Saturday, January 2, 2010



On the 147th birth anniversary of Costancio Lucasinho Ribeiro (2.1.1863) a function was held under the auspices of the Tiatr Academy of Goa, under the stewardship Mr Tomazinho Cardozo at the Black Box of the Kala Academy Panaji this evening.

Mr Ribeiro was the first musician director who staged the play "Italian Bhurgo" at the then Alfred Theatre in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 17.4.1892. Most of his dozen plays were translations not original scripts. The credit for orginal scripts goes to Joao Agostinho Fernandes "Pai Tiatrist" according to Mr Cardozo.

Mr Yuri Ribeiro the greatgrandson of Lucacinho accepted the portrait of Lucacinho Ribeiro presented by the TAG . Another caricature of Lucacinho Ribeiro was presented by noted cartoonist Alexyz to the TAG which was well appreciated by the motely audience.

Mr John Claro veteran tiatrist paid rich tributes to the memory of Lucacinho Ribeiro and elucidated in great details the history of this great man who unfortunately died at an young age on 23.1.1928

Mr Cardozo assured the members of the audience that TAG has formulated several schemes for promoting documenting " tiatr " and he appealed to the audience to promote these schemes to take tiatr to the national level.

Mr Cardozo also stated that the TAG has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maria Regina Fernandes this year on 16th November, 2010 (b: 16.11.1880 died 20/12/1908) ). Indeed she was the first woman to appear on stage on 22.11.1904 in a play staged by her husband Joao Agostinho Fernandes at a time when no woman even from the Marathi theatre would venture on stage for fear of social ostracisation.

Director of Information Mr Menino Peres the Chief Guest on the ocassion pleaded with the audience to see the tiatrs instead of looking down upon tiatr as a means of cheap entertainment for the lowly placed in society.. He said the Government has been giving a lot of encouragement and it is now time opportune for Goans to grab this opportunity.

Vice President of TAG Mr Roseferns also spoke on the ocassion. The function was compered by Ms Cardozo and vote of thanks by Member Secretary TAG.

Prominent among the audience was Teotonio Pereira ex MLA Fr Conceicao Silva of Mandur Ana Maria Carolina Quadros Fernandes daughter in law of Joao Agostinho Fernandes and her daughter Sharmila Fernandes, Mr Octavio of Goa Social and Cultural Centre Mr Prajal Sakhardande Goa Heritage Association Premand Lotlikar, President DKA and others.

There was a brief entertainment programme but the ineffective sound system played spoilsport.

This writer earlier met both the spouse of late Joaquim Ribeiro ----one of the three sons of Lucacinho Ribeiro the others being ( Teofilo and Caetano Paul ) ---Ms Cecilia D Souza and her son Bernand D Souza at their residence in Staywell Apartments at Khorlim Mapusa.

Speaking to this writer, she said she was pleased that Tiatr Academy of Goa was remembering Mr Ribeiro her grandfather . To enable the youngsters to understand the contribution of this icon the TAG could have a library etc named after Lucainho Ribeiro felt Mr Bernard D Souza her son a musician. According to Cecilia the family lived in Mahim and later after her husband Joaquim Ribeiro retired returned to Khorlim Goa

When this writer visited the site of the house of Mr Ribeiro at Sokolwado Assagao just beyond the primary school, it was noted that the 3000m2 plot did not have any vestiges of the house. Accompanied by her son Bernard he said that the property is in dispute and there is nothing that remains of the house.

On an earlier ocassion this writer spoke to the next of kin of Caetano Paula a great grandson Yuri Ribeiro a DJ who resides at Pelewado, Ucassaim. He was happy to learn of TAG's function today and was proud to be there.

from the Black Box Kala Academy Panaji

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a) Ms Cecilia D'Souza grandaughter of Lucacinho Ribeiro and her son Bernard D'Souza
at their residence at Khorlim Mapusa Bardez Goa

b) remanants of house of Lucacinho Ribeiro at Sokolwaddo Assagao Bardez Goa

c) Costancio Lucainho Carridade Ribeiro (b 2.1.1863 d 23.1.1928)

d) Yuri Ribeiro great grandson of Lucacinho Ribeiro receiving the portrait from TAG President Tomazinho Cardozo

e) audience at the Black Box Kala Academy Panaji on 2/1/2010 seen also Ana Maria Carolina Quadros Fernandes daughter-in- law and Sharmila Fernandes grand-daughter of Pai Tiatrist (left second row)

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