Tiatr Academy of Goa has expressed deep grief over the sudden death of Dr. Olivinho Gomes on 31st July, 2009. Dr. Gomes was one personality on the field of Konkani language in Goa who contributed to the development of Konkani in both the scripts – Devnagori and Roman. A scholar of Konkani, he became the first Head of Department of Konkani in the Goa University and toiled hard to make post-graduate study in Konkani attractive to the modern generation. His love towards Konkani compelled him to resign from his lucrative Central Government job and join Goa University.
Due to his versatility in languages he was invited to present papers not only in the country but in various parts of the world. Dr. Gomes always focused Goa in his presentations at the national as well as international seminars in which he participated. He has over 40 books on various subjects to his credit and his papers that he presented at the international seminars in Portugal, France, Australia, Canada, Japan, Germany and in many other countries in the world are published. A gigantic contribution of single individual indeed! His writings – books as well as articles – are proofs of his profound love towards Goa and its identity.
In his death Goa has lost an illustrious son in general and Konkani language a dedicated and committed protagonist in particular. May his soul rest in peace!
Tiatr Academy of Goa.