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The storyteller

By on November 14, 2014
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The storyteller

DAMODAR MAUZO wears many hats – writer, businessman, activist, organiser, and much-loved husband, father, grandfather and trusted friend. While he is known for his short stories and has won awards and recognition for them, he has dabbled in other forms of storytelling too – from films and novellas to children’s stories - all of which incidentally went on to win awards. In 2013, he was awarded the Navhind Times VIVA GOA - Goan Achievers Award for Literature. He was also recently invited to participate in the Frankfurt Book Fair as part of a five-member Indian Writers’ delegation. As an activist, he was involved in the Opinion Poll as well as the struggle to make Konkani the official language of Goa

Damodar Mauzo’s introduction to stories was his mother’s folk tales. Somewhere along the way, while reading the stories written by his favourite authors, he decided to put pen to paper and write his own stories, and so began Mauzo’s life as a story teller. 

Drawing inspiration from the people around him and the current state of affairs, he began narrating in Konkani, his mother tongue. However, his stories have universal appeal, not restricted by language or geography. 
Though he is known as a writer of short fiction, Mauzo has delved into several other genres with great results

His foray into writing novels, resulted in Karmelin, which fetched him the Sahitya Akademi Award, while film script writing brought him the Goa State Best Screenplay awards for both Shitoo and the critically acclaimed Aleesha. 


Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

 

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