List of people from Goa

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This is a list of famous and notable people from Goa, India. This list aims to include persons who are known to a large number of people, and is not based on the extent of their popularity. Neither is the list viewed from the context of the present. Their fame could be brief, what matters is that they were well known during the peak of their popularity.

Sports personalities[edit]

Main article: Goans in sports
  • Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, prominent soccer player and former Goa captain. One of Goa's best goalkeepers. An Arjuna awardee for his achievements in sports.
  • Bruno Coutinho, prominent Indian footballer and Arjuna awardee.
  • Dilip Sardesai, former cricketer.
  • Antao D'Souza – represented Pakistan cricket team in Tests in the 1950s and early 60s.
  • Swapnil Asnodkar, opening batsman for Goa and Rajasthan Royals. Played a key role in helping his team win the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • Seraphino Antao – represented Kenya in sprinting in the Commonwealth Games during the 1950s and early 60s. Won two gold medals.


  • Leo Pinto: Field Hockey, 1948, representing India
  • J.M. Carvalho Joaquim Carvalho: Field Hockey, 1976, representing India
  • Jack Britto: Field Hockey, 1952, representing Pakistan

Freedom fighters[edit]

  • Mohan Ranade, an Indian freedom fighter who actively participated in Goa liberation movement. He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955. Later he was incarcerated at the Fort of Cassias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in the solitary confinement for six years. After the liberation of Goa by the Indian government Ranade was finally released in January 1969 after 14 years of imprisonment.


Indologists and archeologists[edit]

Political campaigners[edit]

Judges and lawyers[edit]

Professors and educationalists[edit]



  • Raghunath Mashelkar, eminent scientist and head of the prestigious Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • Garcia de Orta, physician, druggist, and botanist (1523–1580). Wrote and published first major book on Indian drugs and remedies. He was a Portuguese/Spanish Jew who lived some time in Goa.
  • Froilano de Mello, Indo-Portuguese microbiologist, medical scientist, professor, author and independent MP in the Portuguese parliament.

Religious leaders[edit]

Writers, editors, journalists[edit]

  • Armand de Souza born in 1877 in Assagao to the Camotim family, was the Founding Editor of the Morning Leader in Ceylon. An early freedom fighter, he was gaoled by the British colonial government for advocating democracy, but released following public protests at his incarceration. He was the author of Hundred days in Ceylon under martial law in 1915[2] and father of Senator Doric de Souza (Professor of English) and the late Editor of the Times of Ceylon, Tory de Souza. He died in 1922.
  • Chandrakant Keni retired as the editor of Marathi daily Rashtramat and Konkani daily Sunaparant, worked as a freelance journalist. He was associated with development of Konkani language. With a few books to his credit, Mr. Keni bagged the Sahitya Academy Award for his book "Ashadh Pawali".
  • Maria Aurora Couto is a well-known writer, academic and literary critic with books including Graham Greene: On the Frontier, Politics and Religion in the Novels, and Goa: A Daughter's Story.
  • Ravindra Kelekar (born 1925), freedom fighter, writer and revivalist of Konkani language.
  • Orlando da Costa (1929–2006) was a Communist Portuguese poet and writer of Goan descent, born in the capital of the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Maputo.
  • Frank Moraes, editor of many prominent newspapers in post-Independence India, including The Indian Express.
  • Dom Moraes (born 1938) has won the American Press Club Citation for Excellence in Reporting, for some 20 articles he wrote for the "New York Times Sunday Magazine". Also a poet. Died earlier this decade.
  • Frank Simoes, a passionate Goan Advertising person, Author of "Glad season in Goa"
  • Lambert Mascarenhas, author of the classic Novel "Sorrowing Lies My Land" (1955) which was reprinted thrice, the novel has been translated into Marathi, Telugu and Konkani. Lambert was the editor of Goan Tribune, the fortnightly dedicated to the cause of Goa's freedom from the Portuguese rule. He is also the founder editor of "Goa Today" and former editor of "The Navhind Times" and was awarded the State Cultural award
  • Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1855–1922) of Assagao, linguist. Knew Malayalam, Sinhala, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Sanskrit. In 1892, he produced a Konkani-Portuguese dictionary and later a grammar
  • Teotonio R. de Souza, historian, founder-director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa (1979–1994), Fellow of the Portuguese Academy of History, author of Medieval Goa (1979), Goa to Me (1994), and several other publications on Goan History and Culture.
  • Francisco Luís Gomes (1829–1869), Indo-Portuguese physician, politician, writer, historian, and economist
  • B. D. Satoskar,Author,ex-editor of Gomantak daily


  • Bernardo Peres da Silva of Neurá. Appointed Prefect of Estado da Índia Portuguesa in 1835, the only Goan to hold a post equivalent to a Governor-General


  1. ^ Chatterjee, Sudeshna (Aug 31, 2003). "Family Matters". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ Vaz, J. Clement (1997). Profiles of eminent Goans, past and present. Concept Publishing Company. p. 118. ISBN 81-7022-619-8. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Past speakers of Goa
  5. ^ Martin, John Duncan (1978). Essays in Classical and Modern Hindu Law: Consequences of the intellectual exchange with the foreign powers. BRILL. p. 472. ISBN 90-04-04808-1. 
  6. ^ J. Clement Vaz, "Profiles of Eminent Goans Past and Present", Concept Publishing Company, 1997, ISBN 9788170226192

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