Goa paid tribute to one of its most famous sons --- fashion designer Wendell Rodricks (59) on Thursday evening, a day after his sudden death.
Rodricks was buried after a mass in Konkani, at the scenic riverfront church of Colvale --- his ancestral village in northern Bardez. A who's who of personalities from the business, literary, political, art, fashion and environment circles attended the rites. His partner of many years --- the French origin Jerome Marrel, broke into tears, while his younger brother paid a deep tribute to the man who brought up their family from humble origins in Bombay. Earlier in the day, the All India Radio FM channel highlighted the achievements of Wendell's work as a designer, writer, green campaigner and winner of the nation's Padma Shri honour and a French award too. Wendell was on the cusp of launching what is to be India's first costume museum --- the Moda Goa in a 450 year house in Colvale. It is understood to be just weeks away from completion and launch in March. Wendell was known to be an avid supporter of many a Goan cause and went out of his way to encourage what he felt were good causes in diverse fields. -- Pamela D'Mello Cell 9850 461649 http://pameladmello.wordpress.com