The new faces of Konkani ‘ TIATR’ by J. P Pereira.
This year as the Konkani tiatr celebrates 125 years, here is a look at some of the new faces that are going to rock the Konkani stage, with their singing and acting. Some of these have already made the audience love them, in the shows that are presently running to packed houses. Credit goes to certain directors like Comedian Ambe, Milagres de Chandor, Dominic Carvalho, Pascoal de Chicalim, Kissan de Chinchinim and a few others, who encourage new entrants . Singers are selected after auditions and actors, after watching them enact a role. Wish the Tiatr Academy of Goa had taken this initiative, as basically it was formed as an academy to nurture future artistes.
Hailing from Calangute, this young girl is the daughter of Joanita and Fermino Dias. After completing higher secondary she holds a diploma in fashion designing and is busy with tailoring outfits for ladies who like to wear something fashionable.
A good singer as well as actor, she was part of the award winning khell tiatr by Anhony de Ambajim. Making a debut on the Konkani stage in ‘Answer’ from Conception de Tuem, she went on to act for ‘Lojecho Xikko’ by Denzil Quadros, ‘Tuka Nhuim Taka’ by Valencio de Caranzalem, ‘Sukh Shanti Samadhan’ from Jackie Gomes and at present for that runaway hit, ‘Go to Hell’ by Milagres de Chandor.
Keen about her career on stage, she loves to sing and do serious roles that would steal the hearts of the audience.
Stacey Mesquita is an Arts graduate and presently specializing in Konkani and Psychology. She was born in Bahrain and is from Candolim, the place that has given Goa some of th best tiatrist. Daughter of Connie and Luis Mesquita, parents who encouraged her to sing in Konkani, the young lady is basically a singer and has been active with choirs and bands like Acoustic Waves and The Grace Notes Band.
Her talent came to the fore on the Konkani stage with competition dramas like ‘Jivitacho Uzvadd’, ‘Goa Going Gone’ ‘Nit Onit’ by Tomazinho Cardozo as well as ‘Viswas Ghat’ and ‘Omtea Kollxear Udok’ by Mathias Mascarenhas. The commercial stage beckoned and she first sang for Menino de Bandar and continued with Milagres de Chandor in ‘ATM’, ‘108’ and at present in ‘Go To Hell’.
She has been a recipient of many awards, certificates and trophies and best of all, stood second in the Arts Stream in Goa, securing a top percentage of 92.16. A fine combination of a good student and a great singer.
This is the new angry young man, thrashing the evils that are happening in society and their perpretators. Alison Gomes from Curtorim is the son of Philu and Franky Gomes. Still studying, he has decided to sing political songs in tiatr.
Full of courage and a nice style, the young man regaled the audience who even compared him to another political singer. But he has his own style and he is capable. After singing in his village, he performed for musical shows with Norman Cardozo. Pascoal de Chicalim introduced him in the tiatr ‘Anj Boddvo’. The audience loved his act and at present he sings a solo and a duet in ‘Go To Hell’.
Valentine Sequeira is from Candolim and daughter of Ophelia and Antonio Sequeira. After clearing the 12th, she is now completing a 3 year diploma course in Theatre Arts at the Kala Academy’s School of Drama. An actor in the making!
A good singer trained by the late Valerie Fernandes, the young lady acted in ‘Konn Sangot’ by Anthony Sequeira, as well as ‘Kal Ani Aiz’, ‘Goa Going Gone’ and ‘Jivitacho Uzvadd’ by Tomazinho Cardozo.
On the commercial stage she was introduced by Wilma Pacheco in ‘ABC’ and continued with Milagres de Chandor in ‘ATM’ and ‘108’. She was supposed to play a major role in ‘Go To Hell’ but unfortunately met with an accident and could not do so. The stage still beckons!
Joylita Silveira from St. Estevaum is a singer, actor and musician. Daughter of Joyce and John Silveira she has been performing from the age of 5, when she was awarded 2nd place in an All Goa Konkani Singing competition at the taluka level.
After a first prize at the college level, she continued singing in various tiatr and musical shows in the village and rendered songs on CD’s like ‘Mogachi Kanni’ by Jackson Dias, ‘Tukach Lagon’ by Lawrence D’Costa and ‘Kallokak Bhienaka’ by Oscar Rodrigues, besides others. She was part of the musical ‘SON BORN’. The major break came in ‘Go To Hell’ where she auditioned for songs and was asked to replace the heroine, who was injured. The hidden talent came to the fore and today she has been appreciated by the audience and critics for her superb performance as a bubbly teenager turning into a depressed woman due to a tragic man made incident. She plays the guitar, keyboard and violin and loves to sing because it makes her feel complete. Now she has realized that she can also act. So the Konkani stage is her goal.
This talented youngsters will be an asset to the konkani stage. They are educated, have the talent and it is a treat to watch them act or hear them sing. There are no dramatics and yelling but they add a lot of punch to their acts. Watch out for these new faces, they are going to make a change on the Konkani stage.