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Alison Gomes popular as Alison de Curtorim on the tiatr stage, is a young singer who has been using his songs to thrash corruption and misuse of power by politicians

JP PEREIRA

As a kid, Alison Gomes always shied away from the microphone. Today however he is at ease on stage and often renders tunes for tiatrs. Indeed, it was his physical education teacher in school, Kingsley de Costa, who was responsible for bringing about this change.

“He taught me something important. He told me not to waste my life being naughty. But instead, use my talent to sing and entertain people. With his help I did just that and took singing seriously,” says Alison who used to love songs by Francis de Tuem and would often listen to his discs.

However, his dad Franky Gomes, who used to act in village shows was not in favour of the son joining the stage. “Daddy wanted me to study and get a degree. But my grandfather, the late Inacio Gomes, a writer and director of folk plays encouraged me. He helped me pick the topics, tunes and write lyrics and was with me every inch of the way. I miss him a lot,” he says.

Alison began by singing for musical shows by Norman Cardozo. The teacher and grandfather continued encouraging and even approached various directors, to request an opportunity for the budding singer.

Pascoal de Chicalim who was releasing his tiatr ‘Anj Bodvo’ booked him to render a song composed by the director who also advised, that in future he should learn to compose his own lyrics. The debut was a success, as the audience liked the song. Later, through audition, Milagres de Chandor cast him in ‘Go To Hell’. This was followed by dramas from Roseferns, Sally and Menino de Bandar. This season he renders songs for Tousif, Elvis Carmen and performs a solo, duet and a trio with mimicry in ‘Tum Sun Vo Avoi’, a tiatr by
Menino de Bandar.

In 2018, his family financed a musical show in Curtorim, with professional singers backed by some of the best musicians in Goa. The show was organised to raise funds for the renovation of the Carmel Chapel in Curtorim. Alison was also invited to sing in the Gulf countries by Shahu Almeida. Besides this, he uploads songs on YouTube on a regular basis. “Whenever I pick up an issue to criticise I make it a point to consult my friends regarding the genuineness of the subject. I even meet lawyers who know me and help me out,” he says. “Then I think of a tune and write the lyrics. My brother Avison, who plays the keyboard, helps me with the practice.”

Although he is paid for performances, Alison makes it a point to sing free for charity shows or if the director has not sold enough tickets and could be running a loss. “God has given me this gift to compose and sing and I feel I should give back something to society,” he says.

Speaking about the tiatr field, Alison feels that there is jealousy among tiatrists. “We at times, use the stage to criticise each other. Instead of this we could settle issues amicably. Whatever has happened in the past should be forgiven and we should have a new beginning,” he says. He further adds that he believes that tiatrs should become more youngster-oriented. “Established writers and directors have to try to bring in new subjects and introduce new artistes. Newcomers have to respect seniors and in turn, they too should be respected and
encouraged,” he says.

While Alison has been often compared to a well known political singer, Alison reiterates that he has his own style and doesn’t imitate anyone.

“Today my parents are happy with my progress, I am happy with my career. God has blessed me. What more can I ask for?” he says.

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