Herald: Much-awaited Goa Tiatr Academy opens today
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Much-awaited Goa Tiatr Academy opens today

16 Feb 2009 12:00am IST
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16 Feb 2009 12:00am IST

The inauguration of the much-awaited Goa Tiatr Academy on Monday will mark yet another chapter in the 117-year-old history of Konkani Tiatr ? the most popular drama form in the State.

Tomazinho says it will help improve artistes’ performance

The inauguration of the much-awaited Goa Tiatr Academy on Monday will mark yet another chapter in the 117-year-old history of Konkani Tiatr – the most popular drama form in the State. GUILHERME ALMEIDA takes a look at the aims and objectives of Tiatr Academy and finds out from the President of the Academy, Tomazinho Cardozo the significance of the institution.
A glance at the Constitution of Goa Tiatr Academy reveals that the Academy aims at fostering and developing Tiatr and its dances, music, song and literature, more particularly Konkani literature in Roman Script
The Academy is expected to play an important role to encourage the setting up of institutions to impart training in the art of Tiatr, including instruction in acting, direction, stage setting, light effects, sound effects, Tiatr music, script writing, production of lays and all other aspects related to Tiatr.
Says President of Goa Tiatr Academy, Tomazinho Cardozo: “No doubt, Tiatrs have survived without official support in the Portuguese era and the post-Liberation period. But the Academy offers big scope to bring further improvement in this theatre form of art by raising the standard on par with other forms of art”.
Promoting Tiatr and carrying out research in the field of Tiatr, its music, dances, songs and literature is another important function the Academy will perform, besides encouraging exchange of ideas and techniques between various part of Goa with regard to dance, music, song and literature related to Tiatr.
Another notable objective of the Academy is to publish literature and establish a library and museum. The Academy will establish and maintain its own model institutions for studies and research work in Tiatr and its dance, music, song and literature.
Encouragement in the development of dramatic activities in Children’s Tiatr in its various forms and promoting cultural exchanges in the field of Tiatr and its dance, music, song and literature with other States, and organizing Tiatr Festivals are amongst the host of objectives of the Goa Tiatr Academy.
The Academy will assist meritorious organizations working in the field of Tiatr and encourage and assist production of new Tiatr by awarding prizes and distinctions.
What Goa Tiatr Academy President Tomazinho Cardozo has to say on the Academy. Excerpts.
How do you feel over the inauguration of the Academy?
I am happy and glad that the Tiatr Academy is finally taking shape. It should have happened long ago. Credit must go to Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat as he not just promised the Academy, but fulfilled the promise.
In what way would the Academy give a boost to the Tiatr in Goa?
Tiatr is a popular form of art in Goa. Despite commercial success, the Tiatr is not well developed as far as stage settings, acting, directions, light effects is concerned. The Academy would hold workshops and seminars to the artistes to further improve their performance on stage.
Do you have special scheme in mind to tap hidden talent through the Academy?
Yes. A decade-and-half ago, Tiatr produced and directed by local villagers was part and parcel of village Feasts. Today, this is not so. We have to revive this long tradition through a scheme to encourage villagers to produce Tiatr and in the process tap the hidden talents.
It is said that the Government grant of Rs 15 lakhs is a small amount considering the work that lies ahead of the Academy.
The Rs 15 lakh grant is an initial grant. I am confident that the Government would sanction more grants to implement schemes and program worked out by the Academy.
What is your message on the occasion of the inauguration of the Academy?
My message is simple. All Tiatr artistes should come together and support the Goa Tiatr Academy in order to protect and preserve the Tiatr for posterity.

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