The State government has planned various programmes to observe Goa’s Liberation Day not only in the State capital but even at the taluka headquarters as this year starts the Golden Jubilee of Goa being freed from the Portuguese rule.
On 17th December a martial art festival will be held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao from 7 pm onwards while on 18th December, the eve of the liberation day, a torch lit procession will be held at Panjim. The procession will start from three different places – Kala Academy Campal, Joggers’ Park Altinho and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Park near the bus stand. The three groups will converge at Azad Maidan to pay tributes to the freedom fighters following which the formal inaugural function of the Golden Jubilee celebrations will be held. Later a cultural programme of music will be held by Sumedha Dessai and group.
On 19th December cultural programmes will be held in all 11 taluka headquarters starting from 7 pm. The programmes are as follows:
In Pernem near Bhagawati Temple, Pernem, Goenchi Sasai, fok dances by Kanta Gaude and group;
In Bardez near Bodgeshwar Temple, Mapusa, musical programme by Aarti Naik and group;
In Bicholim at Shivaji Maidan, Bicholim, Natya Geet by Balkrishna Kelkar and group;
In Sattari near Hanuman Temple, Valpoi, musical programme by Rupesh Gawas and group;
In Ponda at Sports Complex, Ponda, musical programme by Ajay Naik and group;
In Tiswadi at Kala Academy AC Auditorium, Panjim, musical programme by Sonal Kakode, Ragunath Fadke and group;
In Salcette at Ravindra Bhavan Auditorium, Margao Martial Arts programme;
In Mormugao at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, orchetra by Omkar Melodies;
In Quepem at M P Lad Hall near Dattamandir Temple, Quepem, musical programme by Ravansiddhi Naik and group and Konkani Cantaram by Sonia Sirsat and group;
In Sanguem near Bus Stand, Sanguem, musical programme by Purushottom Pai and group; and
In Canacona near Gaitonde Sport Complex, Canacona, musical programme by Pravin Gaonkar and group.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that there is a crowd for the liberation day celebrations, which normally have only the participating school students and a few citizens, the government has directed all its officials to be present for the celebrations this year.
The circular directs all officers and employees of the State Government, autonomous bodies and government undertakings to attend the flag hoisting ceremony at Panaji or in their respective taluka headquarters.