THE STATE OF GOA

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tiartristancho Pai and other legendary giants

On April 17, 1892, Joao Agostinho Fernandes, from Borda-Margao, Caetaninho Fernandes from Taleigao, Agostinho Mascarenhas from Mungul-Margao and yet another whose details are still unknown under Lucasinho Ribeiro’s banner “Goa Portuguese Dramatic Troupe’, staged the first ever Konkani tiatr at New Alfred Theatre, Bombay, called ‘Italian Bhurgo’.

After the success of this pioneering effort, Joao Agostinho Fernandes took to writing plays of his own. Thus the first ever original tiatr script within a 7-act stand system, ‘Sundori Cavelchi’, was firs stage in Bombay in 1895. Born on December 4, 1871, the late Joao Agostinho Fernandes was fondly referred to as ‘Pai Tiatrist’ by his own contemporaries in 1920s.

Goa’s tiatrist fraternity on Friday called upon the government to declare the popular tiatr as an industry to give a further boost to this traditional form of art. Demand to bestow industry status to tiatr was raised at a function held at the Ravindra Bhavan here this morning to observe the 61st death anniversary of “Pai Tiatrist” Joao Agostinho Fernandes. Noted tiatrist Prince Jacob set the ball rolling when he said the time has come to declare tiatr as an industry. He contended there are around 25 professional groups, comprising of more than 500 artistes, who have kept the tiatr alive without any government facilities and assistance.

From Gomantak Times

Comment: This galaxy of giants helped keep Goemcar heritage alive. Prince Jacob is keeping up the great work done by the brotherhood and sisterhood of tiartrists. They deserve all the help and kudos that can be put their way.

GOD rest those artistic legends who have passed away and grant the present day ones strength and inspiration to carry on.

Xanno Moidecar

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