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Herald: A SPECIALIST AT WORK

May 01, 2022 | 05:15 IST

A SPECIALIST AT WORK

An experienced titan Dorothy Mascarenhas who has played various characters and acted for some of the biggest names in the industry, learned her skills by watching her parents, her co-stars and the people around her.

Dola has had long sleeves on the tiatr stage, making her a seasoned and matured tiara in acting and singing. Dorothy Juliet Mascarenhas, popularly known as Dola in the Konkani scene, hails from Sangolda in Bardez taluka but currently resides in Aquem, Margao in South Goa. Born on December 29, 1971, Dola comes from a family of tiatres where her father, the late Valente Mascarenhas was a writer and director of several tiatres and her mother, the late Rita Mascarenhas starred in Konkani’s film ‘Amchem Noxib’. As Dola’s father was an employee of the MPT, Vasco, she studied at the Institut Sainte-Thérèse until class VI, then at the Lycée du Couvent de Lourdes, Saligao until class X. She joined the St Xavier’s College, Mapusa, to complete his upper secondary education. While studying at both institutes, Dola had many opportunities to step on stage and showcase her innate talents. In her youth, she was also a member of the Sangolda church choir, which helped her hone her singing skills. Besides his work at MPT, Dola’s father, Valente Mascarenhas was also an artist, preparing stage panels and supplying tiatr directors. “One fine day his friend, the late Anthony D’Sa from Cuncolim took him to the tiatrs and he found a place in one of Saib Rocha’s tiatrs,” she recalls. As a writer and director, popular titles of Valente Mascarenhas include ‘Xevott Krimidoracho’, ‘Inam Rogtacho’, ‘Tarvotteacho Put’, ‘Bim Toxem Bhat’, ‘Guneanvkari’, ‘Kudd’ddo Bhikari’ and others. . At the tender age of 15, Dola made her first tiara entry in her father’s tiara ‘Kudd’ddo Bhikari’. She was later picked up by AM Araujo de Santa Cruz, who entered her into the Kala Academy (KA) tiatr contest in ‘Kallim Kupam’ tiatr, where she won first prize for acting in the female category. She continued with the same director in three tiatrs at the annual tiatr competition, winning first prize acting consecutively. Impressed by her acting skills, another renowned writer/director, Avito Fernandes de Merces, roped Dola into her staged tiatrs at the KA tiatr contest. It gave her the opportunity to win awards as an actress and for eight years she was part of the said competition, winning awards and proving her acting caliber on the tiatr stage. Shortly after a short stint in tiatr competition, Michael de Santa Cruz, who starred in Pascoal Rodrigues’ tiatr, recommended Dola’s name to the director and she made her first commercial appearance in tiatr ‘Ami Munis’ , as a replacement. Subsequently, she came fully into the troupe of Pascoal Rodrigues and continued with the same director for 2-3 years. In 1999, Dola married Charles Fernando and she took a long hiatus due to marriage and family life commitments. “When you have kids around you,” she said, “it’s a different responsibility and skill, the performing art takes a back seat and the family comes first.” After a gap of seven years, Dola returned to the stage in 2007 when she joined comedian Dominic’s troupe in tiatr ‘Sonvsar Sudhorlo’. It continued with the same director for three seasons, followed by the troupe of Mariano Fernandes during the monsoons. Till date, Dola has acted for almost all reputed tiatr directors including Rosario Rodrigues, Prem Kumar, M Boyer, Roseferns, Prince Jacob, comedian Agostinho, Milagres de Chandor, Filipe Almeida and others. After having worn the colors of the actors of the directors Dominic and Mariano Fernandes, Dola joined the troupe of the actor Agostinho in tiatr ‘Police 2’. “It was a remarkable and totally different role,” she recalls, “where heart and soul was put into the character of an honest and straight forward PS. Every dialogue delivered on stage received a response from the audience and tiatr fans called me “the iron lady of the tiatr stage”. the same production was rescheduled on stage at the request of the public “But ‘Police 1’ was a success compared to ‘Police 2′, hence the postponement to a later stage,” she added. Dola admits that tiatr directors Prince Jacob, Mariano Fernandes, Milagres de Chandor, comedian Dominic, Agostinho and many other directors have given her amazing roles on the tiatr stage and since she enjoys playing different characters on stage, she also starred in leading, villainous, and comedic roles.Compared to the various cast roles s In her scene, Dola outgrew the villain more than any other character and she feels proud of her parents because she inherited more “tiatristponn” from her father, who was a mainstay in the Konkani scene. When it comes to women joining the tiatr stage, there are always eyebrows raised and speculation galore, but Dola has a different thought and reasoning about it. “In any career, there are always setbacks,” she continues, “negativity will always follow, but it all depends on each individual. If you want to thrive, you can become great on stage.” Stage performance should only never be a career,” Dola believes, “but simply a hobby. Enjoy it as a hobby and a passion and never participate just to win a few dollars. Entry into the realm of the tiatr should be to establish a name on stage. “When an artist enters any troupe,” shares Dola from experience, “there is a mixture of seniors and juniors. And when good advice is given by the seniors, the juniors must accept it because it is shared by experience. “If you’re serious about your talents,” says Dola, “then you can thrive on the tiatr stage. And there are many who excel and do exceptionally well, as actors and singers. Dola has was last seen in Irineu Gonsalves’ “Goyche Fuddari” tiatr, followed by Father Nevel Gracias’ Lenten show “Tim Dogaim Ek Zatolim” staged in 2022. “If you like the stage, then work under the direction from your director will help you do it well and scale it up. Although I inherited so much from my parents, learning from directors and co-artists helped me become who I am today. Listening and obeying on the tiatr stage is very important. Asked about the stage name ‘Dola’, “it was actually my nickname,” she said bluntly, “and when she was playing in my dad’s tracks, the name went on and stuck. there forever, among directors, co-artists and audiences alike.”


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