‘When the curtains rise, understanding Goa's vibrant Konkani theatre’, a book by Dr André Rafael Fernandes has been published with the financial support from Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG).
Based on a PhD thesis, the work traces the growth of the tiatr (or tiatro) right from its diverse, sometimes overlooked, origins. It unearths references to the earliest Portuguese plays in Goa. It helps understand theatre in Goa, the region's culture history, and the role of Diaspora communities in keeping the Konkani language vibrant.
The book contains some rare illustrations. For instance, the front cover illustration depicts a handbill for the 1904 performance of Batcara. List of characters confirms the early participation of women in the tiatr, at a time when this was not prevalent in other Indian theatre forms.
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