The great tragedy queen Ophelia D'souza of konkani tiatr and films Ophelia D'souza born on 08th November 1938 at Socorro, Bardez, Goa and who expired on 19th February 2016 will always be remembered dearly by us. Incidentally, she died exactly on the 11th death anniversary of her husband and well known Konkani artist, Bab Peter. She was 78.
She was a student of Victoria School, Mahim, Mumbai where she had opportunities to act and sing in the concerts. The school authorities were amazed at her skill of acting and singing.
Her acting career started at the age of 16 in a Tiatr "Apurbayechi Sun" directed by J F Rod and went to act in 300 tiatr, 4 konkani cinema and several konkani video films spanning over 44 years. The public fell in love with Ophelia in C. Alvares' Tiatr "Avoycho Xirap". Since then she became the main actress for almost 60 Tiatrs of C. Alvares. Although, she was called the Queen of Tragedy of Konknni Tiatr , she did a variety of roles ranging from tragedy to comedy.
Her Konkani cinema, ‘Nirmonn’ and ‘Amchem Noxib’ , ‘Bhuearantlo Munis’ and ‘Boglant’ are well known and highly appreciated. She acted in the first Konkani video film ‘Faxi Mogachi’ produced by C Alvares, followed by several video films like ‘Tuka Kitem Podlam’ and ‘Natalancho Kusvar’.
She also scripted and directed her own Tiatr ‘Mhoji Bhurguim’, ‘Bailanchi Sobai’ etc while assisting in directing 18 Tiatr produced by her husband Bab Peter.
She was also a excellent singer and her songs are recorded on HMV Records and All India Radio. The konkani songs album "Kantaram" produced by Bab Peter and herself are famous till date."
Ophelia was a recipient of over 50 awards from different institutions including Goa government’s prestigious State Cultural Award in 2011, Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendre (TSKK) Awards in 2011 for her valuable and immense contribution to Konkani Tiatr and films.