Senior tiatr artist, writer Cirilo Fernandes is no more
MARGAO: Well-known Konkani head teacher and writer Cirilo Domingos Fernandes de Benaulim died on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 81 years old and was undergoing medical treatment in one of Margao’s private hospitals.
Upon hearing the news of Cirilo’s disappearance, several prominent figures in Konkani literature and the Tiatr fraternity expressed their shock.
Cirilo has eight Konkani books under his belt including ‘Soddear Vompil’li Jinn’, ‘Mhojea Bannavle Ganvant’, ‘Vason’, ‘He Jinnent Kanttech Kantte’, ‘Conductor Pirluk Mar’ etc. ‘Mhojea Bannavlechim Adlim Kazaram’, was a research book written on traditional and cultural aspects relating to Goan weddings.
Title and poet, Cirilo Fernandes was born in 1941 in Benaulim, Salcete. He completed his elementary studies in Portuguese and later finished tenth grade. At the age of 12, he wrote his first poem entering the world of literature. During his lifetime, he had written short stories, poetry, one-act plays and tiaras. ‘Obsoeg’, ‘Surokxa,’ ‘Dekhlem Mhunn Chaklem nhoi’ are some of his short stories. ‘Imtto Bhattkar’, ‘Duddvank Lagon’, ‘Niraxi’, ‘Durdoxea’, ‘Dusreponni Kazar’, ‘Favo Tem Mevonam’ are some of his famous tiatrs which have been staged in many places.
He was also a good actor and had acted in his own tiatra as well as several professional tiatra. The Tiatr Academy of Goa presented him with its prestigious “Life Time Achievement Award”. The Department of Arts and Culture awarded him “Kala Gaurav Puroskar” for his contribution to the tiatr.
He had also written numerous one-act plays for which he had received several awards. ‘Goan Review Foundation’ and in the Dalgado Konknni Akademi competition, he won first place. ‘Jivit’ magazine had honored him with ‘Kovita Sahitya Puroskar’ and ‘Konkani Bhasha Mandal’ with their prestigious literature prize 2010-2011.
He is survived by his wife Joaquina, his daughter Zeena and his sons Joe and Vivek.