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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Seminar on Tiatro is right initiative

Seminar on Tiatro is right initiative

The first ever national seminar on overall development
of Konkani Tiatro being held at Margao today under the
joint auspices of TACT Institute and Goa Konkani
Akademi, comes as a tribute to the rich artistic
traditions of this part of the country and more so in
respect of stagecraft. It is an acknowledged fact that
Goa is the mother of Marathi theatre because Marathi
dramas were being held here much before this form of
entertainment took roots even in Maharashtra. It is
also a matter of pride for Goans that they developed
and evolved a parallel theatre called Tiatro over a
century ago though Marathi drama and Tiatro
represented the then clear divide between Hindu and
Christian community. Luckily, the barriers of religion
are crumbling fast in the field of performing arts and
particularly stagecraft. Credit goes to Wilmix Wilson
Mazarello and Sharon for taking the initiative to
expose Tiatro to a critical scrutiny. We salute all
those great souls, who established lofty standards of
entertainment through Konkani down the decades.

The presence of Damu Kenkre, theatre expert and film
actor, who is a Goenkar but whose creative abilities
flourished in Maharashtra, and Erik Ozario, musician
and theatre expert from Karnataka, a leading figure
for organising the first world Konkani conference held
in Mangalore, augurs well with the spirit behind
today's event, which every Goenkar need support
wholeheartedly. Because, it is today that probably
Tiatro may break a new path and emerge even stronger
than before as a form of mass entertainment. Tiatro's
potential as a literary activity must also be
acknowledged in full measure. That justifies the
participation of the Konkani Akademi in this unique
event. It is a matter of satisfaction that Tiatro
continues to enjoy tremendous patronage despite the
dawn of electronic media. And, yet there is always
scope for improvement even in Tiatro presentation and
to that extent intellectual interaction is inevitable.
The era of musical Marathi dramas is almost over
nowadays. But, Tiatro continues to sizzle with music.
Probably, `Natak' may have to learn something from
Tiatro. And so far as the stagecraft is concerned,
Tiatro may have to benefit from `Natak'. From thematic
point of view `Natak' is much more advanced than

Lucasinho Caridade Ribeiro, a Goan lad from Assagao,
was the grand master of Tiatro. That was the time when
Zagor and Khell, then prevailing forms of
entertainment among Christians, had degenerated into
vulgar entertainment. Lucasinho, a man of finer
qualities, had been to Bombay in 1980 and this visit
to the metropolis proved to be the biggest landmark in
the cultural life of Goan Christians as it was he who
after witnessing the performances of Italian Opera
Company thought of penning down the text for the first
Tiatro, which he presented on 17 April 1892 at the New
Alfred Theatre. The name of this maiden Tiatro was
`Italian Bhurgo' and the group formed to organise the
show was called `Goa Portuguese Dramatic Company'.
From then onwards Tiatro probably did not have to look
back. Thus, Bombay became the birthplace of Konkani
Tiatro. And, it was Lucasinho himself who brought
Tiatro to Goa and held the first performance at his
birthplace Assagao in 1894. Obviously, Tiatro and
Khell-Tiatro substituted Zagor and Khell steadily but
not totally because Zagor and Khell are still extant
and these traditional forms have been given a fresh
lease of life by the state Kala Academy.

So far as `Natak' is concerned it was also evolved
from Zagor. But it passed through two more stages
namely `Kala' and `Dashavatari' over a period of 400
years, so far as the Hindu community was concerned.
The earliest handwritten Marathi play dates back to
1818 in Goa and the playwright was Raghunath Shet
Sawant. The lengthy title of the play was
`Vidushak-Haridas, Sankasur-Haridas and Kansa and
Chanur' and the first performance was held at Sri
Samsthan Shantadurga, Dhargalim in 1825. Then we have
a drama company formed under the banner of
`Ramnath-Damodar Prasadik Natak Mandali' in Margao in
1831. The first woman Marathi playwright was also a
Goan, Sonabai Chimaji Kerkar. Her first play was
`Kshatrapati Shivaji' and it was written in 1896. In
Maharashtra, the first Marathi play is credited to
Vishnudas Bhave of Sangli. The maiden performance of
the drama entitled `Sita Swayamwar' was held on 5
November, 1843. Today's seminar could draw upon Goa's
rich cultural traditions.

courtesy: Gomantak Times

Also view 100 Years of Tiatrs History

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