Damodar Mauzo

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Damodar Mauzo (born 1 August 1944) is a Goan short story writer, novelist, critic and script writer in Konkani language. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for the novel Karmelin and the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar award for his novel Tsunami Simon in 2011.[1] His collection of Short stories Teresa's Man and Other Stories from Goa was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International award in 2015.

Damodar Mauzo

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1 August 1944, in the coastal village of Majorda in South Goa. He had his primary education in Marathi and Portuguese and secondary education in English at New Era High School in Margao, Goa. He lost his father at an early age of 12 due to which he had to help his uncle at the family shop and study at once until he passed the Secondary School Certificate Examination in 1961.He moved to Mumbai to continue his studies. He graduated from R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics in Matunga Mumbai where he was granted the degree in Commerce (B.Com) from Bombay University, now Mumbai University.During his four years in Mumbai, he began writing short stories in Konkani which were well received by the readers, some of which were translated and published into English.

Career[edit]

Damodar Mauzo after his graduation returned to Goa to run his family shop, this kept him close to the people of his village which is predominantly Catholic. This influence is obvious in his writing which is an authentic depiction of the life of Catholic people in Goa. He began his writing career with short stories with the first collection Ganthon published in the year 1971.So far he has authored five short story collections with Sapon Mogi in 2014 being the latest. Meanwhile, he wrote the novel Karmelin which won him the 1983 Sahitya Akademi Award. The novel deals with the suffering and sexual exploitation of the ayahs (house maids) working in Persian Gulf countries and it has been translated into twelve languages. Sood (1975) is a novella written about the revenge of a freedom fighter's son. In 2006, a film with the same title was made based on this novella. After the tsunami hit the coast of Tamil Nadu in 1996, he wrote a novel, Tsunami Simon that won the Vishwa Konkani Kendra's Smt. Vimla V. Pai Puraskar. He has written screenplays and/or dialogues for five Konkani films namely Shitoo, Aleesha, Sood, O Maria and Enemy?. He has been presented at the Goa Film Festival the Best Screenplay Award for Aleesha and the Best Dialogues Award for Shitoo and O Maria. His stories have also been televised on the Indian national television. He critiqued stories appearing in the daily Sunaparant which was a premier Konkani daily. Although his creative output is in Konkani, he regularly writes in English for various local and national journals and periodicals.In 1985, he has presided over the Akhil Bharatiya Konkani Sahitya Sammelan, which is an All India literary Conference. The Ministry of Culture, Government of India awarded him the Senior Fellowship in 2011-12 for the project on Pre and Post Colonial History of Konkani Literature.

Activism[edit]

An activist to the core. Damodar Mauzo actively participated in the historic Opinion Poll held in Goa in 1967 to decide the political status of then newly liberated Goa. He motivated the people of Goa to vote in favour of retaining their distinct identity by rejecting the merger with the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. He was in the steering committee of Goa's successful popular movement Konkani Porjecho Avaz (1985–87) that had three demands viz. the Official Language status to Konkani, Statehood to Goa and Inclusion of Konkani in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India. He has served a five-year term as a member of the Executive Board and Finance Committee of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Presently, he is the co-founder and co-curator of the Goa Art and Literary Festival, an annual event that was started in 2010.

Works[edit]

Short Fiction[edit]

Gathon 1971

Zagranna 1975

Rumad Ful 1989

Bhurgim Mhugelim tim 2001

Sapan Mogi 2014

Novels[edit]

Sood 1975

Karmelin 1981

Tsunami Simon 2009

Children's Books[edit]

Ek Ashillo Babulo 1976

Kani Eka Khomsachi 1977

Chittarangi 1995

Biographical[edit]

Oshe Ghodle Shenoy Goembaab 2003

Unch Haves Unch Mathem 2003

Works in Translation[edit]

Damodar Mauzo's works have been translated into various languages. The novelKarmelin is translated into twelve languages, Assamese, Bengali, Maithili, Nepali, Gujarati, Marathi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and English and published by Sahitya Akademi. The novel Tsunami Simon is translated into English and published by Ponytale Books. These Are My Children a collection of short stories is translated into English and published by Katha Publications. Teresa's Man and other stories from Goa is published by Rupa Publications while Rumadful translated asMirage is published by Under the Peepal Tree, an imprint of Publishing Next. The same book is also translated into Marathi as Shantaterche Ghann, published by Srishti Prakashan. His stories have appeared in Portuguese, French, English besides several Indian languages.

Awards[edit]

1973 Konkani Bhasha Mandal Literary Award for Gathon

1973 Goa Kala Academy Literary Award for Ganthon

1976 Konkani Basha Mandal Literary Award for Zagranna

1977 Konkani Basha Mandal Best Drama Manuscript Award for Nillem Nillem Sovnne Ek

1978 Goa Kala Academy Literary Award for Kanni Eka Khomsachi

1983 Sahitya Akademi Award for Karmelim

1997 The Best Dialogues Award at the Goa State Film Festival for the film Shitoo

1998 Katha Award for the Story Minguel's kin

2003 Janaganga Puraskar for Bhurgim Mhugelim Tim

2005 The Best Screen Play Award at the Goa State film festival for the film Aleesha

2006 Goa State Reward for Cultural Excellence at the National Level by Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa.

2007 Goa State Cultural Award by Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa.

2011 Vishwa Konkani Kendra's Vimala V Pai Sahitya Puraskar for Tsunami Simon

2013 Goan Achievers Awardconferred by The Navhind Times and Viva Goa.

2014 The Best Dialogues Award for the film O Mariaat the Goa State film festival.

2016 Podar Ratnaawarded by R.A.Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai

Personal life[edit]

Damodar Mauzo lives in Majorda, Goa with his wife Shaila. He has three daughters Rupali, Meghana and Sobita. Among them Rupali Mauzo Kirtani has taken to pen and has so far has authored two books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damodar Mauzo's 'Tsunami Simon' bags Rs 1Lakh award". The Times of India. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2013.