Friday, September 25, 2009

A TRIBUTE TO H.BRITTON

A TRIBUTE TO H.BRITTON


On September 24, 2009, at around 6:30 p.m. another star from the Konkani
celestial world, Hermegildo Camilo, popularly known to tiatr lovers as ‘H. Britton’, faded into the oblivion.

Originally, H. Britton hailed from Agasaim but he settled in Britona in the mid Sixties. Maybe that’s why he took his stage name as ‘Britton’ for people to know that he came from the new place and not from his original place.

In the past and even now it has been a fashion for tiatrists to add the name of the place they hail from to their names. For e.g., M. Dod de Verna, Bab Peter de Anjuna Marcelino de Betim, Lawrence de Tiracol, Francis de Tuem, etc.



Until around the middle of the last century, no females were allowed to act in Konkani tiatros, as it was considered below women’s dignity. Female roles were played by males like the late Vincent de Salig√£o, the late Aristides, Remie Colaco, etc.

However, we had one seasoned Konkani stage artist for around four decades now who
earned a name for himself by singing songs dressed as a female - he was none other than the talented H. Britton.


H. Britton was one of the Konkani stage humorists who have entertained Goans with a
variety of songs for over four decades and won accolades for his singing and acting,
especially in imitating women’s fashion on the stage.

Many, who saw him on the stage for the first time, couldn’t believe he was a male
because he dressed and behaved exactly like a woman. He mostly sang solos dressed as a female.

He wore a maxi or draped a sari below his navel and over that he wore a short blouse
with deep neck. He held a ladies handbag in his hand or placed it on his shoulder. He used colorful umbrellas matching his dresses/saris. He wore ladies high heel shoes and gave a cat walk on the stage. He wore a pair of Ray-Ban glasses and emulated Gulfee’s wife of the 1960s and 1970s. He used just enough lipstick and rouge to give him that female appearance. He had a big collection of wigs. Obviously, he needed it in order to enact several female roles! He was the darling of the audience!


A Goa State awardee around 21 years ago, H. Britton carved a niche for himself not only in Goa but also in Mangalore and other parts of India as well as in the Gulf, especially in Kuwait, where he was employed for a brief period.

He was a crowd puller from the 1970s through the 1990s! He was one of the few actors
after the late M. Boyer to be encored for almost every song - the public just loved his singing style and dress attire; they had fallen in love with him!

His famous songs “Bandra Festak,” “Pandu Lampianv”, “Kanknnankar” “You are my
Sonia” – a duet with Lorna, etc. will live forever in our minds.

Here are the lyrics of a comedy song “Amchea Bapa” (Our Father) taken from H.
Britton’s cassette titled ‘GOEM KONNACHEM” – Vol.12.

AMCHEA BAPA by H. Britton

I
Sonvsarant hea ghoddtta poi tem nhoi baba sonspachem
Zanntteank toxem nenntteank poddlam fashion korpachem
Igorjen zalam competition, fency dress-achem
Tea fency dressak lagon mis pidd’ddear bhavarteanchem.

CHORUS

Bhogos Saiba!

Amchea Bapa, sorgar asai, tujem nanv vhodd zanv
Disandis unnem zait veta amchem devosanv
Fashion-ing lagon gharan bhurgim kortat kestanv
Dekun ragan ghalun bhonvtam dhuvechem kalsanv

II
Adlea tempailo ugddas asa mhoje motin
Zannttim zanv nennttim gomttean ghalit Saibinnimchem Bentin
Bailanchea mathear saddiecho pallov, rezarachem kont hatin
Atam bhangar hatin, saddiecho pallov mathear doronam gho Ritin

CHORUS

Bhogos Saiba!

Igorjen fashion korun aileam distat dansak
Thoddim igorjen bhitor sortat ordea misak
Taimar sarkim pavtat offisak
Devak fottovnk zata, fottovnk zainam boss-ak

III
Sarkem mon divn konn mis aikota zait hea tempar
Mis choltannam toklen bhitor bhailim chintnam sabar
Thoddim ghoddialak pollovn mhunnttat ‘mis kednam zatelem kabar’
Thodde mhunnttat edo vhoddlo sermanv kiteak sangta ho Padr Vigar

CHORUS

Bhogos Saiba!

Bhavarti munis igorjen rozar korta
High heel ghalun cheddvam-bailo bhitor sorta
Mocheancho avaz kanar poddtta
Automatik bhavarteanchi gomtti gunvta

H. Britton is survived by his son Diogo, daughter Augusta and grandchildren.

The funeral will take place in Britona on Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 11:00
am.

I earnestly request readers of this message to say ek ABNM (Amchea Bapa Noman Mori)
for H. Britton’s soul. May his soul rest in peace!

Moi-mogan,

Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna, Goa
Mob: 9420979201

26/09/2009

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HIT SONGS OF H.BRITTON can be heard on the Net:
http://edskantaram.blogspot.com/2008/09/songs-of-hbritton.html
http://www.hummaa.com/music/artist/19307/H+Britton
http://www.goa-world.com/goa/music/
http://www.radiogoa.net/
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TOGFLY/ref=dm_dp_trk20/186-5466680-2705367

Other links:
http://www.oheraldo.in/pagedetails.asp?nid=27799&cid=2
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/city/goa/Tomazinho-Cardozo-pays-tribute-to-versatile-tiatrist-H-Britton/articleshow/5058503.cms
www.live365.com/stations/konkani
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsRbsUwmsx0&feature=related
http://www.goa-world.com/GOA/kantaram/index.htm
Links as achieved by gaspar almeida for www.goa-world.com
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