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Panaji,  October 24, 2018

Kartika 2, 1940

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) presented their annual ‘Life Time Contribution Awards’ to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of late Rosario Rodrigues- the Father of Khell-Tiatr, at Institute Menezes Braganza in Panaji today. This year the awards were conferred on three veteran tiatrists- Shri. Milagres Fernandes (Milagres de Fatorda), Shri. Joao Santana Fernandes (Johny Cool) and Shri. Domingos Francisco Mascarenhas.  

Curtorim MLA Shri. Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, who was the Chief Guest for the function, presented the awards in the presence of Tiatrist Shri. Osvy Viegas and Director of Art and Culture and President of TAG Shri. Gurudas Pilernakar Secretary TAG Shri. Cezar D’Mello and Smt. Carmin Rodrigues, wife of late. Rosario.   

While addressing the gathering MLA Shri. Lourenco congratulated the awardees for their contribution in the field of khell and Tiatr and applauded TAG and its committee for encouraging the folk art. Quoting English writer Shakesphere, Shri Lourenco said that we all are actors on planet Earth. We all must work positively and united to save our dying art and culture.

Earlier, the program began by paying floral tributes to late Rosario. Shri. Pilernkar gave the welcome address. A handbook containing information about the three awardees was released by the guests. Shri. Osvy Fernandes spoke on the occasion while Shri. Milagris Fernandes spoke on behalf of awardees. Shri. Pradeep Naik compered the function and Shri. Cezar D’Mello proposed the vote of thanks.

The award ceremony was followed by cultural programme  by Com. Domnic Coelho, Com.Luis Bachan and Com.Anita and musician Jhonny B Gud. The program was attended by tiatrists in large numbers.