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art  cultureThe GOACOM Biography Series celebrates the life and work of people who have brought honour to Goa and the Goan Community.

When preparing for this section there were formidable problems to overcome: Where and how to obtain a credible list of names, and biographies?

A quick survey of books, magazines, and newspapers, revealed the names of 150 famous persons ranging from freedom fighters, community leaders, nation builders, clerics, artists, writers, scientists, industrialists, and men and women in sports. There is little doubt that with further research the list could be more than doubled.

GOACOM acknowledges contrbutions from the following sources:

Mr. Alfredo Froilano De Mello of Montevideo, Uruguay, Prof. Ann Menezes of Aldona, Goa, Dr. Jose Colaco, Bahamas, Mrs. Elvira Uvenhoven, Toronto, Mr. John Lobo of Mississauga, Ontario, Mr. Joseph ( Boogie) Viegas, Goa, Moira Village Association, Toronto, Fred Noronha, Goa, Goa Now Webzine, Goa and Goa Today Magazine, Goa.

Goan Artists

Goan Professionals


Goan Academicians

Goans in Africa


The Life and Times of Eddie Sadashiva Pereira


In a conspicuous quote, Eddie Pereira wrote a farewell note the night before his demise;  “A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you and were helped by you, remember you when forget-me-nots are withered”.  These poignant words in his own handwriting remain;  “CARVE YOUR NAME ON HEARTS, …

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When Professor Peter Nazareths first novel In a Brown Mantle was launched In Kampala Uganda in 1972, little did anyone realize that the novel would prophesy the expulsion of Asians by General Idi Amin just nine days later. Nazareth was born in 1940 in Uganda to a father born in …

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Dr. Teotonio R. de Souza, Historian


Teotonio R. de Souza, Goa to Me, New Delhi: Concept Publ. Co., 1994 (ISBN 81-7022-504-3). Foreword by Prof. C. R. Boxer. Illustrations by Mario Miranda. Pp. 174. An autobiographical introduction, 10 essays, and the bibliography of the author. INTRODUCTION It is not by mere accident that the title of this …

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Dr. Froilano de Mello, MD, Eminent Doctor

PROFESSOR FROILANO de MELLO, MD Professor Froilano de Mello, MD 1887 -1955 A Short Biography of His Life and Achievements by Dr. Jose Colaco (1) and Mr. Alfredo de Mello (2) Froilano de Mello was born on May 17th 1887 in Benaulim, the eldest son of lawyer Constancio Francisco de …

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St. Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of Goa

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, FRONTLINE JESUIT MISSIONARY AND PATRON OF GOA by Prof.(Miss)Anne Menezes of Goa This account is taken from the souvenir brochure of the XV Solemn Exposition of the relics of St. Francis Xavier 21 Nov. '94 to 7 Jan. '95 in Old Goa, India,   Notes from GOACOM: …

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Gerald P. Nazareth

When Mr. G.P. Nazareth QC JP was appointed as Supreme Court Judge in the Hong Kong High Court it marked another milestone in his distinguished career with the British Overseas Civil service. Nazareth was educated at the Catholic Parochial School in Nairobi, St. Xaviers College and Government Law College in …

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Charles Correa

When Charles Correa won the Premium Imperial (the Japanese parallel to the Nobel Prize) earlier this year, it was recognition for over three decades of work which earned him distinction far and wide and any number of awards too with it. It is an architecture of horizontal planes, of roofs …

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Michael Martins, Maestro Par Excellence

Maestro Micael Martins on GOAN MUSIC Forward by: Themistocles D'Silva Micael Martins, musician, folklorist, and musicologist. Studied music at the Colegio Musica in Margao in the early twenties and taught music in Goa till 1946. In Bombay, Martins studied under Prof. Craen, Adrian de Melo and Dominic Pereira. Performed for …

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Johnnie Baptist – Eminent Musician from the 1940’s to the 1980’s

JOHNNIE BAPTIST (1919- 1984) The parish schools of the villages of Goa have been the nursery of a galaxy of talented artistes who later shone in Bombay's music world. Johnnie Baptist was one of those luminaries. Born in 1919 in the quiet village of Shiroda, in the district of Novas …

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Maestro Antoninho De Souza….A Legendary Goan Musician

MAESTRO ANTONINHO DE SOUZA A Legendary Goan Musician Being the son of a clarinetist, music mingled in his genes. But sheer hard work and his passion for perfection in music formed the sheet anchor of the resounding success that Antoninho de Souza achieved, says Braz Fernandes in our Goan Legends …

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