26 Nov 2018 | 04:22am IST
Dreaming of taking Goan culture to North America
Velrose Pereira, who recently completed her graduation at York University, Canada, in the field of theatre studies and performance, is working towards taking Goan music and theatre to newer heights with her talent and hard work
Hailing from the picturesque island of St Estevam, Velrose Pereira recently completed her graduation at York University, Canada, in the field of theatre studies and performance. She plays the trumpet and hopes to represent and share Goan culture through music to the people of North America.
Speaking about her decision to opt for theatre studies and taking this interest to greater heights with a degree, Velrose said, “Prince Jacob was the reason behind the choice.” She realised her calling when she joined Prince Jacob’s troupe in tiatr ‘Pap Tujem Prachit Mhojem’, where she effectively played the role of a disabled person, capturing the hearts of tiatr lovers.
“During musical shows in Goa and abroad and during tours in Canada, music director Norman Cardozo has been a pillar of support,” she states. She adds that she can’t forget Goa’s nightingale Lorna Cordeiro, who stood by her side in moments of decision-making. “Initially, when I was seeking admission at the university, things were quite rough. But despite being some of my hardest days, Lorna persuaded me not to give up my university studies.”
Replying to a query about her passion for playing the trumpet, she said that it was Mack Dias from Canada who first discovered her there and gave her the platform to play the wind instrument. “He’s the reason behind why I fell in love with this instrument.”
Velrose’s music teacher in school, Berty Jacob, was another source of inspiration. “He would always tell me ‘you’re my best student’ and that’s what kept me going,” she says.
Fabian D’Costa of Manfa Music has been her motivator and like a second father to her. “He is someone I can trust. He will always correct me with a smile when I go wrong,” she mentions.
Last but not the least, Velrose is indebted to her father, Avers Pereira, for treating her like a son. “My dad has always supported me and fought for me,” she shares, “He has been and continues to be my biggest support. My grandmothers, who have passed away, also cannot be forgotten; they, along with my father, imbibed in me the love for Goa.”