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. His collection of Short stories Teresa's Man and Other Stories from Goa was nominated for the Frank O'Connor International award in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Rumad Ful 1989
Bhurgim Mhugelim tim 2001
Sapan Mogi 2014
Tsunami Simon 2009
Ek Ashillo Babulo 1976
Kani Eka Khomsachi 1977
Oshe Ghodle Shenoy Goembaab 2003
Unch Haves Unch Mathem 2003
Works in Translation
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.
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
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.
- "Damodar Mauzo's 'Tsunami Simon' bags Rs 1Lakh award". The Times of India. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2013.