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A Song for Saligão and the other villages, where the real Goa lives

Author Name: Clarice Vaz | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Arts, Photography & Design | Other Details

A Song for Saligão, a serenade to her home village by artist and writer Clarice Vaz, is a joy to savour. Through her writing and photographs, we immerse ourselves in the everyday life, pivotal sites, and seasonal festivities of this Goan village. Saligão is neither ‘picturesque’ nor ‘timeless’, those adjectives in which rural life is embalmed by those who have never experienced it. Saligão’s collective life articulates rich and varied histories of diaspora and return, cultural confluence and visionary civic spiritedness. Vaz knows this way of life is under threat from the machinery of megalopolitan-oriented development and ecological devastation. Her book is animated by her love for Saligão, and her desire to memorialize it for future generations.

— Ranjit Hoskote , Poet, curator, art critic


For a village which has at least four, maybe five, books already written on it, you would’ve thought there’s nothing more left to be said about Saligão. Clarice Vaz, my neighbour across the fields, proves us wrong. A charming, visually rich story. 

— Frederick Noronha, Journalist, publisher & librarian, Saligão


A Song for Saligão is a pictorial and textual documentation of life in a Goan village.  Given that Goa is changing at a faster pace than many of us would like, this book is an important slice of living history. Clarice’s voice and passion gives the book an authenticity mixed with a sense of nostalgia. A book for both Goans and lovers of Goa.

— Diviya Kapur, Owner, Literati Goa 


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Clarice Vaz

Clarice Vaz, who has her roots in São Matias, Divar, was born in Kampala, Uganda in 1964. Her family returned to their ancestral home in Moira, Goa, in 1970. She completed her secondary education at St. Mary’s Convent and thereafter at St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary, Mapusa in 1982, ranking 5th in Goa in the Arts stream. Deeply influenced by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, she gave up a career in academics to follow her calling and joined the prestigious St. Martha’s College of Nursing, Bangalore. Here she excelled and ranked 2nd in the State of Karnataka in Nursing as well as Midwifery in 1986. She worked in Bangalore and Mumbai before settling down in1989, and moving to Muscat, Oman. She chose to be a full time mother and rekindled her childhood hobby of painting. In 1994, she moved back to Goa with her two young sons and worked as a nurse in Saligão.

Clarice is a self taught artist; she has started painting professionally as recently as 2011. Having participated in several group exhibitions, she has also held three solo shows (see for more details). Her creative endeavours, be they painting or visual stories, are a means of self expression. She is also involved in many social activities in her village and in Goa.