Dashavatara term refers to the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu
('Das' means ten, 'Avatar' means incarnations). Scholars are
divided into two groups as far as the origin of the dance is
concerned. One group believes it to have evolved from
"Yakshagana"; another group considers it to have emerged from
Many actors believe that Dashavatara is originally a dance form
from Kerala, and they worship a deity of the Walaval region of
Kerala. Whatever the source maybe, the form was introduced to the
Konkan region in the 16th century.
The overture continues for about two hours, and the proper drama
known as "Akhyana" begins after this. The play, concerning itself
with stories from the epics and mythology, concludes at
The red and white makeup of Dashavatara actors distinguishes them
from the spectators who arrive shortly before 11.00 pm for the
Folk Dance of Goa
Goan folk dances bear a tradition of thousands of years,
characterized by innumerable forms performed by and reflecting
lifestyles, cultures and aspirations of different strata,
religions and castes of Goan society.
The prominent ones include Corredinho Dance, Dekhni Dance, Dhalo
Dance, Dhangar Dance, Fugdi Dance, Ghode Modni, Goff Dance, Kunbi
Dance, Lamp Dance, Mussal dance and Romal Dance.