After 35 years of
service in the Gulf, Avers Pereira is back to his roots and set to take a
plunge again on the Konkani stage as a singer and surprise the tiatr audience
with his acting skills as well
Avers Pereira was born on December 7, 1965. Due to service at the Vasco
Harbour, his father, late Zeferino Pereira resided at Vasco with his family.
Being fond of tiatrs,
Pereira’s father would take him along in order to watch and as per the
opportunities available, sing songs during the performances. It was at one such
performance of tiatr ‘Ostori’ by late Paulo, a tiatrist from Vasco, at the
tender age of 7, he rendered a song ‘Hanv Ek Manager’, composed by the
After Pereira’s father
retired from service, the family moved to the picturesque and serene village of
Sant Estevam in the Tiswadi taluka. At the age of 13, Avers found an entry in
late Rom Tony’s tiatr ‘Piso Police Inspector’, which was staged across Goa, and
he rendered two of his compositions, namely ‘Gupit Mog’ and ‘Kazari Jivit’.
At the age of 15,
Pereira joined hands with his fellow villager, Anthony Sylvester and the duo
presented their first tiatr ‘Atancho Sonvsar’ under the banner ‘Antvers
Productions’. It was at this juncture when he encountered the late Souza Boy,
who was part of the Trio Kings (Anthony-Souza Boy-Jr Nelson).
“Late Souza Boy was
kind enough to guide me as far as compositions and other intricacies of songs
were concerned,” revealed Pereira. In 1983 ‘Antvers Productions’ came up with
another tiatr ‘Girestkai’, which was later produced in a video cassette in
pastures, Pereira flew to Bahrain in 1985. But during vacation, in 1992, when Pereira
staged tiatr ‘Ixttagot’ under the banner ‘Antvers Productions’, the cast
included topmost artistes of the Konkani stage, namely Joe Rose, Greg/Sabina,
Ben Evangelisto, Young Chico, Prem Kumar, Jr Rod, Rosy Alvares, Trio Kings
(Anthony-Souza Boy-Jr Nelson), Jacinto Vaz and Mary Vaz. “The Charlie Chaplin
of the tiatr stage, Jacinto Vaz performed in this tiatr and thereafter fell ill
and passed away in 1993,” he mentioned.
Under the banner
‘Antvers Productions’, the last production was ‘Jib’ in 1993, which had the
same topmost cast, except Jacinto Vaz and Mary Vaz. During his stay in Bahrain,
he performed in two tiatrs of Bab Peter, apart from participating in a singing
competition organized by the Young Goans Club and winning first prize on three
“During my 10 years
stay in Bahrain,” Pereira stated that Francis Correia, G R Crasto and late Max
Tavares were his life support. “In cultural activities,” he said, “their
backing always served as a big boost to my talent.”
From Bahrain, Pereira
paved the way to Muscat, where he had longer innings. In Muscat, E Perry
introduced him in two of his tiatrs, namely ‘Nanv Dovrun Gelo’ and ‘Hench Tem’
and musical shows ‘Problem’ and ‘Mistake’, besides participation in tiatrs
organized by the Goan Community of Oman (GCO), which also felicitated him at
the hands of the ambassador of India in 2019.
In 2015, Pereira
organized a musical show with performances by Lorna, his daughter, Velrose,
comedian Manohar Bhingui and musician Norman Cardozo. Two songs which were
instant hits in Oman included ‘Konknni Uloi’ and ‘Direct Flight’.
“The song ‘Direct
Flight’ was rendered in one of E Perry’s tiatrs,” recollected Pereira, “and its
impact was the introduction of direct flight from Muscat to Goa in 2016.
“Earlier, it was a flight from Oman to Mumbai and then the Goans would get
stranded there for almost 8 hours, till they boarded the connecting flight to
Goa,” he added.
On January 10, 2020,
when the king of Oman, Sultan Qabos Binsaid passed away, Pereira was inspired
to compose a song as a tribute to the departed king and he succeeded in
releasing it in February. “He was the only educated king in the Gulf region,”
he said, “he was a peacemaker and always supported the Christian community,
winning respect from the world leaders.”
When it comes to
composition of songs, Pereira enjoys picking up relevant issues related to the
society. Earlier, he composed a song ‘Gulfant Hero Goykaranche’, which focused
on the active Goans in the Gulf countries, followed by ‘Corona Virus’ on the
pandemic in April 2020, both uploaded on the YouTube channel.
In 1997 Pereira
released his first audio cassette ‘Soro’, which was the first in the Sant
Estevam village, followed by ‘Tin Bhutam’ in 1999. His audio CDs include
‘Konknni Uloi’, ‘Devacho Ghutt’, ‘Gulfantle Koxtt’ and ‘Posko’ and his two VCDs
comprises of ‘Familicho Ekvott’ and ‘Avaz Tuzo’, where Lorna rendered her
melodious voice with Velrose.
political songs, composing solos and duets on social themes and providing moral
values are Pereira’s forte. Till date almost 80 per cent of his compositions
have been rendered by Lorna, late Young Chico, Anthony San, Ben Evangelisto, Fr
Eusico Pereira, Basilio Marques, Braz Pereira, Acasio Pereira, Felcy, Bushka,
Semanca, Sydelle, Franzie, Prince Jacob, Xavier Gomes, Benny de Aldona and
daughters, Velrose and Velriza.
Pereira served as a
resort manager in the Sheraton Qurum Beach Resort, Muscat. And for 25 years of
dedicated service in the hospitality industry, he was presented the ‘Best Manager’s
Award’ at the hands of UK-based Arab businessman, Shaikh Ahmad Alqarawi. Back
to his roots after 35 years in the Gulf, he is now all set to make a comeback
on the tiatr stage, as a singer and actor, thus working full time towards the
growth of tiatr industry.
daughter, Velrose, is following in her father’s footsteps. Passionate about
music and theatre, she obtained her Master’s degree in Fine Arts (theatre) via
York University, Canada, and will soon be applying for Ph.D in theatre.