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Somplolea Tiatristancho Ugdass/ Remembering Tiatr Artistes of Yester Years

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March 2012

Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) organized its monthly programme ‘Somplolea Tiatristancho Ugddas’ – (Remembering Tiatr Artistes of Yester Years) on 19th March 2012 at the Conference Hall of TAG, Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panjim. The stalwarts of Konkani stage who were remembered in the programme and whose valuable contribution to the tiatr stage was highlighted were J. P. Souzalin, Dioginho D’Mello, Anthony D’sa, Aristides Dias, Greg, Bernard de Aldona, Allen Costa, Inacio de Canacona and Cajdon D’Souza.

Speaking on the occasion Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo, the main speaker of the programme highlighted in brief the contribution of all these prominent artistes of tiatr stage of yester years. Each one of them was unique in their approach to develop the tiatr stage when there were no enough facilities to produce and stage effective performances.

Recalling the huge contribution of late J. P. Souzalin, Mr. Cardozo said that the modern tiatr stage is yet to see such a director whose religious tiatrs were appreciated by the people for excellent setting and meaningful sceneries. Referring to late Dioginho D’Mello and Anthony D’sa, Mr. Cardozo said both were excellent actors besides superb singers who could sing in English and in Konkani to attract the audience. Remembering late Aristides Dias a fine composer and director of tiatr of yester years, Mr. Cardozo said he was a head of his times and staged tiatrs on issues which were not heard during his time. Speaking on Allen Costa Mr. Cardozo said that he enriched the Konkani song through the ‘Emissora de Goa’ (All India Radio) even during Portuguese time. The contribution of Greg de Candolim, Bernard de Aldona, Cajdon D’Souza and Inacio de Canacona also helped a lot in raising the standard of Konkani tiatr, song and its music, Mr. Cardozo concluded.

Numerous fans of these stalwarts of Konkani tiatr who gathered there narrated their experiences with the artistes and many of them rendered their songs in order to bring these artistes alive among the audience. Among those who participated in narrating their experiences or singing their songs or delivering their dialogues were Anthony San, Andrew D’Souza, J.P. Fernandes, C.D’Silva, Luciano Dias and many other family members of Aristides Dias. Tina Costa the daughter of late Allen Costa besides singing song of late Allen Costa also disclosed some of the finer points in the life history of Allen Costa. Sabina, Jessie Dias and many other artistes also narrated their experiences with late artistes.

Earlier Shri. Victor de Sa, Member Secretary of TAG welcomed the audience while Shri. Joy Fernandes, Cultural Organizer of TAG proposed a vote of thanks.

Grand Children of late Aristides Dias rendering of song of Aristides Dias
Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo presenting a memento to Flavia wife of late Inacio de Canacona


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