(Last Updated on : 12-03-2009)
There are broadly three categories of Tiatr namely, Historical, Social and religious. Compared to other categories, historical tiatrs are negligible. Joao Agostinho Fernandes
in late 1890's wrote a tiatr Revolta de Sattari
. There may be one or more tiatrs in this category. The reason for not having enough historical Tiatrs is that the Tiatr writers were mostly Catholics and they did their education either in Portuguese or English. Due to this they never came in contact with the Indian history Hence there are not many Tiatrs based on historical events.
Since the innovation of Tiatr most of the original scripts dealt with social issues such as evils of caste system, dowry problems and alcoholism, unity and disunity in the family, value of education, etc., Present social problems like drug addiction, AIDS, Protection of environment are also focused through the tiatrs. Joao Agostinho Fernandes, Saib Rocha, C. Alvares, M. Boyer, Remmie Colaco, Aristides Dias, Minguel Rod, John Claro, Prem Kumar
and others have excelled in presenting Tiatrs on social themes.
Political Tiatrs were produced in good numbers only after the Liberation of Goa. Nelson Afonso
produced two tiatrs namely Salazar
. The Staging of these Tiatrs in different parts of Goa really took the Tiatr audience by surprise due to Afonso's courage in exposing political realities. Tomazinho Cardozo and Mike Mehta too wrote anr produced tiatrs based on modern day politics.
Religious Tiatrs were normally staged in the Lent season. Souzalino is the only artiste who directed religious tiatrs with excellence. Sat Dukhi, Panch Mister Horkache, Bhag Josechi Khorvont
are some of the best religious tiatrs of Souzalino
. After his death some Directors tried to present religious tiatrs but could not create an impact on the audience.