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John Gracias recollects his memories on tiatr stage

Jacob Fernandes, President of TAG presenting a memento to John Gracias

Tiatr artistes have not only become popular on the commercial stage but also in the village tiatrs. John Gracias originally hails from Sarzora and is the grandson of the then popular Zomnivoilo Khell director Santano. He was speaking at TAG’s monthly programme ‘Meet the Artiste’ held on 6th June 2014 at the Black Box, Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.

Speaking on the occasion, John said that he had a liking for acting since his childhood and recollected the memories when they used to hold tiatrs in the neighbours balcony making use of bed sheets as curtains. The young talent was much appreciated by the local audience. John still remembers the applause and the encouragement he received from the audience of those times.

During his schooling, John bagged several prizes for his singing. Being an excellent singer, he always used to be a lead singer for their mando troupe which won many accolades in various competitions and festivals.

Seeing his performances in the village tiatrs, John was offered a chance by Patricio de Chinchinim in his tiatr and has also performed for tiatrs by John Gomes ‘Kokoy’, Joe Menny, John Claro, Zeemix, etc. He has also performed for various musical shows and possesses a B Grade Certification of All India Radio where about 28 of his songs are recorded.

Recipient of several awards and prizes, John said that he has written and directed tiatrs viz ‘Chuk’, ‘Nirmonn’, ‘Ghorabo’, ‘Noxib’, ‘Divlli’, etc.

Earlier Shri Jacob Fernandes, President of TAG welcomed the gathering and later presented a memento to John Gracias as a remembrance of the day.

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