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Danny of Ribandar at TAG’s Meet the Tiatr Artiste

Joe Rose, Vice President of TAG presenting a memento to Danny

A well known tiatr personality, Jose Luis Diogo Fernandes, popularly known as Danny of Ribandar was invited by the Tiatr Academy to be the artiste of the month at their monthly programme ‘Meet The Artiste’ held on 21st July 2014 at  the Conference Hall of Tiatr Academy, Campal, Panaji.

Hailing from Ribandar, Ilhas, Goa, Danny first stepped on tiatr stage at the age of 11 at annual village tiatr on feast day of Infant Jesus. Danny’s talent was appreciated and his popularity spread not only in Ribandar but in surrounding villages too.

Speaking on the occasion Danny told to those present that the annual village tiatr has a tradition for over 100 years in Ribandar. Fully inspired, Danny in 1970 with couple of friends decided to produce one more tiatr on another occasion in the village.

His friend Poly Fernandes wrote a tiatr entitled ‘Adhar’. Veteran tiatr artistes from Ribandar, late Souza Boy and Gerald Fernandes encouraged and guided them in their endeavour.  Soon after, in the year 1973, Danny penned his own tiatr entitled ‘Hanv Bhikari’. His brother-in-law, Luis Rodrigues and Souza Boy supported him. After that he never looked back, Danny asserted. In the year 1979, he participated in Kala Academy’s State Level Tiatr Competition with his tiatr, ‘Bodlo’ under the patronage of Dramatic Troupe of Ribandar and became a regular participant in the competition.

Speaking on his career, he said that in the year 1980, he resigned as Upper Division Clerk from Archives and Archaeology Department and left for Kuwait for better prospects. He worked for Commercial Bank of Kuwait as Senior Clerk for many years. This never detered him for his passion for tiatrs. In Kuwait too, he acted in tiatrs of Rosary Ferns and others.  Besides this, he also made best use of his holidays every year by acting and producing tiatrs while on leave in Goa.

Danny has produced an audio album entitled ‘Rinn’ (1997) and tele-films ‘Dhaago’ (2004) and ‘Dennem’ (2006) which became instant hits in the households of Goa, Gulf and United Kingdom.

He has acted in tiatrs directed by professionals like Patrick Dourado ‘Patok’ (1980). He has produced and directed the tiatrs with stalwarts like Late Jacinto Vaz, M.Boyer, H. Briton, Greg, Valente Mascarenhas, Souza Boy, Conception, etc.

While concluding, Danny thanked and praised the Almighty for the talent bestowed upon him.

Prominent among those present were tiatr artistes Tomazinho Cardozo, Irene Cardozo, Cristina Vaz, Octavio Rodrigues, etc

Earlier Shri Joe Rose, Vice-President of TAG welcomed the gathering and also presented a memento to Danny of Ribandar as a remembrance of the day. Jess Luz, J.C.A, compered the programme.

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