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From providing sound to tiatrs, composing music, and directing his own tiatrs, Jerson Fernandes from Nuvem is versatile when it comes to serving the Konkani stage

JP Pereira

Jerson Fernandes from Nuvem is an actor, singer, musician, who also provides sound for tiatrs and other shows.

It was his father Joaquim who used to provide sound for tiatrs when they were staged in various villages several years ago that inspired Jerson to pursue a similar line. The young boy, Jerson would accompany his father and help with the work back then which infused in him a great love for tiatr.

“I watched many dramas with keen interest when I went along with my dad to set up the sound and developed this love although my parents never acted in tiatr,” he recounts. “With supportive parents and teachers, I participated in many competitions and sports events during my school days at St Theresa High School, Santo Estevam and won many prizes,” he says.

At the age of 14, Dominic Carvalho introduced the young actor in ‘Ti Tuka Ravta’ a tiatr released in 2004. He later was also seen in ‘To Lipchona’. The actor was then noticed by Mini Mario who cast him in ‘Loztat Te Fattim’.  Jerson followed  these up with performances in ‘Valor’ by Albert Roma and ‘Ticket’ by Jr Reagan. His latest performance was in ‘Tempa Pormonem’ by Roseferns.

After acting for various directors in the Kala Academy Tiatr competition, in 2017 he got an opportunity to play a major role in ‘Postman Dias’ a tiatr by Alfie Fernandes.

“I have also acted for carnival ‘khell’ by Jacinto Gracias and for the past 13 years I have acted for Sansil and Jose de Benaulim,” says Jerson.

Jesron also wrote one act plays and even went on to write his tiatr ‘Fuddar Kitem’ which was released in 2016. The show was staged five times with new artistes and professional singers from the Konkani stage. He played the lead in ‘Friendship’ a film by Seby Coelho and did comedy in the movie ‘Mariola’.

His talent allowed his to also act for video films like ‘Hearts’, ‘Romance’ and his own ‘Tuka Mevle’.

“I loved music and decided to learn the guitar and began taking lessons for three months. I realised I had the knack to play musical instruments, so, began practicing on the guitar as well as the keyboard putting in hard work and dedication,” says Jerson, before adding that he soon began playing music and started composing lyrics and tunes for songs.

‘Naddkai’, a pop album was his first audio disc which featured new and promising singers rendering songs composed by him. In fact, the album went on to be a success as it was widely accepted by Konkani music listeners.

Today he has his own five-piece band called ‘The Strikers’ with his wife, the talented Elaine Pinto as the lead singer. The couple also has a two-piece band ‘Shanas Duo’ for smaller occasions.

He has played background music for many tiatrs and manages ‘Jerson Sound’ a unit that provides sound for many functions. This sound system was used for tiatrs like ‘Tujem Bhangar Tujea Angar’ by Mariano Fernandes, ‘Mhojem Jivit Konanchea Hatant’ and ‘Khorench Hanv Patki Kai’ by Lenoy-Alfie and the latest ‘Nizache Goemkar Ami, Baddeache Goemkar Tumi’ by Eddy-Mini Mario.

Coming to his love for acting on the stage Jerson says that he loves to play tragic roles as well as comedy.

“I am dedicated and give it my all, to the project I undertake. Being busy with the band and the sound, it is not possible to take up many shows but whenever I am free, I will definitely serve the Konkani stage,” he says.

Jerson is  also grateful to God for bestowing him with so many talents and thanks his family and teachers who always motivated him.

And he strongly believes that tiatr is a rich Goan tradition which should continue.

“Tiatr directors today have to take up themes relevant to the youth. Modern stories and novelties like the recent band on stage have to be introduced,” he says, before adding that the audience will always like something good and different.

Jerson is happy to be working in his own state and despite many offers to go abroad he stuck to his soil and roots.

“Since I have done a course in cookery and another in hospitality I had several opportunities that came my way to go abroad, but I prefer working in Goa and living with my family, as one can earn enough, even here,” he says.

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