When the Curtains Rise


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Author: André Rafael Fernandes

9789380739014 | HB | pp. 216 | 2010 | Tiatr Academy of Goa, Goa1556

This book traces the growth of the tiatr (or tiatro) right from its diverse roots in zagor and khell. It also delves into Tiatr in a modern context.

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Called one of the most vibrant forms of modern Indian theatre, the tiatr strikes a deep chord with its audiences. Where do its origins lie? How did it get its legacy of music and song? What role did the city of Bombay play in promoting the tiatr? Who pioneered this drama form? What challenges does it now face? These are some of the issues tackled in this book.

This work traces the growth of the tiatr (or tiatro) right from its diverse, sometimes overlooked, roots in zagor and khell. It unearths references to the earliest Portuguese plays in Goa. It helps understand theatre in Goa, the region’s cultural history, and the role of diaspora communities in keeping the Konkani language vibrant.


André Rafael Fernandes





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About the Author

The author is Associate Professor at Goa University's Department of English. He holds a Ph.D., an M.Phil. and M.A., B.Ed. and B.Com. (Hons.) degrees. Originally from Raia, Salcette, he studied and researched in Darjeeling, Shillong and Portugal. Femandes has been teaching for 33 years, including for the last two decades at the Goa University. Courses he has taught include: The Novel, Commonwealth Literature, Linguistics, Indian Writing in English, and Joseph Conrad. He introduced audio-visual material for teaching Linguistics, and helped build GU's advanced language laboratory. He was part of the research project "Portuguese Language in Goa: Phonetic Study and New Technologies in Teaching". He joined teachers from the University of Porto in Portugal for this work, after being awarded a research fellowship which also took him to the universities of Aveiro, Coimbra and Lisbon.


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