Friday, October 22, 2010

Konkani Kadombori Karyaxalla

Konkani Kadombori Karyaxalla


Vincy Quadros hachea fuddarponnakhal Dalgado Konknni Akademi Kadombori karyaxalla ghoddun haddta. Aizver bottancher mezpa itle kadomborikar Konknni bhaxent asat. Hi ek bori sondi Dalgado Konknni Akademi novea ani umedi borovpeank dita. Hacho faido kaddunk amchi vinonti.

Hi karyaxalla Colva Residecny, Colva hanga 30 Otumbr 2010 disa sokallim suru zatoli ani 31 Otumbr 2010 disa sanjer somptoli. He karyaxallek margdorxon korunk nam'nnechi sahityakar ani Sahitya Akademi puroskar favo zaloli Xmt Hema Nayak margdorxon kortoli. Hea xivai anikui margdorxok yetole.

Tumi hacho faido kaddcho ani Konknni bhaxentle nove kadomborikar zaunche hich opexka. Dekhun aizuch tuji nanv nondnni korat Vincy Quadros - Mobile 9822587498 hanga vo Dalgado Konknni Akdemichea ofisant. Phone: +832 2221688.

Osli sondi chukun yeta.

Vincy Quadros
Vice President
Goa Konknni Akademi
Solution to Romi/Nagri Script Konknni
Email vincyquadros at gmail dot com

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Poilech pavtti Konknni filmache itihasan Konknni film Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? , hacho Ontor'raxttrik poile proig Kuveittchea desant zatole. Konknni filmachim 60 vorsam sorombhunk ani Konknni bhas bhailea desamni fankarunk ShaMaz Film (Goa) hannim hem film prosidd kelam.

Ontro'raxttrik Poilo Proig Sunkrar, Otumbrache 22ver, 2010 justuch sanjechiea 3:30 vaztam, Cinescape Metro (Farwaniya) hollant suru zatalo.
Film dakovpachi vellachi volleri oxi asa:
Otumbr 22, 2010 Sunkrar: 3:30 pm; 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----3 proig
Otumbr 23, 2010 Son'var: 3:30 pm; 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----3 proig
Otumbr 24, 2010 Aitar: 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----2 proig

Filmachi kanni, digdorsponn ani utpoddon Sharon Mazerello hanchem zalear, Cinematoghraphy Domnic Dias-an kelam. Songit Baltazar Fernandes-an bosoilam. Hea film-an, Sharon Mazarello, Pradik Naik, Franky Gonsalves, Wilson Mazarrelo, Comedy Supremo Humbert, Comedian Eddison, Fermeeno Goes hancho aspav asa ani tankam khas sangat ditat Anjela Moraes, Rose Ferns, Menino de Bandar, ani her kolakar.

Tiketti sugur korunk mhavlle thollar vechem vo sompork korcho: Tel: 99391452, 99540232, 99276171, 99106617, 97883981, 66502572, 65825964, 66153265, 66512602, 99732917 or email:

Monday, October 18, 2010

TAG to Remember Late Dr. Rosario Rodrigues

TAG to Remember Late Dr. Rosario Rodrigues

Tiatr Academy of Goa will organize a special function to observe the Birth Anniversary of the most popular Khell-tiatrist of Goa Late Dr. Rosario Rodrigues on Sunday, 24th October 2010 at 10:00 am at Pai Tiatrist JAF Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. On this occasion Anil-Olga’s Popular Khell-Tiatr “Xim Mer Asonk Zai” will be staged.

Late Dr. Rosario Rodrigues was born on 24th October 1948 and hails from Benaulim in Salcete tuluka of Goa. He was a brilliant student during his childhood days but showed keen interest in dramas. Benaulim was famous for khell-tiatrists, literate as well as illiterate. Dr. Rosario would write down the scripts for those who could not write. Gradually he started writing his own scripts and lending it to others. In 1969 he formed his own troupe and wrote his first khell “MENAKXI”.

During those days there used to be competitions of khell-tiatrs. Two different directors would stage their khells for a competition and results were normally declared after show of hands. In 1971 Rosario brought a change and staged two khells on the stage. This was called a Khell-Tiatr as the khell was performed on the stage. He came up with khell-tiatrs of his own plays namely “AMI FATOR” and “EKUCH RATI”. Other directors also followed this pattern.

Each khell in the khell-tiatr was of one and half hour duration. “12 Vorsani” and “Patang”, “Patkin” and “Tem”, “Chedde Cheddvam” and “Ekleanuch Poila”, “Hindustani Cheddvam” and “Frank Sinatra” etc were some of his famous khell-tiatrs of one and half hour duration each. In 1976 Dr. Rosario Rodrigues started a new innovation on the khell-tiatr stage. Instead of two plays he staged a full length drama of 3 hours “FATTIM PAULO”. It was a big success. Other directors also followed this pattern.

There was a time when tiatrs were witnessed by high class and the literate people while khell-tiatrs by the masses. Dr. Rosario Rodrigues changed this too. He was instrumental in bringing khell-tiatrs on par with tiatrs so much so that the popularity of khell-tiatrs surpassed that of tiatrs. Rosario had many innovations to his credit in different fields of khell-tiatr.

He wrote and directed more than 75 dramas. He was responsible to take khell-tiatrs to each and every nook and corner of Goa and other parts of the country. He traveled to Mumbai, Pune, border areas of Karnataka, Maharashtra to stage his khell-tiatrs. He also staged performances in the Gulf.

This great personality of the khell-tiatr stage expired at a tender age of 58 years on 5th August 2003.

In order to keep the memories of late Dr. Rosario Rodrigues alive to the modern generation, TAG celebrates his birthday on 24th instant. Tiatr lovers and well wishers of Late Dr. Rosario are requested to attend the celebrations along with family members and friends.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy Goa



For the first time in the history of Konkani films an international premiere of the Konkani film “Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?” produced by ShaMaz Films (Goa) will be held in the State of Kuwait to give the much needed international exposure for the Konkani films. Come, join in and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Konkani cinema.

The Konkani film will be released as an International Premiere on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Cinescape Metro (Farwaniya) owned and managed by Kuwait National Cinema Co. (KNCC). The detailed screening schedule is as follows:
Oct. 22, 2010 Friday: 3:30 pm; 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----3 screenings
Oct 23, 2010 Saturday: 3:30 pm; 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----3 screenings
Oct 24, 2010 Sunday: 5:30 pm; & 8:00 pm ----2 screenings

The film has screenplay, direction and is produced by Sharon Mazarello with cinematography by Domnic Dias and Music by Blathazar Fernandes and featuring Sharon Mazarello, Pradip Naik, Franky Gonsalves, Wilson Mazarello, Comedy Supremo Humbert, Comedian Eddison, Fermeeno Goes and special appearances by Anjela Moraes, Roseferns and Menino de Bandar, among others.
For your ticket reservations please log on to or contact Tel: 99391452, 99540232, 99376171, 99106617, 97883981, 66502572, 65825964, 66153265, 66512602, 99732917 or email:

[as forwarded to gasper almeida,]

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott Panel for Mapusa Municipal Elections

Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott Panel for Mapusa Municipal Elections

MNE’s Five Candidates in Mapusa Municipal Election Fray

Mapusa, Oct 26: WOMEN POWER is in the limelight with the Mapusa Nagrikancho Ekvott [MNE] introducing five candidates – four of them ladies -- for the elections to the Mapusa Municipal Council Elections which will be held on October 31 this year.

The candidates are : Jacinto D’Souza (Ward No.3 – Karaswado) , Jeanette Gomes (Ward No.4 – Camarcazana), Freeda Coutinho (Ward No.6 – Feira Alta), Samira Swar (Ward No.8 – Angod) and Angela Sequeira (Ward No. 15 – Morod).

“These five candidates are members of the MNE and were chosen because of their active participation in the MNE-involved activities selected for their commitment towards fulfilling the aims and objectives of our organization, ” said MNE convenor Advocate Antonio Lobo.

Drastic restructuring of the cluttered and filthy Mapusa Municipal Market, bad roads, ineffective garbage collection, lack of sewerage system for Mapusa (which is now already in stages of implementation – thanks to the MNE’s efforts in this direction), overflowing drains and gutters, menace of stray dogs and cattle are some of the issues being highlighted in the MNE’s Manifesto that promises relevant solutions through its candidates being elected to the Municipal Council.

Jacinto D’Souza (35), a structural engineer by profession, is facing the municipal hustings for the first time and has pitched his hat into the fray to strengthen the overall development of the city’s infrastructure which includes the much-needed roads, sewage system and garbage collection.

“ There is also the slum area in my ward where hygiene desperately needs to be improved through cleanliness programmes to prevent deseases like malaria, typhoid and so on. Lack of sanitary facilities in my ward has led to people defecating/urinating in open spaces. So I will convince the PWD to build proper public toilets in this regard.”

“Malaria cases have been noticed to be increasing in my ward over the years and this menace has yet to be effectively dealt with through proper concerned actions by the Mapusa Municipality, which I intend to do on being elected to the municipal council, ” he said.

Jeanette Gomes (63), housewife and also first-time candidate, recalls how 15 years ago former Chief Minister Dr. Wilfred D’Souza had requested her to contest the Mapusa Municipal Council Elections. “The present candidate in ward No.4, who is contesting against me – Marlin D’Souza (BJP) – was my opponent then and had asked me to withdraw in her favour due to our friendship – which I did.”

“Though she (Marlin D’Souza) won the elections and was followed by her husband who is the present councilor, not much has been done to bring about improvements in the ward. There is a great need to deal with the garbage problems, bad roads, overflowing drains and gutters and insufficient street lighting to meet the needs of the ward’s 1991 voters. If I am elected, I intend doing something positive in this regard – including house-to-house garbage collection which is being presently done only in selected areas despite the entire ward paying taxes for this,” said Gomes.

Freeda Coutinho (46), a self-literate housewife with training in programmes like computers, tailoring, cookery and hotel management under her belt, is focusing on her area’s problems like garbage collection and hygiene and asking people to avoid dumping garbage indiscriminately, creating foothpaths over open drains which pose a hazard for schoolchildren and passers-by, chocked drains with foul water overflowing on roads used by pedestrians, also posing a health hazard for nearby residents, improper street lighting, lack of which causes vehicular accidents and robberies that have been occurring in the ward.

There is a need for police patrolling in this ward during night hours to prevent occurrences of criminal activities” she said while point out that huge potholes on badly-tarred and uneven roads cause accidents and injuries to pedestrians including schoolchildren, besides proper vehicle parking facilities needed to prevent illegal parking that causes traffic bottle-necks, zebra crossings marked and traffic police to be posted during school hours for safety of schoolchildren at heavy traffic roads, polluted water released into the drains by residential buildings and residents that could get into the potable water system pipes run alongside these drains. Too many buildings constructed without proper hygiene systems in place where labourers defecate and urinate in open places, building and raising heights of drainage walls, while also converting the lane going down to Alankar Cenema from the Mapusa-Bicholim main road at ‘Distikars’ to be made into a One-Way” she said.

Samira Swar (38), a B.Com graduate and housewife, said “My ward No.8 has a four decades-old water pipeline which is corroded, insufficient in size for providing adequate water supply to the 1,342 voters and others in the ward, and where a new pipeline has not yet been laid – despite having been approved by the PWD about six to seven years ago.”

“The power supply system here is problematic with chronic short-circuits and power tripping occurring almost daily, especially during the monsoons, and which – according to the electricity department – can be solved through the installation of a fused-based power supply system. Garbage collection is a big problem as it is not being done systematically but instead being carried out sporadically, while potholed roads need to be filled-in to prevent accidents and harm to pedestrians.”

Swar also highlighted the need for an exclusively-reserved marketing space in the Mapusa Municipal Market for Goan vendors from Bardez-Taluka. “About 75 per cent of this space is taken up by non-Goan vendors and , sadly, local vendors are being denied their space to market their products. So this marketing space will fulfill that need,” she added.

Angela Sequeira (48) Social worker and a house-wife, highlighted the need for a joggers park in the uncultivated agricultural land towards the Mapusa river as there is no facility for the local residents, especially the senior citizens to tend to their leisure except all round commercial activity. The very active and heavily used one-and-half kilometer Morod road is heavily pothole ridden and rendered unusable during monsoons. This road is being filled-in with rubble and powdered metal aggregate which has been a temporary solution for years. Indiscriminate parking causes bottle-necks where traffic is sometimes held up for hours together. One of the reasons for the frequent damages to the Morod road is that the gutter is at a higher level than the road, leading to water accumulation and thus leading to faster deterioration of the road surface, generating chronic dust pollution in the area.

“The main nallah which runs through the market, the storm water drainages and open gutters need to be covered with concrete slabs -- are chocked with filth that provide a breeding place for mosquitoes besides stinking to high heaven, the main consequence of unplanned development,” she said. The door to door garbage collection according to her is ineffectively implemented when all residents are paying taxes for the same. “The Mapusa Clinic road at Feira Baixa needs to be made a one-way” she adds.

Highlighting the background of the MNE, its convenor Adv. Antonio Lobo said it was basically formed by citizens of Mapusa and neighbouring areas of Bardez, who were concerned about the inefficient functioning of the Mapusa Municipal Council in meeting the needs of the population in their jurisdiction.

“The MNE came into being about three years ago and, since then, it has been interacting with the municipal council ( the chairperson and the chief officer) in highlighting the problems and suggesting solutions. However, these interactions have been stonewalled by the municipal council’s lack of suitable response and commitment.”

“Mapusa is growing at a hectic pace as far as ‘development’ is concerned and the new Outline Development Plan (ODP) formulated by the Goa Government is focusing on massive concretization of Mapusa in which much-needed open and green public spaces for parks, exhibition grounds, jogging tracks, auditoriums and playgrounds have been left out. When the MNE met the Goa Chief Minister and other elected representatives connected to Town & Country Planning and PDA, the ODP committee inserted – in the final ODP – a mere ten-meter-wide joggers track bordering the Mapusa river to seek to placate the MNE.

“The Kadamba bus stand, which was constructed about 20 or more years ago, is a ‘shame’ and needs to be relocated to another area to ease the traffic congestion caused by its usage as also inter-state transport hub where buses and trucks stop over in their movement from places such as Bangalore, Pune, Kerala etc.” Lobo said, adding that the growing number of vehicles like cars, buses, autorickshaws, motorbikes and scooters too has added to the congestion – coupled with roads badly in need of repair and lack of proper traffic management that hamper the smooth flow of traffic.

From: [] On Behalf Of floriano
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:43 PM
To:;;; canada goans; Goenchim Xapotam;;;
Subject: [Gulf Goans] MNE's Press Release at PC today at 5 p.m at Mapusa [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from floriano included below]




It is not ENOUGH that GOOD, HONEST citizens contest elections.
It is not ENOUGH that GOOD, HONEST citizen voters elect good, honest representatives.
Wherein, even a dishonest person is forced to be good, honest n disciplined, or to QUIT.

Only through PPS can such 'good, honest n disciplined system of governance' be identified and accepted.

for a date in 2012

Display the 'PPS' sticker on your vehicle today, to reject political madness tomorrow.

This is to announce that MNE [MAPUSA NAGRIKANCHO EKVOTT] has 5 candidates in fray as a PANEL in the forthcoming Mapusa Municipal Elections sheduled for 31st. October, 2010. It will be a peculiarity to note that 4 out of 5 candidates are WOMEN.
The joint visible campaign of the MNE for the Panel will commence from Tuesday (19 Oct) or Wednesday (20th October)

This is for your kind information.

Thank you & Cheers


Monday, October 11, 2010

Sad Demise - Comedian Peter da Costa (Pedru Menino da Costa)


Peter D’Costa’s Death Condoled

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) has condoled the untimely death of the popular Comedian of Tiatr Stage Shri. Peter D’Costa who expired on 11th October 2010 at his residence in Colva.
Peter D’Costa was a good comedian and always tried his level best to make the performance of the tiatr lively and entertaining. He was at his best when it came to mimic certain famous personalities of the tiatr field. He would send the audience into peels of laughter by his dialogue delivery and appropriate body movements. Tiatr stage has lost an intelligent comedian. TAG conveys its condolences to the bereaved family and prays to the almighty that his soul rests in peace.

Tomazinho Cardozo
President, TAG.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


By Dale Luis Menezes

If one were to ask me about a history book that I had read, on Goa (or for that matter on any other subject) that was so interestingly well written, my answer, without batting an eye-lid, would be Selma Carvalho’s "Into the Diaspora Wilderness". I was expecting to find random biographical sketches of Goans who undertook long and arduous journeys to unknown and distant lands, but what I got was more than I had expected: a history book that I read like a thriller-novel!

Selma Carvalho has spent most of her life in the Diaspora and hence she is able to bring a personal touch to this volume on Goan migration to the African colonies (of the British primarily), the Gulf, Europe and America. Along with the numerous stories of persons of extra-ordinary courage that Selma deftly etches against the background of the history of the region concerned, she also weaves her own personal story with equal eloquence. By placing the seemingly insignificant history (of a Goan) against the history of a region, Selma might have very well ushered in a change in analyzing Goan history and the way we perceive it. This book tells us the stories of those men and women who were nearly forgotten by everyone, including history. The focal-point is the humble Goan who comes from an equally humble village.

In this book, Selma assesses the political climate and economic condition of each region in which her stories are based. The reader will surely be awed by the fact that many Goans had a major part to play (politically and economically) in each of these regions. Reading through the pages one finds that racism is also a major element. This is natural as Selma has intimately experienced being a ‘brown’ person in the Gulf, in America and in the UK. She has walked the precarious tightrope of racism. Selma has a rare gift of the sensitivity of a writer as well as the spirit-of-inquiry of a historian. No one has ever portrayed the pathos of the expats with such haunting and heart-wrenching detail.

This book has certain lines and passages that are sure to stay with anybody who reads them for a long, long time. Selma is at her literary best when narrating her own migration story. After living in the Gulf for twenty-eight odd years, she had to leave that place – a place to which, she never belonged. And when she felt homeless and lost, this is what she said, “I bowed my head to hide the tears. Would I ever be back? I didn’t know. With a thud on my passport, the young immigration officer stamped me out of the country, my place of abode for 28 odd years. I was a stranger just passing through.” Sure, all of us who have left our home and family behind and are based elsewhere can empathize with the predicament of Selma.

A new look and perspective is seen in the pages of this book regarding the much mocked as well as envied tarvotti (one who works on a ship) and the Gulfie (one who works in the Gulf). This book records the chronicles of such Goans likes the ayahs, butlers and cooks and people engaged in other odd jobs in distant lands, and trying to plug their experiences and contributions to the mainstream history. Though all these stories begin in Portuguese India, one is startled to find the extent to which the British colonizers have shaped them. The English-speaking and meat-eating Goan Catholic was so indispensable for the British administration, particularly in Africa. In fact, the Portuguese appear only fleetingly which goes in to underpin the much neglected and overlooked influence of the British in the Goan Diaspora. Most of the records that Selma has utilized to write this book are lodged in various libraries across England and this should come as no surprise in the light of the abovementioned facts.

The most surprising of stories in this book are the ones of Goans in Kenya. Pio Gama Pinto, very much politically active before and after the independence of Kenya, became that country’s first martyr. Needless to say, he was from a Goan extraction. Kenya’s second vice-president, Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi, belonged to a Goan-Maasai ancestry. His father hailed from Guirim, a village in Goa.

Selma’s voice and prose flows like music and she has the words to keep the reader hooked-on to the book. But when Selma moves to the UK with her husband and daughter, her story ends abruptly and the last few chapters seem to be loosely strung together. This book could have also done with a better cover rather than a collage of nautical maps which gives it an appearance of a geography text-book. But these complaints dwarf in front of the immensity and magnitude of the work put in by Selma.

In one of the chapter titled, The Exiled Intellectual, Selma talks about the Goans who having an intellectual bent of mind, sought success in other lands, yet who were always longing to come back home. This longing, Selma says, is advantageous as, “Goa at least will never be bankrupt for its artistic sons of the soil, whether in Goa or in the Diaspora, refuse to abandon her.” Comforting lines not only about sons but daughters as well (like you Selma) who refuse to abandon dear Goa. With her voice and intellect, Selma shouldn’t stop at just one book. Into the Diaspora Wilderness is a must-read!

Name: Into the Diaspora Wilderness
Author: Selma Carvalho
Published by: Goa 1556, Salig√£o and Broadway Publishing House, Goa
Price: Rs. 295/-
ISBN: 978-93-80739-02-1

A version of this article appeared on Gomantak Times
dated 06-10-2010


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