Manuel Santana Aguiar (11 October 1930 – 30 May 2009), known professionally as M. Boyer was an Indian tiatrist from Goa. Boyer, was originally from Marcaim in Ponda, and later moved to Raia. His parents were Sebastiao Floriano Aguiar and Mariquinha Luis. He was a talented actor from an early age, and he wrote and presented his first play Rinkari (Debtor) at the age of 18.[1] His parents and principal tried to discourage him from pursuing his passion but despite all their attempts, he never gave up his love for the stage.[2]

Writing, directing and producing more than 35 plays, participating in more than 5000 performances, composing and singing over 1000 songs, as well as performing in major Indian cities, in London, East Africa and the Middle East, M. Boyer made a significant contribution to the Konkani stage thereby, enriching leaving his special mark on the same. He also has been a source of inspiration for a lot of other artistes.[1] He often left the stage to a thundering applause from his audiences and pleas for an encore performance.[2]

M. Boyer believed that drama should not be just mere entertainment but should be an instrument to educate & inspire people to a better life, mentioned about always emphasizing the message of morality, peace and harmony in his plays, some of which include Chintnam Zalim Sopnam, Sounsar Sudorlo, Bhurgim Ani Bhangar Adim Tem Atam Hem, Ghor Dukhi Gaum Sukhi, Mog, Kazar, Divorce, Kazari Put Xezari. One tiatr which was notable was Ekuch Rosto, based on communal harmony shared between the two major communities of Goa. Apart from his unforgettable contributions to tiatrs, M Boyer lobbied for the preservation of Goan identity. He believed that Konkani alone could strengthen the foundations of Goan identity.



  1. ^ a b Wellington Dias. "M. Boyer". Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "M Boyer...the legend lives on". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.