Monday, July 6, 2009


IGNATIUS - Making Waves

IGNATIUS de Xelvon from Sanvordem has emerged as a
highly professional artiste on the Konkani stage both
for his acting as well as singing.

Making waves in Kuwait he brought out his first
Konkani album “Liplele Tiatrist” which proved to be a
hit. He attributes the success of his album to Jose
Rod for not only singing two memorable songs but
introducing him to VP Sinari & Co.

Encouraged by the success, Ignatius is all set to
release his second album. Be also featured in Konkani
albums like William de Curtorim’s “Montreancho Rock &
Roll”, Cajetan de Cuurtorim’s “Marekar Acxident” and
“Plane Crash”.

It was at the age of 14 that Ignatius was first
introduced to the Konkani stage. That was in Santan
D’Costa’s tiatr in his native place. From a very young
age, he took to singing and under the guidance of
seniors coupled with hard work, Ignatius turned into
an outstanding singer.

He didn’t stop at that as he soon discovered his
acting talents. He took up acting with professional
actors. His versatility and talents were recognized
outside the Konkani world and he was ‘launched’ on the
Marathi and Hindi stage for his acting in orchestras
and dramas.

His memorable role in Devidas Baba’s play “Ek Full
Doxinchem” where he enacted the character role of
‘Mama’ to a spellbound audience. It was this ‘Mama’
magic that probably propelled him to accept more
character roles before he was recognized as character
actor of repute.

The multi-faceted personality in him has also produced
comedy skits. He did several comedy skits some of them
with veteran Konkani artistes like Hortencio Pereira,
late Greg/Sabina and even Goa’s Charlie Chaplain of
Konkani one and only Jacinto Vaz.

He has acted with stalwarts of Konkani stage like John
Claro’s “Tambdi Mati”, Mike Mehta’s “Politics”, Tony
Car’s “Ordho Kazari”. He appeared as guest artiste for
Prince Jacob’s show where he received accolades and

In Kuwait where he works, Ignatius was declared the
best actor in Simon Gonsalves’s play “Devacho Ghutt
Dev Zanam” in the first ever Konkani One Act Play
Competition organized by 'United Club of Utorda' the
pioneer of such shows in Kuwait and some months ago,
he in another one act play competition organized by
Konkani Heritage Kuwait, Ignatius bagged the first
prize and also the coveted best character actor male.
He was also nominated fro best stage setting.


Konkani lovers in Kuwait were treated to the second
Konkani album (VCD) of Ignatius de Xelvon, titled
"Khorem Bhangar". It has music by Josinho and songs by
Comedian Domnic, Bushan, Ignatius de Xelvon, Reginald
de Panchwadi, Lawry Travasso, Flemila, and
Lajea. Songs including "Goenchem Rajkaronn" by
Comedian Domnick, "Maim" by Bushan & Ignatius de
Xelvon, "Driver" by Reginald de Panchwadi, "Ghovachem
Sukh" by Bushan, "Nirmonn Devachem" by Lawry Travasso,
"Devak Xindonaka" by Flemila and "Ghoracho Vantto" by
Bushan and Lajea combines with Ignatius de Xelvon's
well penned lyrics of "Padrinchim Iskolam", "Khorem
Bhangar", "Maulli" and "Balecho Mog Kor!".

Best wishes to Ignatius de Xelvon.


Konkani comedy skit by Ignatius de Xelvon
for Goan Cultural & Food Festival

Popular writer-director, well remembered for his superb script, direction
acting prowess in Konkani, Hindi and Marathi plays, "Ignatius de Xelvon",
is all set to present a special Konkani comedy skit for the 'Goan Cultural
Food Festival' to be held on Friday, 24th November 2006 at the spacious
Al-Amal Indian School Auditorium, Salmiya - Kuwait.

The skit titled 'Fest Vaddeachem Kap'pod Baddeachem' will feature select
artistes including the very talented Simon Gonsalves, Sunny de Quepem,
Salu Faleiro, Clara Rodrigues, Anthony Carr and introducing "Marcus de

The Goan Cultural & Food Festival's programme highlights include the
presentation by the award winning "Kepemchim Kirnnam" specially
deputed by Goa's Directorate of Art & Culture, and Goa's Mimicry King
"Sheik (Xec) Amir" for the very first time in Kuwait. Meledious singer
Oswi Viegas - specially flow from Goa, and 'King of Hearts' Marcus Vaz
will sing specially composed new songs with Music by Succor de Melo.

MTC, Arabian Beverage Co. and UAE Exchange Company are among the
main sponsors of the event. For more details, contact Tel: 2414446,
6825879, 9276629 or by email [EMAIL PROTECTED] or
visit or website or read

Ignatius de Xelvon - the Konkani stage artiste hails from the village of
Xelvon, Sanvordem and resides in Kuwait for the past several years. Does
this young man require an introduction?

Here I have this artiste, who is all set to give his best once again in
upcoming Konkani one act play competition being organized by United Club of
Utorda. Recently I spoke to Ignatius as to know what makes him to be
devoted to "character acting" and his interest for the Konkani stage.
Ignatius replied:
"Acting is in my blood as I come from theatrical background".

Ignatius was first seen on Konkani stage at the age of eleven in Santan
D'Costa's tiatr held in his native place. As a child he has shown his love
for singing and soon turned into an outstanding singer. Later he took up
acting with professional actors. Besides singing and acting in Konkani
tiatrs his talents and versality were well recognized by others as well and
have acted in Marathi and Hindi stage shows (as part of an orchestra) and

His memorable role is in Devidas Baba's play "EK FULL DOXINCHEM" where he
enacted the character role of "MAMA" to a spellbound audience. It was "this
MAMA's magic" which lead him to accept more character roles and then
propelled him to be known as "character actor" of repute. During our
discourse, the question came whether he can do the comedy roles or not? And
once again the answer was "yes". He did numerous comedy skits and side-show
items alongside veteran Konkani stage artistes including Hortencio Pereira,
late Greg (Greg/Sabina fame) and Goa's immortal Charlie Chaplin "late
Jacinto Vaz", etc.

He has acted with the stalwarts of Konkani stage like Mike Metha's
"POLITIC", John Claro's "TAMDI MATI", as well as for Tony Car's "ORDHO
KAZARI" and Milagres de Chandor's "RAKHNO". He is fond of traditional Khell
Tiatr (which are mostly performed on open ground), and he enjoyed acting in
the same for Bernard Cardoz, Salvaldor Alphonso, Martin de Macazana - to
name the few. He appeared as a guest artiste for Prince Jacob's show, where
appreciation and praises were showered for his hard work. To his credit he
has his first Konkani album "LIPLELE TIATRIST" with meaningful songs, and
also featured in others Konkani albums of William de Curtorim's (Montreancho
Rock N Roll), Cajetan de Curtorim's (Marekar Acxident Plane Crash). He
attributes the success of his Konkani album "LIPLELE TIATRIST" to Jose Rod
for not only singing two memorable songs that brought extra nostalgia for
album and is thankful for Jose Rod's kindness in introducing him to "V.P.
Sinari". Alister Miranda wrote in the Gomantak Times "The Sinaris music
label has unleashed yet another hot-selling Konkani audio. This time Sinaris
has backed a relatively unknown Konkani singer Ignatius de Xelvon and his
maiden presentation "Liplele Tiatrist" and the audio does not disappoint. In
fact, pleasant surprises keep jumping our right through".

Ignatius de Xelvon's prowess is infinite and the evidence is United Club of
Utorda (UCU's) First One Act Play Competition held in Kuwait in 2000.
Ignatius was declared "Best Actor" in Simon Gonsalves's play "DEVACHO GHUTT
DEV ZANAM". In KHK-YRC organized one act play competition, Ignatius
surprised and mesmerized all by directing "EK ZADD VODDACHEM" to lift the
"First Prize", "Best character actor (male)", and "Best character actor
(female)", including also a nomination for "Best stage setting". His other
Konkani plays presented at the UCU annual competitions were "Suriak Laglem
Girrann" (1st Prize) and "Ho Pordhes" (3rd Prize).

A shy and soft spoken artiste that he is, gratefully acknowledges "I would
like to convey my special thanks to popular writer-directors for casting me
in tiatrs and my very special thanks to United Club of Utorda. My very
special thanks to the Konkani lovers in Kuwait for accepting me as an
actor". His second Konkani album "KHOREM BANGAR" was dedicated to the
audience who support upcoming artistes on the Konkani stage ? both in Kuwait
and back home in Goa.

- Domingos Araujo

4th Annual One-Act Konkani Play Competition in Kuwait

Results of the 4th Annual One Act Konkani Play
competition in Kuwait organized by United Club of
Utorda in association with Goan Welfare Society (GWS)
held this evening (Friday, January 28, 2005) at the
Gulf English School Auditorium, Rumeithiya, Kuwait, as

"Suriyak Laglam Giran" - written and directed by
Ignatius de Xelvon was adjudged the best play and was
awarded the first prize, followed by "Kimsam" -
written and directed by Salu Faleiro (Betalbatim) and
"Mog Diat", written by Domingos Araujo and directed by
Felix de Merces respectively as the second and third
prize winners.

Ignatius de Xelvon’s heartrending play “Suryak Laglem Giran ” (Eclipse of the Sun) bagged the best play award. The stage setting complete to minute details, together with his fellow actors and the actresses captivated the audience.

Ignatius de Xelvon also conferred on him the commendable honors as the best director and the best actor. Salu Faleiro's ‘Kimsam ’ (Mosquitoes) was declared the second prize winner.


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