We the undersigned request the Government to look into relaxing the sound ban rules in Goa. At present the ban states that after 10 pm and 6 am one cannot play music or create noise above 75 db. This actually means that most trucks, Enfield motorcycles would have to be banned. Acoustic music and singing above this decibel level is also banned.
Our request is that at least acoustic music and singing wherein one does not use any electronic or artificial means like speakers etc to increase the natural volume produced by instruments and humans. It is also petitioned here that the singing of hymns, carols, bhajans- playing of guitar, piano , harmonica, trumpet, drums, dhols, etc should be allowed as long as there is no electronically boosted sound.
We also petition that this law is reviewed and made fit for purpose wherein we don't criminalise musicians and music which is a vital part of our society.
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The year was 1971. It was the time of the hippies and the flower power generation. The hippies and other young people from Western Europe and the Americas were searching for Nirvana or Spiritual Salvation and Goa seemed to put them on the right track. The Goans also accepted these peaceful and gentle people whole heartedely. Life in Goa was simple then. No motorbikes, cars and restaurants.
It was here and in this environment that Tito Henry D’Souza who had traveled extensively decided to settle down and also provide a place for all the expats to meet up.