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The Pursuit of Appreciation
by Francisco Veres Machado

    “I had the thought to write the poems a long time ago I had sequences, I had events I had words but I had no audience to appreciate”

    At the 32nd tiatr competition held from September 18 to October 3 at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Panaji with the participation of 11 tiatr groups, `Dennem' bagged the first prize.     

    Young Goan lass from Aldona wins `Teen of the Year' contest. Heads to Mumbai for the national finals on November 9.

    On 25th September in the year 1869, the great son of Goa Dr Francisco Luis Gomes sailed from Portugal to return to his homeland – Goa. His health had failed him. He was crumbling, suffering     from TB. The renowned Portuguese novelist, Julio Diniz, wrote referring to Francisco Luis Gomes: “Clothes hung on him as if on a peg” and further “it is difficult to believe that this skeleton is the     abode of a genius”. (Profiles of eminent Goans by Dr J Clement Vaz).

Where Jasmines bloom
by Daijiworld News Network - Goa (MB)

    Mardol wears the fragrance of the Jasmine Festival at Mahalasa Temple

Triumph over Adversity
by Valerie Rodrigues

    The sturdy bags made of thick coloured paper and with neat handles look so professionally done, that it is a surprise to hear that they are handmade. And the surprise turns to astonishment when I learn that Joseph Pereira, the young man who makes these bags, is totally blind.

Brilliant stars on talent's horizon
by Cyril D'Cunha, Goa Plus, Times of India

    They are the new age performers, with oodles of promise and a great future. I'm referring to three of Goa's most talented artistes on the threshold of breaking into the exclusive circle of classical music exponents, Sanya Myla Cotta (violin), Andrea Joy Fernandes (piano), Joanne Marie D'Mello (soprano).

    Artist Subodh Kerkar sets imagination with a contemporary twist this Ganesh Chathurti. Blending the east with modern sensibilities, his latest collection of terracotta figurines depicting the moods of the God of Wisdom, sets the tone for this unifying festival.     Prices on request at Kerkar Art Gallery,Candolim

    Graceful and charming, Ms Silvia Chiave, First Secretary for Cultural and Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Italy, New Delhi, believes India is a challenge that has added positively to her professional as well as personal growth. With Goa ranking high as the most preferred destination for Italians, Silvia wishes if only services and infrastructure could be upgraded to attract more Italian tourists.          By Ethel Da Costa

    They helped build brand Goa, fell in love with it and decided to stay on forever. But it seems that they have worn out their welcome.

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