Mando is a musical form that evolved during the 19th and 20th centuries among the Goan Catholics. It represents a meeting point of local Goans and western musical traditions.The music has elements of both Indian and western culture. Traditional musicians of the Goan mando are usually seen playing instruments like violin and ghumots.
The music has elements of both traditional Goan folk songs and western culture. The males wear formal coats while females wear Western dress. The dress worn during the mando dance was of velvet or silk, red, blue or green in colour, embroidered with gold (rarely with silver) threads. This was all graced with a fan, which enhanced the lady's mood with a secret charm during the dance.