Herald: Release of the book, Life and Times of T B Cunha
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Release of the book, Life and Times of T B Cunha

19 Jun 2015 10:51pm IST

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19 Jun 2015 10:51pm IST

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A book on T B Cunha, the Father of Goan Nationalism, titled, ‘The Life & Times of T B Cunha’, written by Dr Nishtha Desai and illustrated by Ved Prabhudesai, was released on the occasion of Goa Revolution Day, June 18, 2015. National Bal Shree awardee Julian D’Costa and Historian Prajal Sakhardande spoke on the occasion in the presence of Minister Dayanand Mandrekar and Secretary Samuel Mathew, IAS. The event was held at the Multipurpose Hall of Sanskruti Bhawan, Patto Plaza in Panjim.

The book has tried to capture Cunha’s life, focusing on the activities he undertook to spread nationalism in Goa. It gives a background of his early years in Goa, his stay in Paris and the influence of political events of that time on his thinking. It gives an idea of his years in prison in Portugal, his escape from Portugal and the continuation of his nationalist efforts to free Goa while living in Mumbai.

While speaking on what went into the research of the subject, the author of the book, Dr Nishtha Desai, says, “The major part of the research was done when I was working on my PhD on ‘Tristão de Bragança Cunha (1891-1958) and the Rise of Nationalist Consciousness in Goa’. However, in this book, it is the illustrations that help to bring history to life. For this, Ved Prabhudesai, who has illustrated this book, visited Cunha’s ancestral house and researched the costumes and the architecture of the places that Cunha lived in during his life. He also went through the photo archives of the T B Cunha Memorial Committee.

After completing her PhD around nine years ago, Dr Desai felt that more people, especially young people, should know about Cunha. Dr Desai says, “Ved was keenly interested in bringing out a book in graphic format and this collaborative effort was launched. The book took around two-and-a-half years, as Ved was doing his degree in Fine Arts at Shantiniketan, West Bengal, and I was working full-time with an NGO. A lot of the communication took place over email. We proposed the idea to the Directorate of Art and Culture which agreed to support it after we submitted a detailed plan of the book.”

 

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