Arvind Dias shares a beautiful friendship with his mother, Josephine. For him, she is someone he can confide in, absorb positive vibes from and stay true to his roots. A noted tiatrist and a Goa State Awardee, Josephinehas dedicated over six decades of her life to the Konkani stage. As Josephine celebrates her 70th birthday today, her son feels that this occasion is a great opportunity to share her life story with the people who love her.
Josephine was born and brought up in Colva, before she shifted to St Cruz, North Goa after marriage. Born to Maria Santana and Cassiano D’Costa, Josephine, grew up watching her father writing, directing and acting in tiatrs. She started her career in tiatrs as a singer and her big break as an actress came in 1963, when her father cast her in his tiatr ‘Ti Moji Maim’.
“As an actress, my mother can fit into any kind of role. She loves playing character roles and she was recently on stage in Sharon Mazarello’s tiatr, ‘Tukai Tench Assa’, where she enthralled the audience with her superb performance, resulting in all the directors asking her to return to the stage once again,” says Arvind.
As an actor, Josephine has toured countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, working in tiatrs written and directed by Minguel Rod, C Alvares, Prem Kumar, John Claro, Jacinto Vaz, M Boyer, Aristides Dias, Mike Mehta, Anil Kumar, Wilmix, Seby Coutinho, Jephsis Hitler, Rico Rod, Nelson, Menino de Bandar, Alfred Rose, C D’Silva, F Cardozo and Menino De Bandar, to name a few.
As a singer, she has produced one cassette, entitled ‘Pordexi’,and has lent her voice to more than 70 Konkani audio albums. Many of her songs can be heard even today, especially those sung along with Jr Rod. She has also sung for audio albums produced by Felcy, F Cardozo, Socorro de Santa Cruz, Aniceto and others.
For her dedicated and outstanding services to the tiatr stage, she has been felicitated by various organisations such as Social Welfare Association St Cruz, Segundo Bairro Association, Cortalim Sports and Cultural Club, Kuwait Goans club, Kuwait and she has also bagged the Dr Jack De Sequeira Lifetime Achievement Award, Tiatr Academy of Goa Lifetime Achievement Award, Goa State Award 2014-2015. She was felicitated in London by the Goan Heritage Cultural Club.
Currently, Josephine has taken a break from acting in tiatrs and is actively involved in church activities. She is a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the Church Parish Council, also leading the Charismatic Renewal group in Santa Cruz Parish.
As part of her birthday celebration, the book release of ‘Mogan Morn’, a romance novel in Romi Konkani by her husband, late F X Dias, will be held today, July 19, 2018, at Santa Cruz Church Hall, Santa Cruz at 8:30pm in the presence of her son, Arvind, and daughter-in-law, Tania. [H]