From the editor’s desk :-
Dear Do..Re..Me..Fa.. browzer,
15th of August is a red-letter day in our Indian calendar. It is a day to remember, to cherish and to celebrate. It is a day of our National Independence. On this day the Sun will not set without our having a glimpse of the great celebrations in India. As we have just concluded the celebrations of the Diamond Anniversary of our freedom, I take this opportunity to wish all of you a very happy Independence Day. I wish each and every citizen of India, a freedom from poverty, illiteracy, social injustice, corruption and a freedom from religious fanaticism.
As we celebrate this great event – 60 years of our freedom, I set my eyes on the Konkann skies in my regular hunt for a music star to present to you in this unique Daijiworld portal. In the midst of a few great stars there I can see a bright, twinkling , veteran star, a star which had created high tide waves in the Konkanni musical arena during its earthly journey and departed to enjoy the melodious bliss of eternal heavenly music a decade ago. This veteran star whom I am referring to is none other than “Amchem Daaiz” fame (late) Saturnine I.J. Moras popularly known as S.I.J. Moras. I am sure you will enjoy listening to this sweet chord of music.
I thank you once again dear Do..Re..Me..Fa.. browser for accessing this unique Konkanni Music Column. God Willing, we will meet again next month to listen to another beautiful and sweet chord of Konkanni Music, until then… chow!
Gerry D’Mello, Bendur
AN OPTICIAN TURNED MUSICIAN
(late) SATURNINE MORAS OF ‘AMCHEM DAIZ’ FAME
Sri Saturnine I. J. Moras specialized in Optometry and to improve his family business did his higher studies in Optometry in Germany and England. But his natural inclination to Music overtook his Profession as an Optician and he devoted most of his time to Konkanni language and music. The people of Konkan can proudly claim S. I. J Moras as their cherished treasure – ‘Amchem Daiz’ a fitting title he gave to his famous Konkanni Music Opera!
Birth & Education:-
Saturnine I .J .Moras was born on 22nd March 1928 at Milagres, Mangalore to the proud parents Salvadore and Angeline Moras whose close-knit family consisted of 2 daughters and 4 sons including Saturnine.
As Saturnine grew up, he studied at St. Aloysius High School up to matriculation. Then he joined the St. Peter’s Seminary at Bangalore. Due to his ill-health, he left the Seminary after a year of studies and went to Bombay in search of a job. He worked there as chief clerk in the Wagon Department of Central Railways. Eventually he left Bombay to England & Germany to pursue his higher studies in Optometry to improve his family business.
Later in life Saturnine married Rosaline Rodriguez, had 10 children, fulfilled his mission in life as a musician and went to his heavenly abode on 17th June 1997.
Saturnine’s tryst with music:-
As a school-goer, the boy Saturnine took active part in church-singing and school-singing. During his short stint of one year as a seminarian in Bangalore he learnt church music in Latin. When he worked in Bombay, he joined the famous musician Victor Paranjyothi and performed as Asst. Music Conductor in Victor’s ‘Madrigal Singers’ music group. Saturnine rightly acknowledges Dr. Victor Paranjyothi as his music “Guru’! Saturnine was also an expert player of Violin and Harmonium.