Wednesday, March 31, 2010

‘Novo Rosto’, a choice-driven operetta to preserve ecology

‘Novo Rosto’, a choice-driven operetta to preserve ecology

The operetta ‘Novo Rosto’ ignites the minds of the youth for a choice to shine like stars in the world. Victor (Anil Pednekar) a youth leader and the hero of the play, challenges young people to be leaders, to the transform the society, based on Gospel values.

‘Novo Rosto’, a Konkani musical operetta staged by the Goa Province of the Society of Pilar during the season of Lent, has completed 43 shows in Goa.
The operetta brings out the conflict that every person encounters - in choosing the good from the bad. The good is portrayed in the character of the voice of conscience played by Olga and the contrast is by the voice of evil.

The plot is a struggle in a village against the exploitation of the ecology by the mining lord Mr Chinttal nicknamed Guspotlal (Alfred Fernandes). Inspired by Victor’s concern to preserve the village, Lira (Agnes D’Silva) destroys the conspiracy hatched by Guspotlal along with advocate Pantaleao (Fr Ze Baptista) to divide the village on religious lines.

‘We will hold on our love for each other’ Lira took the audience by a paradoxical surprise. The response of her lover Vinod (Elvis Mascarenhas), ‘I have heard that telephone calls are kept on a hold, can love be kept on a hold?’ evoked laughter from the audience. It was Lira who boldly states that she along with her lover will sacrifice their love for a cause to keep up the Hindu-Christian unity and protect their village against environmental monsters.

It’s Victor who makes the finale and runs to protect Guspotal from the outrage of the villagers even when he himself, moments earlier, was attached by goons sent by Gusptollal. Keeping in mind the Pope’s message on environment for World Peace Day and the message of the President of India on Republic Day, the play creates powerful awareness to preserve the ecology of Goa.

The script written by Fr Kyriel D’ Souza, scintillating music rendered by Fr Peter Cardozo and starling performances by Felcy, Olga, Agnes, Anil, Alfred and Elvis besides others, the play was an inspiration to come together to protect Mother Earth.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tiatrist Seby’s Death Condoled

Tiatr Academy Goa

Tiatrist Seby’s Death Condoled

Tiatr Academy Goa organized a meeting at the Conference Hall of Tiatr Academy Goa, Panjim to condole the death of late Seby D’Souza, who was a good writer, director and actor of tiatr stage. He had written four tiatrs and staged them in Goa as well as in Bombay. He acted in films namely “Nirmonn” and “Sukhachem Sopon” and created an impact on the minds of Goan audience.

Numerous tiatr artistes namely Domnic Fernandes, Jessie Dias, Anil Kumar, Fatima, Teoton Pereira and Jonh Claro Fernandes paid rich tributes to late Seby D’Souza.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of Tiatr Academy Goa expressed the need of recognizing valuable services rendered to tiatr stage by late Seby D’Souza. Besides being an artiste, Seby D’Souza also helped many directors from Goa and Bombay to stage their shows in Bombay and Goa.

The tiatr artistes observed one minute silence in respect to the departed soul.

Victor de Sa
(Member Secretary)

{Photo: Veteran tiatr artiste John Claro Fernandes speaking at the condolence meet].

[as forwarded to gasper almeida,
on 30-03-2010]

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tiatr Review - Amchoch Dhorm Kiteak Alta

Tiatr Review - Amchoch Dhorm Kiteak Alta
By J P Pereira

Simon Gonsalves has written and directed this Lenten play, which points out the various evil deeds we do, while still trying to depict ourselves as good Christians with high moral values.

There are two families in the play–one rich, the other middle class. The rich man has committed many atrocities, his wife although God fearing has something to hide and their son is a loafer. The other family consists of a father and his two children. The daughter is in love with the rich man’s son and the son seems unsure of what he is doing. Also in the play are parish priests and a Hindu neighbour (to the rich man) who has suffered a great tragedy. Watch the play to know what happens in the lives of these people.

The play has a nice script, good direction, plenty of special scenes and lots of humour too. Betty Alvares as the rich man’s wife and Bushka as the daughter perform very well. Justino as the girl’s father, Jacinto as the rich man and Simon as the confused son put up a fine act as well. Franky acts well as the wayward son, but tends to shout and scream at times.

The pick is Ignatius de Xelvon, perfect as the tragic Gurudas and Dominic gives a realistic performance as a parish priest. Xavier Gomes plays the other priest. Ambe, (great act as the free loader) Selvy and Sally provide plenty of humour.

Augusto de Panchwadi provides the music. Bushka renders the introductory song well and in between the acts there are songs by her, Xavier Gomes and Marcus Vaz. A solo by Abel and a trio from Simon-Xavier-Marcos needs special mention.

Navhind Times



[Simon Gonsalves seen 2nd from left at the Award Ceremony of KGTS in Kuwait]

Rico Rod, a lifetime of achievement

Rico Rod, a lifetime of achievement

Published on: March 18, 2010 - Navhind Times

by J P Pereira

When the Tiatr Academy, Goa, organised the first Popular Tiatr Festival, veteran Rico Rod was requested to inaugurate the festival.

This popular actor, with his impeccable comic timing, has carved a niche for himself among lovers of Konkani ‘tiatr’.

Born on 22nd January, 1933, Ricardo Vicente Rodrigues, son of Luis Filipe and Anna Conceicao Rodrigues assumed the name Rico Rod for the stage and wowed the audience with his acting, singing and direction–his forte being comedy. Hailing from Chinchinim, Rico completed ‘Segundo Grao’ and continued his education in English. As a young boy, he would love to perform at school functions. The Parish Priest arranged for him to sing with professionals and an amateur performer was introduced to the Konkani stage.

Rico then decided to try his luck in Bombay and securing a job there, he tried to meet all the big actors of the Konkani stage. On one occasion an actor had to urgently leave for Goa and Rico was asked to replace him. This was a comedy role and he did it well.

Soon there were roles in dramas by the late Seby Coutinho, the late Champion Alvares and so many others. The late Alfred Rose was a source of encouragement. He would write special roles for the young actor and Rico Rod attributes his success on the stage, to the Melody King. Tiatr also enabled him to tour places like Nairobi, Mombasa, Uganda and others where Goans were found.

Rico Rod wrote and directed his own ‘tiatr’. The first was ‘Nanv Naslolo’. This was followed by ‘Paichem Vhoddponn’, ‘Prachit’, ‘Goenchem Udok’, ‘Bailek Lagon’ and ‘Duspott ani Ekvott’. In ‘Torui kiteak sotaitai’, he played five different roles surprising the audience with his versatility and was named ‘Prince of Comedy’ a title the veteran never used in his career as a ‘tiatrist’.

He produced the film ‘Kortubancho Sounsar’, a love story with lots of comedy and Rico Rod did a fine imitation of Oliver Hardy, which had the audience in splits. Unfortunately the film was not a success. However the audience will remember him in films like ‘Amchem Noxib’, ‘Sukachem Sopon’, ‘Mhoji Ghorkarnn’, ‘Jivit Amchem Oxem’ and ‘Bhuierantlo Mhonis’.

He has recorded for HMV and songs like ‘Dorji’, ‘Duddvank Lagonu’ and ‘Johny Johny’ besides others were very popular. He also presented plays on the radio in Bombay. Today, Rico Rod is a happy man. His career was a success and brings back good memories for the actor. His five children are well-settled, he lives with his wife Matilda at Chinchinim and manages his own business. We wish you good health Sir and thank you for the contribution you have made to the Konkani stage.

Condolence Meeting - Seby D'Souza

Condolence Meet

Tiatr Academy Goa mourns the sad demise of tiatr artiste Seby D’Souza who expired recently. Mr. D’Souza was a script writer, director, actor, lyricist and singer also who won the hearts of tiatr lovers in Goa and abroad for his excellent performance. He also acted in Konkani films namely “Nirmonn” and “Kortubancho Sonvsar”.

Tiatr Academy Goa has organized a condolence meeting on Friday, 26th March 2010 at 5:00 pm sharp at the Conference Hall of Tiatr Academy, S-4, Block – A, 2nd Floor, Campal Trade Centre, Opp. Kala Academy, Campal, Panaji Goa. TAG appeals all tiatr artistes and tiatr lovers to attend the condolence meet in order to pay our respects to the departed soul.

Tomazinho Cardozo
Tiatr Academy Goa
Email: []
tiatracademy at

[As forwarded to]

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Via Dolorosa - Koxttancho Ounbhov - Sorrowful Experience

Passion of the Christ at Santa Cruz


The villagers of Santa Cruz have come together to stage a mammoth passion play.
Passion plays are commonly performed during Lent, which is the time we contemplate the sufferings Jesus underwent to save us from sin. Commercial tiatr troupes mostly put up Lenten plays during this time. It is quite rare now to see a play being planned and executed at a village level.
The people of Santa Cruz have, however, for the past couple of years staged Lenten plays but the one that they have put up this time is a masterpiece says a villager.
Titled ‘Via Dolorosa’, which in Latin means a sorrowful experience, this play is based on the Bible. Fr Cristovao Caldeira, the parish priest, says that no one claims authorship to the play, but it has been adapted into Konkani by three people from the village. And the response has been overwhelming.
The actors in the play are mostly amateurs and all from the village. Despite being first-timers the dialogue deliveries and expressions have been superb. Around 100 people are acting in the play. To manage such a huge cast was surely not easy. Fr Caldeira says Fr John Fernandes, Dyonisia Julia and Peter Barbozo played a pivotal part during the rehearsals.
The play which is very touching is a complete vision from the Bible right from the history of salvation, to the glory and assumption of Mary. The play lays a lot of stress on Mother Mary reposing faith in the dictum, ‘To Jesus, through Mary’, scenes from when Mary was a child to her assumption are beautifully enacted. Poignant among them is the sorrow she experienced in God’s plan for man’s salvation.
The music that has been used for the play has been recorded by the villagers in a studio. The costumes too have been up to the mark, with the clothes trying to complement the style of those days.
The play shows the miracles Jesus performed - turning water into wine, healing the leper, bringing a dead child back to life, etc. A little dramatic colour in the form of the Jewish dance, Mary dancing giving glory to God, a Roman on a real horse scourging Jesus, etc, were effective in keeping the audience glued to their seats.
The play has been staged on a long stretch of fabricated three-tier stage. The scenes have a lucid flow and coupled with excellent backdrops, light and sound effects you can actually see the characters in the Bible come alive.
(The Navhind Times)

Korezmachea Kallar, Jivit Novsorounk Kalapurchi Firgoz ghodun haddta
"Via Dolorosa - Koxttancho Ounbhov (Sorrowful Experience)"

Somazik ani otmik dakhounn, tujem khoxtti jivit folladik zaunk

Marsache 20, 21, 24 ani 25ver, 2010
sanjechea 7:30 vorsancher, Santa Cruz Igorjeachea adrar

Songit: Fr. Bernardo Cotta
Rong-berongi nesounn
500 metre stage (1+1)
mon bhulovpi dhekave
100 odhik kolakar
anjache nach

Moriche koxtt Jezuchea koxttank sor korunk zait?
Moreche koxtt amakam ek foler?
Moreichem jivit sorginchi vatt?

Ie ani polle !
Tujem mhonvall kalliz khontovtolem,
Devachea voibhovak axetolem.

Entry Free
Parishes may contact Santa Cruz Church Office for free passes.

[Info source: As published in Herald]
[Forwarded by Domingos Araujo, Odheox, Kala Mogui Kuwait]


Sunday, March 7, 2010

TAG’S Tiatr Festival 2009 - Award Presentation Ceremony

TAG’S Tiatr Festival 2009

Award Presentation Ceremony

“Zaiat Zage” a tiatr written and directed by Prince Jacob bagged the Best Tiatr Award of the year 2009 in the 1st Popular Tiatr Festival Organized by Tiatr Academy of Goa. “Bheiman Kir” written and directed by Mario Menezes and “100 Vorsam” by Menino de Bandar won second and third places respectively

Mario Menezes was adjudged the “Best Male Actor” while Sharon Fernandes won the ‘Best Female Actor’ Award.

The declaration and presentation of awards was made in a special function organized on 6th instant at the Pai Tiatrist Hall, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Numerous personalities of Goa mostly artistes, writers, promoters, politicians, etc attended the function and gave away the prizes.

Shri. Churchil Alemao, PWD Minister said that Tiatr is a very important part of Goan culture and that it has to be preserved. He complimented Tiatr Academy of Goa for doing a splendid work in this direction. Others who attended the function and gave away the prizes are: President of Dalgado Konknni Akademy Shri - Premanad Lotlikar, Vice-President of Goa Konknni Academy – Shri. Vincy Quadros, Vice-Chairman of Ravindra Bhavan – Shri. Shridar Kamar, Director of Information & Publicirty – Shri. Menino Pires, Tiatr stalwarts – Rico Rod, John Claro and cultural activists Dr. Francisco Colaco, Agie Alcoases, Vishal Kakode and others.

On this occasion an impressive cultural programme was presented by Cansaulim Kala Mogi under the direction of Debbie Fernandes, attractive dances by Sinipa Govekar and Pooja Bedi and a depiction of legendary Charlie Chaplin by Spirit and his troupe.

The result in detail is given here below:

The 10 days 1st Popular Tiatr Festival 2009 organized by Tiatr Academy of Goa came to an end on 5th March 2010. In all 10 commercial tiatrs participated in the Festival.

The results of the Festival are as under:


1st Zaiat Zage

2nd Bheiman Kir

3rd 100 Vorsam

Acting (Male)

1st Mario Menezes (Bheiman Kir)

2nd Antush D’Silva (100 Vorsam)

Acting (Female)

1st Roshan Fernandes (Moga Oslem Hatiar Na0

2nd Antonette de Calangute ( 100 Vorsam)

Acting (Comedian)

1st Comedian Domnic ( Matiechem Bhangar Korunk)

Acting – Child Artiste (Male)

1st Benzer Fernandes (Kiteak Bhurgim Amchi Girestkai)

Acting - Child Artiste (Female)

1st Jemma Fernandes (Tthikann)


1st Mario Menezes (Bheiman Kir)

2nd Rose Ferns (Moga Oslem Hatiar Na)

Stage Setting

1st Rose Ferns (Moga Oslem Hatiar Na)

Light Effects

1st Rose Ferns (Moga Oslem Hatiar Na)

Music (Live Band)

1st Music played for “Tthikann”


1st In the Tiatr “Kiteak Bhurgim Amchi Girestkai”


1st In the tiatr “Kiteak Bhurgim Amchi Girestkai”

Background Music

1st Prince Jacob (Zaiat Zage)

Solo Singer (Male)

1st Francis de Tuem (Matiechem Bhangar Korunk)

2nd Agnelo de Dabolim (Amchei Anvdde)

Solo Singer (Female)

1st Semenca Rebello ( Tthikann)

2nd Rosy Alvares (Bheiman Kir)

Child Singer (Male)

1st Master Benjer Fernandes

Child Singer (Female)

1st Shenaya Pereira (Tthikann)

Duet Singing

1st Sucorrro de Santa Cruz & Sonia Fernandes (Amchei Anvdde)

Trio Singing

1st Angela, Olga & Antonette (100 Vorsam)

Quarter/Quintet Singing

1st Felcy, Domnick, Albert, Andrew & Luis (Matiechem Bhangar Korunk)


1st Cajie de Curtorim – Bhurgeank Motorsaikol (Zaiat Zage)


1st Prince Jacob (Zaiat Zage)

2nd Mario Menezes (Bheiman Kir)

The panel of judges consisted of Premanand Sangodkar, Wilson Mazarello and Joseph Mendes.

Victor de Sa

Member Secretary Tiatr Academy Goa.

[As forwarded to gaspar almeida,
on 7/03/2010]


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