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Government lauds tiatr artistes for sustaining art form

Panaji: “Konkani is the foundation of tiatr, so it is very important to speak and write in the language for tiatr to survive,” said urban development minister Francis D’Souza, on Monday.Speaking as chief guest at the celebratory event marking the 125th anniversary of tiatr, at Kala Academy, Panaji, D’Souza, who is also the MLA of Mapusa, said he was greatly saddened that Goa’s mother tongue, Konkani, was not being widely spoken, whereas residents of other Indian states have been found to proudly speak in their respective native languages.”Tiatr is a good medium to educate people,” D’Souza said, while praising tiatrists for their struggles to present this popular art form within Goa and beyond.While assuring that the long-pending demand made by tiatrists for another auditorium in the capital city would be fulfilled, art and culture minister Govind Gaude, cautioned artistes to not disturb the communal harmony of Goa through their dramas or songs.Panaji MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker, too, complimented tiatrists for striving to highlight issues concerning the masses and drawing the attention of the authorities to solve them.
President of the 125th anniversary celebration committee, Tomazinho Cardozo, paid glowing tributes to tiatr’s main stalwarts, Lucasinho Ribeiro and Joao Agostinho Fernandes.Stating that 430 tiatrists from Goa and Mumbai have been felicitated till date, Cardozo acknowledged the financial assistance extended by the government for tiatr’s 125th anniversary. “Among the many events on the agenda is an exhibition of tiatr artefacts scheduled to be held in May at Margao’s Ravindra Bhavan,” Cardozo told TOI.In his welcome address, art and culture secretary Daulat Hawaldar termed tiatr as a popular art form appreciated by the Bahujan Samaj community that was slowly accepted by members of the other classes and given its due respect in society.”Tiatr will last long as Goans will never be tired of it. Tiatrists love telling stories to Goans through their productions,” Hawaldar said, as he went on to elaborate on various aspects for its survival thus far.Also present at the celebration was art and culture director Prasad Lolienkar. Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) president Agostoinho Temudo proposed the vote of thanks, while popular tiatr artiste Pradeep Naik, compered the function. [TOI]

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