In Goa the men folk of Naik (Maratha) community perform the dance called Morulem which literally means a peacock. Each of the dancers wear a peacock feather on his headgear. The dance movements, however, do not always imitate that of a peacock. It is such a popular dance in Goa that now-a-days girls also have started participating in the dance. Though danced at any time of the year, it is particularly danced during the 5 day Shimoga festival held in the lunar month of Phalguna (February/March). The dancers, along with other villagers, go to each house and dance in the open courtyard to celebrate the festival. On the last day of the festival the dance is performed at an open place in the village. The accompanying musical instruments are : Peti, the harmonium; Mridanga, a drum with two faces (often the pair of Dugi-Tabla is played instead of Mridanga), Kansalem, large size gong, and Jhanj, the cymbals.
Goph is an exotic confluence of colorful cultural strands. The weaving of the plait-Goph- represents the quite but conscious assimilation of the impressions left behind by several dynasties, which ruled over Goa during the past centuries. The dance is annually presented by the peasant community in Canacona Anguem and Quepem taluka in the Shigmo festival which is the most popular folk festival of Goa.
The Tarangmel of Goa is danced on the occasion of Dussehra and Holi festivals. The youth of Goa swarm the streets in colorful groups waving flags and streamers (toning) inspiring and inviting one and all to imbibe the festive spirit. The spirited youth shout Ho ! Ho! to the rhythmic beat of the percussion music provided by Romut, Dhol and Tasha. A colorful atmosphere is created by the colorful costumes the dancers wear and the varied hues of the flags and streamers they carry.
Dhangar is a shepherd community who migrated long ago from the Saurastra legion and have settled in the hilly regions of north and north western parts of Goa. Their presiding deity is Bira Deva. The community still retains some of the customs of the region they earlier belonged to. They, like the people of Gujarat, observe Navaratra with great zeal and earnestness. In this nine-day long religious observance the head of the family fasts throughout taking only a cup of milk everyday. On the tenth day all the families observing Navaratra bring their family deities to a particular place where the ceremonial dance is performed with great devotion. The Dhangar dance is performed only by men. Each dancer wears the ceremonial dress: white dhoti, white kurta with red embroidery and a turban. The dance is vigorous as it is performed with devotional zeal. The music which is predominantly percussive is provided by Dhol, a barrel-shaped drum, Thaang, a pair of cymbals, and a drone called Taso.