PANJIM: Goa’s prolific Konkani writer, novelist, journalist and musician, Bonaventure D’Pietro passed away on June 6 after a fall at his residence in Anjuna. He was 79.
Born on July 14, 1939, he obtained his primary education in Portuguese in his church school and learnt solfagio and the violin. He proceeded to Mumbai for further studies.
D’Pietro has 17 books to his credit, of which 12 are Konkani novels and five are based on various Goan issues, besides music, children and Goan heritage. For his unique style of penning novels, he was considered as James Hardley Chase of Konkani novels.
As a journalist, Pietro has served for Udentichem Noketr (Mumbai), Novem Goy (Margao), Gulab and Konkan Mail (Panjim), V Ixtt (Pilar) and Goykar (Candolim). He has also translated some parts of the Holy Bible.
Besides being a prolific writer, Pietro was a good musician and played tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet and the violin. He was a dramatist and has several tiatrs, one-act plays, mando and songs to his credit.
For his immense contribution towards Konkani literature and music, Pietro received several awards, which included the state cultural award in 2007-2008. Some of his popular novels include ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’, ‘’Kallea Vistidachi Choli’, ‘Mhojea Paicho Fondd’, ‘Ek Bhett Mungllurchea Xarak’, ‘Tichea Mornna Uprant’ and ‘Janya Celi’.
Pietro’s autobiography titled ‘Vattliechea Avazan’ was to be released on his 80th birthday at Art and Culture Department, Patto, Panjim, on July 14.