Friday, December 31, 2010

Vijay Kenkre lecture on “New Trends in Modern Theatre”

Vijay Kenkre lecture on “New Trends in Modern Theatre”

Tiatr Academy of Goa which makes efforts to take Goan tiatr to higher standard has organized a lecture on “New Trends in Modern Theatre” in collaboration with Kala Academy Goa, on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of the creator of tiatr Shri. Lucasinho Ribeiro on Sundary 2nd January 2011 at 3:30pm at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim.

 Shri. Vijay Kenkre is one of the most creative directors of Marathi stage and his services are also sought by dramatic troupes from other languages. He is a well known theatre personality in the country and helps as a faculty in drama in numerous dramatic institutions in the country. He has also been requested to guide dramatic activities outside India too.

TAG is of the opinion that the lecture by Shri. Vijay Kenkre will help the tiatr writers, directors, actors, etc to widen their vision so that they can take tiatr on par with other stages in the country. Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai, Member Secretary of Kala Academy, will grace the occasion.

All drama lovers of Goa are invited to attend the lecture.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary

December 31, 2010
[Photo and Text as forwarded to gaspar almeida,]

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lucasinho Ribeiro’s Birth Anniversary Celebrations

Lucasinho Ribeiro’s Birth Anniversary

Tiatr Academy Goa in collaboration with Kala Academy Goa will celebrate the 147th Birth Anniversary of Lucasinho Ribeiro, the creator of tiatr who staged the first tiatr “Italian Bhurgo” on 17th April 1892 in Bombay.
The birth anniversary celebrations will be held in Kala Academy, Panjim on 2nd January 2011 from 3:30 pm onwards.

At 3:30 pm a talk cum interaction is organized. A talk on “New Trends in Modern Theatre” will be delivered by the renowned theatre personality Shri. Vijay Kenkre at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim. The talk will be followed by interaction with the participants.

At 6:30 pm the main function of birth anniversary celebrations will take place at the DMK Auditorium, Kala Academy, Panjim. Shri. Churchil Alemao, Hon’ble PWD Minister, will be the Chief Guest while Shri. Paresh Joshi, Vice Chairman of Kala Academy will be the Guest of Honour.

The formal function will be followed by the staging of the tiatr “Bhurgim Tim Bavlim Nhoi” written and directed by popular artiste of Konkani stage Shri. Roseferns.

Both functions are open to public. There are no tickets but few seats will be reserved. Seating will be done on ‘first come first serve’ basis.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy Goa

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meet the Artiste -- Sabina Fernandes

Meet the Artiste   --  Sabina Fernandes

The monthly programme, “Meet the Artiste” organized by Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) will be held on Tuesday 28th December 2010 at 4:30 pm at TAGs Conference Hall, Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panjim. The tiatr artiste of this month is Sabina Fernandes.

During her studies as a child her favourite hobbies were music, dance and drama. In the year 1960 she had an opportunity to play a major role in an English Play entitled “Scattered Feathers”. In this play she acted so well that she got appreciation for her role from numerous people. It was in this show that Master Vaz, the famed tiatrist of that time spotted her and offered her an important role in his tiatr “Bapui”. It was her acting in “Bapui” which changed her life totally and she became one of the most popular actresses of the tiatr stage.

Although Sabina has acted in many tiatrs and impressed the audience with her acting abilities, she will be remembered by tiatr goers all over, for her 2 memorable roles, (a) in John Claro’s “Portuguez Kolvont” and (b) Aristides’ “Divors”. In “Portugues Kolvont” she was at her best and contributed her acting in making the tiatr very successful. Infact this tiatr had a run of over 100 shows which was a record at that time. In the tiatr “Divors” too she won the hearts of the audience with her acting abilities. This tiatr too had a successful run of more than 100 shows. Her acting in these two tiatrs impressed the tiatr audience and Sabina established herself as one of the most sought actress of tiatr stage.

Sabina is also a very good singer and has sung numerous songs particularly duets throughout her carrier with different singers of tiatr stage. However, her duets with her late husband Greg de Candolim were very popular among the tiatr audience. Greg-Sabina duets, which were witty and full of comedy, will always be remembered by the tiatr fraternity. Sabina has also acted in films. Her role in the film “Mhoji Ghorcarn” was very impressive.

Sabina, the most sought actress of that time, has the credit of acting in tiatrs directed by almost all topmost directors of that time. She has acted in the tiatrs written and directed by C. Alvares, M. Boyer, Alfred Rose, Remmie Colaco, Jacint Vaz, Kid Boxer, Saib Rocha, Prem Kumar, Master Vaz, Nelson Afonso, Aristedis Dias, Mike Mehta, John Claro, Roam Tony, Tony Sax, Wilmix, Mendes Bros, Valent Mascarenhas, etc.

She along with her husband late Greg de Candolim produced and directed 7 tiatrs. Some of the tiatrs written and directed by them are “Ximiritint Sacrament”, “Mhozo Titi”, “Gõycho Sadu”, “Avoichim Dukam”. She also produced audio cassette and lent voice to several audio and video albums. She has acted in over three thousand tiatrs all over Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka and Gulf Countries including United Kingdom.

She has won numerous awards including Goa State Cultural Award presented by the Government of Goa.

All tiatr lovers are requested to attend the function.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG)

[As forwarded to gaspar almeida, by TAG]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Celebrations of Birth Anniversary of Pai Tiatrist

Celebrations of Birth Anniversary of Pai Tiatrist

The Birth Anniversary of Pai Tiatrist – Joao Agostinho Fernandes will be celebrated by Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) on 14th December 2010 with a full day programme at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
Joao Agostinho Fernandes is the tallest personality of tiatr stage who worked tirelessly not only to preserve tiatr but also to develop it in all its aspects. For his selfless efforts, tiatr lovers of that time spontaneously called him “Father of Tiatr”.

The whole day celebrations will be as follows:
In the morning of 14th December a workshop ‘Boro Tiatr koso borouncho’ i.e how to write a script of tiatr of good quality is being organized at the Conference Hall of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao at 10:30 am. Sahitya Academy Award winner Shri. Pundalik Naik will be the Resource Person and will guide the tiatr artistes in writing better scripts of dramas.

The main function will begin in the afternoon at 3:30 pm sharp. On this occasion 10 veteran artistes of tiatr stage will be felicitated. Shri. Digamber Kamat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa will be the Chief Guest and honour the tiatr artistes of yester years. Shri. Titta Pretto, a stalwart o Konkani tiatr stage will be the Guest of Honour.

The formal function will be followed by staging the tiatr ‘Korta Ti Vatt’. The tiatr ‘Korta Ti Vatt’ is written and directed by Avito Fernandes and it has won the first prize for the 36th yearly Tiatr Festival organized by Kala Academy Goa.

The programme is open for public. TAG invites all the lovers of tiatr to attend the Birth Celebration of Pai Tiatrist – Joao Agostinho Fernandes in large numbers.

Those interested in attending the workshop, are requested to confirm their participation through phone nos. 2230738 / 2230739.
The afternoon function is open to public but they are requested to collect the entry passes from the counter of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao from 11th December onwards.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy Goa

Saturday, December 11, 2010

St. Francis Xavier Feast celebrated by Catholic Konkani Community in Kuwait

St. Francis Xavier Feast celebrated by Catholic Konkani Community in Kuwait

It was Sunday, 5th December 2010 and this day will go in the annals of the Holy Family Cathedral and the Catholic faithful in Kuwait. Reason: Just because something has always been done the same way does not mean that it can’t be improved upon. The meticulous arrangements for celebrating a feast dedicated to St. Francis Xavier who is the Patron Saint for Goans, Indians, Chinese, the Filipinos and the Sri Lankans alike. This happened for the very first time in Kuwait, when the Catholic Konkani Community put in a word across with the Goan and Mangalorean community Konkani speaking faithful. Atonishingly from a few individuals, almost all the Goan social, cultural and sports organizations joined in with some going as individual patrons to support the feast. The more-than-usual crowd of faithful thronged the HFC cathedral for the Konkani masses held at 3:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. celebrated by Fr. Gaspar Fernandes and Fr.John Harry D'Souza, and Deacon Sylvester D'Souza equally participating in the proceedings. The mass readings, arrangements, and the offeratory was done with the consent of all the participating clubs and individuals among themselves.

The Konkani choir has to be congratulated for the excellent hymns conducted to the accompaniment of music giving it a serene touch. After the two Eucharistic celebrations, holy pictures of St. Francis Xavier were distributed wherein a brief biography of the saint, the prayer printed in Konkani (romi as well as kanada script (konkani)) and English was a delight to carry home. An individually wrapped snack box was also distributed to sweeten the tastebuds for the evening. It has been decided that this feast will be celebrated annually and collectively by the Konkani speaking community and all are invited to join in to garner the blessings of the Almighty. The celebrations has received a warm outpouring of ‘tearful surprises and comments’ from the attendees as this was an unique opportunity for them to be part of the festive moods and joint prayers.

Among the Goans who contributed towards the success of this feast including AVC Overseas Sports & Cultural Association, Catholic Konkani Commuinity, Club 9, Colva United Centre, CRC Chinchinim Sports Club, Curtorcares United Club, Don Bosco Oratory, Goan Overseas Association, Goan Cultural Centre (GCC-Kuwait ), Goan Welfare Society, Kuwait Goan Association, Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonstha (KGTS), Navelim Youth Centre, United Goans Centre, and the families of Dominic Pereira, Francis Rodrigues, Gaspar Almeida, Tome Levino Gracias, Ulysess Menezes, Victor Almeida, Vincent/Ida Fernandes and John/Naty.  For pictures, please visit 

Photos by: Prem D'Costa

Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) to Honour 11 Tiatr Artistes

TAG to Honour 11 Tiatr Artistes

Tiatr Academy Goa will honour 11 tiatr artistes of yester years who have done yomen service to the cause of tiatr. They will be honoured by presenting TAG’s prestigious Award ‘Lifetime Contribution to Tiatr’ at the hands of Shri. Digamber Kamat, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa on 14th December 2010 at 3:00 pm at Pai Tiatrist Auditorium, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on the occasion of the celebration of Birth Anniversary of Pai Tiatrist – Joao Agostinho Fernandes. Shri. Titta Pretto, a veteran tiatr artiste of yesteryears will be the Guest of Honour.

The 11 tiatr artistes to be honoured are:

Master Vaz, Remmie Colaco, Maria Platilda Afonso e Dias, Anthony Inacio J.D’Souza, John Gomes (Kokoy), Richard Rodrigues (Rico Rod), Alegre Antao alias Star of Arossim, Tony Sax, Fr.Planton Faria, Antonio Moraes, Ronaldo D’Souza alias Paul Rommy

Details in brief of the contribution of these artistes are:

Master Vaz
Jose Lawrence Vaz popularly known as Master Vaz is one of the few living artistes who has acted in the tiatrs staged by pioneers in the field namely Pai Tiatrist Joao Agostinho Fernandes, Saib Rocha, Dioguinho D’Mello, Kid Boxer and others. He excelled in female roles. He did not restrict his talents to acting only but soon turned into a fine script writer as well as a lyricist. The lyrics of the opening song of the first Konkani film ‘Mogacho Anvddo’ was composed by him. He also penned the lyrics of another song for the Konkani film ‘Mhoji Ghorkarn’.

Remmie Colaco
His career on tiatr stage began when he was picked up by C.Alvares, J.P.Souzalin, Minguel Rod, Jacinto Vaz, Dioginho D’Melo, John Claro, M.Boyer and others. As there were no female artistes then, he played the lead roles of a female and kept the tiatr stage alive and vibrant. He has grmaphone recors and Audio albums to his credit.

Maria Platilda Afonso e Dias alias Comedian Platilda is the Comedy Queen of the Konkani stage. She has acted comedy roles in tiatrs directed by all topmost directors of tiatr stage. She has also acted in Konkani films namely Mhoji Ghorkarn’ and ‘Girestkay’.Comedian Platilda has one gramaphone record of late Shri.Chris Perry to her credit. She has also sung in more than 100 audio and video cassettes/CDs/DVDs.

Anthony (Trio King)
Antonio Inacio J.D’ Souza, is the main member of the famed ‘Trio King’ of Konkani stage. The singing trio of ‘Conception-Nelson-Anthony’, was the most sought trio of the Konkani stage. Their political songs, mostly composed by Anthony, have created a lot of awareness among the people during the Konkani language agitation in 1986.

Star of Arossim
Alegro Roque Theodorio Antao popularly known as Star of Arossim was a multifaceted artiste of Konkni Tiatr stage. He was a writer, a singer, a director, an actor and an excellent bongo player also. He has written and directed 15 tiatrs, acted in hundreds of tiatrs, composed lyrics for the songs of Konkani films. He has several gramaphone records to his credit. He has played bongo & Congo for Hindi music too.

Antonio Moraes
He has written and directed more than 50 Khell-Tiatrs. He is an excellent player of trumpet, drum and base guitar. He has played music in innumerable Khell-Tiatrs as well as tiatrs directed by the stalwarts of tiatr stage. He has three audio albums to his credit and they are ‘Devacho Ghutt’, ‘Pormolit Fullam’ and ‘Ami Tiatrist’.

Fr.Planton Faria
Fr.Planton Faria has written, directed and produced 18 tiatrs besides writing 10 tiatrs which were aired on All India Radio. Fr.Planton Fariahas also contributed largely to Goan Literature. He has written a book on tiatr ‘Xanticho Dutt’.

Tony Sax
Tony Fernandes popularly known as Tony Sax from Vasco, Goa has been an actor with a terrific charisma. Tony Sax has done a variety of roles on the Konkani stage. He has been a hero, a villian, a polished father or a farmer. Tony Sax could do any of these roles with equal ease. Tony Sax has also been a good singer and has composed and sung a lot of solos and duets mostly of the decent type.

Rico Rod
Ricardo Vincent Rodrigues popularly known as Rico Rod is the roly-poly comedian of the Konkani stage.Rico Rod has been an ace composer, a thorough comedian, a very good character actor, a good singer, a playwright and a director, all in one.Rico Rod has recorded many of his songs on H.M.V Records and also on All India Radio. He has produced 3 audio cassettes on his songs. He has also acted in Konkani films ‘Sukhachem Sopon’, ‘Cortubancho Sounsar’ and ‘Mhoji Ghorkarn’.

John Gomes (Kokoy)
John Gomes (Kokoy) has been a very fine composer and a singer. He has composed more than 3000 songs. He has written many tiatrs and sung songs with topmost singers of tiatr stage.Kokoy has also been an All India Radio artiste and has produced 2 audio cassettes of his songs. His most important contribution to the tiatr stage is that he has done a lot of writing about Tiatr, its Song & Music. He has published books on Tiatrs and tiatr personalities.

Paul Romy
Romald D’Souza alias Paul Romy has been one of the few natural comedians seen on the Konkani stage. He has done comedy roles in hundreds of tiatrs directed by the popular directors of tiatr stage. Paul Romy has acted in Konkani films like ‘Bhuiarantlo Munis’ and ‘Boglantt’.

All tiatr lovers are requested to attend the function in large numbers.

Victor de Sa
(Member Secretary)

[Info as forwarded to gaspar almeida, on December 11, 2010]

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Meet the Artiste – John Claro Fernandes


Meet the Artiste – John Claro Fernandes

‘Tiatr artistes must love the art of Tiatr, its Song & Music. If they really love it, the performance of the tiatr or of the song will definitely be of great quality’ said Mr.John Claro Fernandes - a veteran artiste of tiatr stage. He was speaking in TAG’s monthly ‘Kolakarak Bhett’ (Meet the Artiste) programme on 30th November 2010.

Speaking further Mr.John Claro Fernandes who has completed 80 years of age recently disclosed that production and staging of tiatr was a sort of mission for the tiatr artistes of yesteryears. There was no financial attraction at that time compared to the present times he stated.

Answering questions he informed that his most popular tiatr was ‘Purtugez Kolvont’ and that it was staged over 200 times. However, he further informed of the 15 tiatrs that he has written so far, he considered ‘23 Vorsam’ as his best script.

To another question, John Claro Fernandes responded that he acted in the tiatr only once and that too when the hero of the play could not attend the tiatr due to unavoidable circumstances, he (John Claro Fernandes) had no option but to act and save the day.

Mr.John Claro Fernandes who was responsible for unearthing the factual history of tiatr during the centenary celebrations of Tiatr in 1992 stated that he enjoyed writing and directing tiatrs and that it has given him fame, name and the greatest satisfaction.

Mr. John Claro Fernandes was presented a memento by Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo, President on behalf of Tiatr Academy of Goa. Earlier Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo, President, of TAG welcomed the gathering and Mr. Victor de Sa, Member Secretary proposed a vote of thanks. Shri. Joy Fernandes compared the function.

Victor de Sa
Member Secretary
Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG)


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A big e-welcome to you. Tumcam Maie-mogacho ieukar. Enjoy Life - This is not a rehearsal! Konkani uloi, boroi, vach ani samball - sodankal. Hich Goenchi osmitai ani amchem khalxelponn. Goenchi amchi Konkani bhas! Ekvottachem saddon Goenkaranchem. This is Gaspar Almeida from Parra, Bardez, Goa, based in Kuwait and am connected with the website created by Ulysses Menezes, and as Moderator of the famous first of its kind Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994) and The Goan Forum and several Goan and Indian associations and forums and e-forums in Goa, India, Kuwait, The Middle East and worldwide.