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Francis D’Costa, President of D’Costa Financial Group is proud to present for the 2nd time – an International Konkani Tiatr (Theatre) titled “CHUKH” in Toronto on Saturday, the 22nd of May at the Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institiute auditorium. In keeping with his work of continuing to keep the Goan tradition alive, this time he is organising what promises be a real treat for lovers of Konkani Tiatr. Apart from producing a couple of Canadian Konkani dramas, Francis D’Costa has once before brought into Toronto an artiste of international repute – the late Alfred Rose in 1999 for the resoundingly successful “Musical Fiesta de Goa”.

The entire cast of the fabulous play “CHUKH” (meaning “mistake”) arrives here from London, U.K. on the 20th of May. Miguel (Mike) Alphonso and his five brothers or as they call themselves “The A Team”, together with nine other members form the entire cast of “Chukh”. Originating from the beautiful tropical Indian Island of Goa, the troupe are now settled in the U.K, having grown up either in Africa or in Goa. They all share a deep and enduring love of the Konkani language and their common goal is to make sure that the language is not forgotten once Goans go beyond the shores of their beautiful island.

Together with Mike Alphonso are his brothers Tony, Vincent, Johnny, Cassy and Xavier. Other members of the cast include his wife Mary Alphonso, Rosita Pereira (singer extraordinaire) Bella Fernandes, Ida D’Souza, Francis D’Silva, Gregg Carvalho, and the children of the Alphonso brothers who are multi-talented – Michelle, Mirose, and Trella. The show has played in England to rave reviews and promises to thrill audiences in Toronto with its unique flavour, musical repertoire and comedy routines.

As Sponsor and Producer, Francis D’Costa would like to request all Goans to please support the Goan arts, by attending the show. Francis himself has dedicated a large portion of his time and talent, sponsoring and supporting Goan events in his ever ardent desire to keep the Goan tradition alive and kicking. He says, “Regardless of how far in life we may have come, our roots are what give us stability and identity. Let us not forget that those roots are embedded in the rich and fertile soil of Goa”.

It is not an easy task, putting together something of this magnitude. Some 30 volunteers have devoted their time and talents, assisting with ticket sales, the co-ordination of stage and props as well as a myriad of other little things, so that it all runs smoothly and seamlessly on the day of the Tiatr.

Tickets are still available and can be obtained by calling Francis at the DFG offices at 905-471-0572 or on his cell at 416-995-7133. You can also check the second flyer (attached herewith) with updated information.