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“I treasure my collection more than my life” says BrazinhoSoares ‘Kalapurkar’

Brazinho Soares receiving a memento as a token of rememberance

A well-knowntiatr writer, Brazinho Soares ‘Kalapurkar’ from Santa Cruz, Tiswadi was the artiste of the month at TAG’s monthly programme ‘Meet the Artiste’ held on 31st July 2015 at the Conference Hall of Tiatr Academy of Goa, Campal, Panaji Goa.

Prince Jacob, President of TAG in his welcome address said that Brazinho has preserved not only the treasure of his art but also of others.

While interacting with his fans Brazinho lamented that due to his poor financial conditions he had to give up his education and took up different types of jobs where he was able tobuilda good rapport with his well-wishers.

He reminisced how he used to purchase the Konkani books even though he was earning a very mere salary.

He said that his first taste of acting began in his parochial school days wherein he enacted the role of a blind boy in Luis Gonsalves’ famous Tiatr ‘Jurament Bhogsonam’. He made a hat trick by winning the first prize for 3 consecutive years in 1977, 78 and 79 for providing Best Setting for tiatrs written by Caetano Pereira in Kala Academy’s Tiatr Competition. He has also acted in Anthony Pereira’s ‘Kirmidor Bhav’, Paulino Dias’ ‘Norton Advogad’, Peter Fernandes’ ‘Noxibantlem Chukonnam’ GabrialMoraes ‘Bebdo Put’. He has written some very famous Tiatrs entitled ‘Mogacho Xevott Ximiterint’,‘Konn To Khuni’ and ‘Bhutanchem Ghor’. The first two tiatrs are also published in the book form.

Brazinho also had a stint in singing. He sang in many tiatrs in early years like Frank de Santa Cruz’s ‘Angvonnecho Put’,Caitano Pereira’s ‘Kallokuch Kallokh’, etc. He has enacted four different roles in one Tiatr entitled ‘GoenchiSuttka’written by F. X. Dias. He has collectively written and directed passion plays ‘Ho To Munis’ and ‘SoddvonndarMell’lo’ (in which he also acted) along with his three other colleagues.

Apart from tiatr and writing, he has got a hobby of collecting Konkani books and rare handbills of Tiatrs. Today his personal library has more than 2000 Konkani books and more than 1000 rare handbills of Tiatrs dating back to Portuguese era.He has also written life sketches of different tiatr personalities.

Replying to a query raised by one of his fan Cosma Fernandes about the difference between the tiatrsstaged prior to liberation of Goa and after, Brazinho said that earlier there used to be a lot of Portuguese words in the script and now you come across more Konkani words which shows that there is a lot of improvement including the technical aspects like stage setting, light effects, etc.

When Premanand Lotlikar asked this multifaceted personality about what aspect of his, he gives more importance to – tiatrist, writer or lover of Konkani – he replied that he considers himself a lover of Konkani. He further said that he does not consider himself a atiatrist as there are many more better tiatrists who have contributed immensely to Tiatr as compared to his contribution. He is very much indebted and grateful to late Felicio Cardozo who guided and encouragem him to be a writer.

On this occasion his another fan Comedian Mathew said that Brazinho has provided photo copies of rare handbills to many senior artistes in order to furnish the same to avail benefits of various Government schemes. Brazinho added that he helps many University students who approach him for the required material in pursuing their research work on tiatr. A well-known Konkani writer Walter Menezes thanked Brazinho for his knowledge which brought to light the literally works of his late brother after 10 years of his death, which his family was not aware.

When enquired by Joe Rose as to whether he has any intentions to hand over his collection to any Institution for posterity, he replied that his son is planning to renovate his house and wish to preserve his prized collection in a special space in the house. He further said that his kin are also taking interest in his activities especially his grandson who is in London who helps him to add to his collection by collecting the handbills of the tiatrs staged there and other material related to Konkani.

Joe Rose, Vice President of TAG proposed a vote of thanks and also presented a memento to Brazinho as a remembrance of the day in the presence of Member Secretary Jose Alexandre Rodrigues. Jess Luz compered the function.

Prominent among those present were Jessie Dias, Josephine Dias, Michael Gracias, Tomazinho& Irene Cardozo, CezarD’Mello, CosmaFernandes, William Fernandes, Walter Menezes, Bonaventure D’Pietro, Fausto V. D’Costa, Octavio, Comedian Mathew, Dr. Sapeco, etc.

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