Portuguese-speaking Goans and Brazilians gather in Goa

The community of Portuguese speaking Goans and Brazilians met in Goa on Saturday 6 July 2019 for a Brazilian cultural event and took the opportunity to say goodbye to the Consul General of Brazil in Mumbai Mrs. Rosimar da Silva Suzano who returns to Brazil. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai together with the Brazilian Cultural Center in Goa (BCCG).
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The Frigate Dom Fernando II e Glória between Portugal and India

About 26 photos of the the Frigate DOM FERNANDO II E GLÓRIA of the Portuguese Navy are displayed at the Art Gallery of the Directorate of Art & Culture in Panjim. The exhibition is organized by the LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa.
The Frigate was built at the shipyard of Daman in Portuguese India, which possessed to the east a large forest of teak wood in Nagar-Aveli, considered to be an excellent wood for ship building. She was Portugal’s last sailing warship to be built and also the last ship that undertook the Carreira da Índia (India Run), a regular military line that connected Portugal to its colonies in India since the beginning of the 16th century. Read more →

5th Lusofonia Festival Goa 2019

Bossa Nova Goa 2019

BCCG-Brazilian Cultural Centre in Goa presents: BOSSA NOVA GOA 2019, a Brazilian Cultural Evening with a Brazilian movie, Brazilian songs by Nadia Rebelo and Brazilian singers Abian Kenneth Santos, Felipe Hermann Santos and Du Falcão. There will be Caipirinha & Batida, Brazilian feijoada, Bolinhos de bacalhau, Goan food (buffet), beer and drinks. 
For more information call 9763365050
Entry passes available at:
– Restaurant Viva Goa (Clube Harmonia). Phone: 98224 83868
– Linen Shop (Colva). Phone: 9049704448
Timing: Thursday, 21st Feb 2019, 7pm
Venue: Viva Goa Restaurant (Clube Harmonia – Margao

5th Lusofonia Festival Goa 2019

The Portuguese language: Towards a museum in Portugal

In the context of the “5th Festival of Lusophone Goa 2019” that extends from December 2018 to March 2019, the LSG-Lusophone Society of Goa organized on December 20, 2018 in collaboration with the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB – Portugal) and the Kare College of Law (KCl) of Margão a lecture given by Dr. Pedro Oliveira of IPB under the title “The Portuguese Language: Towards a museum”. Read more →

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Lecture – Improvement of university sociability

December 13 (Thursday) 12.00 H
“Improvement of university sociability through emotional intelligence and integrative practices”.
Prof. Muna Odeh (UnB – University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil
Lecture Hall, Nirmala Institute of Education, Altinho,  Panjim. Read more →


Brazilian Contemporary Cinema in Goa

The Brazilian Cultural Center in Goa (BCCG) and the Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) in collaboration with the National Agency of Cinema (Ancine)/Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the Brazilian Consulate in Mumbai will organize sessions of Brazilian Contemporary Cinema in the following colleges in Goa:
G. R. Kare College of Law (Damodar College) in Margao, Comba, and at the Nirmala Institute of Education in Panjim, Altinho. The movies are in Portuguese with English subtitles. Free entrance. Read more →

Brazilian Film Screening

Contemporary Brazilian Cinema in North and South Goa

The Brazilian Cultural Centre in Goa (BCCG) in collaboration with the Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) and the Brazilian Agência Nacional do Cinema (Ancine) / Brazilian Ministry of Culture, is organizing sessions of contemporary Brazilian cinema in North and South Goa. The films are in Portuguese with English subtitles. Entry free.

North Goa: on August 23 (Wednesday) 2017 the following films will be screened in collaboration with the Film Club and the Department of Mass Communication of  St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa. Venue: Seminar Hall at St. Xavier’s College.
1 – 9:30 am  “Don’t worry, nothing will work out” (Não se preocupe, nada vai dar certo!), comedy.
2 – 12 noon “Federal” (Federal), thriller.

South Goa: the following films will be screened in collaboration with the Humanities Department of Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, Margao.
Venue: Auditorium at Don Bosco College of Engineering.
1 – Saturday, 09 September 2017 at 3.30 pm “Federal” (Federal), thriller.
2 – Monday, 11 September 2017 at 3.30 pm “Don’t worry, nothing will work out”(Não se preocupe, nada vai dar certo!), comedy.
3 – Tuesday, 12 September 2017 at 3.30 pm “In Therapy” (Divã), comedy. Read more →

Photography Exhibition

Goan Windows – Indo-Portuguese Architecture

The Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) in collaboration with the Municipality of Mafra (Portugal) organizes an exhibition of photographies by Adelino Fernandes, professional photographer from Goa, India, at Casa de Cultura Jaime Lobo e Silva, Ericeira (Portugal). The exhibition, with the title “Goan Windows – Indo-Portuguese Architecture”, will show 22 photographies depicting the typical windows of Indo-Portuguese architecture of the city of Margao, in Goa.

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Approaching Goa and Brazil

President of the Lusophone Society of Goa visited Brazil in December 2016


In order to implement a rapprochement between Goa and Brazil with the purpose of using Goa as a platform for the relations between India and Brazil, Aurobindo Xavier, President of the Lusophone Society of Goa, visited Brazil in December 2016. During his visit, among others, he gave a lecture at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (USP) and an interview with TVSuprenBrasilia.

Here is the video of the lecture at USP
Here is the video of the interview at TVSuprenBrasilia

LSG signs Memorandum of Understanding

The Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG), India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FORGES – Associação Fórum da Gestão do Ensino Superior nos Países e Regiões da Língua Portuguesa


Aurobindo Xavier, President of Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) and Maria Luísa Cerdeira, President of FORGES signed the MoU in Campinas, Brazil.

The Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG), India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FORGES – Associação Fórum da Gestão do Ensino Superior nos Países e Regiões da Língua Portuguesa.The Memorandum aims to promote and enhance the academic, scientific and cultural cooperation in the framework of the educational policy and school administration and higher education. The Memorandum was signed on 29 November 2016, at the  University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, during the 6th Conference FORGES.  Aurobindo Xavier, President of Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) and Maria Luísa Cerdeira, President of FORGES signed the MoU.

Scientific cooperation protocol

Scientific cooperation protocol between Lusophone Society of Goa and The Lisbon Academy of Sciences

From left: Aurobindo Xavier, President of Lusophone Society of Goa, Ana Salgado coordinator of Diccionary of the Academy and Artur Anselmo, President of The Academy of Sciences of Lisbon.

The Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG), India, has just signed a memorandum of understanding with The Lisbon Academy of Sciences. The memorandum aims to strengthen cooperative relations and exchanges between the two institutions.
One of the first activities defined within the framework of the memorandum is the collection and definition, exclusively by LSG, of the Portuguese vocabulary used daily in Goa. The nomenclature and respective definitions will be included in the new dictionary of the Academy which is already in preparation. This edition aims to be a reference dictionary in the lusophone world, with a view to the overall representation of the Portuguese language, explained Ana Salgado, coordinator of the dictionary.
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Lusophone Goa

2nd Lusofonia Festival Goa 2016 realized with great success

Beautiful-Girl-in-Brazil2nd Lusofonia Festival Goa, January 22 – February 22, 2016. A variety of  events promoting the culture of the Lusophone countries and regions.

The Lusofonia Festival Goa is intended as an opportunity for different Lusophone people and cultures to come together in this unique event in Goa. The programme included, diverse presentations (themes and authors from Brazil, Portugal and Goa), photo exhibitions (from Mozambique, Macau and São Tomé and Príncipe), book exhibitions (Galiza/Spain and European Union), music concert by the Portuguese group Senza, a Brazilian culinary class and the traditional fest “Feijoada e Samba”. Read more →

Festival Goa

Lusofonia Festival Goa 2015


Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) is organizing the 1st “Lusofonia Festival Goa 2015”. From February 20 to March 20 there will be several cultural events aiming to promote the culture of the Lusophone countries and regions focusing this year Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Macau, Portugal and Timor Leste.

Highlight of the Festival is the photography exhibition “Voyage to the East in the 19th Century”. Photographies of 19th Century. An extraordinary collection of photographies from the time of earliest photography techniques.  From Lisbon to Timor crossing Suez Canal and passing through Egypt, Mumbai, Goa, Daman, Nagar Haveli, Sri Lanka, Indonesia. This exhibition is organized by LSG in collaboration with the Directorate of Culture North, Museum of Lamego (Portugal), Directorate of Art and Culture (Goa), Goa Tourism Development Corporation and Fundação Oriente.

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Journey to the East in the 19th century

Photo exhibition in Lamego, Portugal – including some of former Portuguese India

f2693d.cat_002_016.057-800pxlIn August 2014 we had the possibility to visit, in Lamego in Northern Portugal, the exhibition of 19th-century photographs relating to Asia, with the title “Journey to the East in the nineteenth century”.

The exhibition comprises 61 photographs that belong to the family Mascarenhas Gaivão, which collected the images, dated between 1880 and 1895 as if they were a Portuguese voyage. The trip begins in Egypt, continues in India (Mumbai, Daman, Nagar Haveli and Goa) and ends in East Timor. Read more →

Opinion piece

The Indian axis of the lusophone world: importance for East Timor and Goa/India

Daily paper of Macau

Daily paper of Macau

Aurobindo Xavier*

In the Indian area, meaning the countries and regions that abut or have their geostrategic interests in the Indian Ocean, there are significant Portuguese-speaking affinities. Thus we have Mozambique and East Timor as Portuguese-speaking countries, Macao and Goa as relevant regions of Portuguese influence and still other local cores with some affinities with the Portuguese-speaking countries as in Malacca or Sri Lanka. The Indian area has therefore a great lusophone potential. Please read the full article (in Portuguese) here:  Read more →

Lusophone World

“The importance of the Portuguese speaking countries today is a fascinating story” Ambassador Mõttus of Estonia in a exclusive Interview with LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa

estonia_foto_dela_diplomatia“For me personally, the historical influence of Portugal and the economic, political and cultural importance of the Portuguese speaking countries today is a fascinating story” explains Mrs Marin Mõttus, Ambassador of Estonia to Portugal and Morocco in an exclusive Interview with LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa. “The interest towards Portuguese language, the rich cultural heritage of these countries and also towards the potential of economic cooperation with them is quickly growing in Estonia” says Mõttus. Estonia is one of the three Baltic countries, situated in Northern Europe.

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Cape Verde Music Awards

“Mi só ki fika li” is Cape Verde’s song of the year

The third edition of Cape Verde Music Awards (CVMA), whose aim is to reward the CapeVerdean music every year, was won by Michel Montrond with “Mi só ki fika li” in the category of best music of the year.
In general, the CVMA intends to honour all those cultural agents of the Creole music who stand out for their dynamic role of CapeVerdean music. Listen to the music here: watch?v=LoeK9sbSSyY
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Lusophone world

“Lusophone World much wider than imagination allows conceiving” Luciano Canhanga Angolan writer in an interview with LSG

“The first time I heard of Goa should be attending 4th class and it was during a lesson in Portuguese in that matter was the Portuguese-speaking world. As Goa was a toponym strange resorted to atlas to locate on a map this territory. From then on I realized that the lusophone world was much broader than the eyes and imagination allow me to conceive ” Luciano Canhanga Angolan writer explains in an exclusive interview to Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG).  Read more →

Studies on Tagore

Tagore studied by a Spanish Professor

Under the title “A Spanish romance with Tagore” the Goan daily Herald (edition of 10th Feb 2013) reports the activity and the work of the Spanish José Paz Rodrigues on Tagore (1861-1941). The article writes about the passion that Paz  Rodrigues, who was recently in Goa, has since the Decade of the 60 by Tagore perhaps the most important literary figure of bengali literature and a prominent representative of Hindu culture. Paz Rodrigues also stresses  the  great educator aspect of Tagore who became the first Asian writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. Read more →

Brazil - East Timor

Brazil reinforces cooperation with East Timor

In early February this year another group of 42 East Timorese students came to Brazil to attend undergraduate and masters studies.
There are some Brazilian universities which have established partnerships with educational institutions of Timor, particularly with the National University of Timor Lorosae. These partnerships, which are fostered by the governments of Brazil and East Timor, fall within the guidelines of the Brazilian Foreign Policy to help East Timor and, specifically, to strengthen the South-South cooperation and cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries (under the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Countries). Read more →

Mozambican artists

Emídio Josíne, a young Mozambican artist, in an exclusive interview to Lusophone Society of Goa: “It is necessary that each of us feels responsible for Lusophony”

“I believe that Mozambique and other Lusophonic countries are working hard to consolidate the Lusophony spirit, to make it stronger so that we, the Portuguese speaking people, feel firmly united, like sisters and brothers, without any kind of complex. But it is also necessary that each of us take the responsibility for this achievement.” explains Emídio Josíne, a young Mozambican artist, in a exclusive interview to the Lusophone Society of Goa. About the Mozambican cinema Josine says that “making movies in Mozambique is not easy. We have few film directors for fiction movies, few people educated in film, we don’t yet have hundred percent teams of professionals. We need more script writers, continuity, photograph directors, producers; although I must admit that the ones we have are very good.” Read more →


The Goan Telo de Mascarenhas is considered one of the most important Portuguese-speaking Tagoreans of the world

In a presentation at LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa in Panjim, Goa, the spanish Prof. Paz Rodrigues considered the Goan Telo de Mascarenhas as one of the most important Portuguese-speaking Tagoreans of the world, comparable to any other Tagorean of other nationalities and languages. Especially because he, as a fluent speaker of Bengali (Bangla), carried out beautiful translations of Tagorean works into the Portuguese language: “The Home and the World (Ghore Baire)”, “Boat wreck (Noukadubi)”, “The four voices (Choturongo)”, and an anthology of tales with the general title “The key to the enigma and other tales”. Read more →

Mundo Lusófono

Portuguese scribes in Ceylon: Tissa Devendra from Sri Lanka describes for LSG a rare document from Colombo

 Tissa Devendra from Sri Lanka, describes in an special article for LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa, the historical frame of a rare illustration of the 17th Century. The illustration is presently in Colombo and was purchased from Sotheby’s auction house in London. The document clearly establishes the fact of the existence of Portuguese scribes at the Kandyan Court.This document is written on parchment in impeccable Portuguese. Portuguese was thus a second language in the Kandyan Court. Read more →

Cooperation Galicia Goa

The Academia Galega da Língua Portuguesa and the Lusophone Society of Goa sign a protocol of cooperation

The Lusophone Society of Goa (LSG) has just signed with the Academia Galega da Língua Portuguesa (AGLP) of Spain a protocol of cooperation. The protocol was signed by the president of the LSG Aurobindo Xavier and the president of AGLP Montero Santalha, with the aim to foster the relations and the cultural, scientific and educacional exchange especially regarding the portuguese language  in Galicia and in Goa. Read more →

The citzenship of Goans

Are Goans Indian or Portuguese?

In an interesting article published in the Goan daily Herald Rhadarao F. Gracias, a practising Goan lawyer, discusses in which circumstances Goans can be considered as Indian or Portuguese nationals. Goa is a unique casen, means Gracias, where those born prior to December 19, 1961 and their descendants are eligible to be Portuguese nationals. In view of the special circumstances under which Goa became part of India, the Indian Citizenship Order 1962 ought to be amended to enable Goans to enjoy the benefits of the Portuguese Nationality Law along with the benefits under Article 5 of the Constitution of India, concludes Gracias. Read more →


Lusophone Society of Goa co-organized in Panjim guided visit of the exhibition “António Xavier Trindade – a painter from Goa (1870-1935)”

A guided visit of the exhibition “António Xavier Trindade – a painter from Goa (1870-1935)” was organized at the premises of Fundação Oriente at Fontainhas, Panjim. The visit was conducted by the Delegate of the Fundação Dr.Eduardo Kol de Carvalho on 2nd January 2013  and was  organized by IGSG – Indo German Friendship Society Goa in collaboration with Fundação Oriente, as well as Indo Portuguese Friendship Society Goa, LSG  – Lusophone Society of Goa, British Business Group Goa and Circolo Italiano Goa. Read more →


“Recognizing publicly the historical legacy of Portugal in India. That is what counts”. Luís Filipe Castro Mendes former ambassador of Portugal in India in a special message to LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa.

The LSG – Lusophone Society of Goa asked Mr. Luís Filipe Castro Mendes, ambassador of Portugal in India between 2007 and 2010 and currently Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe, to send a message to LSG relating his very personal experience in India.
Castro Mendes writes in his message  “I saw fishermen of Goa with red and green flags in their ships escorting our training ship Sagres which was on an official visit to India following an invitation of the Indian Marine.  They did it not because they dream of the return of the Portuguese caravels, but to publicly demonstrate that they did not want to deny the past. In fact, I have never heard the idea of denying the past expressed by any Indian authority in New Delhi, on the contrary I have heard the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh publicly recognizing the historical legacy of Portugal in India. And that is what counts.” Read more →


Relic of St Francis Xavier is currently touring Australia

“Just like the people of Goa who share an unbreakable bond with St Francis Xavier, the Catholic community in Australia will forever be blessed to have had St Francis enter into their lives during the Year of Grace” writes Juanita Shepherd journalist of the Australian newspaper The Record in an special article for the site of LSG – The Lusophone Society of Goa. The famous relic of the right arm of St Francis Xavier is currently touring Australia. Read more →

A Brazilian visiting Goa

“In Goa I felt right at home…” Prof. Nelson Gomes in a interview

Prof. Nelson Gomes giving a short lecture on Logic at the Seminary of Rachol, Goa in February 2012.

Prof. Nelson Gomes*, of the University of Brasília  (Brazil) visited Goa in February. In an interview to LSG he gives his impressions about Goa, about his short lecture at the Seminary of Rachol and proposes ways to incentive the relationship between Goa and Brazil. He also gives an opinion about the ongoing globalization and doesn’t forget to refer to the excellent Goan cuisine. Read more →

«Gold ornaments» from Goa

Portuguese bank catalogues «gold ornaments» from Goa

Samples of ornaments from the last 14 cases of the «Gold ornaments» from Goa

The Portuguese Bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) is continuing with the cataloguing of the last 14 cases of the «gold ornaments» from Goa, exposed officially in December 2011 in Lisbon. The «Gold ornaments» from Goa, in Portuguese so called “Jóias da Índia”, were deposited in the BNU dependence in Goa and brought from Goa to Lisbon few days before the Indian troops occupied the territory on December 17, 1961.
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Goa and Timor

Goa-Timor: a historical comparison and the actual development


In an interesting article Purun Cheong  of the Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, compares the history of East Timor and Goa in order to discover the reasons behind the discrepancies of today. Whereas East Timor, after nearly 30 years of Indonesian military occupation, finally gained independence in 2002 and is now one of the poorest countries in the world, Goa is since 1961 part of India and one of the richest states in India. Currently the relative decrease in the native Goan population has also led to the worries of a loss of Goan identity, writes Cheong. Read more →