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Daman boasts of a rich historical heritage spanning over more than 2000 years. The district of Daman of the erstwhile Union Territory of Goa, Daman & Diu is situated in the Surat District of Gujarat. From 2nd Century A.D., it formed a part of the country known as Lata, which was one of the seven divisions of Konkan Vaishaya.
Fort of Moti Daman in Daman The edict of the Emperor Ashoka (273 to 136 B.C) was found in Saurashtra and Sopara near Bombay. Satrya Kshatrapas under the Kushana emperor seemed to have ruled over Daman District during the first century, A.D. The Coins of Bhumaka and Nahapan, the kshaharata rulers were discovered in the surrounding areas of Surat District. Ushavadatta, son-in-law of Nahapan, is said to have provided ferries on rivers Dhanuha Dhamana, Parada and Tapi.

This is the earliest reference of these rivers and the names of the places, i.e. Dahanu, Daman and Pardi, remained unchanged for the last 2000 years. The District seems to have been subjected to the rule of Gautamaputra Satakarnin, about 125 A.D., who drove away the Kshaharatas. But Satavahana's rule was short lived. Rudraman I, grandson of Chastan of Kadamaka branch of Kshatrapas reconquered a large part of Western India including the sea-board from the river Mahi in Gujarat to Ratnagiri by about 150 A.D. from Satavahana ruler, Satakarni, and Daman district again passed under the rule of Kshatrapa Vijayasen (234-239 A.D.) who seems to have ruled over the district till 249 A.D. Abhir king Ishwarasena of Nasik, who conquered the western part of the Deccan from the Satavahanas seems to have been laid by Gautamaputra Yajnashri, campaigns the Kshatrapas from 180 to 200 A.D.

The District seems to have been subjected to the rule of traikutakas during the 5th century, A.D. The Lata Country was ruled by Rashtrakutas of Malkhed in the Deccan directly till 808 A.D. by the successors, Govinda II (575- 795 A.D), Druvaraja - I (795-800 A.D) and Govinda III (800 - 808 A.D.). Govinda III handed over the Lata kingdom to his brother Indra about. 808 A.D. and was given the title Lateswaramandalasya or the protector of Latamandala. Indra was succeded by his son Karka who seems to have ruled Latamandala with his brother, Govinda jointly till A.D. 826. Druva II, son of Karka came to the throne about 835 A.D. and was succeded by Akalavarsha in. 867. A.D. The District was passed to Tailappa II of the Chalupas of Kalyani in 973 A.D. Tailappa II placed Lata Country in the hands of his relative and general Barrpa alias Dvarappa Chalukya. By the middle of the 13th century, a Rajput prince Ramsingh alias Ramashah seems to have defeated the koli chief Nathorat and established himself in the hilly tract at Asheri of Asserseta near Daman about 1262 A.D. Ramsingh was succeded by his son Somanath in 1295 A.D. The newly founded Ramnagar at the foot of the ghats flourished under Somnath (1335-1360 A.D) and Daram shah (1360-1391 A.D.). Jagatshah succeeded Gopushah and ruled during 1432 A.D. to 1470 A.D. The Portuguese from Shah of Gujarat acquired Daman. They noticed the port of Daman for the first time in 1523. A Portuguese enclave for 4 centuries and a half till the close of the colonial rule in 1961; Daman has been a coveted prize for which princes, monarchs and alien powers waged wars. Muted memories of history lie vaulted in the monuments of Daman. It had been a melting pot, where races and cultures met and mixed to bring forth a multi-coloured identity.


 People

Fort of Moti Daman in Daman

The population of Daman district 1,12,949 (2001 census) and the population density is 1583 persons per square kilometer. More than 68 percent of district population resides in villages (21 in number) whose main occupation is fishing, agriculture and working in non agriculture sector. Number of females per thousand male (sex ratio) in the district is 591. The literacy rate is 83.6 percent.The majority population is Hindus with Muslims and Christians making a significant presence. The tribals (schedule caste and tribe) constitute about 12 percent of total population. The religious customs of the majority population are no different from the people in the adjoining Gujarat area.


 Culture

aman can boast of a rich and multi - faced cultural heritage. Dance and Music are very much part of the daily life of Damanite. Here is a true fusion of cultures - tribal, urban, European and Indian.This ornate amalgam is reflected in the traditional dances of Daman.
Various Portuguese dances are well preserved and still widely presented.Tribal dances with caustic social comments are much in vogue.


 Festival

Garba Festival:

Daman and Diu is the land which bear diversities that can be seen in the form of festivals. Daman and Diu host beautiful beaches and historical monuments that give the tales of rich historical background which the Union Territory is proud of. The blend of various cultures gave rise to a new tradition. Gujarat, the neighboring state has a huge influence on the local ethnicity of Daman and Diu. Fort of Moti Daman in Daman Garba festival is one of the important festivals in Gujarat and Daman and Diu too celebrates this festival with pomp and grandeur. India is the land of festivals and celebrations and Daman and Diu is not an exceptional one. Garba festival is a popular dance festival of Gujarat. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity and majesty in Daman and Diu. The main occasion takes place for nine days where young boys and girls celebrate by dancing in colorful clothes and accessories. The celebration takes place in honor of Goddess Amba where devotional songs and dances are performed. The festival commences with traditional rituals of Devi Amba. The dance and all the rituals hold individual significances. In Daman and Diu Garba does not remain restricted within Gujarati but all the people from different community come and take part to make the festival a grand event. Garba festival is an important festival in Daman and Diu which is celebrated in all the local areas of the territory. Garba is the festival that takes place in the month of October or November. The colorful decoration and the festive mood add a new tinge to the place. During these days Daman and Diu remain populated with tourists from different corners of the world.

Folk Dance Festival:

Introduction To Folk Dance Festival:
Folk Dance Festival Daman which can be also named as 'Damao' is located on the western coast of India. The river Kolak surrounds the land that adds life and vibrancy to the place. Daman and Diu is a union territory of India which was under Portuguese for over a period of 400 years. If you are bored with the busy schedule of city life then you can easily opt for the place as an important holiday destination. The serene coast, the green palm vegetation, the blue sea and a rich heritage are the perfect combination for the tourist to spend some momentous time. A rich heritage and wonderful culture can be seen in the fairs and festivals of Daman and Diu which are colorful and full of diversities.
Description of Folk Dance Festival: Folk Dance Festival is one of the main festivals in Daman and Diu. Being a Portuguese colony, Daman and Diu inherit wonderful customs where east and west meet to give a new form of custom. There are various kinds of dances like Mando Dance, Verdigao and Vira dance which are the main attractions of folk dance festival in Daman and Diu. This dance festival makes the ambience lively and energetic. This dance festival is celebrated by both elder and younger generations. Traditional and the contemporary dance performances can be experienced during these festival days. The main aim of the festival is to eat drink and make merry. Garba dance is one of the eminent names amongst the traditional dances.
Time For Celebration of Folk Dance Festival: Dance festival in daman and diu is one of the main festivals and this festival take place towards the end of the English calendar. Tourists from different corner of the world come and visit the place and their participation makes the occasion interactive and grand in every sense. This dance festival involves people of various age groups, different caste and creed, and there lies the magnificence of the festival.


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