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
Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG)