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Philo Shares her Experiences

TAG President Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo presenting a memento to Philo de Pilerne

Philomena D’Souza popularly known as Philo de Pilerne, a popular tiatr artiste of yester years – shared her experiences on the tiatr stage with her fans in the monthly programme ‘Kolakarak Bhett’ – Meet the Artiste – organized by Tiatr Academy Goa (TAG) on 21/02/2012 at TAG’s Conference Hall, Campal Trade Centre, Campal, Panjim.

Speaking further Philo de Pilerne disclosed that she was fond of acting in tiatrs right from her childhood days. She got a break in the tiatr ‘Dukhi Sonvsar’ written by Anthony Correia Pienkar in the late 1960s. The tiatr was staged on the occasion of the village feast of St. Anna at Marra Pilerne. As her role was appreciated by the audience, she was encouraged to act in numerous tiatrs staged on the occasion of feasts in different parts of Goa.

Speaking further, she said that she was given a break on the professional tiatr stage by late Nelson Alfonso in his tiatr ‘Doganch Puro’ under the auspices of the dramatic troupe Young Stars of Goa. Subsequently she was picked by Ligorio Fernandes, in his Khell-Tiatr ‘Jasmina’ which was a big hit. She acted in numerous Khell-Tiatrs written and directed by Ligorio Fernandes.

Stalwarts of tiatr stage such as John Claro Fernandes used her in an important role in ‘Purtuguez Kolvont’ while Prem Kumar, seeing her brilliance in acting, offered her an important role in his tiatr ‘Kakut’. She has also acted in tiatrs written and directed by Patrick Dourado, Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa, Valent Mascarenhas, William de Curtorim, she disclosed.

Besides tiatr stage, she has engraved her name on the silver screen when she did an important and effective role of a vamp in the Konkani film ‘Jivit Amchem Oxem’.

Answering questions from the audience, she disclosed that she is not willing to act on the tiatr stage due to her health, while showed keen interest to act in a film if any director offers her a suitable role.

Shri. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG, welcoming the artiste of the month and the audience stated that Philo de Pilerne was an excellent actress and hence she was offered roles by great tiatr artistes. She has helped a lot in making the performance of tiatrs successful due to her sheer interest and dedication to tiatr stage.

Tiatr artistes Jessie Dias, A. Friend, J. P. Fernandes were present for the function. The writers namely George Menezes, Fredrick Noronha and Dr. Rafael Fernandes were also seen among the audience.

Shri. Victor de Sa, Member Secretary of TAG proposed a vote of thanks. Shri. Joy Fernandes Cultural Organiser compered the function.

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