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D’Pietro unfolds the story of his sacrifices

Bonaventure D’Pietro interacting with his fans

“All are called, but few are chosen”, expressed Bonaventure Peter Fernandes, popularly known as Bonaventure D’Pietro in the literary and cultural field of Konkani. He was sharing his long journey and rich experience in the field of tiatr at the ‘Meet the Artiste’ programme organised by Tiatr Academy of Goa on 28th May 2015 at the Conference Hall of Tiatr Academy of Goa, Campal, Panjim.

Born on 14th July 1943 in the village of Anjuna, Bardez, Bonaventure pursued his primary education in Portuguese and learnt to play violin and solfeggio from a parochial music school. At the age of 14, young Bonaventure saw a tiatr ‘Nosai vo Pisai’ for the first time in his village. “This made me restless and I made up my mind to pen my own tiatr, thus aspiring to become a tiatrist” he narrated his story.

This tiatrist made several efforts to write a tiatr to his satisfaction and finally penned a tiatr ‘Birthday’, which was staged in Margao. In the same year (1961), he wrote his second tiatr ‘Boro Gonvlli’, which was later renamed as ‘Devachea Rajeant Tukai Apovnnem Asa’.

After the liberation of Goa, in 1962 he left for Mumbai to make his living. He got a job in a printing press, where he met various writers and publishers.

This artiste’s contribution in the field of tiatr is noteworthy. On his return to Goa after 15 long years in Mumbai, Bonaventure restarted writing tiatrs. His tiatrs like ‘Dhunvor’, ‘Chitrakar’, ‘Patang’, ‘Rogtacho Thembo’, ‘Girannacho Put’, ‘Sorgar Thavn Apovnnem’, ‘Vatt Chuklelim Suknnim’, ‘Faxi’ (not released), ‘Boroinnar-Director’, ‘Mhozo Podon To!’, ‘Adeus Mhoje Maim’ were well appreciated. Besides this, he composed hundreds of songs and mandos. He has also written many folk plays for All India Radio, besides contributing towards popular programmes ‘Bolkanvar Gozali’ and ‘Sahitya Jhelo’ for many years.

“On most occasions, we have success stories of several tiatrists at the ‘Meet the Artiste’ programmes, but today we had the chance to listen to unsuccessful tales of Bonaventure” stated the President of TAG, Prince Jacob. Replying to one of a question raised by Brazinho Soares about his ghost writings for peanuts, Pietro replied “although I was being paid a very meagre amount for my services, I had to compromise to fulfil my financial needs at that time in order to make the both ends meet for which I have no regrets”.

Earlier Shri Jacob Fernandes, President of TAG welcomed the artiste as well as the audience and later presented a memento to Pietro as a remembrance of the occasion. While expressing his satisfaction with the participation of the audience for this month’s TAG’s programme, TAG Vice President Joe Rose who also proposed a Vote of Thanks, urged the spectators to spare some time and attend such events in large numbers to listen to untold amazing stories of Goan artistes. Member Secretary Shri Jose Alexandre Rodrigues was also present. Shri Jess Luz, Programme In-charge compered.

Prominent among those who were present were Jessie Dias, Eddie Mascarenhas, Irene & Tomazinho Cardozo, Peter Barbosa, Brazinho Soares, Willy Goes, Maria Cardozo, etc.

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