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“62 years later, Mary Dsouza: Pioneer of women athletics in India, will finally be honored”

Mary Dsouza India's First Female Olympian and Double International
Mary D’souza: India’s First Female Olympian and Double International

The wait for recognition from the Indian Govt. for Mary Dsouza (81) is finally over.  Mary Dsouza (Sequeira) from Aldona (Goa) set a trail for other Indian Women in the field of Sports in India. After 62 yrs she will be finally honored with Dhyanchand Award,  India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games, given by the Government of India.

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Indian contingent at Helsinki Olympics 1952

Indian contingent at Helsinki Olympics 1952

Mary Dsouza  was part of the 1952 Helsinki Olympics — the first time India sent women athletes to the quadrennial games. She won bronze in the 200m and silver in the 4x100m relay at the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi. At Helsinki Mary Dsouza (competed in the sprints) & Nilima Ghose (competed in 100m and 80m hurdles) were the first Indian women Olympians, they may have not broken or set any records but they were the trendsetters for the rest of Indian sportswomen.

Remember this great athlete called ‘Jesse Owens‘ whom we studied about when in school? It is indeed an honor for us Goans, to know that our very own Mary Dsouza was training herself along with Jesses Owens in those days!

Mary D'souza with Jesse Owens in India

Mary Dsouza with Jesse Owens in India

Mary Dsouza training with Jesse Owens

Mary Dsouza training with Jesse Owens

Mary Dsouza’s Achievements:

  • Won bronze in the 200m and silver in the 4x100m relay at the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 in New Delhi.
  • Represented India for the Olympics in 1952 in Helsinki.
  • Selected to represent India in Melbourne Olympics 1956 (did not go due to lack of funds)
  • Asian Record Holder for 100 meters
  • Indian Hockey Player
  • Represented India for World Cup Hockey in London 1953
  • Represented India for World Cup Hockey in Australia 1956
  • Indian record holder from 1950-1957 in 100m , 200m and 80m Hurdles
  • Indian National level represented from 1950-1957
  • Represented India in Srilanka 1957 Track meet
  • Represented India in India v/s Japan 1962 for Hockey
Mary D'souza in action

Mary Dsouza in action

Mary Dsouza’s Records:
100m National record of 12.3 seconds set in Feb 1954 at National meet at Delhi and same was repeated in 1956 Nationals at Patiala was all time fastest timing by Indian female in 100m till 1959.
Mary was four times the National Champion in 100m and 200m
100m
12.7 seconds: Madras National 1952
12.6 seconds: Jabalpur National 1953
12.3 seconds: Delhi National 1954
12.3 seconds: Patiala National 1956
12.4 seconds: Patiala National 1956
200m
26.1 seconds: Madras National 1952
26.2 seconds: Calcutta National 1955
25.7 seconds: Patiala National 1956
25.7 seconds: Patiala National 1956
80m Hurdles
12.7 seconds: Jabalapur National 1953

Mary Dsouza and the team at the 2nd Asian Games won the 4 x 100 meter relay with a New Asian Games Record of 49.5 seconds.

Winning Indian Relay team at the Asian Games Manila 1954 1  (Mary D'souza first standing from the left)

Winning Indian Relay team at the Asian Games Manila 1954 1
(Mary Dsouza standing first from the left)

Our veru own superstar Mary Dsouza with Harrison Dillard American winner of 1952 Olympic games 4 time gold medal winner

Our very own superstar Mary Dsouza with Harrison Dillard, American winner of 1952 Olympic games & 4 times gold medal winner

Yesterday the Sports Ministry’s awards committee, headed by Sports Secretary Pradeep Kumar Deb, has approved the names of Syed Ali (hockey), Anil Mann (wrestling), Mary Dsouza (athletics) and Giriraj Singh (para athletics) for the award. The Dhyanchand award is given for lifetime achievement in the field of sports. While she’s being honored by the central Govt. her recognition is still due in her own state.

Nilima Ghosh & Mary Dsouza with the winning US men relay team at 1952 Olympics

Nilima Ghosh & Mary Dsouza with the winning US men relay team at 1952 Olympics

Team of Goenchi Mathi salutes and congratulates Mary Dsouza for her achievement and courage. We are proud of you!
Photo credit: Marissa Sequeria (Mary’s daughter) & Jojo Dsouza (Mary’s nephew)

Reference

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/The+Indian+kaleidoscope/2/12177.html
http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/four-names-cleared-for-dhyanchand-award/article5000296.ece
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhyan_Chand_Award
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-Dsouza-Indias-First-Female-Olympian-and-Double-International/162144710503498

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Can you name this Goan artist?

Untitled (Village Scene in Goa)  signed 'NEWTON' (lower right); further signed and dated 'Souza 1945' (on the reverse) gouache, ink and graphite on paper  10 3/8 x 14 7/8 in. (26.5 x 38 cm.)  Executed in 1945

Untitled (Village Scene in Goa)
signed ‘NEWTON’ (lower right); further signed and dated ‘Souza 1945’ (on the reverse)
gouache, ink and graphite on paper
10 3/8 x 14 7/8 in. (26.5 x 38 cm.)
Executed in 1945

A happy Goan village scene (on paper 10x15in) was estimated at £4,000-6,000 and shot up to £22,000 (£27,000, $39,930 incl premium) at an auction held at Christie’s in 2010

☛ Do you know who was artist?
Well, here are some hints. He was Goan from the village of‎ Saligao. He was expelled from St. Xavier’s College (Bombay) for drawing graffiti in the loo. He claimed he was only correcting the original graffiti because it was so bad but the priests didn’t buy that. Later he was suspended from the prestigious Sir J. J. School of Art, in 1945 because of his support for theQuit India Movement. He was also the founding member of the ‘Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay‘, and was the first post-independence Indian artist to achieve high recognition in the West.

Can you name this Goan artist?

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Old Master A. X. Trindade

Photo Courtesy:  marcellasirhandi.com

Antonio Xavier Trindade

By Dr. Nalini Bhagwat

Antonio Xavier Trindade was one of the important painters trained in the earlier batches of Sir. J. J. School of Art. Trindade was born in the Asnova village in Goa in 1869 and had his childhood also there. He Joined Sir. J. J. School of Art at the age of 19. He was possibly junior to M.V. Dhurandhar. After completion of his training there, he was appointed as a teacher in the same school. Like all the painters who were trained in J. J. School of Art, Trinbande too was expert in handling pencil, charcoal and watercolour as well as oil painting.

Trindade, Esther, The Artist's Youngest Daughter age 15

Trindade, Esther, The Artist’s Youngest Daughter age 15

Portrait and landscapes were his favourite subjects while he was a student he started getting prizes in the exhibitions of the Bombay Art society. In 1892, he won a silver medal for his head study and thereafter he won several prizes in Bombay Art Society’s annual exhibitions and by that he proved his mastery in handling various mechanisms in painting. His paintings with pastels and water colours were admired by the critics whole heartedly. The Bhavani Museum in Aundh has a portrait of an old man which proves his expert handling of water colour. While his portrait of a Marathi lady shows his mastery in handling oil colours. His skill in showing the Indian body-colour and its exact tone is revealed in this painting. This panting by Trindade is preserved in the collection of Sir. J.J. School of Art. The critics specially admired the painterly quality in his painting. His handling of oil painting, shows free handling and bold brushing. Moreover his paintings and especially his portrait shows an unusual harmony in the colour scheme.

Girl with a Vase

Girl with a Vase

His daughter writes that he was referred by the Art Critics as ‘A Rembrandt of the east’. Trindade gradually became famous for his portraits. He was already popular amongst the students. It was due to this he had some enemies in the art school. It may be because of that he was transferred from painting Department to the reay workshop which had no relation to Trindade. However, it was shown that he was promoted on the post of superintendant in the Reay Art Workshop. His salary was raised from Rs. 50 to 150 due to this promotion. Trindade being modest and good nature, never complained about this transfer and continued his work. The year 1920 showed the highest acknowledgement of Trindade. He won the Gold medal of the Bombay Art society for his painting flora. This painting showed a reclining lady, for which Trindade’s wife posed as a model. The panting shows spontaneity and a rich flesh-tint which has the quality of its own. It seems that the French artistic circles regarded him as easily the most inspired colourist of this country. Trindade’s other famous paintings include ‘Lady with Jar’ preserved in the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi as well as ‘A scene from Bombay’ and ‘Fiddler’ with a pleasant grey colour schemes and portrait of ‘Ambika’ Dhurandhar’s daughter in the some museum.

Trindade, Miss Ferns, a Writer, 1925

Trindade, Miss Ferns, a Writer, 1925

Trindade was fond of painting some still-life, a pad or pan in his portrait. As a person Trindade was a simple minded soul. He was never practical and particular about money matters. It was his wife who was shrewd and so saved money so that after his retirement he could have his own bungalow at Mahim. He named it as ‘Cassa Blanka’. As his house was nears the Mahim creek, Trindade could easily go to the sea-shore and paint landscape. He was very happy with his own painting activity. The student also freely went to his house and watch him engrossed in painting. However, soon his diabetes started troubling him. He had a wound in his leg which could not be cured and that leg had to be amputed. Trinadde still with his one leg went with his servant to the seashore for painting. One day engrossed in his painting he tried to go back to see his painting from a distance and fell down and his other leg was injured. Thus his painting activity was limited in his own studio. The last picture he painted was ‘Ecco Homo’ i.e. the Christ with a crown of Thorn. Possibly he compared himself with the agony of Christ. Trindade died on 16th March 1935.

Here your chance to research more about Antonio Xavier Trindade.

Antonio Xavier Trindade Research Scholarship

Antonio Xavier Trindade Research Scholarship

Note: The above article was written By Dr. Nalini Bhagwat and appeared on the following website (http://www.indiaart.com/Articles-and-Features/Articles-on-A-X-Trindade-by-Nalini-Bhagwat/Articles-on-A-X-Trindade-by-Nalini-Bhagwat.asp)