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“Value your talent and carry it forward” says Anthony San

Anthony San rendering a song along with his brother and sisters

A well-known singer and tiatr personality, Anthony San from Sanvordem-Curchorem was the artiste of the month at TAG’s monthly programme ‘Meet the Artiste’ held on 31stAugust 2015 at the Black Box, Ravindra Bhavan-Margao.

“There is true value to your talent. Carry it forward”, Anthony San gave an advice to the audience. Sharing his experience in the tiatr field, he revealed that he happened to accompany his father to watch M. Boyer’s tiatr ‘Atam Konn Ghatki?’ and was seated just behind the musicians. “The legendary singer Alfred Rose came on the stage to render the opening song. At this juncture, my father whispered in my ear, “Will you be able to sing like Alfred Rose?” That was the turning point in my career”, he related.

This versatile singer has come a long way, lending his melodious voice to several tiatrs and musical shows.

Anthony San is one of the few from the existing senior tiatrists who underwent training in music and voice modulation. He is a product of Kala Academy’s School of Western Music, being trained under Leopoldina Figueiredo and learnt guitar with Schubert Cota, a classical guitar exponent.

He also enrolled himself in ‘Music Circle’, a reputed music school in Margao to further sharpen his musical skills. It was late Fr.Lourdino Baretto who felt that Anthony San’s considerable talents were not being given due credit and offered him a lead role in an English opera ‘Princess Ida’ whose dramatic success led to two more offers, both English operas by late Fr. Camilo Xavier called ‘La Belle Helen’ and ‘Gypsy Love’.

Anthony San’s entry onto the professional stage came when he acted in co-villager Remmie Colaco’s tiatr ‘Don Kallzam’ at the age of 19. Thereafter, there was no turning back for this prolific singer.

In 1980, Anthony San mentioned that he produced his first audio album ‘Goa’, followed by nine more albums, ‘Ttik Ttok Typist’, ‘Ekvott’, ‘Rakhnno Boddvo’, ‘Ami Goenkar’, ‘Goencho Saib’, ‘Goenchi Xit Koddi’, ‘Goenchea Saibacho Bhavarth, ‘Axirvad’ and ‘Mog’. When new CDs, DVDs get released, he urged everyone to purchase them so that at least the production cost gets recovered.

In 1984, Anthony San staged his first tiatr ‘Darvontto’ followed by ‘Faleam Euchonam’, ‘EkuchGhor’, ‘Moddko’, ‘Novem Jivit’, ‘Paktte’, ‘Ghorvo Ghorabo’, ‘Mhaka Tuji Goroz’ and ‘Sot’.

Presently serving as a Branch Manager in Dena Bank at Loutulim, Anthony San said he has less time on hand to mesmerize the crowds with his irresistible voice. But after another 9 months of dedicated service in the bank, he expects to give his best to tiatr world and his fans.
Replying to a query from one of his fans regards tiatrists usurping titles for themselves, Anthony San said that each artiste should rise to fame with their concrete efforts and by their own name.

With regards to his future plans, the singer revealed that after his retirement from his service in June 2016 he plans to devote his full time to tiatr and music. He said he is the process of producing a Konkani celluloid film for which he has already recorded some songs. Simultaneous, he is also working on his long time pending dream of producing a Hindi pop album.

Anthony San along with his brother Vincent and sisters Luiza and Felly rendered a song ‘Goa’ from his first Konkani audio album ‘Goa’. They were accompanied by Conceicao Fernandes on the keyboard. Anthony San and Felly also rendered a duet ‘Fator Marinaka’ from the album ‘Goa’.

Earlier Joe Rose, Vice President of TAG welcomed the artiste and audienceand later presented a memento to Anthony San as remembrance of the day. Jose Alexandre Rodrigues Member Secretary of TAG proposed a vote of thanks. Jess Luz compered the function.

Prominent among those present were C. D’Silva, Ben Evangelisto, Bonny Pereira, Alvaro Gomes, Tina Costa, Pal Soares, etc.


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