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Meet the Artist

Jose Lawrence Vaz (Master Vaz ) 29-10-2010

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A special programme ‘Meet the Tiatr Artiste – Master Vaz’ was organised by Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) on 29th October 2010 at the Conference Hall of TAG, Campal, Panaji-Goa. Speaking on the occasion the veteran tiatr artiste Mr. Jose Lawrence Vaz popularly known as Master Vaz narrated numerous life experiences throughout his journey in the field of Goan Tiatr.

Master Vaz delved on the conditions that existed during that time on the tiatr stage and disclosed that there was no proper transport, no proper equipment and no adequate facilities to stage tiatrs during that time. Inspite of lack of facilities,the tiatrs staged during that time were more meaningful and enjoyable. This was mainly because of the dedication of the artistes of that time to the tiatr stage.

Narrating his experiences as an actor who did female roles throughout his career disclosed that he along with other artistes namely Vincent de Saligao, Ms.Julie, Remmie Colaco etc. all of them acting as females on the tiatr stage were responsible to keep the tiatr stage not only active but vibrant.

He also disclosed that the artistes of that times namely Minguel Rod, Young Menezes, Kid Boxer and others with whom Master Vaz acted in different roles and sang numerous songs were all genuinely dedicated to the cause of Tiatr. It is for this reason that they did not make any money as modern day tiatr artistes do.

Answering questions from his well wishers, he stated that it was an honour to him done by TAG by organising such a beautiful programme for the first time. He stated that although he is not very active on the tiatr stage, he keeps himself occupied by writing plays for children from the village as well as for All India Radio etc.

Earlier Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG welcomed the gathering and explained the importance of such programmes. If the youth of today would like to know about the tremendous contribution of the tiatr artistes of yester years to the Konkani stage, we will have to organize more such programmes so that the memories of these stalwarts of tiatr stage remain alive for generations to come. Shri. Roseferns, Vice-President of TAG proposed the vote of thanks.

A brochure having detailed information of the life of Master Vaz was also released on the occasion. Master Vaz was presented a memento on behalf of TAG by the Vice-President Shri. Roseferns.


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