Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mangalorean Konkani Film ‘Mog Ani Maipas'

Late Michael Maxim D’Souza, well known among Konkani music lovers as Mick Max was born on April 13, 1950 in Bejai and his parents were Paul and Florine D'Souza. He was the eldest among his three sisters and five brothers.

He is a well known name in the field of Konkani literature, drama and music. He started his career as a sub editor of the then popular Kannada daily Navabharath. Having worked in Muscat for 22 years, he continued his service of building up the Konkani community after his return.

He was a good musician and his songs have been compiled in 3 volumes, popularly known as Mick Max Golden Hits. Apart from being a good musician, he was also a prolific writer. He has to his credit 3 Novels, 2 Short Story Books, 1 Drama Book, 6 Stage Plays, Poetry and hundreds of articles in leading Konkani Periodicals.

His two novels won the "The Best Novel of the Year Awards" in 1984 and 1986 from the Goa Konkani Saahithya Parishad.

He was the recipient of year 2002 Karnataka Sahitya Academy Drama Book Award.

His stage play "Patim Polloinaka" won the best second play award in the year 2002 during the All India Drama Competition held in Bangalore.

He has been honoured by Sandesha last year for his contribution to Konkani literature and by the Konkani Kutam Bahrain in 2003.

He was also honored by Konkan Karaval Kalakaar - a premier Konkani theatre group of Mangalore, for his contribution and services to Konkani litterateur and theatre.

A little known fact about MickMax was that he also starred in the pioneering Mangalorean Konkani Film ‘Mog Ani Maipas' and has also written dialogues for the same.

He was in the process of scripting a Konkani serial for a local TV channel when death intervened on April 24, 2006.

He leaves behind his wife Joyce and children Karishma Michelle and Karan Russell. as

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