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]


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