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Sabina Fernandes 28-12-2010

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Smt. Eusebia Feliciana Fernandes popularly known as Sabina Fernandes stated that the tiatr fraternity has worked painstakingly to create awareness against the merger of Goa into Maharashtra during the historic Opinion Poll of 1967 through their songs and tiatrs. She disclosed that none other than the late Dr. Jack de Sequeira, Father of Opinion Poll requested them to convince the people of the need to preserve Goa as a separate identity. The tiatr artistes sincerely and faithfully worked in that direction and helped to reject merger of Goa into Maharashtra in 1967.

Recounting her experiences on the tiatr stage she informed the audience that it was very difficult for a girl to step on the tiatr stage that time because of social constraints. She praised her late mother for giving her the required encouragement to act on stage inspite of objections from all quarters. She fondly remembered the female artistes of that time namely late Cecilia Machado, Betty Ferns, Betty Naz and others who could act along with her on the tiatr stage inspite of social taboos.

Answering numerous questions from the audience she disclosed that acting on tiatr stage at that time was very difficult because besides social constraints there were no required facilities particularly for women artistes. Performing the tiatr at night they would go home the next morning. However they endured all these hardships due to their inborn love for the art of tiatr.

She expressed her gratitude to TAG for giving her the opportunity to express her feelings before her fans and advised the modern generations to take up tiatr acting and singing seriously. “If you are sincere to your work you will always shine, thereby contributing to the overall growth of tiatr”, she concluded.

Earlier Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG welcomed and introduced Sabina Fernandes to the audience. Later Shri. Victor de Sa, Member Secretary proposed a vote of thanks. The function was compered by Shri. Joy Fernandes.


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