Agnelo Borim’s Maruddi.com premiers at 38th Tiatr Competition Today

Award winning institution, Ami Daizi at Fatorda is all set to present tiatr marUddi.com on November 8 at 7 p.m. at the 38th Tiatr Competition organised by DMK auditorium, Kala Academy Goa at Panaji. The tiatr has been scripted by Agnelo Borim and directed by Aviansh Chari. The cast led by Rupesh Jogle and Ivy Pereira is supported by Pobre Dias, Anthony Xavier Dias and Agnelo Furtado. The list of singers consists of award winners Nazario Pinto, Francis Pinto, Fransquina Gomes, Conceicao Fernandes, Bernard Noronha, besides P Agnelo, Natasha Noronha, Marita, and Junisha.

The kantaram for the tiatr are set to the rhythms of Disco, Twist, Foxtrot, Beguine, Samba, Bossanova, Shuffle played to near perfection by the live band led by veteran drummer Abdonio Rodricks with Alex Afonso on tenor, Francis on trumpet, Mariano on rhythm guitar and Snidden on bass. The stage is designed by Elly Cardozo and lighting is by Avinash Chari. Background effects and music are designed by Avinash, executed by Stanley Dias, make-up by Sumant Borkar, and costume design by Amina Dias. Lyrics are by Conceicao Fernandes, Nazario Pinto, Francis Pinto, Fr Polly Lobo and Agnelo Borim.

It began with Fantodd in 2007, which secured fifth place, then came Asro Zai, which won the third prize. The year before last it was Kusvo which bagged second prize amongst 22 tiatrs and at the 37th Tiatr Competition held last year, Daiz won the first prize amongst the thirty tiatrs presented. All the above mentioned tiatrs were presented by tiatrs lovers from Fatorda, Borda and Mugalli, under the able direction of theatre personality Avinash Chari, now united under the banner of Ami Daizi Fatorda.

The tiatr marUddi.com attempts to bring a very relevant theme that perhaps was never taken up by the Konkani theatre before. Scripted by the ever versatile Agnelo, the tiatr portrays the vital issue of development particularly from the Goan point of view. Drawing inspiration from the pastoral theme of the diocese and resourceful insights from the research of Rev Dr Victor Ferrao, the tiatr effectively questions the popular understanding of development. The common people generally understand development in cosmetic tangibles that can be quantified by statistics such as roads, highways, amenities like supply of electricity, water and other energy resources, number of jobs created, etc. Economists measure this development through an index they call GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Thanks to many enlightened thinkers like Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen, who defined development as substantive freedom. The narrow reductionist economic understanding of development was steadily challenged and a new index called HDI (Human Development Index) was embraced. HDI considers the importance of human capital and calculates development in terms of health, longevity, education, peace and stability as the markers of growth. Recently, the understanding of development underwent a new evolution at the Rio+ 20 summit , where the International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) brought about an Inclusive World Report 2012(IWR) that presented a new way of measuring development that takes natural capital as the chief parameter of measuring growth and progress. It came to be called as Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI).

The tiatr grapples with these developmental indices and in dialogue with the Goa vision 2035, shows how gross happiness and the Sarvodaya of Mahatma Ghandiji are authentic and integral approaches of understanding development. Agnelo Borim has employed a moving story of a member of panchayat and his wife, tossed up by various currents of development in Goan Society. Each character powerfully lends itself to bring the message of the tiatr alive on stage. Direction of Avinash Chari weaves the theme, plot and characters into a thought provoking dramatic presentation. There is still another specialty of this tiatr- Agnel Borim strictly following realism as the style of tiatr presentation has scripted it in the Saxtti dialect, as the plot is set in a village in Salcete. The entire drama is presented in this manner rather than only lighter moments. [NT]