Monday, June 4, 2012


           T A C T

                                                 {Reg.No.91/Goa/92 dtd. 8.6.92}
                                Address: T/1 C, Kurtarkar Nagar, Fatorda, Margao, Goa 403 602
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TACT / S.A / 124                                                                                                                      Date: 3.6.2012

                                                PRESS NOTE

Theatre Art & Cultural Training Institute (Goa) sends Legal Notice to Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi).

T.A.C.T  Institute (Goa), one of the leading Theatre Organizations  in South Goa has sent a  Legal  Notice to the Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi) for its sectarian, partial, biased  and anti-constitutional  act of neglecting the age-old Roman Script for Konkani .
The Sahitya Akademi  considers for it’s awards Konkani books written only in the Devnagari Script.

Several petitions from  T.A.C.T  Institute (Goa ) and other like-minded Organizations to also consider  Konkani books written in the Roman Script have fallen on deaf  ears.

Sources from  T.A.C.T  Institute (Goa) say the  strength  of their position lies in the guarantee “to safety and development  of existing  scripts”  enshrined in the Constitution of India which is also  reflected in the Constitution of the Sahitya Akademi  itself.
The Constitution of India, Articles 29 & 30 recognizes the right , to maintain a Script and carry out education in that script & language  , as a Fundamental Right.
             Article 29 states :   Any section of the citizens having a distinct language, script or culture of its own has the right to maintain the same.
             Article 30 states:  All minorities, whether based on religion or language, have the right to establish and administer their own educational institutions.

The Constitution of the Sahitya Akademi , at Article b (ix) a,  declares that it is their  Aim & Objective to  to improve and develop the various scripts in which the languages of the country are written;

The T.AC.T Institute (Goa) feels that the arrogant attitude of the Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi) leaves it with no other alternative but to seek “legal course”.

Backed by the Romi Lipi Action Front 
The Romi Lipi Action Front (R.L.A.F.) extends it’s full support to the legal course of action initiated  by T.A.C.T Institute (Goa) against the Sahitya Akademi (New Delhi).

We are happy that finally an N.G.O. has dared to take up this issue concerning a vast population of Goa .

We assure all possible help to T.A.C.T. Institute (Goa) by way of guidance, documentation , legal advisors etc.

Wilmix Wilson Mazarello
(Convenor, Romi Lipi Action Front)

Attached : Copy of Legal Notice

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

“Wilmix" on Konkani Tiatr at ‘World Konkani Cultural Convention’ - Mangalore.


{Reg. No.91/Goa/92 dtd. 8.6.92}
Add: T/1 C, Kurtarkar Nagar, Fatorda, Margao, Goa 403 602
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Ref.No.TACT / WKCC / PRESS.                     Date: 8.12.2010


“Wilmix" on Konkani Tiatr at ‘World Konkani Cultural Convention’, Mangalore.

Wilmix Wilson Mazarello, the most experienced and well-read Konkani Tiatrist in Goa today, has been invited to read a “Paper” on the Konkani Tiatr, on Saturday, 11th December 2010 at the “World Konkani Cultural Convention” presently in progress at Mangalore.

The reading of the “Paper” is of 1 hour duration, which will be followed by a “3-Hour, Open House Discussion” on the Konkani Tiatr.

Wilmix, has devoted his entire life to Konkani and has published 2 Scripts of his Konkani Tiatrs in book-form and has also published a Voluminous Book on the History of Konkani Tiatr , entitled “100 years of Konkani Tiatr”.

Wilmix , has been writing on the Konkani Tiatr in almost all the local dailies of Goa and on the Internet, since many many years now.  Wilmix, is an accomplished Stage Actor, Singer, Producer and  Director, whose Songs and Tiatrs have received International fame. Wilmix has produced 28 Audio-Albums of Konkani Songs,  Konkani Stories and his Songs are broadcast over Akashwani (AIR) and Doordarshan TV, since the last 40 years.

Wilmix, is the Founder President of  “Theatre Art & Cultural Training Institute (Goa)”, an N.G.O dedicated to teaching Theatre Art and Music to Goan Youth

Wilmix, is also the Co-Producer of the recently released 35mm Celluloid , Konkani Film “TUM KITEM KORTOLO ASLO?”, wherein he has acted, sang and also composed all the songs for the Film.

Incidentally, on the 30th November 2010, Wilmix and Sharon also gave a live performance at “Kalaangan” (Mangalore), of KONKANI TIATRANTLYAM KANTARANCHO ITIHAS, which received a “Standing Ovation’, from the people of Mangalore and Konkani lovers.

The ‘Paper” on Konkani Tiatr and the Discussions to follow, on the 11th December 2010, is a part of the of the 25-Day long “World Konkani Cultural Convention, organized by the Mandd-Sobhann, to mark its 25 years of service to Konkani Art, Culture and Literature.

As forwarded to gaspar almeida,,
on December 8, 2010.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Implementation of the Sectarian Act

Implementation of the Sectarian Act

The Official Language Act of Goa, in its present form is “lop-sided" and hence, it is wrong to implement it.
The Oficial Language Act of Goa in its present form is "Sectarian” and hence, it is divisive in nature.
The Official Language Act of Goa in its present form is “Communal” and hence, it promotes communalism in Goa.

Inspite of all these negatives, if the Government of Goa is hell-bent on implementing it, it will only lead to chaos, confusion and add one more communal - wedge between two major communities of Goa , viz. the Hindus and  Christians..

However, the biggest sufferer of the enforced implementation, will be the Konkani Language itself.
Our mother-tongue Konkani will become the “sacrificial lamb” at the altar of the sadists and communalists.

The Official Language Act in its present form has already succeeded in alienating major players from the Konkani Field & now by its enforced implementation, the Government of Goa will only be sending one more negative signal to the Christian community of Goa that “Salazar-giri” is back in Goa in the form of present Politicians and Devnagari -Script fanatics.

The move to implement the Official Language Act in its present form, is nothing but utter “Communalism”. It gives Goans the feeling that some communal elements in the Government or some communal advisors of the present Government , are attempting a frustrated back-door entry.

They are telling the Christian Community that since the communalists have failed in ‘forceful religious conversions” , they will now, forcefully convert the Goan Christians in their non-religious fields viz. Employment, Education, Art and Culture.

But will it work? Do they really think that the Christian Community of Goa is “dumb”?

No . The Christian Community of Goa is not “dumb”. Their only weakness is “tolerance”, but believe me even “tolerance” of Goans from the Christian community, has a limit.

Please do not push them beyond a point. Christians of Goa who are 99.9% Roman Script users, can best be described by the famous Goan saying “Saad ghaltolya Kombyak, panttle pondak dhamplo mhunn tho kaim Saad ghalinastana rauta?”

Since these communalists have the “power” of the Government Machinery behind them , they may succeed with their money , up to a particular point but at grave cost to the Goan Society , ie. they may drive the Roman Script users to a point of desperation forcing them to embrace English, at the cost of Konkani.

As it is, in the present set up, the entire younger generation of Goa, including those from the Hindu Community, is already in the clutches of the English language.

What we need most, now, is a spirit of give and take, a spirit of compromise, a spirit of accommodation among all Goans and not “Salazar-giri” as is being shown by the present Government .

Goa needs leaders from among the people with a rationalistic approach, not self- proclaimed leaders filled with arrogance.

Goa needs “Nehrus”, not “Nagesh Karmalis”.

Nagesh Karmali may have his way by changing the name plates at Government Offices into Devanagri Konkani, but what will Nagesh Karmali do, if the entire Private Sector in Goa decides to have their name-plates in “Roman-Script-Konkani"?

This is a “food for thought” for the all the Nagesh Karmalis in our Government.

Wilmix Wilson Mazarello
(Convenor, ‘Romi Lipi Action Front’)

Friday, July 31, 2009

"Romi Lipi Action Front" condoles dealth of Dr. Olivinho Gomes

"Romi Lipi Action Front" condoles death of Dr. Olivinho Gomes.

The "Romi Lipi Action Front" is saddened by the sudden and untimely death of Dr. Olivinho Gomes ex- Vice Chancellor of the Goa University and an ardent supporter of the Roman Script for Konkani .Dr Olivinho Gomes was himself a Professor of Konkani and strongly felt that the Roman Script can go hand in hand with the Devnagari Script, to the greater advantage of our mother tongue Konkani. He strongly felt that the Goa Legislative Assembly, in an unnecessary haste,to expedite the Official Language Act of Goa, had done a grave injustice to a very big section of the Goan Society , by ignoring the aspirations of the Roman Script readers and writers of Konkani, in Goa , Mumbai and Overseas. Whenever Dr, Olivinho Gomes spoke on the subject of the Roman Script, he spoke with self-conviction supported by facts and figures.Dr Olivinho was equally at ease with the Devanagari Script as well as the Roman Script and has written books in both the Scripts,in addition to the English language.The "Romi Lipi Action Front" has lost an active Konkani worker and a friend in the death of Dr. Olivinho. We pray to the Almighty to grant eternal rest to the soul of Dr. Olivinho and strenght to his wife and family to put up with this great personal loss.

Wilmix Wilson Mazarello

(Convenor, Romi Lipi Action Front)

30 July 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pushing Konkani Cinema Ahead

Pushing Konkani Cinema Ahead


The famous and much loved tiatrist duo of Wilmix and Sharon were on a four-year break. Yes, a break from music albums and tiatrs but not from creativity. The duo, who have been entertaining Goan audiences for the past 40 years or so, are back with a movie ‘Tum Kite Kortolo Aslo?’ - an intriguing title that will leave the audience with questions and answers to choose from.
The story revolves around relationships, says Claron Mazarello, the son of this talented couple, who is making his debut in the realm of movie making. It speaks of the attraction and love of a husband-wife relationship. It has a typical Goan setting, with Goan elements, like the motorcycle pilot continues Claron. Claron is of the opinion that Goa has a lot of talent. “We went to Mumbai, sat through shoots, saw what it takes to call shots. In all, it has taken us four years to get this movie going.”
Ask him if he is optimistic of the outcome of the movie considering that the Goan audience ironically do not go out in large numbers to watch indigenous movies, he says, it is not the idea of making a movie that is paramount, what matters is that we are doing what we really want to do from our hearts.
The cast of the film are famous personalities from the ‘tiatr’ world. Agnelo Lobo, Wilson, Humbert, Fermeeno, Effie, Eddison, Michael, Roseferns, Menino De Bandar, Prince Jacob, Pradeep, Franky, Jimmy, Jose De Velim, Ancy Gonsalves to name a few. Claron Mazarello and Sharon as well as other talented artistes will be a part of it.
It was not easy to make the movie, which will soon be wrapping up its shooting soon. Finance plays an important role. “The budget is somewhere around 55 lakhs, out of which around 20 lakhs or so will be financed by government’s schemes for film makers. We are trying to get a sponsor. The remaining money is from individual contributions,” he states.
The movie has beautifully captured the scenic beauty of the locale in the interiors of Goa. Says Claron “We wanted a quiet place, where there wouldn’t be many people, so that we could shoot in peace.”
Assisting them in the production of ‘Tum Kite Kortolo Aslo’ is Dominic Dias, Gilbert Mascarehnas, and a unit 26 other technicians.
Goan Images, a folk troupe will also be seen in the movie. Through this movie we would also like to dispel people’s attitude towards dance. “Many do not send their children to dance because of a certain perceptions, but in reality, through dancing you can earn a lot of money and learn a lot”.
The movie employed a technique of telling the story via flashbacks. An unconventional method but at the same time a change for audiences who are used to regular ways of telling a story.
Something has to be said on the music front. The music director for the movie will be Baltazar Fernandes from Chorao. The same man who wrote music scores for Bollywood directors like ‘Kalyanji Anandji’. Each song will have elaborate music arrangements. Siddhanath Buyao and Shantanu have done the music recordings at Buyao Theatres.
Despite what critics and others might say, Claron and the team behind ‘Tum Kite Kortolo Aslo’ are confident of hitting well with the people. “My parents have been entertaining people for so long. I trust them to know the pulse of the people,” he says.

(The Navhind Times - Saturday, 18 July 2009)

Monday, July 13, 2009


- Exclusive Report & Pictures by Alister Miranda

Konkani Music fever has virtually gripped Goa, and Margao in particular, which plays host to the historic first ever Konkani Music Festival, which is all set to
take off at 1630 hrs (IST) tomorrow (February 9, 2002).

Hectic finishing touches were being given to the pandal and stage (that has been named after the late Chris Perry) by the dedicated organisers, led by the
untiring co-ordinator Sai Palondikar till late this evening. Fr. Peter Cardozo and his handpicked musicians converged on the venue at 1930 hrs for a final rehearsal.

Given the honour to musically open the Festival, Maestro Fr Cardozo informed that he had composed a 15-minute non-stop piece that would start with Raag Bhageshree – the Alaap sung by Fr Cardozo, and move on to dulpods, Chris Perry’s 'Lisboa' and many other Konkani favourites. An ensemble comprising four violins, two trumpets, one saxophone, four guitars, one drum set, three gumots, one congo and five singers
would belt out the East-West fusion composition.

Abdonio Rodrigues – ace drummer who has played under the baton of the legendary Frank Fernandes for the Konkani films 'Amchem Noxib' and 'Nirmon'), Agnelo
Dias (trumpet), Peter Lobo (saxophone), ex-deputy superintendent of Goa police Domingos Rodrigues (violin), Fr. Neri Mendes (violin) and Fr. Freddy Rodrigues (guitar) are some of the prominent musicians in Fr. Cardozo’s line-up.

A terrecotta bust of the great Indian classical singer the late Moghubai Kurdikar (sculpted by Valentino Gaspar from Verna) was ready and waiting to be
unveiled by her daughter, the celebrated Goan classical singer Kishori Amonkar, who will then be escorted to the dais to the tunes of noted musician Emiliano da Cruz’ Mandolin.

The Konkani tiatrists too are all geared up to unleash a 2 ½ hour tiatr-based presentation. Co-ordinated by Agnelo de Borim and John Claro, to sing the popular
cantaram to Mariano Rodrigues’ arrangement are M.Boyer, Remmie Colaco, Antonette Mendes, Rita Rose, Joe Rose, H Britton, Jr. Rod, C. D’Silva, Wilson & Sharon Mazarello, Young Chico, Mil-Mel-Nel and Anthony San. Providing rib-ticklers will be Prince Jacob, Humbert, John D’Silva and Selvy.

The arrival of the Mangalorean musicians led by Eric
Ozario and Wilfy Remimbus was eagerly awaited as we
left the venue at 2130 hours to the strains of Fr.
Cardozo’s Alaap.

Although positive enthusiasm permeated all around the
empty pandal, a negative whiff wafted across as a
small pessimistic sounding group expressed fears of
poor attendance since the event coincided with the

They were also animatedly discussing the
misunderstandings that led to singer Ulhas Buyao
non-participation in the Festival.

Solidly backed by the Dempo Group, the Festival is
aimed at bringing together Konkani music of every form
and style.

We wish it all success.
Long live Konkani Music!!!!!!

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Marathi, Konkani must co-exist in Goa

Marathi, Konkani must co-exist in Goa

The three-day all Goa Marathi literary conference
beginning today at Quepem should serve as the turning
point for better coordination between Marathi and
Konkani at all levels including education, literature,
communication and administration if not politics. It
is an acknowledged fact that politicians coupled with
vested interests have been responsible for vitiating
literary co-existence in the state since the
Liberation. A degree of clash for cultural supremacy
was inevitable during the post-Liberation period
because, after all, language is a crucial aspect of
the culture of the given land. That could be justified
at the altar of the religious divide left behind by
the erstwhile Portuguese regime. Unfortunately,
however, the hangover of the colonial rule got
intermixed with the dawn freedom and free expression
and it was the politicians in Goa and Delhi, who
decided everything for Goans including their official
language. In a way, Goa until the grant of fullfledged
statehood soon after the adoption of the official
language Bill by then Assembly on 4 February 1987 was
a colony of New Delhi.

Marathi literary conferences are traditionally being
organised as great cultural events. More than the
liberal flow of prose and poetry what is important on
such occasions is the convergence of Marathi minds and
this interaction normally spins off productive ideas.
Such events are also associated with music, dance and
drama. The Quepem conference being organised by
Gomantak Sahitya Sevak Mandal will have all this plus
something more. It is the tremendous enthusiasm of the
team of organisers headed by Minister for Cooperation
Prakash Velip and the spontaneous interest evinced by
the people in general all over the state to the
`literary journey' conducted by Velip himself.
Besides, more than 2000 Marathi enthusiasts have
enrolled themselves as members of the reception
committee. The conference venue named as `Bharatkar
Nagar' after the great social reformer G P Hegde Desai
is not far from the place where poet B B Borkar penned
some of his immortal poems. Quepem and its surrounding
areas have been sanctified by writers of repute
including N B Nayak, Janappa Kamat, Vishnu Sheldekar,
Mhablu Gauns Desai, Chandrakant Kakodkar, Subhash
Bhende, Vijay Kapdi etc. The 24th Marathi literary
conference is thus a continuation of that great
literary tradition of Quepem taluka.

Apparently, Marathi protagonists would expect Chief
Minister Manohar Parrikar, who inaugurates the
conference, to come out with a forthright statement to
what they believe rectification of a distortion in the
official language act. With Agriculture Minister
Ramrao Desai being the working president of the
conference and Information Minister Sanjay Bandekar
being the vice president and south Goa MP Ramakant
Angle in his capacity as the vice president of the
organising committee, there is a feeling that this
Marathi event has the patronage of the government.
Even if the Chief Minister desists from saying that he
would put Marathi on par with Konkani as the official
language, there is a sense of confidence among the
organisers that henceforth Marathi would not receive
step-motherly treatment in the corridors of power.
This could be the net gain of the conference and,
hence, this could also be the dawn of a new era of
linguistic sensibilities in Goa. We believe it is time
Goans forget the bitterness of the past and revive the
spirit of co- existence. There is no clash between
Konkani and Marathi, so far as literary activity is

That is the reason why we would suggest that it is
time for Marathi and Konkani protagonists including
writers, poets and supporters come on a common
platform to evolve a methodology for collective
efforts to develop both the languages. Neither Marathi
nor the Konkani writers have aversion against each
other. The all India Konkani Bhasha Parishad at its
Panaji meeting had given a call to Konkani writers to
establish bonds with Marathi writers for the purpose
of improving the standard of Konkani literature.
Marathi protagonists too have recognised independence
of Konkani as it also figures in the eighth schedule
of the Constitution. Where is the room for acrimony
then? It is time that language or literary movement
ceases to be a pawn in the hands of politicians. The
Goa Konkani Akademi and TACT Institute of Wilmix
Wilson Mazarello have already shown the way by
inviting experts on Marathi and Konkani stage to
discuss improvements in Tiatro.
(Gomantak Times)

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