Master Vaz, a multi-faceted tiatrist
- By Glacxy Fernandes (Navhind Times)
Master Vaz, a resident of Utorda, was seven years old when he started acting on the Konkani stage. Acting was in his blood because his father, Mister Vaz (Benjamin Vaz) and mother, Maria Aurora Vaz were also tiatrists.
His real name is Jose Lourenco Vaz, but the audience preferred calling him Master Vaz and the name remained.
I have acted in innumerable tiatrs. I just can?t say how many, says this 75-year old actor who has acted alongside famous Konkani tiatrists of yesteryears like J P Souzaline, M Boyer, etc.
Earlier, girls used to not act in tiatrs, he narrates.
So if the story demanded a girl, the male actors used to dress as females and do the act. Master Vaz fondly recalls that he along with others like Remmy Colaco,
Luis Rod, Andrew Fernandes, some of them who used to act as girls.
It was only in C Alvares' Avoichem Kortub that Miss Mona became the first girl to act on the Konkani stage, he reveals.
As a Konkani tiatrist he has performed in Goa, Delhi, Mumbai, Poona, Malwan, Africa, Mombasa, Campala, Nairobi, Nakuru, etc. Master Vaz has also written and directed about 25 Konkani tiatrs. Menino Render, Bapui Malgoddo, Put Fulgoddo are some of them. Besides, he has also composed songs for various tiatrs including the title-song of the first Konkani movie, Mogacho Anvddo directed by Jerry Braganza.
He has also acted in the Konkani movie, Amchem Noxib.
Master Vaz was honoured by the Konkani Heritage, Kuwait, on August 18, last year, for his immense contribution to the growth of tiatrs. He was also presented with the State Cultural Award by the state government in 1996-97.
I feel that the government must award female Konkani actors too, as it will give
a boost to the talents in them, suggests Master Vaz.
Now, Master Vaz writes and directs Konkani plays (one hour shows) for All India Radio. He has also composed and sung a song in his son, Marcus' Konkani music
cassette called 'Goenchi Girestkai' which will be released next month.
He also trains others in acting as he believes in passing on to others what he has
learnt in his lifetime.
You know, I might have become old, but the actor in me is still young, he adds
(As posted by gaspar almeida in Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter)