A classical art form of Goa
, Ghode Moddni is a martial dance showcasing the fighting spirit of the Kshatriyas
. The art exhibits martial supremacy and is played during the Shigmo festival
. Closely associated with the history of the Ranes, the Rajputs
and the Marathas, the dance simulates a battle scene, where the dancers are mounted on dummy horses. The dancers are dressed in colorful headgears and traditional livery and the dummy of the horse is decorated with spotless white cloth of gold and silver thread work at the border.
The dance, which is of long duration, begins in the afternoon and gets over at dawn. Ghode Moddni is popular in the taluks of Bicholim, Sattari and Pernem.