Saturday, June 26, 2010

Konkani Tiatr "Dukh" - A testament of our time

Konkani Tiatr "Dukh" - A testament of our time

I was very privileged to attend the konkani tiatr written and directed by Raymond Menezes a multi-talented writer, director, actor who has been active on the Konkani drama scene in Canada since 1989. Also known as Jr. Menezes on stage the konkani theatre impresario in Toronto, Canada and was produced by James Fernandes on Sat June 19, 2010.

James is ex-Dar and from the Gaikwad family who owned and operated Vayle Springs Florists and New Palace Butchery. James is a dedicated individual who comes from a very creative family of ten and has a very good eye for the arts as was evident in Tanzanite Toronto 2009 of which he was the President. He involves himself whole-heartedly in the goan community events giving back to the community without asking for anything in return and he is indeed a visionary. He is soft spoken, always smiling and genuinely happy to see his fellow Tanzanians and goans in general. I remember walking in his family's huge gardens in Tanzania and marvelling at the beauty and I guess beauty and appreciation of it has been rubbed on to him by his family. He is always willing to lend a hand wherever one is needed in spite of his busy schedule. He, together with his wife Sandra (yes computer Francis Miranda and Rosy's daughter) together with their children, personally went to
Tanzania with gifts and love for the children of the Mother Teresa's Mburahati Orphanage as well as the Msimbazi Orphanage in Dar es Salaam run by Fr. Mansuetus and since their return have been trying to raise funds for these forgotten children, to give back to the children of Tanzania who we too once were. This project called the 'charity outreach ' was part of his Tanzanite Toronto 2009 Presidency Mandate and he made sure that all items were personally delivered. James has been involved in many projects over the years in Toronto and the outcome is always the same - excellent. Although never or maybe seldom acknowledged for his artistic and creative talent, he is always humble and never loud to overpower his concepts.

I was very impressed by the visual effects which were second to none during my entire life attending the konkani tiatrs in Toronto since their inception. Raymond (Junior) was given this opportunity by the late Richard Fernandes who started the Goan Konkani Troupe in Toronto and introduced Junior to the Group. Junior hails from Sonarbatt, Quepem, Goa. He has been involved in Tiatr since his childhood, having written his first drama at the age of 13. Soon after immigrating to Canada, he presented his first Tiatr in Toronto in 1989. In 1999, he performed with Goa's Melody King and Radio Star the late Alfred Rose, along with Rita Rose. He also directed M. Boyers hit Tiatros like "Burgim Anik Bangar", "Adim tem atam hem" and Rosferns "Budhvont". Jr. Menezes usually does comedy roles and is called the Jancint Vaz of the Canadian Konkani stage. Amongst his other tiatr achievements, was 'Adeus' which he wrote, directed and participated in.

Junior definitely put a lot of time and effort into this production and it showed. Everyone who attended this event went home with a lump in their throat as to how much this young man is trying to put our beloved Konkani and our homeland of Goa on the map and in each and every goan's mind. I was fortunate to travel with Jr. Menezes to Goa in December 1994. He has such a passion for Goa, the land and its people and especially the language which is unique. He is a very passionate man when it comes to Goa and all things Goan.

The curtain opened with a family among others boarding a flight. A flight that ended in tragedy and left behind a young orphan girl Roma. The visual effects of the crash were simply amazing. Roma was raised by her paternal uncle, his wife and their son. Growing up in this extended family was no easy task for a little girl who just wanted to be loved but the aunt was not that giving. She made the little girl's life hell on earth and were it not for her young cousin and uncle, Roma would indeed be alone.

Roma was married and again as luck would have it, she was in the clutches of a mother-in-law who was suspicious of her every move. It was revealed to Roma by an old visionary priest that her husband was to die a certain death but Roma made a pact with Jesus at the site of the wooden cross that she would make a novena and come before the cross to pray for his good health and life, she promised that she would attend and pray at the wooden cross every Friday and make a novena and not break it. Her father-in-law overhead her make her pact with Jesus but she swore him to secrecy as if anyone knew of her great sacrifice for her husband it would render the pact void. Her father-in-law was the silver lining under every cloud but her mother-in-law and husband could not understand why she was going out alone and suspected that she was up to no good. Her mother-in-law berated her and so did the husband and then both turned against her and finally her husband threatened to divorce her. Roma was watched by her husband and mother at every turn and she missed making her trip on the last day of her novena. That day unfortunately her husband had a massive heart attack and died. Roma went to the cross to ask why Jesus had let her down as she had kept her side of the bargain. Then come into play the visual effects and Jesus gets displayed on the wooden cross that she used to go to pray for her husband's good health and Roma understood and begged Jesus to forgive her. Her husband then made a miraculous recovery and her father-in-law explained. There were few dry eyes in the audience.

Thanks to A.C. Pereira for co-ordinating the visual effects with Jr. Menezes and to Josie (Josephine) Carrasco (nee Dias) for being a right hand person for the konkani tiatr. Josie I understand worked tirelessly with the cast and learnt everyone's lines so that she could prompt them when needed. Winnie Crasto received the Richard Fernandes Award, which was donated by Jr. Menezes in memory of the late Richard Fernandes and presented by Richard's wife Rosy, for making her mark on Konkani tiatr and for giving of herself with love and passion. Amongst other recognitions handed out, were the producer recognition awards which were given to Josie Carrasco, Terry Carrasco, Keith Crasto, Alywn Gomes & Lourdinho Rodericks.

Faria Fernandes as the older Roma was in my words simply fantastic and gets my nod for her stellar performance. Thanks to Terrence Carrasco, Keith Crasto, Lourdinho Rodrigues, Grace Almeida, Jude Menezes, Pradeep Mahabir, Gregorgy Fernandes, Allwyn Gomes and Willie Gracias and all the others who worked behind the scences tirelessly but don't always get the praise. Of course Olavo DaCosta made a terrific M.C. The comedians and singers like Auggie Pereira, Hazel Jacob, Lara Rebello, Oscar Nazareth, Winnie Crasto, Charmaine Menezes (Jr.'s lovely wife), Steven Fernandes, Ruth Kumar (she gives a lovely rendition of Lorna) Joyson and Wilson D'Souza, Miguel Barretto and my heartrob Agnello Fernandes who came all the way from the USA for each practice and the final performance. And Brendan Abreu (who probably did not understand everything) was the dedicated official photographer for the tiatr not forgetting June Dias (Josie's daughter) who was the official videographer. All these people showed total dedication. Of course, what can I say about our own AC Pereira. He was a total hit with his protrayal of a cross dresser but then which is the real AC? I never know as he wears so many hats. It is people like these and the rest of the crew make me proud to be a Goan and one who loves Goa, was born there (though I moved to Dar at the age of 7) and has spoken the language since birth. Growing up in Dar es Salaam where my parents were often rediculed by other goans for speaking to the children in konkani. I remember my mother always saying it is okay if my English is not perfect or even broken at least all my children know our mother tongue and for which I have always thanked my parents. All six of us children know the language fluently and it is only unselfish parents like mine that imparted this gift to us which we all love and appreciate. I can go to Goa and feel completely at home be it taking the buses all alone, haggling at the markets about the prices or enjoying the tiatrs there. Knowing the language or any other language for that matter other than the one spoke at home is always a big plus.

Jr. Menezes should be commended for his hard work and for striving for excellence in his adopted country of Canada. He is a welcome addition to the fabric and mozaic of multi-cultural Toronto. Viva Goa.

Albertina Fernandes (nee Dourado)

From: Albertina Fernandes

[As published in Tanzanite Goans
Sent: Mon, June 28, 2010]


Re: "Dukh" - A testament of our time
Posted by: "Mervyn Lobo" mervynalobo
Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:59 pm (PDT)

Good stuff, Albertina.

____________ _________ _________ __
Surreal story laced with raunchy sideshow
by Eugene Correia

Toronto: Billed as a masterpiece, Raymond (Jr) Menezes's Konkani play 'Dukh' (Sorrow) was just average, lacking subtle twists and turns to engage the minds -- and hearts -- of the audience.

The family drama was overly laced with a vulgar sideshow that reduced it to a nautch performance. The repeated appearances of the eunuchs, Chamelli (AC Pereira) and Shamilli (Alexander Goveas), were at times disgusting.
Where just words with sexual overtones would do, the duo engaged in outrageous acts. In one scene, Alexander touches the private parts of Jr. Menezes's, who becomes a temporary business partner of Chameli. Unholy laughter mixed with embarrassing wails ran across the hall. That act sank the play into obscenity.
Despite the limited scope provided to her, Faria Fernandes, the main character as Roma, the suffering orphan raised by a cruel aunt Marialyn (Winnie Crasto) but a loving and understanding uncle Freddy (Joe Rodrigues) who adopts her after her parents, Peter and Angela (real life husband and wife Raymond and Charmaine Menezes), die in a mid-air plane explosion, does great merit to her role.
Roma carries her personal cross from early childhood till end of play in a dignified, rancour-free manner.
While Marialyn's tone is subdued and her actions innocuous, which does not do justice to her role as the angry and hate-filled aunt, Freddy is composed and relaxed.
Faria's acting is unmatched by her stay-at-home husband Sydney (Gasper Moraes), who is adapt at romping the house in his permanent track shoes and in a permanent mindless state.
Adding a few romantic scenes between the newly-married pair would have added some meat to the drama even though Roma is burdened with the thought of her husband’s imminent death as predicted by Fr. Misquita (Frank Fernandes) when he blesses her on her wedding day.
Roma diligently sneaks away daily from home at night to offer prayers to an old, abandoned and broken Holy Cross, which the priest says to be miraculous, for a certain period of time as advised by the priest to save her husband from certain death.
Roma is sworn to keep it a secret though Roma's father-in-law, Braz (Caj Rodrigues), overhears the priest's prophecy from behind a curtain.
Since Roma's father-in-law is also sworn to silence by Roma, he cannot divulge the secret to his son and wife why Roma is out at night. He bears her pain but is helpless. The mother-in-law, Amelia (Maria Pereira), is suspicious about her daughter-in-law's walks of faith at the unholy hours of midnight and confronts Roma.
The husband also joins his mother in adding to Roma's misery by alleging infidelity. On the fateful day, he blocks her and as he raises his hand to strike Roma he falls to the floor. Perturbed yet persistent, Roma makes her final run to the Holy Cross.
She quarrels as well as pleads with the Holy Cross, which is shown new and unbroken to allow the figure of Jesus Christ to be projected on it before making the figure fade away.
A dispirited Roma returns home to find her beloved husband standing upright. (A double miracle of both the broken cross and Sydney standing upright?)
It would have been a fitting finale if Roma had embraced Sydney and let the miracle unfold with Sydney rising from the dead in her arms.
Since Jr. Menezes penned the play when he was 16 years old, it is no surprise that the play is an amateurish (you could call it shame-amateurish) attempt, a far cry from his previous production Adeus.

Two scenes that stood out were the opening act of the plane's explosion with the aid of a video clip and the Holy Cross in the dark of the night with special effects.

The sideshow was hackneyed. The comedy pair, Rokojin (Jr. Menezes) and Domacian (Patrick Pereira), with Dumetin (Serah Barbosa) thrown in between as the vegetable seller, played roles done many times on the Konkani stage in India.
Serah seemed restricted in her role, appearing sparsely, and speaking, like her comic comrade-in-arms, in redundant dialogues.
USA-based Agnelo Fernandes and Miguel Baretto made impressive debuts in Toronto with their singing. Agnelo was exceptionally good. With the exception of just a couple of songs, with the worst being Alman, sung by Jossie Carrasco and Jr. Menezes, the rest were excellent.
Lourdinho Rodrigues, former president of the now-defunct Goan Konkani Troupe, paid tributes to the contributions made by many past and present actors and volunteers to sustain the Konkani theatrical movement in Toronto.
He particularlay thanked Jr. Menezes on behalf of the Goan community for all you have done for the Konkani stage.

[As published in: South Asian Observer]
The First Online South Asian News Source in Canada


Tiatr: Adim ani Atam
by Eugene Correia

The tiatr movement in Toronto started in 1976 with the staging of Alzirachem Sopon by the late Richard Fernandes. The response to the presentation was encouraging and gave impetus to the formation of the Goan Theatrical Group (GTG) in 1978. Even before the formation of GTG, a group of actors went to Montreal to perform.
Many families passiontely worked hard to promote the tiatr movement in the early stages. Some notable contributors have been Richard Fernandes along with his wife Rosy, late Frank D’Souza and his daughter Margaret D’Souza, and Lena Remedios played major roles in sustaining the GTG for many years. Maggie Francis and her son Errol Francis and his family, Neves and Zulema D'Souza and family, Martin and the late Natalie Rodrigues and family.
Internal bickerings and personality clashes among the key members forced Richard Fernandes to break away and form a rival organisation, the Goan Konkani Troupe (GKT) in 1989. Richard was joined by Raul Colaco and Auggie Pereira and later Raymond Menezes. That same year, GKT staged its first tiatr, Familichem Nissonton.
The actors were mostly Goans from Africa. With the exception of a few, most of them fumbled with Konkani. Despite this shortcoming on the part of the actors, they managed to entertain tiatrgoers. As then and till now, the younger generation do not find this type of entertainment suitable for enjoyment, primarily because they neither speak nor understand the language.
The character roles played by Richard, Lena, late Braz D’Cruz, Frank D'Souza, Maggie Francis, and Martin Rodrigues and the directional ability of Margaret kept the GTG going till the GKT came into being. As the KTG grew in strength, it drove GTG into oblivion. The GKT brought its curtains down in late 1990s Now only a semi-formal SAM Productions, headed by Marshall Fernandes, is in existence.
The arrival of Raymond Menezes, popularly known as Jr. Menezes, gave a shot in the arm for the tiatr with his performance in Familichem Nissonton in 1989. His limited experience of having acted in village tiatrs stood him in good stead. Besides, his short stature, his sastti dialect and his timid imitation of the late M. Boyer earned him recognition among the audience. He enhanced his standing by writing and directing his first play Adeus (Goodbye) in 1990 under the auspices of GKT. Raymond became the darling of the tiatr lovers -- and has stayed ever so. Adeus was repeated again in 1998 and 2008, the last one rewritten and staged with special effects in a performing arts hall.
A crop of young, enthusiatic actors came up in the early 90s. Sisters Faria and Grace Fernades, Winnie Crasto, Sandra Menezes, Serah Barbosa, Joe Moraes, Olavio da Costa, Joe Vaz, and Marshall Fernandes come to mind. Most of them continue to give their best.
Going by her recent performance in Chuk Konnachi?, Grace has matured into a fine character actor and Serah as a comedianne. Those who were seen as child artists in the 90s have grown up and hold their own among the seasoned actors. One such actor is Rhiza Gracias.
Rhiza comes from a family of tiatrists. Her parents, Agnelo and Yolanda, have been the mainstay of the tiatr scene for the last five years or so.
Most of the current actors have a good command over the language, unlike the uneasiness shown by those in the formative years of the tiatr movement.
Speaking the language fluently is definitely a big factor in raising the level of the tiatr. If the standard is to be improved further it would be necessary to stage plays written by Canadian Goans. Adeus was a good effort.
The trend to either borrow or, may I dare say, steal tiatrs written by noted playwrights, such as Boyer, Prince Jacob, Roseferns, to name but a few, and stage them in modified forms should be broken. Directors or producers here often retain the original story lines but mesh it up with sub-plots that destroys the originality of the tiatr. Such acts are unethical and unjustifiable. Directors should also be large-hearted to share their profits with their fellow artistes who give lot of their time and often spend money from their pockets. A trust could be formed and interest money earned could be used to train young Goans in performing arts.
With Viva Goa off the calendar, tiatr is now back at centrestage of Goan cultural life. Since the beginning of the tiatr movement at least 20 tiatrs have been staged in Toronto. Local groups have travelled to Montreal, London, England, and New York.
The most recent tiatr, Chuk Konnachi?, by Marshall Fernandes, was well performed with a fine cast of talented actors and singers, some of them having matured exceedingly well. It raised the bar and it would need great efforts on all those involved in the triatr movement to keep it up.

This piece was written for the GOA 40th anniversary souvenir but did not get published because it missed the deadline for various reasons.
Eugene Correia was a member of the tiatr critics’ panel in Mumbai before migrating to Canada in 1981. He has witnessed and written about tiatrs in Toronto since the early 1980s.


The GoaNetters Association with The Mangalorean Association of Canada,
Presented the popular tiatr 'Adeus' on July 25, 2008 at the Hemmerson
hall of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The stunning
performance by the 'Mando Mogi' troup from Goa, during the
presentation of the Tiatr was the added attraction of the programme.


The 2008 World Goa Convention was held at the University of Toronto
facility at Mississauga (UTM) from July 23 - 27, 2008. The theme of
which was 'Goan Identity and Networking Today (G.I.A.N.T)' featuring
Workshops, Panel Discussions, Goa Idol, 'Tiatr' (Play), Grand
Convention Ball etc and was sponsored by several prominent
Organizations of Ontario. The Principal convenors were Dr. Kevin
Saldanha, Mrs. Lisette Saldanha, Mr. Ben Antao, Mr. Francis Rodrigues
and Mr. Bosco D'Mello.

'Adeus,' a powerful drama of love and sacrifice, written, directed and
participated by Jr. Menezes, in aid of The Goan Charitable
Organization, was played as part of one of the features of the 2008
International Goan Convention and was presented on July 25, 2008 at
the Hemmerson Auditoruim of the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga,

A brief review of the 'Tiatr' is given below. Any omission or errors
are unintentional as I am not a professional critique. I did not find
any write-up about this beautiful programme on any popular Konkani
websites or may have missed out. So I have written what I saw and
appreciated about the entire concert and the accompanied programmes.
Thank you.

Although my work schedule did not allow me to attend the other events
organized during the 2008 World Goa Convention, it was my privilege to
attend this most interesting presentation of the Konkani 'Tiatr' or
concert titled "Adeus" (meaning goodbye) written, directed, and
participated by the multi-talented and popular playwright, director,
and actor, the Qupem, Goa born Raymond Menezes, better known by his
stage name "Jr.Menezes."

The event included the concert, songs in between the scenes, and most
importantly the 'Mando' performance presented by the Goan Troup "Mando
Mogi", especially flown from Goa for this event. The event went on
from 7:00pm to a record well past midnight, but none of the audience
seemed to be in a hurry to leave as the entire programme captivated
the audience and kept them spellbound and nearly mesmerised. The
entire audience thoroughly enjoyed and applauded the Concert, Songs
and the 'Mando' performance received a standing ovation and hearty
applause from the entire audience.

I did not believe I will make it to this event, as I had made up my
mind at the 11th hour and realized that only option to purchase a
ticket at this late hour was through the box office which informed me
that it will remain open 30 minutes after the show opens. Sadly I
could not make it in time and found that the box office had closed.
How I got entry is my good luck and well, that is another story!

I believe this Tiatr "Adeus" was the third presentation in North
America as it was presented in USA and in Etobicoke (Ontario) Canada
in 2007. The plot revolved around young lovers; obviously the young
lady from a rich family who falls in love with an unemployed young man
from a poor family. Her choice is outright rejected by her father,
although the mother is, as usually happens, sympathetic to the
daughter, but her opinion is not considered by her husband, who
typically admonishes her saying some thing like 'tum bithor vos'
meaning not to interfere.
The dejected young man tries his best to get a decent job and in the
process is able to get a good job, but as the plot twists and turns,
the concert climaxes in some unexpected end. I will not divulge
further on the details because, in case it is played again, all must
see ADEUS.

The comedy segment is provided by the multi-talented writer, director
Jr., who is employed in the household of the girl's family and he
along with his side kicks 'Gavddin' Andrez in traditional costume and
'Ghanti' with a lungi and a torn singlet, but equipped with a cell
phone and who has learnt to speak Konkani, provided ample laughter
with their stage antics.

In between the scenes, there were lovely songs, many of them sung by
the actors themselves and by other singers that also included few
Mangalorean songs, especially the romantic song 'Rozlyn muja

The innovative (I saw it for the first time any way) audio-visual
special effects involving the police chase, seemed as if they are
really chasing through the thick jungle of Goa and the scenery of the
roadside cross on a tall pedestal was really make believe that
enhanced the thrill of the very exciting climax of the concert. To
match the technology, the play was enacted in the Hammerson Hall, one
of the well equipped auditoriums of the 'Living Arts Centre' that
aptly complemented with fantastic sound and lighting facilities and
the highlight was the entire concert dialogue was subtitled in English
and beamed above the stage for the benefit of the non-native Konkani

The dialogue delivery was in perfect native Konkani and was well
delivered by all the actors. Author and main comic Jr. Menezes was
hilarious and enthralled the audience by playing multiple roles, is
being made to undress to bare minimum during interrogation by the
police and presented himself in the role of tribal (Gavddi) in a
'kashti.' It seems Jr. is the only other actor to don the 'Kashti'
after the late Prem Kumar who wore it in his Tiatro, 'Vavraddi' a long
time ago. The entire audience burst into unbelievable laughter on this

Special mention has to be made of the sidekicks, the tribal woman
(Gavddin Andrez) and the 'Ghanti' for their very realistic acting and
excellent delivery of the dialogue. At the same time, I must say that
all the artistes enacted their part very well and as required by the
play and their role in particular.

Jr. Menezes (Raymond Menezes) has been active on the Konkani drama
scene in Canada since 1989 and has directed nearly a dozen concerts.
It seems the tiatr Adeus was modified to suit the taste of the
Canadian Konkani concert lovers. The orchestra provided fitting
background music during the entire concert and to the singers as well
and I found that gave best and very impressive performance.

At the end of the event, Jr. was presented with a painting of Mario
Miranda in appreciation of his valuable contribution to the Konkani
stage in Canada.

The Goan Goodbye Song
(courtesy Ben Saldanha)

Uddon ghelem parveamchem birem,
Voir pautoch pisdun ghelem,
Bessaum tumcher poddum re,
Bessaum tumcher poddum re,
Sorghinchea Deva – Bapachem.
Viva re viva, viva viva,
Viva re viva, viva viva,
Viva marum -ia,
Soglea goemcarachi Saud korum-ia.

(Finally a note on the photographs, all these were clicked by me from
where I was seated and technology changes by the day, my camera does
not have the 'image stabiliser capability' and I did not use the flash
so as not to disturb audience beside and in front of me. The pictures
have been added to give some colour to this write-up – so excuse the
quality. Maurice D'Mello (Toronto).



Jr. Menezes steals the show in the best Konkani Tiatro so far in Toronto, Canada!
A Review By Silviano C. Barbosa, Canada

Toronto, October 16, 2007: The Goan Konkani audience at Michael Power School Auditorium in Etobicoke, Toronto left the hall in frenzy and with great satisfaction after watching a Konkani Tiatro written and directed by Jr. Menezes, a.k.a Raymond Menezes, born in Quepem, Goa, now residing in Toronto, Canada.

This Tiatro was reminiscent of the amazing Tiatros produced and directed by the likes of J.P. Souzalin and Prem Kumar, the great directors who brought us Tiatros filled with scenes/scenarios, special effects, revolving stage and other props and sets.

This Tiatro in no way will be any different than the Tiatros produced by today's directors in Goa, like Prince Jacob, Roseferns and Mario Menezes. The artistes who performed this Tiatro in Toronto are very much well-versed in fluent Konkani as can be witnessed by the solid dialogues that were exchanged in perfect delivery.

Jr. Menezes made history in Konkani Theatre in North America by donning a Goan Kashtty on stage, one of the only 2 Goan Tiatrists to do so after the late Prem Kumar held this record in his Tiatro, “Vavraddi”. Incidentally the audience was asked to observe a minute's silence in honour of the great Goan Director, actor and innovator of the Konkani Tiatro, Prem Kumar, a.k.a. Peter Da Costa, who died a day earlier to this performance.

Jr. Menezes regaled the audience with his fine performance in various roles as a skilled director, writer, comedian, character actor, a tribal (gavddi) in kashtty and as a singer par excellence. Besides the above skills, Raymond Menezes was instrumental in producing a fine DVD with his camera operating skills, mixing, sound effects, designing sets, and giving an impressive transition from the video to the actual acting on the stage. Jr. Menezes has a great potential with his natural art, acting, comedy and musical skills that he possesses, and could potentially be a creative advisor/contributor to Pixar Films in Silicon Valley. His wife, Charmaine is a natural complement to the wealth of their family skills and art, together with their kids, Nikita, Stephanie and Jude Menezes. Charmaine's canto was just exceptional.

This was the first Tiatro that Jr. Menezes' wrote, which he said he created when he was only 17.

After performing this Tiatro when he first arrived in Canada years ago, he fine-polished it and improvised it in its current version by adding new roles such as the tribal woman (gavddin Andrez), which was perfectly enacted by Serah Barbosa (my other half) and that of a ghantti, equally well-performed by A.C. Pereira. Jr. Menezes and Serah and A.C. Pereira mesmerized the audience with their hilarious antics on stage obtaining peals of laughter from the very responsive and satisfying audience. These three names reverberated the most on the lips of the audience throughout the show and after.

The contribution by a galaxy of talented artistes including the tiny Goan talented kids contributed tremendously to the overall success of this beautiful play, which is sure to please a packed audience in New Jersey, U.S.A on November 10, 2007.

This play was witnessed by some 600 spectators in a houseful-capacity hall. The play started with a DVD flashback with a couple kids playing in a park, especially a little boy and a girl who were always together in a playful mood. At the end of the projected video there is a nice transition, as this pair of kids continue their playful catch-up on stage as they grow up.

I will not delve too much on the story as this play is scheduled to perform in New Jersey, except to say that this Tiatro slowly unwinds the story of these star-crossed lovers and the scenes on their journey are sure to please the audience especially the part at the end of the play. This Tiatro is full of vivid scenes and scenarios.

I liked this Tiatro very much and it has no doubt created a record as being the best Konkani Tiatro so far in the history of Konkani Tiatro in Toronto, Canada, especially because it was conceived and written and directed by a Canadian Goan.

Here are the performers who made this Tiatro the best one so far: Joe Vaz,(hero) Clema Fernandes, Jr. Menezes, Serah Barbosa, Jude Menezes, Charmaine Menezes, Faria Fernandes (heroine), Tony D'Silva(Inspector), Francis Moraes(Rich father), Maria Pereira, Chris Gomes, Grace Almeida, Olavio Da Costa(Inspector), Joe Rodrigues, Alwyn Gomes, Lourdino Rodrigues, A.C. Pereira, Auggie Pereira, Patrick Pereira and Josie Carrasco (Play Co-ordinator). All artistes gave their best and it would be unfair to mention a few as better than the others. Singers like the ever-impressive Ruth Kumar together with another ace songstress Hazel Jacob excelled as usual and most other singers gave their level best in raising this Tiatro to a level never reached here-to-before.

The child artistes included Zacharie Gomes, Nikita Menezes, Michael Gomes and Allison Gomes. This play was produced by Francis Constantino. The band was by Illusion, the sound by Godfather Francis. The M.C was Mario D'Souza.

Special effects and sets were done by A.C. Pereira, Lourdino Rodrigues and Charmaine Menezes, Jude Menezes, Joe Rodrigues. Film concept, editing, mastering was the brainchild of Jr. Menezes.

The highlights of this Tiatro of course were the special effects of a running scene, the nostalgic scene of a roadside Goan white cross, the sophisticated sound and light effects, the gauddin character , the ghantti character and multi-faceted roles (at least 4 roles) of Jr. Menezes, the powerful dialogues and delivery of all actors with the accompaniment of the relevant music and cantos.

This Tiatro would be a welcome debut performance on the Konkani stage in New Jersey, U.S.A. for the Goan/Konkani audience. It would create a great impact on audiences if performed in London or even in Goa, where it is sure to hit a century in no time. The standard of Konkani Tiatro performance in Toronto today can easily match the best in Goa any time.

Also read

Historic Event in New Jersey - Konkani Tiatr

Friday, June 25, 2010

Konkani audio album " Mahan Mhozo Des"

Konkani audio album “Mahan Mhozo Des”
to be released on 28th June

“Mahan Mhozo Des” an audio album of Konkani songs on National Integration produced by Tomazinho Cardozo in collaboration with Department of Information & Publicity, Government of Goa, will be released on Monday, 28th June 2010 at 4:30 pm by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri. Digamber Kamat. “Mahan Mhozo Des” is dedicated to late Rajaram. U. Pai, a freedom fighter who was the teacher of Tomazinho Cardozo during his school days.

The release function which will take place at Auditorium I, Marquinez Palace, near Old GMC Building, Panjim, will begin with a cultural programme of Konkani songs presented by well known singers of Konkani stage namely Anthony San, Socorro de Santa Cruz, Sonia, Sheik Amir, Irene and Tomazinho Cardozo.

“Mahan Mhozo Des” is the first Konkani audio album having all 12 songs on National Integration. Brief details of the songs are:-

Bharat Mhozo Des – it highlights the greatness of our country, India.

Monis Zat – it promotes brotherhood among different caste and creed.

‘Terrorism’ – it appeals every citizen to fight unitedly against the menace of terrorism.

Git Mhojem – it highlights joyful and sad feelings of the citizens of this country.

Gandhiji – it promotes the principles of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

Khoro Fuddari – is a song that emphasizes the need for sincere and upright leaders in the political field.

Tornattem Hanv – it highlights the feelings of the youth of this country.

15 August – it describes the happy moments of every citizen of this country on its Independence Day in 1947.

Jai Jawan – a song which sincerely thanks our Jawans for their selfless service to the country.

Noman – it pays respect to the freedom fighters of Goa.

Gulabachea Fula – it brings back memories of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

Bharati Hanv – is a song which creates pride in every citizen for being an Indian.

The lyrics of all the songs are penned by Tomazinho Cardozo and the music is provided by Mukesh Gathwal. The songs are rendered by well known singers of Goa such as Sonia Shirsat, Anthony San, Socorro de Santa Cruz, Fatima D’Souza, Lydia Cardozo, Anil Kumar, Shirish Lawande, Irene and Tomazinho Cardozo.

[As forwarded by Tomazinho Cardozo to gaspar almeida,]


Dor Aitarak vach 'Aitaracheo Katkutleo' ani falleanchea Aitarak
Bainchi Kholai Pollevn
Baint Udki Marchi

- Lapitt

Monday, June 21, 2010

New Developments in Goa Govt.

Meeting of Tiatr Artistes & Khell-Tiatr Artistes

Meeting of Tiatr Artistes & Khell-Tiatr Artistes

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) organized a meeting of tiatr artistes as well as Khell-Tiatr artistes on Sunday, 20th June 2010 at TAG's Conference Hall, Campal, Panjim.

The purpose of the meeting was to decide about the correct format of tiatr as well as that of Khell-Tiatr.

Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG brought to the notice of the tiatr artistes that most of the Konkani tiatrs staged in the recent times are not as per the original format of tiatr. He requested the artistes that the original format must be preserved.

The veteran artistes from the field of Tiatr and Khell-Tiatr along with the artistes of present times attended the meeting. After a thorough discussion it was decided that the presentation of tiatrs must have the following aspect so that the uniqueness of Goan Tiatr is preserved, promoted and developed.

The details are as under:-

Details of the Format of Tiatr

A story is divided into 6 or 7 parts. Each part can be called one act but in tiatr language it is called a ‘podd’ddo’. Hence a tiatr can have six to seven ‘podd’dde’. The story begins in 1st ‘podd’ddo’, runs without any disconnection through all ‘podd’dde’ and ends in the 6th or 7th ‘podd’ddo’ as the case may be.

The tiatr begins with an opening song ‘Kantar’. It may be a solo, duet, trio etc.Its theme has no relevance to the theme of the play.

Therefore, the tiatr script should be written in such a way that the part of the story in every ‘podd’ddo’ must have a meaningful happening as far as possible.

(2)Comedy in the Tiatr:-
The history of the tiatr is a witness to the fact that no tiatr has become successful without comedy sequences in it. Hence tiatr since its inception, always had comedy sequence in every ‘podd’ddo’ and the comedy sequence was directly linked to the theme of the play. In other words the comedy sequences in tiatr were integral part of the theme of the play.

‘Canto’ is a small song mostly one verse and one chorus or two verses and one chorus. ‘canto’ is the result of emotions of the happenings in the story of the tiatr which are expressed through singing.

In the past there used to be practically one ‘canto’ in every ‘podd’ddo’ in the tiatr. Hence, inorder to maintain the characteristics of tiatr, there should be at least four ‘cantos’ in four of the six or seven ‘podd’dde’ of the tiatr.

(4) Kantaram:-

(i) Kantaram were also called as ‘side show’ of the tiatr. The themes of these kantaram had no relevance to the theme of the story of the tiatr. Infact one, two or three kantaram were presented in between two ‘podd’dde’ on the road scene so that enough time is provided to have new stage setting done behind the curtain. It also provided enough time for the artistes to change their costumes.

In brief kantaram are songs which are sung in between every two ‘podd’dde’ and which have no relevance whatsoever to the story of the tiatr.

(ii)Types of kantaram:- Kantaram are of following types:- solos, duets, duos, trios, quartets, etc. In the past, if there were twelve kantaram in a tiatr, it always had atleast two duets, one or two duos, a quartet and even a quintet besides solos. This package of variety of songs is the uniqueness of the Goan tiatr.

The exact nature of solos, duets, trios, quartets as depicted in the past is as under:-

(a) Solo:- Normally it was called a ‘clown’. They use to have comedy as well as non comedy solos. A solo is a song sung by one singer. However, singing a solo kantar in front of the curtain by one singer and allowing singing in different voices for one or two lines or for the chorus behind the curtain was also permitted in the past. The same trend needs to be strengthened.

(b) Duet: - If a song is sung by a male and a female singer then such a song is called a duet. The lyrics of all duets sung on the tiatr staged in the past were an interaction between two different characters. Hence, this nature of duet needs to be preserved. There should be at least two duets in a Tiatr.

(c) Duo:- It is a song sung by two male singers or two female singers. Lyrics of this song too were of interactive nature as in the case of duet. This trend of duos should also be encouraged. There should be at least one duo in a Tiatr.

(d) Trio: - It is a song sung by three singers which may include all males or all females or males and females. The lyrics of trios were also interactive in nature as in the case of duets or duos. There should be at least one trio in a Tiatr.

(e) Quartet:- Quartet is a song sung by four singers which may include all males, all females or males and females. The lyrics of this song too were displaying interaction between the different characters through singing as in the case of duets, duos and trios. There should be at least one quartet or quintet in a Tiatr.

(f) Choral Kantar:- TAG has also observed the new trend on singing a song in different voices on the tiatr stage. Such songs are very pleasant to hear and enrich the quality of Konkani songs. Such songs should also be encouraged. Hence, there should be at least one choral song which may be a choral duet, choral duo, choral trio, choral quartet etc.

N.B: The songs listed at ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, and ‘e’ which were presented on the tiatr stage in the past had the following characteristics:

(a) Each singer was a different character in the theme of the song.

(b) The lyrics were composed in such a way that there was complete interaction between the various singers on the stage.

(c) Due to this, every song appeared to be musical presentation on a particular theme.

(d) These songs were comedy songs as well as non comedy songs.

(e) These songs were based on various issues such as social, political, religious, and historical; etc. TAG will preserve this uniqueness in Tiatr.

A tiatr must have a minimum of 10 songs and maximum of 14 songs. These songs must include at least two duets, one duo, one trio, one quartet and one choral song be it choral duet, duo, trio or quartet besides solo songs.

Tiatr Academy Goa [TAG] is of the opinion that the present tiatrists should venture in bringing innovations on the tiatr stage but should take care that the format of tiatr should not be disturbed or altered. TAG is of the view that in this technological developed atmosphere, all compartments of tiatr must be technologically taken to greater heights without adversely affecting the unique format of Tiatr.

Tomazinho Cardozo
Tiatr Academy Goa

[As forwarded to gaspar almeida,
by TAG on 21-June-2010]

Friday, June 18, 2010



Ek Devsondexkar voddilam poros Devachi bori xikvonn diunk xokta. Dekhun eka Devsondexkaran boroilolem hem pustok OTMIK VICHARDHARA protek Kristi mon’xan vachunk zai. Vincy Quadros zaun asa ek Devsondexkar ani tannem aplea onnbhovanchi fanti hea pustokant guntlea. Vincy zaun asa novea Povitr Pustokacho ek onnkarpi. Oxe udgar St. john de baptista Firgojecho Padr vigar Fr. Conceicao Da Silva hannem Vincy Quadros-achem Otmik Vichardhara hem pustok uzvaddaitana kaddle. Hea pustokachi uzvaddavnni Kormollechea firgoz vattharant Junache 18ver 2010 disa sokallchea 10.30 vorancher zali.
Xri. Tomazinho Cardozo, Odheox, Tiatr Academy Goa, Fr. Pratap Naik, Director of Thomas Stephens Konkani kendr, Porvorim, Pustok Uzvaddavpi Filomena Quadros ani borovpi Vincy Quadros hea karyavollik hajir aslim. Hi karyavoll Snows Prokashan, Raia hannim ghoddoun haddloli.

Otmik Vichardhara hem purai deivik vicharanchem pustok. Tatunt mullavim Kristi muleam ani Kristi bhavarth thiraillolo asa. Dekhunuch hem pustok sogllea Kristi bhavartheamni vachunk gorjechem. Jezu Kristachi xikvonn, sacrament ani Povitr Pustokachem mhotv chitrailolem asa. Poilo bhavarth, korezm’, dotorn, vesonam, milagri, bhavarth, sasnnik jivit, paskam, thiravnni sarke vixoi hea pustokant hatall’leat.

Hea pustokantle soglle lekh Divine Voice, Kerela, Raia Firgojecho Avaz ani Sobdacho Prokas, Mandur hanga uzvaddak aileat mhunn Fr. Conceicao-an aplea ulopant sanglem.

Zoma zalolea lokamni Vincy Quadros-ak borea pustoka khatir porbim bhettoilim ani vhodd umedin pustok viktem ghetlem. Snows Prokashanachem hem chovtem pustok tannim Konknni sorospotik bhettoilam. Pustokachem mol Rs. 50/-. Pustokachem mukhe chitr ani manddavoll Lilia Louis hannem kelea zalear Rutu Offset, Volvoi, Savoi verem hannim tem chhaplam.
gaspar almeida
June 18, 2010

Fotu: Snows Prokashan, Goa.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Meeting of Writers/Directors of Konkani Tiatrs

Meeting of Writers/Directors of Konkani Tiatrs

Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) has organized a meeting of writers/directors of tiatr on Sunday, 20th June 2010, at 10:30 am at TAG’s Conference Hall, Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panaji, Goa.

TAG has observed that numerous tiatrs staged in recent times are not written, directed and staged as per the original format of the tiatr. TAG is of the view that the standard of tiatr must be developed, but this should not alter the original format which makes tiatr a unique form of drama in the country.

Therefore, TAG will explain the writers and directors about the exact format of tiatr and the types and nature of songs (kantaram) which also form an integral part of tiatr.

The need of having this meeting is to bring the exact nature of tiatr to the notice of writers/directors. Those writers and directors who produce their tiatr in the correct format only will be permitted to participate in the ‘Second Popular Tiatr Festival’ organized by TAG in this financial year.

Tiatr artistes particularly writers and directors of tiatr are requested to attend the meet.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy Goa


[As forwarded to gaspar almeida, by TAG]

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The First World Konkani Cultural Convention

The First World Konkani Cultural Convention

Dear Goykars,

It may be a coincidence, but a happy one indeed. The First World Konkani Cultural Convention to be held between November 25-December 19, 2010 at Kelaangann, Mangalore, opens on the day of the Fama of St. Franics Xavier or Goycho Saib and ends on the 50th Liberation Day of Goa, marking the entry into the Golden Jubilee year!

The organizers have invited entries from troupes to participate in this historic event. Applications should reach the organizers with relevant details before 30th September, 2010. The organizers will arrange for their boarding and lodging, reimburse transport expenses and will provide moderate amount of remuneration.

Entries are also invited to the 2nd Global Konkani Music Awards in 5 categories that includes best singer (male) best singer (female), best song - music, best song - lyrics and best Album 2009.

This is going to be a unique event in celebrating Konkani unity in all its diversity., the popular web portal, has agreed to be the global media partner for this gala event.

After setting the record for longest choral singing [40 hours non-stop] for the Guinness Book of World Records with groups from Karnataka, Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra on 26-27 January, 2008, Mandd Sobhann has proved its organisational prowess and ability to raise funds.

All power to its hands and all goodwill from the Konkani world.

Mog asundi

Miguel Braganza
miguel.braganza at

15 June 2010

World Level Konkani Cultural Festival on the Anvil / Mandd Sobhann c
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Mangalore : World Level Konkani Cultural Festival on the Anvil
- by Florine Roche - Daijiworld Media Network / Jun 9, 2010

A 25 day grand fiesta awaits all Konkani enthusiasts as Mandd Sobhann, the world's premier Konkani cultural organization is all set to celebrate stepping into the 25th year of its eventful existence in a befitting way.

Come November and Konkani aficionados will get soaked in the realm of a plethora of festivities doled out as part of the First World Konkani Cultural Convention to be held between November 25-December 19, 2010 at Kelaangann, Mangalore.

With this cultural extravaganza Mandd Sobhann is all set to create another record in its impressive list of achievements that also includes the Guinness Book of World Record created in 2008.

Mandd Sobhann has established a reputation of carrying out events with grandiosity that calls for meticulous planning, groundwork, proper execution and follow-up action. The First World Konkani Cultural Convention (WKCC) has adequate ingredients to make into another momentous event and add another feather in the cap of the crowing glory of Mandd Sobhann's impeccable track record. It is going to be an epoch-making event and to put it briefly is in the long line of the firsts and the biggest of its kind of programmes in the continuous and unflinching efforts to keep the Konkani flag flying high atop the globe and to enhance Konkani 'Swabhiman'.

Activities Galore

Over 60 Konkani troupes from across the globe with over 1000 artistes belonging to various castes, creeds, dialects and regions will present a kaleidoscope of events that includes folk, theatre, musical and dance performances. In addition to this the 25-day long cultural carnival also offers Konkani Film Festival, Konkani Food Festival, Konkani Youth Festival, Konkani Art Festival, Konkani Kavita Fest, Konkani Bazaar and competitions in Konkani games, costumes and cuisine, in a bid to make it a memorable event. It is an effort in the long and demanding journey towards revitalizing and reviving Konkani art and culture. The 2nd Global Konkani Music awards and 6th Carvalho Gharaanne Thomas Stephen Konkani Kendra Kalaakaar Puraskar will also be presented on this momentous occasion.

The organizers have plans to recognize and honour about 25 institutions/ individuals from around the world that have enriched Konkani culture. Seminars will also be held on various aspects of Konkani Culture, in order to provide the people a cultural bonanza hitherto unheard and unseen in Konkani culture.

Speaking to daijiworld, Eric Ozario, Gurkar of Mandd Sobhann said "WKCC will focus only on culture, in order to forge unity among Konkani speaking people by celebrating our culture in all its variety from folk, theatre, music, dance and all that exhibits Konkani performing arts in all its magnificence and grandeur. It is a celebration of Konkani culture in all its variety and all Konkanis irrespective of race, religion, caste and creed will represent in the event. So it does not represent any particular community".

People's participation is a must for the success of any event. The organizers are therefore trying to spread the message of 'celebrating unity in diversity' in the true sense by inviting Konkani speaking people spread across the globe to participate in this gala event. It can be in the form of participation of folk, theatre, music or dance troupes, recognizing and honoring 25 institutions/ individuals from all over the world who have strived to keep Konkani culture alive in that particular region, inviting Konkani dignitaries to grace the occasion, participating in the form of sending recommendations for the various awards instituted on the occasion and finally participation by witnessing the fete and by contributing in whatever possible way towards meeting the expenses of organizing this event.

Leaving an Imprint

Eric Ozario explains "The Guinness Book of World Records helped to fly the Konkani flag high and project Konkani at the world level. In whatever we do we have tried to make it extraordinary so that it brings respect to the language and culture. We have planned this mega event in the same earnestness and aspiration to make it a grand success by celebrating Konkani unity and diversity". True to its global stature the Chief Ministers of Goa and Maharashtra are expected to participate in the opening or the closing ceremony of the event. Many Konkani luminaries are also expected to grace the occasion with their valuable presence.

It is a big budget event with a budget estimate of about Rs 50 lakhs and the organizers are working hard to make it a grand success. "We are here to project Konkani and we will start going round and meet people and institutions to elicit their support. We are definitely looking for participation from outside India. Otherwise there is no meaning in organizing a world-level cultural event", Eric Ozario contends.

A colourful grand inaugural ceremony will be held on Thursday November 25, 2010 with Konkani culture and tradition on display followed by an equally effulgent closing ceremony to give a grand finale to the landmark event. This is going to be a unique event in celebrating Konkani unity in all its diversity., the popular web portal, has agreed to be the global media partner for this gala event.

The organizers have invited entries from troupes to participate in this historic event. Applications should reach the organizers with relevant details before 30th September, 2010. The organizers will arrange for their boarding and lodging, reimburse transport expenses and will provide moderate amount of remuneration.

Entries are also invited to the 2nd Global Konkani Music Awards in 5 categories that includes best singer (male) best singer (female), best song - music, best song - lyrics and best Album 2009. Each award comprises cash prize of Rs. 25,000 and a trophy.

Applications/ nominations are also invited from institutions/ individuals who have enriched Konkani culture with their untiring efforts. 25 organizations/ individuals will be selected from among the nominations received taking into consideration their contributions to promote and conserve Konkani culture.

Mandd Sobhann expects that Konkani speaking people spread across the globe partake in this historic event in large numbers. Those who are interested can log on to the website www.kalaangann. com for more details and application forms. The last date to reach the applications is on or before September 30, 2010.

Mandd Sobhann is 25

The event certainly befits the grand occasion of celebrating Mandd Sobhann stepping into the 25th year, with a remarkable list of achievements to its credit. Having realized that Konkani was on the verge of extinction due to the onslaught of western culture following the era of globalization the need was felt to conserve our unique cultural identity. This paved the way for the setting up of Mandd Sobhann (beautiful stage) in 1986 which was established with the cardinal objective of searching for Konkani identity in Konkani music with extra focus on Konkani folk.

What began as an experiment in music soon spread its tentacles to 21 other experiments dealing with a plethora of aspects relating to Konkani culture. In the process Mandd Sobhann grew into an organization of repute for its tireless work to revitalize and revive Konkani culture. In the last 25 years it has carved out a niche as the world's premier Konkani cultural organization doing yeoman's service to spread the richness of Konkani all around.

Mandd Sobhann deserves rich kudos for its unparalleled achievements in its endeavor to make Konkani people proud of their heritage and culture.

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Monday, June 14, 2010




“…hem pustok soglleank faideachem: bhurgeank, tornatteank ani avoi-bapaink. tannim hem pustok viktem gheunchem ani hea pustokant guntloli asa ti girestkai apnnanvchi ani eke bhaxen girest zaunchem. Tednanch boroinnarachea koxttank foll melltolo.”
Pri. Conceicao da Silva

Vincy Quadros

Vincy zaun asa sahityik mollavelo ek nanv’vosto borovpi ani boro kolakar. Tannem tiatr, ek-anki nattkulim, kantaram he prokar kelloileat. Hea tachea borea vavrak sabar puroskar ani bhovman prapt zaleat. Potrkaritechea mollar tannem sabar nemalleancho sompadok ani sompadok-mondollacho vangddi mhunn kam’ samball’lam. Onnkar korpachem-i to kam’ korta. Novea purnn Povitr Pustokacho to ek onnkarpi. Az meren tache Fuldanni (1990), Kurponno (2007), Sukh ani Dukh (2007), Ghons (2008) oxe kotha jhele uzvaddak aileat. Tachem borop sabar nemalleamni disun yeta. Tannem rajya panvddear, raxttriya panvddear ani ontor’raxtttriya panvddear porisonvadamni vantto gheun aplim moladik motam manddleant.

(Muscat hanga halinch zalolea Global Goans Convention-ant Oman-cho Bharotacho Rajdhut Anil Wadhwa hanchea hatantlean Vincy Quadros-acho bhovman zatanam)

To sabar somajik ani Konknni sonvsthancho vangddi ani tannem hea sonvsthamni mhotvachea podancho bhar samball’la. Akaxvanni ani Durdorxonacher tannem sabar karyavolli sador keleat. Sod’deak to Gõy sorkar sthapit Goa Konknni Akademi-cho Up-odheokx mhunn zhuttier asa.

Vincy-k email sompork:
Mobile: (+91)098 22587498 Team Vincy Quadros-ak borem ies anvdeatat.

TAG’s Workshop at Desterro High School, Vasco

TAG’s Workshop at Desterro High School, Vasco

Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) organized a workshop on tiatr on 08th June 2010 at Desterro High School, Vasco in collaboration with the school authorities. 45 students of Standard IX and all the teachers of the school attended the workshop and actively participated in the proceedings.

Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG gave the history of tiatr in brief and explained about the correct traditional format of tiatr. He also gave detailed information about songs (kantaram) which are an integral part of tiatr.

Anil Kumar, a veteran tiatr artiste, dealt with the direction of tiatr and explained the participants the various aspects of direction such as acting, stage setting, background music, light effects, etc.

The students of Desterro High School presented a small skit on the occasion.

The headmistress Sarojini Sousa welcomed the dignitaries and the participants, and Jyoti Panchal, Theatre Art teacher proposed a vote of thanks.

- Report by Victor de Sa
Member Secretary, Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG))

[The photograph shows the skit presented by the students of Desterro High School, Vasco].

As forwarded to

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Konkani Cholchitram - Pustok boroupi: Isidore Dantas

The author:
Isidore Dantas

Recipient of Queeny Publications Al Jerry Braganza Award 2008 for valuable work on Konkani films

Recipient of Dalgado Konkani Akademi's Fr Freddy da Costa's Award for Journalism 2009
Ami, tumchea pustokak borem yex anvddetat.

Ulysses Menezes & Gaspar Almeida
Lino B. Dourado ani sangati



I most sincerely thank all who shared in our sorrows. All my friends, who were close to me, who gave me courage and strength to bear the loss of my beloved mother. My family and I specially thank all our relatives, neighbours, the parish priest of Verna Church and all the parishioners, the tiatrist faternity as well as the Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS-Kuwait), Goan Cultural Centre-Kuwait, and all those who send condolence messages, floral wreaths, and for your prayers.

May Almighty God shower His Choicest Blessings and Graces upon You all.
Tumkam soglleank chod ani chod Dev Borem korum.

Francis De Verna


Friday, June 11, 2010

A large number of Mickky Pacheco’s supporters assemble behind his residence at Betalbatim on Thursday 10 June 2010

The Curious Case of Nadia Torrado

Is Nadia’s unfortunate suicide a reflection of what society in Goa is fast turning into, asks Dr OSCAR REBELLO

Goa is presently witness to the latest blockbuster running houseful in our little state: ‘The mysterious suicide of Nadia Torrado’. Admit it, all of us are riveted by the nuggets of intrigue, deception, histrionics, tears and suspense flung at us by the participants in this morbid soap opera.
Whatever the conjectures and innuendo, we can be certain of four salient, indisputable facts:
1. Nadia Torrado was desperate enough to commit suicide. The ‘accidental’ ingestion of Ratol paste theory has no medical basis whatsoever. You can’t die so dramatically if you simply brush your teeth with Ratol paste.
2. Over 99 per cent of Goans are relieved (even secretly chuckling) to see the back of a nasty work of art who colourfully dominated South Goa politics. Whether he abetted the suicide or not investigations will tell (or not tell), but just to see the boorish Mickky Pacheco ejected from his ‘kodel’ is, for most of us, ‘just deserts’.
3. The Government of Goa headed by Digambar Kamat has not let the entire police force crash land on Mickky out of any altruistic sense of justice and fair play. Nailing Mickky and kicking him out makes ample sense to the Congress in South Goa. And Mickky, predictably and idiotically enough, has consistently placed his head on the chopping block. Don’t for one moment think that the sun is going to rise in the west and that the government will now go after all the bad guys. ‘Our’ bad guys will be protected ‘Not our’ bad guys will be eliminated, until the next coalition government.
And this last indisputable fact:
4. A young girl; desperate, wretched and confused with life’s choices she made, took her own life. Suicide is a horrible, horrible tragedy. It isn’t and can never be a synonym for a media circus, character assassination or petty gossip. It is an insurmountable tragedy for the victim and certainly for the family she leaves behind.
The first three facts will be handled by the courts, the activists, the media and the investigating authorities (if politicians don’t wade in to interfere). As a society, our complete focus must be on the last fact: Is Nadia’s unfortunate suicide a reflection of what our society in Goa is fast turning into?
Speak to any psychiatrist and (s)he will tell you of the alarming rise in suicide attempts in Goa – both successful and unsuccessful – over the last decade and half. This should not be a surprising statistic, considering the potent cocktails brewed in Goa that makes it a fertile ground for young people to snuff out their lives prematurely.

A fast life; a quest for thrills rather than enduring happiness; glum economic prospects; examination pressures; broken families; the omnipresent scourge of drugs and alcohol; our morality and values plunging lower than Lady Gaga’s necklines; the python-like grip of corruption on our system; the relentless, savage rape of Goa… It’s a wonder that any of us actually want to remain alive in this environment.
And trust me, it will get worse! With our mindless and seductive embrace of today’s cowboy capitalism, the incidence of rape, crime, murder, shootouts, extortion and kidnapping is set to become endemic. With our blind acceptance of American-style capitalism-on-steroids also come all the social ills that afflict that continent. Brace yourself.
Most near-suicide and fatal cases we handle are of youngsters out to prove a point. A silly argument with a parent, sibling or friend, and pronto, the youngster swallows a fistful of tablets, or Dettol, or whatever (s)he can lay his or her hands on, and is rushed into the Emergency Room.
Most poisons can be reasonably well handled. The availability of modern antidotes and dialysis facilities means we can save most lives, if the patient is brought in early. The big problem is when there is a delay in seeking medical attention, owing to social stigma or, worse, from the fear of the bizarre law that makes attempting suicide a crime.
But by far the deadliest and surest killer poison is Ratol paste. Once ingested and absorbed, the fatality rate is near 100 per cent, even with the best facilities that can run up a bill of over Rs40 lakh. It is such a deceptive poison because the patient usually seems well for the first 24 to 48 hours, but once the jaundice sets in, it mostly results in sure death within seven agonising days.
The fear, trauma and agony writ large in the victim’s eyes is truly heart-wrenching. They may have swallowed the poison to jolt a boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or parent, but now they don’t want to die. But, whatever we doctors do, we can almost never get them back.
I therefore second the suggestion put forth by the feisty Auda Viegas that there must be a ban or at least restricted sale of Ratol paste. It’s a horrible, horrible killer. Alternatively, we parents need to keep Ratol paste under lock and key, if we don’t want our kids / staff / significant other to end up as victims of its lethal accuracy.
Also, as suggested by Celina Pereira of New York in a touching post on Goanet, we need hotlines for potential victims on the verge of suicide. Sometimes, just a simple heartwarming talk can break the messy cobwebs in the mind, and serve as comforting chicken soup for the soul.
In sum then, folks, once the heat, dust and storm of this story fade out, we will all be back to base. The media will go chasing another scoop and we, the audience, will be salivating for the next soap opera. The politicians will move on to playing the next ‘elimination round’. The judiciary / cops will ponder over the case for the next 75 years. The family will live a life of guilt and remorse forever. And Mickey will probably return to power with a thumping majority in the next poll, and all will be forgiven.
Sadly, for a desolate, forlorn, tragic young lass, all of 27 years old, fighting the demons of her own awful choices – a girl they called Nadia Torrado – there will be no comebacks.
PS: One thing that does not make sense is the charge of culpable homicide on Mickky & Co. Why would a man who tried to bump off his girlfriend spend over Rs45 lakh, doing everything possible to save her life? It sounds completely incongruous. Suicide, yes. Murder? My, my, that’s rich!

The Ubiquitous World Cup

From today the grandest spectacle on earth will unfold before our eyes – the Copa del Monde. Agitations will be put on hold, attendance at offices will drop, beer company execs will have smiles on their faces and passionate arguments in Goa will abound. I love this Carnival every four years.
It is said that the whole of Argentina is praying that their team loses the World Cup this time. Yes, loses…! That’s because if they win, an unfit, enormously corpulent and hideous Diego Maradona has threatened to run on the streets of Buenos Aires stark naked!

As published by Herald / 11 June 2010

About the writer, Dr. Oscar Rebello
He was one of the nominees of CNN - IBN Indian of The Year 2007 in the Public Service category.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Konknni xik! Konknni uloi!! Konknni boroi!!!

Konknni xik! Konknni uloi!! Konknni boroi!!!

Amche tiatrist aple tiatr Romi Konknnin boroitat. Choddxe zannank goddiek Konknnintlean mullavem xikxonn mellunk na. Ponn goddiek Romi Konknnintlim disallim,satollim, mhoinnealim, masikam ani pustokam vachun amche tiatristamnim Konknni xikun tiatr boroile. Adim tem sobtalem.

Atam xikxonn vaddlam ani xiklole tiatrist adlech porim boroitat tem polleun vichitr dista. Tanchea tiatrachea nanvantuch poili chuk asta. Atam nennarponnacho kall urunk nam. Az Konknni borounk kitlim sompe-ponnam asat. Kitlinch pustokam asat. Amkam kosli-i oddchonn aslear Konknniche zannkar asat tancho adar magum yeta. Dor disa thoddim tori Konknni utram ani tancho orth xikun borpavoll sudarum yeta. Romi Konknni nove pod'dotin boroun tiatranchi borpavoll unchlea dorjear pavchi, hech Gõyche Tiatr Akademiche anvdde. Tannim Somaradis, Junache 7ver Ponnje TAG-achea 'Conference Hall-ant' Konknni sarke ritin borounk proyotn korum-ia' nanvachem xibir ghoddun haddlem.

Zaitea zannamni tantunt vantto ghetlo tem polleun khuxalkay bhogli. Hem xibir TAG hachea odheokx Xri Tomazinho Cardozan choloilem. Konknni borounk vo sudarunk sodtat, tannim chukoinastana oslea xibiramnim vantto ghetlear chodd borem.
Vavrak rojea pasun ghalun, oslea xibirak ailear ghoddiek faideachem zaunk xokta. Sogllea tiatristamnim ani Konknni xikunk sodtoleamnim Romi lipint Konknni borounk xikchem. Tiatranchi borpavoll sudraunk chodd goroz asa.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In the socio-political koblem .... - By Miguel Braganza

In the socio-political koblem ....

by Miguel Braganza


They say that Goans have a "CRAB MENTALITY". It seems to work in more ways than one.

Crabs are caught in an OPEN KOBLEM. At the middle of the Koblem they tie some "Bhannem" or the rubbery offal of some ruminating animal like bull, goat or sheep. the offal is worthless as food for the crab, still it keeps chewing and biting the offal. The Manxekar lifts the koblem at leisure. Lo and behold! The crabs are still busy chewing the offal. The Manxekar either sells the crabs or makes some Xec-xec for dinner and washes it down with some fiery feni.

The politicians and other vested interests have been doing the same since the Opinion Poll in 1966-67, post-Opinion Poll elections in March, 1967, Konkani Porjecho Avaz 1986-87, Tourism Master Plan, Medium of Instruction 1992-93, Anti-Nylon 6.6, SEZ, Konkan Railway Realignment, Meta Strips, Regional Plan 2011 [in 2004 and 2006, one BJP the other Congress], raid on the Panaji Police Station, Art College rape, Miramar Sex Scandal, Scarlet Keeling, German Girl, German Mother, Lucky Farmhouse, Atalla, Dudu, Nadia .......

The dead crabs include Dr. Jack Sequeira, Erasmo Sequeira, G.Y. Bhandare, Floriano Vaz, Nilesh Naik, Satish Rivonkar, Martino Fernandes and countless others ... all inextricably caught in an open net. There are others still in the koblem. Like bacteria in the St. Inez creek aka nalla they are TNTC ...Too Numerous To Count ...and one cannot logically reach a MPN ... Most Probable Number. There are all types of ex-MLAs, ex-ZPs, ex-Sarpanchas and plenty of "current" folks and wannabe leaders.

Ask veterans like Shashikala Kakodkar, Nirmala Sawant, Tomazinho Cardoz, Somnath Zuarkar, Ravi Naik, Dr. Wilfred de Souza, Manohar Parrikar, Matanhy Saldanha, Dr. Wilfred Misquita, a host of tiatrists, social activists [I will not name those in the last two groups as they are very sensitive to criticism ... like crabs with thin shells due to calcium deficient waters or genetic make up] and others how it feels to be hauled up in the socio-political koblem ....and released because there is no meat in them on a full moon night ...... till they are unfortunate to be caught "on a dark and stormy night" as Remo Fernandes once wrote about Cecil Pinto. It just temporarily boosts the circulation of newspapers and tabloids and TRP of the visual media. That's all. Does anyone know or care to find out who killed a policeman in the anti-Meta Strips agitation? does anyone know or care how many persons are fighting their lonely legal battles in courts for rioting in which they were not even involved during the Meta Strips agitation. does anyone know the persons alleged to be involved in the "Unnatural death" death of Scarlet Keeling? Does anyone know what happened to the Police-women who were injured in the 19 February, 2008, raid on the Panaji Police Station? Where is the S.P. Neeraj Thakur, Dy S.P. Naik and P.I. Naik who exposed the hapless IRB women without even a condom for protection ...leave alone riot gear and protective jackets ... while they hid inside the Police Station during the raid by "unknown persons" who infiltrated the ranks of the affected persons led by some very well known persons. The answers are very educative.

Nadia's [May the good Lord give rest to her soul] photos are not half as arousing as Scarlet's. What's worse, they are in Black & White. She is 'local' or 'desi' girl ...not a firang or English spirit or even with a firang mother or boyfriend .... so the interest will die as soon as the monsoon rains change our focus to overflowing drains, flooded roads ....and "getting wet on the outside". At that point of time, even a hot cup of tea will be more interesting than the Nadia story. By the time the Goa Assembly starts its monsoon session, half of Goa will have trouble even recalling Nadia's name. C'est la vie, n'est pas?

The Portuguese said it right:
Asim sao coisas do Mundo, quem nao sabe nadar bato os cul...os o fundo!

One swims with the tide or bangs on the riverbed!

Forget all that jazz and come back to what matters: Participatory Planning Process, District Planning Committees, powers to Panchayats as per the Constitution by which every minister is sworn in to office, stop hill cutting and land filling under Section 17-A of the Goa TCP Act, 1974 [as amended in 1997], withdraw amendments to Section 16 and 16A [inserted in 2008 for bypass to PPP... ani mor .... projects] ....and find out where the pipeline from the Tillari Irrigation Project [TIP of the iceberg?] is headed from Green Park hotel onwards ... towards the beach front.

Someone asked the question if our Minister for Education is educated enough to be the Minister. I asked him what was the educational qualification of the man who set up Goa's first degree college ever? This pseudo educationist did not even know that the Dhempe College was established by the Goa Education Society headed by Dayanand Bandodkar, our first Chilef Minister. One does not have to be smart to ask questions. Kids ask the darnedest questions! Adults have to look for the answers.

We are not "bleddy Goans" .... for crabs have no blood.

Mog asundi





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