos”, in the Boletim do Instituto Menezes Braganca, no 28 (1981). Martins was a prolific composer of classical musical forms, incorporating themes of Goan folk and art song into his compositions. He composed masses, hymns, profane songs and instrumental pieces – particularly excelling in the latter, outstanding examples of which are the following: Rapsodia (1952), Carnaval em Goa (1953). Quatro Aguarelas (1953), Crepusculo de Estrelas Moribundas (1960), and Festival (1971). Micael Martins is renowned as the greatest classical composer in the history of Goan music.

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Pratapaditya Pal

Pratapaditya Pal is currently Fellow for Research at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, and General Editor of Marg Publications in Mumbai. For twenty-five years (1970-95) he was Senior Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art and from 1996 to 2003 Visiting Curator for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he most recently organized the much acclaimed exhibition Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title India & Portugal: Cultural Interactions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Marg Publications
Language: English
isbn 8185026548
length 156p., Col. Plates; Index; 29 cm.