Tiatr Academy of Goa

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Tiatr Academy of Goa
FormationJanuary 16, 2009;10 years ago (2009-01-16)
Type Governmental organization
PurposeFoster and develop Tiatr and its dances, music, songs and literature; especially the Konkani Literature in Roman script as well as through them the cultural unity of Goa as well as India. [1]
HeadquartersSecond floor, Campal Trade Centre, Panaji, Goa
Agostinho Temudo [2]
Main organ
General Council [3]
Parent organisation
Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa [3]
Website http://www.tiatracademygoa.com

The Taitr Academy of Goa is a government body established by the Government of Goa in 2009 during the tenure of Digambar Kamat as the Chief Minister of Goa. The Academy was inaugurated on 16 January 2009 in Margao at the hands of the tiatr artist Master Jose Francisco Vaz [4] The Academy's aim is to foster and develop Tiatr and its dances, music, songs and literature; especially the Konkani Literature in Roman script as well as through them the cultural unity of Goa as well as India. [1] [5]

The Government of Goa is the provincial government created by Constitution of India as executive, legislative and judicial authority of state of Goa. It is located in Panaji, Goa.

Digambar Kamat Indian politician

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Margao City in Goa, India

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The tiatr has a rich history [6] of 125 years [7] and is an important form of theatre in the Konkani language. [8] The first tiatr was performed in 1892 in Bombay. [9]

Tiatr is a type of musical theatre popular in the state of Goa on the west coast of India as well as in Mumbai and with expatriate communities in the Middle East, London and other cities where Konkani speakers have a considerable presence. The dramas are performed mainly in the Roman Konkani dialects and include music, dancing and singing. Tiatr performers are called tiatrists.

Theatre collaborative form of performing and fine art

Theatre or theater is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers, typically actors or actresses, to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place, often a stage. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music, and dance. Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι.

Konkani language Indo-Aryan language spoken in India

Konkani is an Indo-Aryan language belonging to the Indo-European family of languages and is spoken by Konkani people along the western coast of India. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution and the official language of the Indian state of Goa. The first Konkani inscription is dated 1187 A.D. It is a minority language in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu.

There had been a demand from lovers of tiatr and the artists that the Government of Goa take steps to protect and promote the theatre form. [10] During the tenure of Digambar Kamat as the Chief Minister of Goa, a committee was established under Chief Minister Kamat's chairmanship for the purpose of drafting a constitution for the proposed Tiatr Academy. The committee included Tomazinho Cardozo, Premanand Sangodkar, Fatima D'Souza, Wilson Mazarello, Prince Jacob and Prasad Lolayekar (Director, Directorate of Art & Culture of the Government of Goa) as members. [11] The committee drafted the constitution and the Academy was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 under No. 85/Goa/2009 on 2 February 2009. [11] The Government of Goa appointed Tomazinho Cardozo as the first President [12] of the Academy and the Academy was inaugurated on 16 January 2009. [13]

Constitution Set of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is governed

A constitution is an aggregate of fundamental principles or established precedents that constitute the legal basis of a polity, organisation or other type of entity, and commonly determine how that entity is to be governed.

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The General Council and the President of the Tiatr Academy of Goa are appointed by the Government of Goa for a term of three years. In addition to ex officio members like the Secretary and the Directror of Art & Culture, Government of Goa; the Council also other members and organisations who work in the field of tiatr. The term of the General Council shall be three years. [14] [15] [16]


The Academy organises various programmes and events for the promotion and conservation of tiatr. The Academy organises competitions and festivals such as the Children's Tiatr Festival [17] and the Popular Tiatr Festival. [18] The Academy also organises jubilees of various tiatr actors. [19] The Tiatr Academy of Goa organises workshops on tiatr in educational institutions across Goa to promote awareness about tiatr among the students. [20]

Goa State in India

Goa is a state considered to be part of western as well as southern India, within the coastal region known as the Konkan, separated from the Deccan highlands of the state of Karnataka by the Western Ghats. It is bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast. It is India's smallest state by area and the fourth-smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the best-placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

The Academy also has various schemes such as oral documentation of tiatr, documentation of tiatr through research, etc. [21] The Academy organise special programmes every month called Somplolea Tiatristancho Ugddas to remember the tiatr artists of yesteryears. [22] The Academy also organises a monthly programme where tiatr artists of repute are invited to interact with tiatr lovers. [23]

The Tiatr Academy of Goa has published several books regarding tiatr. [24] The Academy confers Lifetime Contribution Awards and Khell Tiatr Awards. [25] [26]

List of Presidents of the Academy

List of Presidents of the Tiatr Academy of Goa
1 Tomazinho Cardozo January 6, 2009March 15, 2012 [27]
2Prasad Lolayekar, [28] Director, Directorate of Art & Culture, Government of Goa (Interim President)March 16, 2012July 29, 2012
3 Prince Jacob [29] July 30, 2012September 3, 2015 [30]
4Agostinho Temudo [2] [31] September 4, 2015till date

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