Wednesday, September 29, 2010

‘MUSICIAN’ – a new Konkani Video Film shot in Kuwait

‘MUSICIAN’ – a new Konkani Video Film in Kuwait by Shahu Almeida



Musicians usually specialize in particular types of music although there can be the opportunity to move between the genres. The job requires high levels of skill, expertise and dedication. Most musicians do their job as they have a passion for music.

Kuwait based Goan musician Shahu Almeida, first Goan musician to play a one-man band in dramas, has been playing a variety of music right from his young age. He ventures his skills into direction and singing in a Konkani songs video (DVD) album comprising select Goan artistes based in Kuwait.

The album, entirely shot and produced in Kuwait is scheduled to go public on 1st October 2010 at Kuwait Medical Association Hall, Jabriya, Kuwait.

For decades Konkani language songs 'Cantaram' on radio and on stage have been taking their cues from real life. Konkani singers are quick to get across their views, on life and day-to-day issues, with stunning boldness, criticism and satire.

However, in a video film, the challenge any videographer faces is to create a video that keeps the ‘watcher’ captivated. It requires an extra effort spent on special effects and specialized editing techniques. Those who are new to the business may not have time to develop such techniques as they refine more basic capabilities—like learning to shoot efficiently or streamline their editing workflow—before finding the specialities. Ignatius Fernandes, the editor of the film realizes the time and burden that these demands add to a typical edit and has covered it up with a very decent cinema-photography.

‘Musician’ doesn’t have creative elements to boast of but it definitely portrays fabulous artistic quality in both Shahu the musician and Ignatius the videographer. The DVD has sparkling quality in clarity.

Being shot in Kuwait, many would expect the unexpected with Ignatius to exploit what the structural beauty of Kuwait City has to offer. Still, Shahu and Ignatius have done a tremendous job. Shooting a video-film in a country like Kuwait, known for it’s strict legislation for outdoor filming, is difficult indeed. But Ignatius, the young, budding filmmaker shows great potential and professionalism with a more than average creation.


Report: Gasper Crasto

[As forwarded to goa-world.com]

Konkani CD "Gheyat, Punn Diyat"


The well renowned Bab Andrew proudly presents to you, his fourth Konkani album “Gheyat, Punn Diyat”. The music album which was earlier released in Qatar and Bahrain has catchy tracks by well known Bab Andrew, Andrea, and Andson, Aaron. They are well supported by Albert Cabral, Marcus Vaz, Francis de Tuem, Tony de Ribandar, Alias & Tommy(Jr Nelson). It is well knitted with good solos, duets, duos, Trios, and a well sung Chouko by the family.
In the opening song Bab Andrew tells us about the consequences we face we we don’t return our debts in time. A well sung solo which also suggest us to save something for our unseen difficult times instead of enjoying our life. The second song is by Marcus Vaz who brilliantly come out with the importance of wearing a rosary and a scapular, which is rarely worn by the people in thes modern times. The third is a Albert-Andrew duo that sings highly about the priests and the sacrifice the make for
the society and instead of appreciating that some people just makes a mole out of an anthill and depicts them as a nuisance in the same society. A very catchy tune and great lyrics. Then there is beautifully rendered solo by Andrea on ‘Niddukai’. Then come Francis de Tuem with his typical style. Here he sings about the malpractices at the “Fatorda Stadium”. Bab Andrew sings “Fokannam” with his daughter Andrea and his two sons - Andson and Aaron. A humorous 'chouko' by the family which is very rare these days. Further to that Tony de Ribandar sings a well knitted solo “Bogsonnem” wherein he sings about the care we should take while we discipline our children. Great lyrics indeed. Then come a duet with Andrea which highlights the importance of marriage vows taken on the wedding day. Alias renders a solo “Fotkiro” on the hardships faced by a people who stands as surety for others in need and ends up paying the debt themselves. Once again Albert-Andrew comes out with the religious values in the duo “Miss” demonstrate there is nothing more holy than the holy mass. In his song “Fond Vikinaka” Tommy (Jr. Nelson) speaks about the recent trend of buying the grave in the cemetery. And goes on to say that if everybody does this all our cemeteries will fall short and there will no place left for all of us. And finally the last song is a political trio sung by Bab Andrew-Albert-Tony de Ribandar. The music is superbly composed by Norman Cardozo and this Album is recorded at “Audio Masters” by Aurville Rodricks. His three previous released albums namely: SONVSAR KONNACHO, MAIM PAIK SAMBALL, and CHEAR SOTAM (VCD) were well received by the audience. And this album too is a must for all household.


[Review by Mickey Fernandes]

Link:
KONKANI SONG BAB ANDREW---GIRESTKAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKONzUaSY98

Monday, September 27, 2010

Konkani tiatr “Kal ani Aiz” to be staged on 29th September

“Kal ani Aiz” to be staged on 29th September



“Kal ani Aiz” a Konkani tiatr written by Tomazinho Cardozo will be staged on 29th September at 7:00 pm at the DMK Auditorium of Kala Academy in the 36th Tiatr Festival organized by Kala Academy Goa.

Goa is going to complete 50 years of its liberation in the next year 2011. Is Goa developed in the true sense of the word during the last 50 years? This is the question asked by many Goans when they compare the situations in the Goan society in the Goa of the past and of the present times.

Tomazinho Cardozo’s “Kal ani Aiz” deals with issues on social, political, religious and economic fields that are faced by the Goan society during the last 50 years and highlights the rapid changes that have taken place in the Goan society.

Mathias Mascarenhas and Irene Cardozo arein the lead roles lead roles while Anthony Carvalho, Sheik Amir, Simonia Cardozo, Jocelyn Mesquita, Larisa Fernandes, Shivanand Naik, Assis Cardozo, Tukaram Naik also feature in the play. Child artistes namely Karan, Josepha, Violet and Vhorty also act in important roles. Sucorro de Santa Cruz, Sonia, Maria Cardozo, Joao Cardozo, etc participate in singing which forms an integral part of Goan tiatr.

The music is provided by Louis Cota, stage setting by Timoty Dias, background music by Joy Fernandes, light effects by Dnyaneshwar Morajkar and costumes by Simonia Cardozo. The play is produced by Kala Mogi Candolim and directed by Tomazinho Cardozo.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Revealing the History of Konkani Cinema

Revealing the History of Konkani Cinema
By Tomazinho Cardozo


If one has to gather authentic information about Konkani Cinema one must read the book “Konknni Cholchitram” written by well-known writer Isidore Dantas.
The book, written in Konkani in the Roman script, begins with information about the production and exhibition of the first Konkani celluloid film “Mogacho Anvddo” by producer-actor AL Jerry Braganza under the banner of ETICA Films way back in 1950. In fact, this book was published in 2010 on the occasion of completion of 60 years of Konkani Cinema.
One cannot forget the contribution of late Andrew Greno Viegas who single-handedly published the first book on the same subject titled “50 Years of Konkani Cinema” on the occasion of the golden Jubilee of Konkani Cinema in the year 2000.
Isidore Dantas’ “Konknni Cholchitram” gives detailed information about celluloid Konkani films produced during the last 60 years. In all there are 31 celluloid Konkani films produced till date. The films released as late as December 2009 find place in this book. These productions are done Konkani cinema aficionados from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. In brief the book can be considered a kaleidoscope of Konkani cinema from the Konkan region.
Mr Dantas has taken a lot of pains in giving detailed information about every film. He has made it a point to give the story of every film in brief besides including other technical and even financial aspects of the film. The success stories of film have also been included. The book is decorated with numerous photographs from every film. Besides, it carries lyrics from every film together with musical scores. This is the greatness of this book.
Mr Dantes has also added a chapter enlightening readers on the valuable contribution of Konkani-speaking filmmakers, artistes, technicians, musicians, singers, etc, to Indian Cinema. He has listed 48 personalities which include Goan actress Ermelinda (Sudhabala), Mangeshkar sisters, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad, Bhaskar Chandravarkar, Ashok Saraf, K Vaikunth, Domnic Dias, Varsha Usgaokar, Remo Fernandes and Hema Sardesai. He has also featured new entrants to the film world namely Freida Pinto, Iliana D’Cruz and Genelia D’Costa.
The book is dedicated to late Frank Fernando, who composed memorable music for the Konkani films “Amchem Noxib” and “Nirmonn”. The production of this book has been funded by George Pinto besides many others. The credit page records the valuable advice given by Ben Antao, Cecil Pinto and Francis Rodrigues.
The book was released on April 4 in California, USA on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Goa Sudharop, a NGO working for the promotion of Konkani language, culture and Goan identity. The book, “Konknni Cholchitram” will be released in Goa on September 21 at 4.30 p.m. Hotel Mandovi, Panjim.




http://www.navhindtimes.in/iexplore/revealing-history-konkani-cinema








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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

KONKANI COMEDY AND MUSICAL SHOW IN OMAN

KONKANI COMEDY AND MUSICAL SHOW: Friday, 8th October, 10.30 am to 1.30 pm, at the Ruwi Parish Hall. Goa Konkani comedy king Agostinho, famous comedian Selvy, Goa's number one singer Marcus and singer Francis de Tuvem who was well appreciated last year will form a team of artistes coming from Goa. Additionally, locally based singers and musicians will perform. Please see the above poster attachment for details. Tickets RO 5 and RO 3 available with the below-named persons.


KONKANI MOGEANK KHUXEALKAIECHI KHOBOR ---------- GCO ( GOAN CUMMUNITY OF OMAN) GODUNK ADDTTA KONKANI MUSICAL SHOW 2010, “GOENCHI GIRESTKAI” ZO ZATOLO 8 VER OTUMBRACHE SOKALLIM 10.30 VORAR , RUWI IGORJECHEA HALLANT.
ATUN BHAG GEUNK GOEAM THAUN EITAT FAMAD NANV VOSTE KALAKAR------- COMEDY KING AGOSTINHO, HIT COMIDIAN SELVY, POLITICAL CRITIC SINGER FRANCIS DE TUVEM, SENSATIONAL SINGER MARCUZ VAZ ANI FAMAD MUSICIAN ANTHONY DE VELIM. TOSECH AMCHIM SOGLEANCHIM KALLZAM JIKON GETLELE AMCHE MUSCAT CHE KALAKAR; ASSUMTINA, VELROSE, AVERS PERIERA, E-PERRY, LOUIS GOMES, FRANK DE QUEPEM, XAVIER, BASILIO,LOUIS ANIC COMEDIAN GEORGE. SOGLEAK AMCHIM MOGACHEM AMONTRONN.
TIKETTEO MEUTOLEO RUWI IGORJECHEA KOCHERINT, TOSECH E-PERRY 99676472, ANTHONY 99232150, LOUIS 94052985, ROCKY 99382698, BONNY 99008931, HERMAN 99013135, DOMINGOS 99430190, DOMINIC 99474503 ANI STEVEN 99517369.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

TAG to support Non-Commercial Tiatr Troupes

TAG to support Non-Commercial Tiatr Troupes

In the meeting of the Executive Board of Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) held on 8th September 2010, it was unanimously resolved to give financial support to Dramatic Troupes participating in the yearly Tiatr Festival organised by Kala Academy Goa.

The financial assistance to be given to each troupe is Rs.10,000/-. The purpose behind this scheme is to help the producers of Tiatr to improve the quality of stage setting, light effects, background music, costumes, make-up and direction. TAG is of the opinion that this financial support will help the tiatr producers to stage a better performance which will lead in the improvement of the standard of Tiatr.

In fact the participants of yearly Tiatr Festival had sent a memorandum to the President of TAG explaining thereby the need of financial support to the participating troupes as it is given to commercial tiatr artistes for participating in the Popular Tiatr Festival organised by TAG.

In order to explain the details of the scheme to the participanting troupes of the 36th Tiatr Festival, a meeting of all concerned is called on 15th September 2010 at 4:30 pm at TAG’s Conference Hall.

The representatives of the participating troupes are requested to attend the meeting.

The scheme will be made applicable to all the participating troupes of the 36th Tiatr Festival organised by Kala Academy Goa which is due to commence from 21st September 2010 at Kala Academy.


Victor de Sa
Member Secretary


8/9/2010
As forwarded to gaspar almeida, www.goa-world.com by TAG.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

PELEACHO ABRU-MAN UBOV NAIE! (THOU SHALL NOT DEFAME OTHERS)

From: Domnic Fernandes [mailto:domvalden@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Subject: PELEACHO ABRU-MAN UBOV NAIE! (THOU SHALL NOT DEFAME OTHERS)

Dear netters,

The following Konkani article was written for Anjuna parish 3rd quarterly magazine ‘San Miguelicho Avaz’, which was released yesterday. I thought I would share it with you all. Rough English translation follows after Konkani version:

PELEACHO ABRU-MAN UBOV NAIE!

Devan munxeak aplea sarko rochla and taka muki kuddiche sande dileat zoxe porim – hat, paim, nak, kan, dolle, mendu, jib, adi.

Amkam don hat dileat ami koixtt korun jieonk, Devachi xeva korunk ani Taka donui hathanim dhumpavnk. Amkam don paim dileat ami Dev-bhirantichi vatt cholonk ani Tachea mondirant vochon Taka nomoskar korunk. Amkam ek nak dilam vaitt-borem hungonk. Don dolle dileat sobit ani boreo vostu polleunk, Rochnnaracho rupkar tantuntlean chitravnk ani Povitr Pustok vachunk. Mendu dila vaitt-borem chintunk, Devacho niall korunk ani Tachem raj fankaravnk. Don kan dileat borem aikonk - kanar vaitt sadovta tem ami eka kanan aikonk zai ani dusrea kanantlean bhair uddovnk zai, ani jib dilea sot tem ulovnk ani Devachem utor porgottunk.

Heam kuddichea sandeam modekat amchi jib ekuch hathiar zacho jitlo upeog zata titli tachi dhar vhaddtta. Amchi jib ek dhakttulo sando zo donantlem ek rochta – sumell vo vegllochar; borem vo vaitt. Amchi jib hadd nasleli dekun ami tika zai toxe vapurtanv - dekunuch mhunnttat: “Kaddli jib, laili tonddak!” Hakach lagon zaite pavtt ragan uloilelem utor chukichem zavnk pavta; karann, rag ek dhoxea jeant bhejea poros jib rostin vavurta. Aiz-kal choddxe khun jibeche ruzvatik lagon ghoddttat. Kitle kazari ghorabe amche jibek lagon moddon poddonk nam zait? Dekun ghoddtta zalear tujem tondd bond dovor, punn dolle ugtte jeant tujean subej polleunk zatelem ani unnem ulovnk.

Devan amkam sonvsarant jieonk Sumurtiche Dha Upodes dileat. Devache Sumurticho Attvo Upodes amkam fott marunk ani peleachem nanv ubovnk advarta. Aiz-kalcho sonvsar bhov motlobi. Fottingponn vaddot asa. Fott marop amcho dhondo zala. Fotti viret kainch cholonam, zanv eka ghorabeant vo amchea dhondeant. Amchi jib vaprun ami heo fotti martanv. Toxech dilele soput ami kainch nhoi korun negar vetanv ani Devachem nanv gorje viret amche jiber haddun Taka okman kortanv. Peleachem borem dekche suater amchi jib vaprun ami taka xirap soddttanv ani tachem vaitt zavnk anvddetanv. Ghoddtta zalear vonddavnnechea vonttantlean doiallponnanchim utram uloi. Sodanch sot uloi ani Dev jerul tuka sasnnanchea sukacho visov ditolo.

Amkam sonvoim jib vaprun dusreancheo gozali korunk. Hea sonvsarant gozaleam poros paixtt anik kainch nam. To/tem oslo/oslem ani toslo/toslem mhunnon ami peleak kikont kortanv ani tacho abru-man uboitanv. Amchea ghorcheancheo, seza-samareancho ami gozali kortanv ani tanchea kuttumbar kallo dag ghaltanv fokot amchea jivak borem dista dekun. Internet-ar pasun gorje viret ami peleacho abru-man uboitanv. Amkam dista peleacho abru-man uboilear ami jiklet oxe; hem chintop sarkem nhoi. Peleachem vaitt chintche bodlek ghoddtta zalear taka borem mag; taka xirap soddinaka ani tachem padd ghalinaka. Varear ublolo kapus portun hatan einam. Ugddas dhor amchea dhor eka kortubacho ixeob ami Devak divnk zai.

Tuka zai dusreanim tuji thoknnai keleli? Tor tum aplich voddvik kednanch korinaka. Ami dusmanancho mog korunk zai ani nhoi kanttallo. Kanttallo mogan bodolta jednam amchem vaitt chinteleank ami borem anvddetanv. Amkam soglleank bhogsonneanchi goroz dekun ami sodanch peleak bhogsunk zai.

Devak rozar kelearuch ani sodankal ghorant Saibinnincho ters kelearuch puro nhoi; ami amchea peleachem borem chintunk zai. Igorje misak gelearuch ami bore Kristanv zainanv. Dekunuch Povitr Pustok mhunntta: Zorui tuvem peleak vaitt kelam ani tachem lagim tum uloinam zalear misachi bhett sodd ani poilem tujea dusmana lagim bhogsonnem mag ani tednanch ki tuji misachi bhett Devak manovteli. Oxem ami kortat kai? Zorui dusmanank bhogxinanv zalear ami Amchea Bapachi adnea pallinanv.

Devan zonn ekleak rochla ani taka apli zababdari dilea. Zorui pelean patok adarlam zalear to aplea patkanchem farikponn ditolo – ‘korit to bhogit’. Ghoddtta zalear tujea peleak sozmai ani to vaitt rostear cholta zalear taka nitt rostear haddunk tozvit kor punn nhoi tachi ttika marun ani tacho abru-man ubovn. Ami moddvoll zavn dusreachim patkam dhuvunk favonam. Devan amkam sangonk nam dusreacheo chukleo kelear ani dusreachim patkam voir kaddlear Apunn sorgar vortolo mhunnon!

Setembrache 8ver Kristi sonvsar Ankvar Moriecho zolm dis monoitat. Hea mhoineant amche jibek ami talem marum-iea ani ti fokot Devachem borem utor porgottunk vaprum-iea. Tujea lagim ghoddta zalear peleachem borem chint ani borem kor; tachem padd ghalunk ani taka sokol uddovnk tozvit korinaka. Amchea dolleant vanso astannam ami dusreachea dolleantlem kuskutt kaddunk bhonvtanv; hem sarkem nhoi. Borem uloi ani boreo korneom kor. Oxem kelearuch ami sasnnanchem sukh bhogunk pavteleanv.

Soglleank khuxealborit Mont Saibinninchem fest anvddetam!

English translation:

THOU SHALL NOT DEFAME OTHERS

God created man in His likeness and gave him main body parts like hands, legs, nose, eyes, brain, tongue, etc.

He gave us two hands to work hard, to serve Him and to incense him with both hands. He gave us two legs to follow the God-fearing path, to go to His temple and to adore Him. He gave us a nose to smell good and bad things. He gave us two eyes to see beautiful things, visualize Him through them and to read the Holy Bible. He gave us brain to differentiate between good and bad and to spread the word of His Kingdom. He gave us two ears to hear good things – whenever we hear bad things, we must listen to them in one ear and throw them away through the other ear; and he gave us a tongue to speak the truth and to preach the word of God.

Among all the above-cited parts, our tongue is the only weapon which grows sharper every time we use it. It is a small organ which creates one of the two – good or bad. Our tongue is boneless which is why we use it liberally; that’s why they say in Konkani: “Kaddli jib, laili tonddak’ (Use it the way you want!) This is why many a times a word spoken with anger turns out to be wrong, for anger is a state of mind in which the tongue works faster than the brain. Nowadays, most murders take place because of arguments. Similarly, many a families have split because of our tongue. Therefore, if possible, keep your mouth shut but eyes open so you can see more and speak less.

In order to help us live, God provided us with Ten Commandments. The eighth Commandment forbids us to tell lies and defame our neighbor. Today’s world is very tricky. Cheating is on the increase. Telling lies has become our business. We can’t do anything without telling lies, be it in our homes or in our businesses, and we do this by using our tongue. In the same way, we easily deny given promises and offend God by taking His name in vain. Instead of thinking positive of our neighbor, we use our tongue to curse him and wish him bad. If possible, utter words of sympathy. Always speak the truth and God will definitely accept you in His paradise.

It’s our habit to use our tongue and gossip about others. In this world there is nothing worse than gossip. We make a mockery of our neighbor and defame him. We speak ill of our relatives, neighbors and paint a black mark on them. Why? Just because we feel good! We even defame our fellow netters on the Internet unnecessarily. We think if we defame our neighbor, we win; this is wrong thinking. Instead of thinking negative of your neighbor, if possible, wish him/her well; don’t curse him/her and wish him/her bad. Once you let cotton escape from the grip of your hand, it’s difficult to get it back. Keep in mind we are accountable for every deed of our life.

Do you want others to speak highly of you? Then never praise yourself. We must love our enemy and not hate him/her. Hatred turns into love when we wish well to those who think ill of us. We all need forgiveness; hence, we must always forgive our neighbor.

It is not enough to pray to God and to say rosary every day; we must be concerned about our neighbor and think well of him/her. Similarly, we do not become good Christians only by attending a mass in the Church. This is exactly why the Holy Bible says: If you hurt your neighbor and you are not in talking terms with him/her, leave the mass offering and first beg pardon with your enemy and only then your mass offering will be acceptable to God. Do we do this? If we are not ready to forgive our enemy we are not fulfilling the will of our Father.

God created each human being and assigned him with his/her own responsibility. If your neighbor committed a sin, he will pay for it – one has to pay for his/her mistakes. If possible, try to make him/her understand and if he/she is following the wrong path, try to correct him/her and put him/her back on the right path but not by criticizing and defaming him/her. We should not become washer men and try to wash others’ sins. God did not tell us that if we become tale-bearers He will take us to heaven!

On September 8, the Christian world celebrates the birth day of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us lock our tongue in this month and use it only to preach good word of our Lord. Let us not defame and destroy our neighbor; instead, let us think well of him/her. Let us not try to find fault with others and try to remove the speck from others’ eyes when there is a log in our eyes; this is not correct. Speak well of others and think good about them. If we do so, only then we will earn eternal peace.

Wish everyone happy Mount Mary’s feast!

Moi-mogan,

Domnic Fernandes
Gaumvaddy, Anjuna,
Bardez, Goa


Photo of Domnic Fernandes by Joel D'Souza

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DHA MANDAMENT - Konkani Song by Marcus Vaz
and Xavier Gomes
produced by v.p. sinari
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm5eHD9Z1lU


konkani song saibin (IVY)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyJP87KGJqU

Isidore Dantas' Konkani Book Launch

Monday, September 6, 2010

Drummer Boy John Fernandes

Drummer boy
Published on: September 4, 2010
The Navhind Times www.navhindtimes.in


By J P Pereira

JOHN FERNANDES: John Fernandes is one of the talented young drummers in Goa today. Hailing from Maddel, Margao, he is the son of Francis Antonio and Caitana Fernandes.

His father was an ace drummer himself, playing for the ‘Young Stars of Goa’ theatre group, brass bands and the popular ‘Radio Serenaders’. As a young boy, John would accompany his father, playing the bass and snare drum at feasts and funerals while simultaneously completing his education at the Holy Spirit High School, Margao.
At the age of 8 years, John played for a ‘tiatr’ by Rocky Dias. This was an amateur show, but also the beginning of a long career. First there were the village dramas and soon the commercial stage. In ‘Battli’ a non-stop show by Pascoal Rodrigues, the young man got his professional break.

John has played for well known music directors like Josinho, Carlito, Augusto de Panchwadi, Agnelo Dias, Anthony de Velim, A Moraes, John de Nuvem, Thomson, Babush and Norman Cardozo and for dramas by directors like the late C Alvares, late Rosario Rodrigues as well as Felcy, Jose Rod, Tony Dias, Simon Gonsalves, Filipe and Janet, Ben Evangelisto, Milagres de Chandor, Mini Mario and many others. Lately he has played for ‘Mahanand’ the impressive presentation from Tony Dias, a ‘tiatr’ titled ‘Denvti’ by Comedian Ambe and is presently playing for ‘Goem Soddun Paulem Ghanttar’ the hit, from Peter-Roshan, that is running to packed houses.

John is a regular in bands that back the singers, for audio albums. He plays for recordings of Manfa Music, with Chris Corriea and other music directors. Edwin D’Costa gave him his first break for audio recordings and since then, there have been numerous albums, some recorded in Mumbai, for which John has backed with some stylish drumming, especially the rolls. He has played for dance bands like Genesis, Major Strings and is presently playing for Saby’s (of the Wings) new band. With great pride he mentions of the musical shows he played for, the late M Boyer and also for the legendary, late Chris Perry, who had presented a grand musical evening at the Kala Academy open air hall, Panaji.

John is quite happy with the progress made in music, for dramas. By emulating the dedication shown by the veteran musicians, there is even more scope for improvement. Taking a break from professional music, John was abroad for some time and worked at the ‘Pizza Hut’ as a pizza maker. Presently he is full time into music and lives with his wife Maria. We wish you all success John and a great career in drumming.

Tiatr ani Tiatrists

Saturday, September 4, 2010

From tiatr to cinema

From tiatr to cinema


Sharon Mazarello, a household name in Goa, famous crooner, is now all excited as she sets out to promote her first Konkani film, ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?’ (What would you have done?), written, produced and directed by the lady herself.
Sharon who is a professional singer in tiatrs for the last 25 years tried her hand at writing and that is how this movie idea eventually was born.

“This story is actually a tiatr script which I had submitted at the Kala Academy’s competition and had staged. It received a good response. That is when I submitted the same script to avail of the film financing scheme of the Goa government. Actually we (my husband, Wilmix, son, Claron) had submitted three scripts but this got selected. That is when the process of writing a story began,” stated Sharon while speaking at the launch of the music of the movie at the FM radio station, Radio Mirchi. ‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? is slated to be released on November 1.
The music album was formally released by the president of the Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG), Mr Tomazinho Cardozo who stated that Sharon’s venture into Konkani cinema would help take Konkani music to a wider audience.

The music for the film has been created by Balthazar Fernandes (ex-assistant to Kalyanji-Anandji) while Wilmix has penned the lyrics and set it to tune. The cinematography has been done by Domnic Dias.

The cast of the movie includes Sharon Mazarello, Pradip Naik, Franky Gonsalves, Wilmix, Comedy Supremo Humbert, Effie Fernandes, Roseferns, Menino de Bandar, Comedian Edisson, Fermeeno, etc.

The music album will be formally released in the market next week. Till then Radio Mirchi will play the songs on their radio station.
Speaking more about the movie, Sharon added that it was a woman centric film. “In our society we always blame a woman even if she is not at fault. My film deals with this aspect,” added Sharon who refused to reveal more about the film as it would then lose out on the suspense element.

Commenting further, she mentioned that this film has achieved many firsts. Through this film, Sharon has started a blog (sharon-shamazfilmsgoa.blogspot.com) and has become the first Goan tiatrist to do so. This blog has interesting snippets related to the movie, its cast, and crew. There is also a section on Wilmx and Sharon - a real life couple - and their love and their journey on the Konkani stage. There is detail data about their work and their achievements.

“We also wanted to do away with giving press kits and by having this blog we are actually saving on a lot of paper,” adds Claron Mazarello.
This will also be the first Konkani film to use professional choreography involving Goan fire-dancers.
‘Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? also came across a few hurdles prior to its release. It was stalled by the censor board for using two names -‘Parvati’ and ‘Tulsi’ in a comic scene. “We didn’t realise they are mythological names; we were only trying to make a comic remark on TV serials. We changed those names as we don’t want to hurt any sentiments,” says Sharon.

Currently Sharon is working on two more scripts and is considering films as the next step. She says, “I will continue acting on stage but films are what that I am focusing on as of now. It is indeed a wider and a bigger platform,” concludes Sharon.

http://www.navhindtimes.in/iwatch/tiatr-cinema

From Bollywood to Konkani films, making sweet music

From Bollywood to Konkani films, making sweet music

BY CLARA A RODRIGUES
Having worked as assistant music director for Bollwood greats like Kalyanji Anandji and being a part of musical masterpieces like ‘Meri desh ki dharti’ and ‘Pal Pal dil ke pas’ Balthazar Fernandes, aka Baltu, from Goa speaks of his tryst as a first time music director for a Konkani film. He looks back on his journey in Bollywood.
‘Tum kito kortolo aslo’ is your first Konkani film as music director. Tell us something about the music?


This will be my first Konkani film as music director, but I have earlier worked as assistant music director for Frank Fernand for Konkani classics like ‘Amche Noxib’ and ‘Nirmon’. The music for this film has been composed for an orchestra. Around 40 local musicians are part of the ensemble. The music has a Goan feel with a lot of Goan music elements like harmony, counter-point, counter-melody and chorus.
What was the reason for such a massive music set up?
It is different when you listen to music played by an orchestra. I wanted to show how orchestra music is possible for a film. To get type of music, you need to play in an orchestra. In India there are not many orchestras. In fact you can count them on your fingers tips.
What Bollywood assignments are you currently working on?
I now have fewer assignments. Now just about anybody gets into music direction. In many cases, the music is created by one man on the keyboard. Till today, whenever I listen to an orchestra, I have tears in my eyes. It is not the same when you hear other music.
Many Goans have played pivotal roles in Bollywood in the early 70s. Sadly, not many have got recognition for their contribution. Comment.
Indian music is different. It is based more on melody. The rhythm is important. On the other hand Goan music has counter harmony and harmony which not many understand. I worked as an assistant music director for Anandji-Kalyanji, but my name never appeared in the credit scroll. The payment was not good either, and that is what compelled me to quit after working with them for 11 years.
Do Goans still dominate the music scene in Mumbai like they did once before?
Now there are many educated musicians on the scene. They know how to write Indian music. They do it in a simple style. A lot of students are also studying counter point. There are many Goans but there are also many musicians from other states.
What have you to say about the lack of originality on the Goan music scenario?
Goans are talented; unfortunately something has gone wrong. Music is there in our blood. Goans will appreciate music more than the others do. The Goan school of music or Church schools where solfege was taught are no longer there. Music is neglected in schools. The entire system of education has changed.
Could you suggest steps to bring about improvement?
We have to teach music right from the primary level. Children must not learn by rote. Be it drama or church, they must be given a chance to perform in public. This is what I would advise them.
Could you tell us something about your own journey in the music industry?
I learnt in the Goan school of music. If not for it, I would not have been what I am. I learnt the violin from foreign teachers in Mumbai. I later taught brass bands in schools. Then I got a break in the Hindi film industry.
What was it like to work in the Bombay film industry?
To be frank, I did not enjoy it. It is not my kind of music. But you got to earn your bread.
Do you have plans of relocating to Goa?
Yes. Although, I am stationed in Mumbai, Chorao is my native place. I come every six months to Goa. On my visits, I do a lot of music with the church and the children from my village.
http://www.navhindtimes.in/ilive/bollywood-konkani-films-making-sweet-music
From Bollywood to Konkani films, making sweet music

BY CLARA A RODRIGUES

Having worked as assistant music director for Bollwood greats like Kalyanji Anandji and being a part of musical masterpieces like ‘Meri desh ki dharti’ and ‘Pal Pal dil ke pas’ Balthazar Fernandes, aka Baltu, from Goa speaks of his tryst as a first time music director for a Konkani film. He looks back on his journey in Bollywood.
‘Tum kito kortolo aslo’ is your first Konkani film as music director. Tell us something about the music?
This will be my first Konkani film as music director, but I have earlier worked as assistant music director for Frank Fernand for Konkani classics like ‘Amche Noxib’ and ‘Nirmon’. The music for this film has been composed for an orchestra. Around 40 local musicians are part of the ensemble. The music has a Goan feel with a lot of Goan music elements like harmony, counter-point, counter-melody and chorus.
What was the reason for such a massive music set up?
It is different when you listen to music played by an orchestra. I wanted to show how orchestra music is possible for a film. To get type of music, you need to play in an orchestra. In India there are not many orchestras. In fact you can count them on your fingers tips.
What Bollywood assignments are you currently working on?
I now have fewer assignments. Now just about anybody gets into music direction. In many cases, the music is created by one man on the keyboard. Till today, whenever I listen to an orchestra, I have tears in my eyes. It is not the same when you hear other music.
Many Goans have played pivotal roles in Bollywood in the early 70s. Sadly, not many have got recognition for their contribution. Comment.
Indian music is different. It is based more on melody. The rhythm is important. On the other hand Goan music has counter harmony and harmony which not many understand. I worked as an assistant music director for Anandji-Kalyanji, but my name never appeared in the credit scroll. The payment was not good either, and that is what compelled me to quit after working with them for 11 years.
Do Goans still dominate the music scene in Mumbai like they did once before?
Now there are many educated musicians on the scene. They know how to write Indian music. They do it in a simple style. A lot of students are also studying counter point. There are many Goans but there are also many musicians from other states.
What have you to say about the lack of originality on the Goan music scenario?
Goans are talented; unfortunately something has gone wrong. Music is there in our blood. Goans will appreciate music more than the others do. The Goan school of music or Church schools where solfege was taught are no longer there. Music is neglected in schools. The entire system of education has changed.
Could you suggest steps to bring about improvement?
We have to teach music right from the primary level. Children must not learn by rote. Be it drama or church, they must be given a chance to perform in public. This is what I would advise them.
Could you tell us something about your own journey in the music industry?
I learnt in the Goan school of music. If not for it, I would not have been what I am. I learnt the violin from foreign teachers in Mumbai. I later taught brass bands in schools. Then I got a break in the Hindi film industry.
What was it like to work in the Bombay film industry?
To be frank, I did not enjoy it. It is not my kind of music. But you got to earn your bread.
Do you have plans of relocating to Goa?
Yes. Although, I am stationed in Mumbai, Chorao is my native place. I come every six months to Goa. On my visits, I do a lot of music with the church and the children from my village.

http://www.navhindtimes.in/ilive/bollywood-konkani-films-making-sweet-music

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tiatr Academy of Goa to conduct orientation courses

TAG to conduct orientation courses

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) will organise Orientation Classes in Dramatics for artistes interested in Tiatr, its Song & Music. The orientation courses will be organised in different compartments of Tiatr such as Script Writing, Lyrics Composition, Direction, Acting, Stage Setting, Background Music, Light Effects, Make-up etc. Regular classes will be held twice a week preferably at the weekends or any other days suggested by the participants as per their convenience. Each session will be of 3 hours and it will be conducted by persons well versed in dramatics.

The training will be of preliminary nature. However, it will definitely help our tiatr artistes to improve the standard of tiatr. Some travelling allowance to meet the expenditure of transport will be given only after the full course is completed by the participant.

The interested persons may apply to TAG on or before 13th September 2010. The Prescribed Application form is available in the office of TAG during office hours.




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Tiatr Academy Goa
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