Tiatr legend Prem Kumar passes away
PANJIM, OCT 12, 2007 - Legendary tiatr writer-director-actor Prem Kumar
expired in Mumbai Friday evening.
Prem Kumar who was is his 70s, suffered from diabetes and blood
He was known for his creative sets and innovations on stage. Ordhi
Bakhri, a hit of yesteryears, was being re-released in Goa.
Born in Chandor, Peter D'Costa, who shot into prominence with his
stellar performances, went on to acquire the name of Prem Kumar. He
has around 50 dramas to his credit with hits like Upkar Naslolo,
Vauravadi, besides a Konkani movie Boglantt where he played the main
He was recently honoured by Dalgado Academy for his contribution to
the Konkani stage.
Noted actor Anil Kumar said that his death is a huge loss to the
Konkani stage. "He has left a vacuum that will be hard to fill," he
President of Dalgado Konknni Akademy Tomazinho Cardozo while mourning
the death of Prem Kumar said, "In almost 55 years of active
association with the tiatr stage, he produced about 50 tiatrs that
created a lasting impression in the minds of the audience. He was an
actor and director par excellence."
Another prominent Konkani stage artist Prince Jacob said, "We have
lost a great pillar of the Konkani stage who did immense amount of
service. He set a benchmark by introducing the revolving stage...one of
his many innovations."
Tiatrist Wilmix Wilson Mazarello while highlighting Prem Kumar's
contribution said that the latter was one of the leading playwright/
directors who dedicated his entire life to the Konkani stage. "He is
also one of the few Konkani tiatrists who produced a 35 mm celluloid
Konkani film 'Boglantt' without Government assistance," Mazarello
Senior Tiatrist Prem Kumar passes away
NT News Desk
Panaji, Oct 12 The Dalgado Konknni Akademy today mourned the death of
veteran Konkani Tiatrist, Prem Kumar, who passed away today in Mumbai.
In a press release, the DKA chief, Mr Tomazinho Cardozo said, "In
almost 55 years of active association with the Tiatr stage, he
produced about 50 Tiatrs which have created a lasting impression on
the minds of the audience. His masterpieces include 'Vavraddi',
'Rinn', 'Dukh', 'Kakut', 'Jivit Ek Sopon', 'Konnank Mhunnonk Maim',
'Abdul Narayan D'Souza', 'Ordhi Bakhri', 'Jawan' and 'Peleache
Vostuchi Axea Korum Naie'.''
Born in Chandor as Peter D'Costa, Prem Kumar based his Tiatrs on
various themes relevant to the society at that time. He highlighted
various social issues, patriotism and importance of communal harmony
through his Tiatrs. Goa and the Goan identity always had a prominent
place in his plays.
Besides acting, stage movements, actors' expressions and reactions, he
concentrated equally on stage settings and light effects to beautify
the performance of the Tiatr.
Apart from Tiatr, he enacted several small roles in Hindi films like
'Mera Salam', 'Bandish', 'Shaukeen', 'Hum Bhi Insan Hai', 'Sakhi' and
Prem also acted in Konkani film 'Boglantt' as hero, which had Goan and
In May this year, the DKA honoured him by conferring on him 'Mons.
Dalgado Puroskar' for his lifetime contribution to Tiatr, said the