Thursday, January 24, 2008

Fifty years of Konkani cinema

Function to mark fifty years of Konkani cinema
NT News Desk

The dalgado konkani akademi will be celebrating konkani cinema day to commemorate the day of release of the first konkani full length feature film "Mogacho Aunddo", which was released on April 24, 1950, and also to pay respect to the father of Konkani cinema Al Jery Braganza, writer, producer, director and hero of the first Konkani film "Mogacho Aunddo', and "Sukhachem Sopon".

The function will be held at T B Cunha hall on April 24 at 4.30 pm. Rico Rod, veteran film and stage personality, who also was the co-producer of the old back and white Konkani film "Kortubancho Sounsar" and Rajendra Talak, producer and director of the recently released konkani film "Alisha" will be the guests of honour.

The special attraction of this programme is that the Konkani film lovers will have a rare opportunity to hear the audio tracks of orignal old Konkani films like Mogacho Aunddo, Jivit Amchem Oxem, Sukhachem Sopon, Mog ani Moipas, Nirmon, Girestkai, Bogsanne, Suzanne, Jivanacho Khell, Moji Ghorkan, Boglantt, etc with brief information on the same by Konkani film and music historian and writer of the publication 50 Years of Konkani Cinema, Mr Andrew Viegas.

The function will be presided by president of Dalgado Konkani Academy, Mr Tomaxinho Cardozo.

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Goa não é só igrejas, praias, feni, mandós e tiatr. Também na Sétima Arte, brilharam estrelas goêsas pela primeira vez há 50 anos. O 1º filme "Mogacho Aunddo" estreou-se no Cinema Nacional de Panjim em 24 de Abril de 1950. Nessa altura os ladrões da meia noite do grupo de Ali Bábá indiano (Nerhu) ainda não tinham pisado o solo de Dadrá e Nagar-Aveli (Silvassa). Tinhamos uma vida sossegada e nas ruas circulavam carros Mercedes e Opel. Quem não se lembra ou que não esteve em Goa ainda pode ver tais carros no filme concani "Amchem Noxib".

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50 years of Konkani cinema 1950-2000
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2000

Editorial - for the love of Konkani (Al Jerry Braganza -
The Father of Konkani Cinema) 3

Origin of Cinema 6

Konkani motion pictures/ celluloid films 9
1. Hindi films with the word 'Goa' in their title 20
2. Over 100 films filmed in Goa 28
3. Konkani actors/ goans in other language cinema 35
4. Konkani films remade/ dubbed in other languages 42
5. Hindi playback singers who sang Konkani songs 48

Incomplete/ under production celluloid films 49
6. Goan musicians who played for Hindi films 54

Model of the Issue 59
They said it-1 60

Konkani video films/ tele films 61
7. When christian musicians first played in Indian
films 64
8. The first Indian cinema song 69
9. The first silent film to be filmed & shown in Goa 73
10. Hindi films actors who spoke in Konkani 78

Incomplete/ under production video films 79
11. The Konkani tiatrs in which films were shown 82

The said it-2 84

Konknnintlim cholchitram Alvaro Gomes 85
12. Goans in Indian film industry 90

Konknni cholchitr Hema Naik 93
Vision on Konkani cinema Pundalik Naik 98
13. The goan cinema houses of yesteryears 99

Konknni film-gitam 101
14. The first broadcast of Lata's songs on radio Goa 105

National film archives of India Andrew Greno Viegas 106
Film and TV institute of India Andrew Greno Viegas 110

15. The number of cinema theatres in India 111

Poetry 111
Konkani video's/ film songs on T.V 112
Konkani film songs on radio 112
Jacinto Vaz and Konkani cinema Andrew Greno Viegas 113
Appreciating Films 115
Sex scenes in moives Fr. Mike 117

16. The films screened in villages by Govt. depts. 119

United entertainers 121
There's drama in my mustard Isabel De Santa Rita Vas 123
Pinocchio & Asterix in Goa Andrew Greno Viegas 125
On being a mustard seed Prajal Sakhardande 126
News reel 128
References 134

Konkan entertainment : 50 years of Konkani cinema 1950-2000

English/Editors-Viegas, Andrew Greno; {Taleigao-Panaji Goa: 2000}

Keywords - {Indian Cinema,Goa}


VIEGAS (Andrew Greno). Konkani cinema turns 50. Screen. 49(33); 5 May 2000; 6.

Traces the history of Konkani cinema since the first Konkani motion picture released on April 24, 1950.

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While others shot, Andrew wrote ... the story of Konkani cinema

Art lecturer, Konkani author and guitarist-singer
Willy Goes pays tribute to a humble, young man who
died of Cancer in Goa recently, after working humbly to
record the history of Konkani cinema.

By Wilfred "Willy" Goes

When a book titled '50 Years of Konkani Cinema' was published
in the year 2000, history of sorts was created. This book is
a detailed historic account of fifty years traverse across
the world of Konkani cinema. As an avid fan of Konkani cinema
and Konkani culture, I was happy that somebody had indeed
published such a book. In fact, the book was the product of a
one-man research, and that man was Andrew Greno Viegas. Today
this book is used as the only reference book by researchers
of Konkani cinema all over the world.

I did not know who Andrew Greno Viegas was at that time, but
had a strong desire to meet this man and congratulate him
personally for the impressive and path-breaking work he had

It was Cecil Pinto who introduced me to Andrew during a
meeting of the core organizing committee of Second All India
Konkani Music Convention, a mega event which was held in
Panjim in 2004. I was given the responsibility to compile and
edit the convention magazine, and Andrew was a member of the
editorial board. He was one of the few members of the board
who showed a genuine concern and helped to make the magazine

He stood by me in this endeavour and provided interesting
material. He suggested names of many writers who could
contribute to this magazine. He would call me regularly, and
would visit my house to monitor the progress of this
magazine. During this period, I was happy that I was actually
interacting with the author of a very useful publication. And
I also realized that he, being a simple and down to earth
person, was immensely gifted.

During this period, a bond of friendship developed between
Andrew and me. And eventually I realized that Andrew had a
vast collection of Konkani films, Konkani music and Konkani
film and music-related matter in the form of articles,
posters, and other memorabilia.

The collection also included film projectors and gramophone
record players. "I spend a large part of my earning on
collecting these things," he once told me. He was working on
his next book, tentatively titled "90 Years of Konkani

Even though he had enough material, the work was not gaining
momentum mainly due to financial constrains. Andrew traveled
far and wide to pursue his research, and he did this at his
own cost. There was no financial support, neither from the
Government, nor from any trust.

In the year 2005, Andrew called me and discussed about
celebrating April 24 as Konkani Cinema Day. We further
discussed it with Dalgado Konknni Akademi president Tomazinho
Cardozo, and other members of the Akademi. The idea was well
received and it was immediately decided to commemorate the day.

Andrew arranged everything that was required for the day. He
brought his gramophone records of the film 'Mogacho Anvddo',
the gramophone player and the like. His father assisted him
in arranging all that was required. In his opinion, the first
Konkani film 'Mogacho Anvddo' by Frank Fernand had to be
highlighted on this day.

He did a collage of sound tracks of some old Konkani films
too. The function was attended by veteran tiatrists and
Konkani film actors and was a big success. It was a precedent
to commemorate April 24 as Konkani Cinema Day, and it has
been done successful for the last three years, and hopefully
will be continued to be done for the years to come. This
year, Konkani Cinema Day was attended by office bearers of
Kala Academy, Directorate of Art and Culture and
Entertainment Society of Goa too.

Once, Andrew told me that, as a seventh or eighth standard
student, he would spend his entire pocket money on buying
film related newspapers, magazines, books, video tapes,
cassettes and just about anything that was related to Konkani
film and music. He also collected Konkani books and novels,
and information about anybody he felt was contributing
towards Goan and Konkani culture. I was surprised to find in
his collection a small article on me published in one of the
local dailies in the year 2001, regarding my work in
photography. We had not met each other then.

Andrew never had anything bad to say about others.
The only complain I heard from him was that,
somebody translated his book '50 years of Konkani
Cinema' in Konkani without his permission, and did
not even acknowledge his work appropriately. He was
deeply hurt by this. He had the right to be hurt,
because he had spent a fortune and his life to
compile the book.

When I told Andrew that I had written a novel in Konkani, and
wanted to publish it, he was quite excited about it, and
advised me to show it to Bonaventure D'Pietro, a very
experienced and known Konkani novelist.

In a few days time, he arranged for a meeting between the two
of us, and I handed over the manuscript of the novel to
Bonaventure, who willingly read it and corrected all the
mistakes. He assured me that the manuscript was good, and
that I should go ahead and publish it. The novel 'Altoddi ani
Poltoddi' was eventually published by the Dalgado Konkani
Akademi. Andrew also went all the way to Mapusa and brought
me copies of novels by Reginal Fernandes and Bonaventure D'Pietro.

It was on Christmas eve last year when I received a call from
Andrew. It was quite late in the evening. As usual I greeted
Andrew with 'Hi Andrew, How are you.' Instead of a hale and
hearty 'I am fine', I heard a feeble and apprehensive voice
of Andrew saying 'Willy, I am not well, I went to the GMC for
a scan, and they have advised me to go to Tata Memorial
Hospital immediately. I am leaving tomorrow.' Early next
morning I rushed to see him. He seemed alright; obviously a
little shaken by the shocking news. When he returned from
Mumbai, his family got the news that he was diagnosed with
lung cancer. He had to take six doses of chemotherapy.

The chemo doses began, and with every dose, instead of seeing
an improvement in his health, I saw his health sliding
downhill. We did everything to strengthen him morally. He was
aware that he would be around not for long. He kept on
talking about his next book, '90 Years of Konkani Music', and
he also had a desire to do a more colourful reprint of the
'50 Years of Konkani Cinema'.

He was also worried about his vast collection of Konkani
film- and literature-related material. He wanted to catalogue
everything. By then he had become very weak. I promised him
all assistance. I even discussed it with Tomazinho Cardozo,
and Tomazinho suggested that we employ an assistant to help
Andrew to complete the cataloguing, but that was not to be.

I visited him about twice or thrice a week, and every time I
saw him, I went home disturbed. I prayed and even argued with
God as to why Andrew should stay on, on this planet. He had
important work tp finish.

But as the saying goes in Konkani, 'Devacho ghutt devuch
zanna' (God alone knows His secrets). We have to humbly bow
down to His will and pray that He grant Andrew's dear ones
strength and grace to bear the loss. His son Amroy Andrew
Viegas was exactly one month and twenty two days old the day
Andrew breathed his last. He will grow up without the loving
and assuring touch of a father, but will surely be proud of
his father's achievements and will carry on the good work of
his father. Courtesy: "Goanet Reader"

Miguel Braganza, S1 Gracinda Apts,
Rajvaddo, Mhapsa 403507 Goa
Ph 9822982676

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