Culture and Society


IGSG Goa - Doon University, Uttarakhand : Interactive Session in Benaulim, Goa


IGSG (Indo German Friendship Society Goa) and a Group of Students of the Department of German Studies, School of Languages, Doon University, (Dehradun, Uttarakhand) have conducted a day long interactive session on March 24, 2015, in Benaulim, Goa.




The Ten most Beautiful Yoga Hotels in the World

One of them is the Yoga Magic Eco Resort, Vagator, Goa

The magazine Focus has made a selection of the world's ten most beautiful Yoga hotels. The Yoga Magic Eco Resort, Vagator, Goa is one of them. Please read the full article in German here...


Goa and Germany - a solution for the garbage problem

The IGSG (Indo German Friendship Society Goa) is extremely pleased about the visit in the first week of July 2013, by Mr Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa, to the German City of Kaiserslautern and the inspection of the city's efficient and comprehensive garbage handling systems.


"I was highly impressed after visiting their garbage treatment and waste management plant which handles mixed garbage, waste and plastic similar to what is generated here in Goa," Parrikar said on Facebook after his return.
Since 2010 IGSG is making all possible efforts to contribute to the solution of the garbage elimination in Goa. We would be very happy if this visit of Mr. Parrikar to Germany turned out to be a big step towards the final solution of the garbage problem in Goa.
Please read more here…



German Bureaucracy

Not to Take it Personally: To my European Friends

Mrs. Meenakshi Passi, an Indian lady married to a German and living most of her time in Goa, has sent us a poem with the title NOT TO TAKE IT PERSONALLY: TO MY EUROPEAN FRIENDS and has asked IGSG for publication. 
IGSG decided to publish it considering the critics of bureaucracy and the emotional feelings expressed in it.
Please read the poem here...



Travel Guide

Review of two travel guides to Goa

Christian Honig reviewed exclusively for IGSG two guides which include Goa and says: "Those who are planning a trip to Goa are immediately confronted with the question of which guide to buy."

Read more here...




Film on Environment in Goa

India's threatened paradise - Climate protection by environmental education

Goa, the smallest Indian state, attracts millions of tourists annually with its beaches and the country's economy depends on them. Tourists want clean beaches and towns, but Goa is struggling with mountains of garbage.

Please read more and watch the film (in German) of German broadcaster Deutsche Welle here...



German tourists in Goa

Goa government wants more German tourists

Mar 19, 2013 - Goa Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar has expressed confidence that German charter tourists may once again start visiting Goa.
On his return from ITB-Berlin
(Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin March 6-10, 2013) the largest gathering of tourism industry stakeholders in the world, where he led the Goa delegation, Parulekar said the revival of charter tourism flights from Germany is "definitely" going to happen reports Times of India.

Please read more here...



Goa is not India
Documentary of the Austrian film maker Rudolf Gottsberger

In a exclusive interview for IGSG Rudolf Gottsberger the Austrian film maker Rudolf Gottsberger explains "For me, „Goa is not India“ because Goa was occupied by the Portuguese, because it is the richest state in India, because there are some kind of enclaves among the foreigners, because some hippies found a knew home in Goa during the Sixties, and because life in Goa has a special character". Please read the complete interview as well as more details about the film here.


Guided visit of Trindade's Exhibition

On 2 January there was a guided visit of the exhibition "António Xavier Trindade – a painter from Goa (1870-1935)" at the premises of the Fundação Oriente, Fontainhas, Panjim. The visit was organized by IGSG - Indo German Friendship Society Goa. Pictures and more...


Trikont, a German based company edits
Konkani Songs

"Own voice to the jewels of the 1960s and 70s" writes Colin Savio Coelho for IGSG

Trikont, a German based company, has edited a CD with Konkani songs. The effort to edit the CD in Germany was started in Goa by the German Sigrid Pfeffer and found its way to Germany, for production. Colin Savio Coelho, editor-in-chief of MuziTainment, writes a special review for IGSG. Please read here.



Revised guidelines for tourist visa: lifting of
2-months gap also for older visas

The Revised Guidelines on Tourist Visa are equally valid for visas which still contain the old restriction of the two months gap. See details here…


German journalist launches book about Modern Day Catholicism in Goa


IGSG - Indo German Friendship Society Goa  in collaboration with publisher "Goa, 1556" launched the book of German journalist Christina Fernandes "Passion in Paradise: Modern Day Catholicism in Goa" at Literati Bookshop and Cafe, Calangute on December 20, 2012. Read more...




German daily "Die Welt": Goan journalist Sonia Faleiro reports about sexual harassment in India

In an article, published in the German daily "Die Welt" on 4 January 2013, the Goan journalist Sonia Faleiro speaks about the years she spent as a young girl in New Delhi, "a city where sexual harassment is as regular as mealtime". In the aftermath of the gang rape of Dec. 16 in New Delhi she considers that the volume of protests in public and in the media has made clear that the attack was a turning point. In retrospect it wasn’t the brutality of the attack on the young woman that made her tragedy unusual; it was that an attack had, at last, elicited a response. Please read the full article (in German) here.



Professor Noel do Carmo Flores †

May 23, 2012


Obituary on Prof. Noel Flores written by the German composer and pianist Mr Hans-Udo Kreuels and kindly sent to us through The Institute for Keyboard Studies of the “University of Music and the Performing Arts Vienna”, Austria (Institut für Tasteninstrumente der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien). Professor Flores was a teacher at this Institute. Mr. Hans-Udo Kreuels was a former student of Professor Flores.  Please read the full obituary here

Please also read an article on Professor Flores in the Goan daily "Navhind Times"


Letter of a German citizen to Chief-Minister Manohar Parrikar

In a letter to CN Manohar Parrikar a German citizen, frequent tourist visitor to Goa,  refers to several disturbances in Anjuna citing drug-rave-spots and names of  local "heavy weights" who cause nightly nightmares to local inhabitants and peaceful tourists.  Please read the full letter as well as some press articles related to the same here.


Multinational Cooperation in Goa


The British Business Group Goa, the IGSG - Indo German Friendship Society, Goa and the Indo-Portuguese Friendship Society organized a meeting at Hotel Fidalgo, Dukes Hall, Panjim, on 10 May 2012 to discuss their concerted efforts to engage in common activities. More...


1st Meeting Science and Technology Goa - Germany


On February 12, 2012 there was a very informal get together of people with similar interests and experiences at National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Panjim. It was open to all scientists, researchers, students - also Germans - and their friends, involved or interested in science and technology with the link Goa - Germany. More...



The European Influence in Goa and the German Contribution to the Indo-Portuguese Trade in 16th-18th Century


On April 29, 2011, Mr. Luís de Assis Correia presented a communication on "The European Influence in Goa and the German Contribution to the Indo-Portuguese Trade in 16th-18th Century" at the premises of Fundação Oriente. More...


Get Together of Germans and Goans


January 9, 2011

at the residence of Margarete and Aurobindo Xavier, Verna-Salcete




Lamp Design Expo

Manuel Studio organized a Lamp Design Expo from 14 to 16 October 2009 at Kala Academy in Panjim. Manuel Caldeira is alumnus of the Technical University of Berlin (Germany) where he got his Master Degree (Dipl. Ing.).  More...


IGSG Garden Concert

The Indo-German Friendship Society, Goa (IGSG), organized a Garden Concert on Sunday, 10th February 2008 at the ‘Casa de Sodovin’ in Verna. Franz Schubert Cotta & his Orchestra under the Guest Conductor Miguel Cotta played western classical music, which included pieces of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. Photogallerie


Visit to the Governor
Former Goan expatriates from Germany: "key persons" in implementing cultural links

On 14th January  Dr. Aurobindo Xavier was invited to Raj Bhavan by S C Jamir, Governor of the State of Goa, for a meeting of the Goa-Europe Cultural Bridge with Prof. Borges da Cunha from Portugal.  Mehr...