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Wilfy Rebimbus: Voice of Humanity, Saviour of Konkani
By Antony T D'Souza

June 16, 2013


‘Father’s Day’ is celebrated all over the world today. I am glad to wish everyone a Happy ‘Father’s Day’ and Tributes to all Fathers who are no more among us, including my Father late Jerome D’ Souza.

When I say it is Father’s Day, I should not forget to pay my special Tributes to Father of our Modern Konkani, late Wilfy Rebimbus, everyone accept that there is no end to his name. Wilfy Rebimbus is Father of Konkani for various reasons over the almost 4 decades. At his tender age 14, he must have received his divine grooves, his inner being must have heard a inner voice thus might have led him to interpret into numerous compositions and singing them with a unique style perhaps meeting only the wisdom of heavenly beings and singing in tunes with them. Most of those early compositions, most famous and most covered songs in history were created in this way. The composer must have woken up many fine mornings with lyrics in his heart and melody in his head, then might have burst into many first songs. However, out of many first songs, first one recorded in his first Volume is ‘Namaan tuka avoiponam’. Thereafter, he never looked back because he might have understood his mission given by the Lord not to look back and thus he sang for all of us ‘Mukhar mukar saal’ and he too continued.

Why am I penning down this short article? If the mentor is within you, he is bound to reach out significantly. Late Wilfy Rebimbus has written over 3,500 songs and each of his songs has touched over millions of people and all of them reached out to people in a unique way. Each of his songs has touched overmillions of people and all ofthem reached out to people in a unique way. The fans of Wilfy are numerous, not only we Konkanas or coastal region but also all people over the globe. Thus through our each Konkana families in particular, each and every family tends to transmit ‘Wilfy Culture’ for the future generations to come. For example, at the age of 4, my son Aaron Avith developed enthusiasm after hearing Wilfy uncle’s first song ‘Jugujugu danvtare railachi gaadi,’ (which develops a theme of ‘life’, is a journey’).From then on, he has kept on listening to Wilfy’s in-depth wisdom nourishing songs.

I view Wilfy Rebimbus as a composer who had a wide spectrum of themes and vision to convey and display, such as devotion, morality, ethics, socio-economy, philosophy, culture, humanitarianand religious points of view. His unique style of composing is difficult to compare with anybody but it brings to my mind King Solomon who is known as King of Song of Songs in Bible. King Solomon penned his songs about God’s deep Love for His Chosen People. Equally Wilfybaab as a composer has shown his deep concern for Christian community rendering with inspirational song-messages and devotional songs. His religious songs and hymns are replete with wonderful messages, and one of them that comes to my mind is‘Muje donupadestuka’.
 
The songs of the King of Konkani, WilfyRebimbus have generated in different contexts and time frames: while some of them were generated on the spot, others over the day, over the night, over the week, over the month and while some others could be over the years. Each of his songs had a specific focus; whether an occasion, person, institution, life event or stage in life. Some songs came out expressing heart-aches, while others highlighted a specific occasion, or centred on specific persons. Motherhood, womanhood, childhood, and yes, even the romantic teenage and youthful age have heart-stirring songs – ‘Philomena’ in a movie ‘Mogtuzokitloashellom’. His songs encompass each phases of human life, right from birth to death andcradle to grave. The song ‘Hangapunzainaka sorgarpunzai, bore kaamkarani sorgarpunzai’ reflects the eternally true words of Jesus, who said,“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Mt 6: 19-20).

As Wilfy’s lyrics have a touching, soul stirring, and grounded on life approach, they cannot be missed by anyone and they do not leave without striking a chord in the listener’s heart. No doubt then, the church leaders admired him, social reformers loved him, rich and poor loning for him. We know that he did not write his initial works sitting on a golden bench, rather, almost all of his songs, dramas and plays came out in empty stomach, on the stage of poverty. Personally I could have a feel of his initial sufferings while hearing his song ‘Ghatak davndaillo’. Believe it or not, usually empty stomach leads someone closer to God leading him to love and fear God, which is why, we know that “Blessed are the poor” (Mt 5:3).The words of Scriptures have come true! “The fear of God is beginning of knowledge” (Prov 1: 7) and Wilfy’s songs radiate fear of God, wisdom and Knowledge. Do you know that Wilfyaab prayed for his wisdom and knowledge and not for wealth? 2 Chronicles 1:11 God said to Solomon, "Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches, wealth, or honor, nor the life of those who hate you, neither yet have asked long life; but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge my people, over whom I have made you king”. God sees someone’s heart before blessing anybody. That is why, in the case of Wiflyaab, all his songs had heavenly wisdom and knowledge, and therefore, his songs place him at different level from others as his songs have themes and messages that are eternal. What made Wilfy Rebimbus’ works much rare and much different from others? Reason being, prior to composing his songs, he prayed, and he received from above a ray of light (poetic thoughts) and then went to the technical aspects of it: figuring out from what he got, setting the moods in different tunes, transforming inspirations into words and looking for the hooks to crooks (for some) to deliver as a message or theme received from God.

Rebimbus is the eminent author, song composer, and play writer loved by all. His style is unique; his lyrics, stories and plays defy any generational gap and embrace every spectrum of humanity and they have a prophetic dimension. He did not shy away from reminding the prieststo embrace the biblical behavior required from them, the citizens not to fall prey to politicians cheaply, and the people living in gulf about the care they should have about their spouses, family and money. I have heard a couple of priests saying that his songs helped them to in living their life and in preaching ministry. Wilfy had a love for the poor and the orphans and therefore he established welfare schemes (Gratian Welfare Fund) to accomplish his mission; he motivated students through his characteristic song ‘Gath zallie gath zallie gahth..” as he tells the students “ diza mode ood dore, iskolak bunk maar, burgyankade konkubandh ani parishek pavthan pen kadnm thaklek dadai”.
 
A good human being has three essential virtues: He loves God unconditionally; he loves his family and neighbors; and he helps others as much as possible. In Wilfyaab’s case,we found all of those three virtues.Therefore he was blessed by God more than others in our time, more songs came out from him and numerous awards conferred on him during his life time and even after! I am not aware of anybody who has written more than Wilfy on the theme of respect for womanhood. His loving song for his mother, ‘Mai thuka sodun muje pai gelle vollovn”, avoicha mogache runn’, ‘doodanth dutho tuje paie mai’ are very evocative role and son’s grief for his departed mother. ‘visa’ song yearns the sorrow of the unemployed youth, ‘pishi bail’ real stories were wooen up, ‘char deesanso sausar’ puts people foot firm on the ground to draw closer to God, ‘panduranga’ a hilarious fact finding love prone long, ‘Artifical Chedva’ realistic storiess, ‘kazar kazar’ a day-to-day happening, ‘pedru juvamn’ a butler’s pathetic life perhaps nobody ever thought about it and many many plenty we all know it. The biggest song penned by Wilfy is ‘bumi vaikuntm’ and smallest hymn being ‘sorvespora’. I would rather encourage everyone to read those songs from ‘kogull gaitha’, 560 songs from 50 albums.
 
I am glad to share with you all, in seventies when I was a boy, Wilfy’s particular song, ‘Sanzzalli re sanzzallire’ made a deep impression on me. Then, being a boy, I used to travel from Karkala to Jerosa Company, Milagris to buy newly released cassettes to distribute among our family members at Karkala. Together as family, we used to listen to those songs, then sing them together,and read song books together. In other words, Wilfy could bring our family together through his lovely songs. I fell in love with the words and style of composition of Wilfyaab. Everything he did for Konkani is immortal, so is my love and admiration to him. Wilfyaab could not have succeeded without perhaps his wife Meena Bai as it is rightly said: “Behind every successful man there is a woman.” About Meenabai, I may have to write another article so also about their children Veena and Vishu -lovely children from a lovely family.
 
Ever since his demise, in the past 3 years, countless heads are searching and researching to find out “from where did Wilfy receive such deep wisdom, knowledge, insight to compose those tunes and songs no one heard or dreamt of before. Were they inspired from God for this mankind as a direction to their path? A Carmelite Priest at a unique seminar on ‘Wilfyaab’ declared that he was a Psalmist of our time and drew divine assistance and inspiration. My answer is also similar. King Soloman could not have written his single song without God’s hand upon him so also in the case of songs of Wilfyaab. His songs can be completely realized in each phase of life. I continue to like Wilfyaab’s songs and listen to them because of his multi linguistic (Tulu, Kannada) and multi-dimensional compositions that display sheer wit and insight representing the voice of the voiceless in this stratified society.
 
March 9,2010 was one of the most painful days in my life. Ever since, I heard of Wilfy’s ill health about a year ago then. I had hoped that he would recover soon his health but soon I lost hope when, I when I heard from the media and some of my friends that “It’s all in God’s hands now".

But Wilfy continues to live in the hearts and minds of people. His contribution to the world of music, literature and stage is an open book. Even a small child is aware of his immense contribution. But what’s significant about his contribution is that the awareness of Konkani language he created worldwide, especially among Konkani speaking community, through his works. It was heartening to note that, even a person who was shy to speak Konkani in public became a fan of Wilfy’s works and that prompted him to OUR Konkani songs! The last decade was a golden era for the Konkani language as far as Konkani speaking community residing abroad is concerned. In Gulf, the major Konkani waves were generated through his music. Almost every major function in Gulf never went without Wilfy's music. That was the impact he created among Konkani music lovers.He had a special way to encourage the young talent, who sought help from him without ever denying them. There are several new composers today, who have brought out their own albums, but have not forgotten to give due credit to him.

The people worldwide, not only have enjoyed his music, but also stood by him during his difficult days. As Wilfy was not economically so sound economically to get the best of deserved treatment for cancer, his well-wishers worldwide, joined hands in organizing a mega Sentimental Nite in Mangalore. This historic event was attended by over 2,500 people while at least 4,000 people were disappointed for being unable to get a ticket for the show. That was the kind of support and the popularity of this undisputed Konkani icon. Indeed the show brought the laurels to him and helped him get the much needed economic support for his treatment.

"God, you take away my life, but please do not take away my voice. I will sing until my last breath.."These were the golden words from a golden person Wilfy during the Sentimental Wilfy Nite 2009. People had tears in their eyes as everyone prayed, 'Come back Wilfy, we need you, we love you, Konkani needs you'. Let us thank God, Wilfy’s voice has not been taken from us, he is still singing for us and he is in our midst.

Rebimbus from his life has shown that he is different from others or cut above the rest. His open broad smile ( I call it an ‘angelic smile), his deep voice, convincing approach with is mild talking but powerful chorus and verses brings him as a human savior to the poor and to the down trodden in different vicissitudes of life and places him closer to some of the living saints such as Mother Theresa who made a great impact on the people. But we are aware that comparisons are odious and the world context and the status of each person is different. But we know that saints are the people who made an effort to live a good life and inspired others with their life and message to be good. But they aren’t perfect persons as it is said: every saint has a past and every sinner a future.

Those who become saints, usually embark upon early life as mediocre or common men. They carve out an elevating future for themselves out of the dust-heap of the common men. In other words they begin life with a ordinary proclivity (inclination) towards religion, but by dint of their curiosity for truth, their desire to attain salvation and their vigorous work in that direction, they rise to the great heights of divinity. After attaining a high degree of enlightenment, they set out to guide mankind along the path of virtue and redemption, as the song writers or composers, singers, teachers and preachers of mankind. They stand out leading the people along the right path in a disinterested and selfless way. By this, no one can deny the saintly or godly character in Wilfy’s case. Prior to his death, Wilfy’s love and concern for the poor was untold, reached at its zenith as can be gleaned from his attempt to write checks with shivering handsfor the poor people. His love for Konkani comes out best as at the final moment life when he would sing his last song from his death bed‘Mujibhaas Konkani’.

I have said sufficient. Finally, I do not require further search or to make research on this subject issue. Don’t you think Wilfy Rebimbus was a Champion of Humanity as he strived to work for the poor and the orphan and Savior of Konkani chosen and sent by God for his rich and lasting service and contribution to the language? No person of Wilfy’s caliber was born before his birth nor is seen since his demise. He is and would be unique. It is said that had Mr. Rebimbus born in other states of India, he would have been recognized with National Award at least while he was in thirties. A good artist usually does not chase any kind of highest awards. Hence, National Award he himself allowed to escape from him. A sun gives light. Sun is living. It does not seek edifications or accreditations nor national or international awards. Sun is Sun. It is selfless, it gives light to everybody equally; to good as well as bad people. It will live up to its name. It lives on and shines on. Whether we are interesting in Sun or not but we are walking in its light. So is the case of Wifly Rebimbus. He was the Sun of our Mother Tongue, Konkani. Light shines on. His songs his voice lives on.

As you read in the holy scriptures usually God sends His Chosen Person in the period of time or between much intervals. They are sent for a specific mission for special group of people, region loved by God. As soon as their mission is accomplished, God will no more allow them to suffer much in this world from any worries or diseases. Wilfy after doing all that he was called to do must have said: “It is finished” and then the Lord said to him: “Come the blessed of my Father, you have completed your assigned mission and now bemy guest in my Heavenly Kingdom and enjoy hereafter in a place of no worries, no diseases but only of Heavenly Bliss to Praise the Trinity along with the Angels.”Now Wilfy continues to sing in the Heavenly Choir.

Finally, let us learn something good from the Saints who led a godly life by loving and helping the needy who are also the children of God. In this world, nothing belongs to us. Our wealth is not ours but God’s; we have to share it with the unfortunate once. If we go against it, God can take away overnight from us. For He can make anybody rich overnight and can also make anybody poor overnight. What can a man boast of himself?“Those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit? (Ps 49: 6-9). Wifly Rebimbus was very much sensitive to these words for he led a simple life and whatever he had, heshared happily with the unfortunateones. Therefore God has set him as an example in the midst of us and for the future generations. Don’t you think that we too should be sensitive to God’s Voice as an example that set by Wilfy Rebimbus? May He Rest In Peace. Amen.


Thus I end this article words chosen from hymn composed by Wilfbaab,

' Santap Mugdata, Sontos Ubzata '

"Sargarazak pautholoun ,Gayana havn tain gaitoloun.
Kitlo Boron Jezu Muzo ,Mog kertoloun"  Amen.

 

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Dorothy D'souza, MumbaiMonday, July 15, 2013
Yet another beautiful article Cony bro...Gr8 tribute to the Konkani singer Wilfy reminbus who is known as 'Konkani Kogul'... No 1 can be lyk him...Well done Cony bro...looking forward for more articles from you..Thank you sOO much...and God Bless...
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Sr. Deepa S. Rodrigues, Bantwal / PuneFriday, June 21, 2013
Thanks Antony. Glad. After going through the complete article only( a bit lengthy but can't help it, as we understand)we natives could understand much new about our Father of Konkani Songs, Konkani Kogull which was interesting with good comparisons, surely ture. Good luck for new writings.
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Sr Clara Mendonca BS, Miyar/GuwahatiThursday, June 20, 2013
It gave an interesting reading on Wilfy indded the konkani speakers will ever cherish his memories. Well said Connie.
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Sr Assumpta, MangaloreThursday, June 20, 2013
Any tribute paid to Wilfy, the celebrant Konkany singer on any occasion is befitting! Salutations!
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roshan d souza, mangaloreThursday, June 20, 2013
a fitting tribute to our father of konkani music.we grew up listening to his great songs,and people like me are trying to walk his steps,althogh no one can match uo ti our wilfyab.he will live forever in our hearts as an inspiration. thanks antony sir for writing such an article.
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Jokhiem G. Crasta, UdupiWednesday, June 19, 2013
Lot of revelations gonna read from this writeup. Perhaps, prior to composing any Hymns or Songs late Wilfy might might have had clear visions on it in the hymn he wrote:... "Santap Mugdata, Sontos Ubzata '. How fortunate is he, he prophesized his own end.....

"Sargarazak pautholoun ,Gayana havn tain gaitoloun.
Kitlo Boron Jezu Muzo ,Mog kertoloun". May He Rest In Peace.


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Vivian Tauro, Bangalore/ QATARWednesday, June 19, 2013
Wilfy Rebimbus’ love and respect for God was Great was a non-failing affair.
I had witnessed most of his Nites, none of them began without reverence to God
He used to begin with a Hymn, Praising the Creator, taking audience to God to honour Him First
This is was one of Wilfy’s external sign revealing his inner closeness to God.
(however, regret, i do not see same prayerful sign with the present generation).

Therefore scripture says, ‘ the more you honour me, the more I will honour you’
We are all witness how late Wilfy was Blessed by God Greatly. Wilfy is not something about
about the past but surely about our future where all we Konkanas must speak Konkani in our homes
to set an example and carry forward our culture for the future generations. This is called
Voice of Wilfy, Voice of Konkani. After reading this article, this is what came to my mind to
Share with you all.
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Antony D'Cunha, Permude/MuscatWednesday, June 19, 2013
His song "Hanv Yetham Goh Ghati Devon" has created a sort of unique bonding between Wilfy and thousands of Mangaloreans working in the Gulf and the rest of the world. His voice lives on.
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Ajith Peter Dsouza, Udupi/DubaiTuesday, June 18, 2013
A good article which unravels the wonderful persona of great musician in konkani, who mesmerized millions with his voice and compositions,none other than Late. Wilfy Rebimbus. Article has flow of thoughts which bring alive his image and songs to mind. Keep it up Antony Cony your writing is becoming more profound with its width and depth every time it appears in the columns. Looking forward for more.
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Wilson Santos, Jeppu/ KuwaitTuesday, June 18, 2013
Mr Antony wonderful writing is about Wilfy Rebimbus. I am really impressed your writing. It is really need to have wisdom and knowledge to write about such a wonderful man. Whatever you wrote it is absolute true. I remember how is to create songs and give tune& music for the songs. There are no words to explain the wisdom and talent of Wilfyaam. Truly is the legend.
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Antony T. D Souza, Karkala / QatarTuesday, June 18, 2013
Dear Friends,
I humbly take this opportunity to Thank sincerely each and every readers for going through this article on late Wilfy Rebimbus and ping their kind views.
In appreciation on this write-up, honestly I have received many appreciations from our Konkani people, Konkani artists informing me how this particular write-up gave them enthusiasm about humble life, godly life and a feeling towards fellow men. However, out of many, I would like to share one such mail received from one of our leading Konkani Artist, KEVIN MISQUITH , known universally. May God Bless his humbleness in double portion, meeting all his heart’s desire. I also Thank God for working wonders through this simple article on late Wilfyaab, who is very much alive in spirit.
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“ Hi Antony Sir
The article is superb and on a personal note very much inspiring for me as a growing artist. Your article has influenced me & I read some parts over and over again with all my sincere aptitude for it. As a growing & learning artist, there is a lot for me to learn from it from being a humble artist to imbibe social responsibilities & spread the message as much possible on love of God through my musical career. You have not only written about wilfyaab but in the process also made me aware of my responsibilities too so that I too could grow in the right direction in his footsteps , who is my utmost Guru to immolate not particularly his singing compositions but about leading a exemplary life humbleness and serving mankind. Thus I remain.
Thank you sir for taking efforts to write this master piece for us.”
With Love and Highest Regards
KEVIN MISQUITH
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Jane Innet Sequeira, Mangalore/Bahrain Monday, June 17, 2013
Good article about the legend Wilfy Rebimbus.The voice of humanity and the saviour of Konkani music.Thanks to Mr.Antony for unique, and wonderful write up. Good Luck.
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linet Noronha, MumbaiMonday, June 17, 2013
One of the best article on Fathers day from dear Antony bab.Hats off to u dear bro..keep it up...i come to know many things about Wilfy bab after reading ur article..Keep writing ..all the best...
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Hilary Tellis, karkala, BahrinMonday, June 17, 2013
Wonderful article about the great legend Wilfy Rebimbus (our lovely Wilfyaab). As usual our great writer Anthony Cony baab has described every angle of Wilfy’s life and his songs. This write up itself shows about Cony baab’s love and respect towards Wilfyaab and his family. Indeed, no second word, Wilfyaab is a great legend, he is King of Konkani Songs. May his soul rest in peace.
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Frany Pamela Santos, Jeppu / DubaiMonday, June 17, 2013
Very good and Beautiful article Mr.Antony D'Souza.Thank you for a fantastic article. Realy great story of a great father of our mother tongue konkani.... wilfy baab is a legend, a model to all our young generations at present. may his soul rest in peace...Lord Jesus Christ bless him & his family always.
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Donald Pereira, Belthangady/MangaloreMonday, June 17, 2013
What a wonderful presentation of the facts on our loving Late Wilfy Rebimbus' life and contributions. Dear Antony Cony sir, you are really superb in putting all this in words. Yes, your article seems to have come with great love & gratitude towards the legend Wilfy Rebimbus. As you compared him to the Sun, he was really a selfless person and he thought only good things and did the same. When it comes to his talent, God must have had chosen and blessed him with ultimate talents and the capacity to perform them in a world class quality. It may be truth that before doing any deed he was seeking Divine blessings, but I am sure, when one does any good work with a good mind & heart, he will be blessed. As all know, Wilfy gave his life for Konkani with ultimate commitment and dedication. Its really painful that such a person was not recognized with due honour. He deserved to get a Padma Award atleast. He was worth of it.
But I do not agree with you Sir for your saying 'No peson of Wilfy's caliber was born before his birth....". He is worth for this praising, but we must understand the realities. Late VJP Saldanha (Khadap), Late AT Lobo (Elyel) and Late JC Veigas (Sirivonth) are also of the same or higher caliber of Wilfy Rebimbus. They too have contributed and sacrificed their life by bringing glory to Konkani through their exceptional works. Since Wilfy chose the music, it reached all easily. Konkani is lucky to have these men, but its sad that their work is not given due respect.
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Joshal Sweeda D'souza, Ujire / Abu DhabiMonday, June 17, 2013
Superb article Antony uncle!!
A fitting tribute to Wilfy'aab. Reading this article was so interesting and inspirational for me. Thank you for this wonderful write-up.... :)
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Helen Rodrigues, Bombay/TorentoMonday, June 17, 2013
This write-up particularly holds good on its main content that God’s Hand was upon Wifly Sir
Otherwise HOW A LOWLY EDUCATED MAN could grow of such eminent statue with much of King
Solomon's Wisdom and Knowledge who has became an institution itself ? I believe this article is a
unique and great indeed. God is Great and Greatly to be Praised. When we see God’s beauty
in God’s creations, we must Praise God whole heartedly. May He Rest In Peace.
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Reshma Lobo, KuwaitMonday, June 17, 2013
Beautiful article written by Antony Baab. A great tribute to Wilfyab on Father's day. Wilfab is truly father of "Konkani". He will be remembered forever. Hats off to you Antony Baab..
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Glany Fernandes, Mangalore/DubaiMonday, June 17, 2013
Wonderful write up for fathers day, keeping in mind konkani world's fatherly figure Shri Wilfy Rebembus. Indeed his immortal songs are pillars of Konkani Culture and literature. As you mentioned I am sure someone can do Phd on his songs, the source, the subject, the place and time. Enjoyed reading full article.
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Ronald Lasrado, Kundapur/Bombay/QatarMonday, June 17, 2013
Writing about late Wilfy Rebimbus obviously a difficult task.
This article has come out with a bold message, none could have imagined before.
By your article you have made full justice to our Father of Modren Konanni/music/song
Yes, he was a godly person by his life, serving the needy.
Our life should be an example of godly life and not prayers alone, as many are good at it,
(realizing such type of people Wilfy composed songs for such various types of crooks to modify their life style) .
Wilfy Rebimbus was a living saint like Mother Theresa, who cared for the needy with their regular prayers and with a touch of humanity.
For someone godly life takes closer to sainthood whether it is d by church nor not
Because for God declaring Sainthood by certificate is unofficial.
But rather God sees once godly life, prayers life and touch of humanity is something of official matter on sainthood. I am glad Wilfy Rebimbus was falling in this category. May his soul rest in peace
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Wilfy Rebimbus: Voice of humanity, Saviour of Konkani, MumbaiMonday, June 17, 2013
Beautiful article wit beautiful words on a beautiful day called Fathers day...Wilfy baab was also my fav singer...even till date l enjoy all his songs...I wish all his fly members be blessed and may our almighty God rest Wilfy baabs soul in peace...His best words'Sargarazan havn pavtholon, gayan havn gaithalon'... Truely a legend in singing world...Thnx so much Cony bro...No one can be like Late Wilfy Rebimbus in the world of konkani songs...He was a real 'KOGUL' (KOYAL)...Salutes to You WLIFY REBIMBUS...
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vivian fernandes, dubaiMonday, June 17, 2013
Very nice article Cony Sir.. U said Together as family, you used to listen songs, then sing them together, Wilfy could bring our family together through his lovely songs..That is really great..also its true that Wilfy Rebimbus was a Champion of Humanity as he strived to work for the poor and the orphan and Savior of Konkani..
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shaik shahansha, QATARMonday, June 17, 2013
Very beautiful written or describe his way of life leading, lives in million of people hearts.even though i personally not known about him, his passion for lovely compose,singing etc, once i read the article i become a fan to him, moreover he is not around with us, but his passion brings him to livelihood to all.I like this article so much, Mr.Antony please keep write like this.
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Dr. Edward Nazareth, MangaloreMonday, June 17, 2013
Antony has given fitting tribute to Wilfy Bab on fathers' day. As written by Antony, Wilfy Bab lived a godly life by loving and helping the needy who are also the children of God. We miss Wilfy Bab a lot
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Meena serrao Barboza, TanzaniaMonday, June 17, 2013
Its Heart touching Beautiful story of a great father of our mother tongue konkani. One of the best articles I ever read about Wilfybab as you rightly said Antony Bab.Thank you for a fantastic Article. Once Again Congratulations For A Beautiful Article, Looking Forward To Read More Articles From You.
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R.Lewis, Mangalore/BahrainMonday, June 17, 2013
Very good and meaningful article dear Anthony, appreciate for the same, keep writing, God bless....
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Samad Kolnad, Vitla BantwalMonday, June 17, 2013
Congrats Antonyji.......Beautiful and very good, i enjoyed reading this great article on Sir Wilfy...i admired your way of writing... Looking forward for more articles from you Antony in daijiworld to read...Very good keep writing and keep it up...
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L N Rego, BendurMonday, June 17, 2013
Its timely and nicely written article on fathers day. On Wilfy you can write countless volumes because he is an institution for research. May his life be a model to all who strive to lead an exemplary life. Once agains Congrats Antony Cony, keep up the good work.
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Kevin Misquith, Surathkal/MangaloreMonday, June 17, 2013
Superb article on Wilfyaab, this was one article on Wilfyaab which is very different from the ones I had read before, beautifully written.Congrats sir great job by putting this together.
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Sylvester H.D' Souza, Moodbidri / IsraelMonday, June 17, 2013
Very good and Beautiful article Mr.Antony. Thank you for a fantastic article.
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Arun Danthy, Pernal/SurathkalMonday, June 17, 2013
GOOD THOUGHT PROVOKING ARTICLE...!BEST JOB BAABB ANTONY CONY...
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J.F.D'SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALOREMonday, June 17, 2013
I read the article and I really felt happy while going through the contents. Beuatifully written about KONKAN KUGUL' on Fathers day he being the Father of Konkani who made it rich by his thousand songs on various issues. The writer Antony has done a good job by paying rich tribute through the article. I cherish the memory of great composer, singer Wilfy.
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CGS, MangaloreMonday, June 17, 2013
Its a very special tribute to the
Konkani legend late Wilfy Rebimbus
on Fathers's Day.This is one of the
best articles ever written on Wilfy, the voice of humanity and the saviour of Konkani music.Thanks to Mr.Antony T.C.D'Souza for his
unique,exclusive and wonderful write up.
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Flavian PInto, Bejai/TorontoMonday, June 17, 2013
Hats off to you Antony for expressing my personal feeling about the greatest Konkan ever lived. I was always questioning from where the inspiration came to Wilfy and you have answered it comparing him to King Solomon. We can call it talent, but certainly it is God’s special gift. I have read all the articles and books about Wilfy as I am his die hard fanfrom my childhood. Being a closefriend Wilfy, I have received very many hand written lettersfrom late Wilfy and I have preserved them all. I will take a print of this article and preserve it along with those letters and will cherish in years to come. This is the best father’s day gift you have given to all Konkan fathers all around the world. Thanks again. Flavian Pinto
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George Malcolm Govious, Kellare / CannadaMonday, June 17, 2013
It is not easy to write about late Wilfy's inner being but you have succeeded completely. It is so true. Had Wilfy was alive, he could have overwhelmed with this article and its responses. It is true, no generation can forget him or no end to his name in any future generations. How great work is His and your write-up on him Thank Antony Sir.
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HENRY MISQUITH, BahrainMonday, June 17, 2013
Thanks Antony & daiji for bringing such a nice article. May God continue to bestow his blessings upon you.
Though Wilfyab is not physically with us, his voice will continue to dominate for the years to come and he lives eternally through his voice.
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praveen fernandes, gangolli/haifa/israel.Monday, June 17, 2013
wonderful and awesome article by you dear brother ANTONY D'SOUZA CONY.. first of all I wishing you, your friends and all the readers of this article happy fathers day.. I really very excited to read such a article.. keep it up and i'll wait to read more article from you dear ANTONY BAAB.. and I must pray to god for our legend konkanni singer WILFY REBIMBUS's soul.. may his soul rest in peace.. almighty lord grant him eternal rest, amen.. thankyou dear ANTONY CONY BAAB.. :)
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ANIL BYNDOOR, SPAINMonday, June 17, 2013
ITS A REALLY GRT ARTICLE ABOUT "FATHER OF KONKANI" HE ALWAYS WILL BE THRE IN OUR HEARTS..HATSOFF U DEAR ANTONY CONY ...
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Clippi Shirva, Mumbai/DohaMonday, June 17, 2013
Great article legend of Konkani Wilfybab...........
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D'souza Arun Santhosh, Belthangady/DohaSunday, June 16, 2013
Well Done Anthony Sir, I Love To Read Anything About Our 'Konkani Kogul Wilfyab', We All Know He Was The Best, You Have Written This So Well, I Enjoyed Reading Also Learnt Some New Things. He Was Such A Nice Person, One Cannot Forget Him. Though He Is Not With Us Today, We Can Still Feel His Presence...
You Have Written It So Well, No One Else As Mentioned This Before.
Once Again Congratulations For A Beautiful Article, Looking Forward To Read More Articles From You Anthony Sir..!!
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Lancelot Monteiro, Bangalore/MangaloreSunday, June 16, 2013
Very good article..informative..And a great tribute to the most popular poet/music composer wilfy rebimbus. Thanks Antony Cony sir.
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Monica Valdar Olwali, Nairobi-DubaiSunday, June 16, 2013
Dear Antony Cony, Thank you sooo very much for this amazing Article. We here could find some newness in your article about late Wilfy Rebimbus. It is totally a different one, very informative how a silent prayer life fire in stomach and fire in heart takes someone closer to God and how God Blesses him in return more remarkably. God Bless Wilfy Rebimbus works and his Family who walks in his foot steps with low profile next to simplicity and humbleness. May our Wilfyaab rest in Peace
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Austin Prabhu, Nantur/ChicagoSunday, June 16, 2013
One of the best articles I ever read about Wilfybab as you rightly said Antony, he was and still is a Voice of Humanity, Savior of Konkani and an Institution by himself. Long live his creations and bring inspiration and new spirit among all Koknani speaking people of our beautiful world.
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John , India / GoaSunday, June 16, 2013
Article woven up wonderful creates great impact.Thank you Sir for the beautiful article
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Eric Coelho, MangaloreSunday, June 16, 2013
Wilfy Remimbus has done a lot for Konkani Language and its songs. He can be called the "Father of Konkani Songs". I have never been a fan of Wilfy but I have heard some of his songs which are very soothing to mind and ears. Even today's generation have a liking to his songs.
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Irene Saldhan, Shirva, BangaloreSunday, June 16, 2013
Hai Antony, by your article you have rekindled our zeal to'wilfy nite', our love to wilfy and made to remember broad 'wilfy's smile'. Today is Wilfy nite here @ Bangalore. We will cherish beauty of your article here tonight. Happy Father's day to all.
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Prajoth D'sa, Santhekatte/UdupiSunday, June 16, 2013
Wonderful write-up dear Antony baab! Wilfy'aab will never be forgotten for his legendary contribution to Konkani!
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Lancy Moras, Moushmi CreationsSunday, June 16, 2013
What a fabulous write up on a mirthful day by Cony Baab a superlative gentleman and a humankind personality packed Pillar of a beloved bighearted family. Happy Father's day to you Cony Baab. A total enthused article you have penned and gifted to each and every Father who proudly lives today including me. For that you chose what an awesome evergreen gentleman Konkan Kogul late Wilfy Rebimbus. You have exposed his holy life and set a goal pond to the living Fathers. As I was going through every word from this article, I felt more and more proud being a Father to my daughter and my heart became younger as I completed reading your last holy word ‘Amen’.

God the Heavenly Father incalculably bless you Cony Baab. I truthfully value your outstanding article daijiworld media in printed on a all Daddy’s memorable birthday.

Sir Cony Baab, take an eminence bow for your unbeatable master piece of writing. Undeniably, every Father on this topography is so proud of you counting me.

May God bless more and more and needless to say you are more blessed on this day.
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Vivek Monteiro, Mangalore / DohaSunday, June 16, 2013
Nice Article. Thank you Mr Antony DSouza. .Liked it & conclution with Wilfy's beautifull hymn . 'Santap Mugdata, Sontos Ubzata ' Sargarazak pautholoun ,Gayana havn tain gaitoloun. Kitlo Boron Jezu Muzo ,Mog kertoloun".
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Morvine, Barkur/KuwaitSunday, June 16, 2013
Great article of my true konkani singing legend dear Wilfyab. I really miss his meaningful lyrics and tunes.
Fathers day special.. thank you Anthony baab for your wonderfull write up.
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Stany Dsouza, Paladka / BahrainSunday, June 16, 2013
Very good and Beautiful article Mr.Antony D'Souza.Thank you for a fantastic article.
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steven, SharjahSunday, June 16, 2013
Truely he thought me to love Konkani and to uphold it everywhere. Jai Konkani mai.
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Preema D'Souza, Mangalore/SharjahSunday, June 16, 2013
Beautiful article...very well written with detailed description !!! This is an absolute treat on Father's Day ! Great going dear Antony...congratulations on a fantastic article. Happy Father's Day to all fathers on this planet...
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Helen Mcqueen Rebello, Jeppu / MumbaiSunday, June 16, 2013
Interesting article about late Wilfy. I took some time to read whole of it as a good story. Well portrayed and it is complete. Agree much of it. Good Bless you.
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Jerry Pinto, Bondel/QatarSunday, June 16, 2013
Dear Antony,
Scintillating ...! thought provoking ...article about the legend Wilfy Rebimbus. Now Wilfy sings "Mahima Devachi" (which he composed in sixties) in heavenly choir. The readers should read the lyrics of this song to know how great composer he was even at the early stage of his life.
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Simon M. D' Silva, Mumbai /QatarSunday, June 16, 2013
Yet one more meaningful write-up from Antony. You have done good research therefore it was previously unheard about our Konkani Koggul, Wilfy Rebimbus. Rest In Peace. Happy Father's day to all the readers.
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ANIL DIAS, UDUPISunday, June 16, 2013
waav...... realy great story of a great father of our mother tongue konkani.... wilfy baab is a legend, a model to all our young generations at present. may his soul rest in peace...Lord Jesus Christ bless him & his family always.... dev bore karu tumka mogaal Antony baab....keep writing this type of mindblowing, beautiful articles...stay blessed always dear....
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Edward P, QatarSunday, June 16, 2013
Wonderful write up made me to contemplate real life of Father of Konkani Wilfy Rembibus.
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Charles D'Mello, PangalaSunday, June 16, 2013
Very good discriptive article by Antony D'Souza. No doubt Wilfyab was a Sun of Konkani and he will remain as Sun till the end of this world. I listen to his songs regularly and can not memorise the lyrics and always think how he has composed so many songs...!!?? May his soul rest in peace.
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Felix Xavier Pinto, Kinnigolli, UKSunday, June 16, 2013
You have wonderfully placed the following

" A good artist usually does not chase any kind of highest awards. Hence, National Award he himself allowed to escape from him. A sun gives light. Sun is living. It does not seek edifications or accreditations nor national or international awards. Sun is Sun. It is selfless, it gives light to everybody equally to good as well as bad people. It will live up to its name. It lives on and shines on. Whether we are interesting in Sun or not but we are walking in its light. So is the case of Wifly Rebimbus. He was the Sun of our Mother Tongue, Konkani. Light shines on. His songs his voice lives on."

while reading even my hairs straightened up in sheer admiration and style of comparison and how true it is in Wilfy's case. May you be like Wilfy from the point of wisdom and knowledge. Thanks Mr. D Souza. of it.
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Gabrial Peter Mendonsa, Bhatkal / QatarSunday, June 16, 2013
Thanks to the writer. You made my day. I am also a fan of Wilfy Rebimbus since over 55 years. Plenty to read, none was written so beautifully prior to you especially ' songs were written with empty stomach and Prayer, hence his compositions were unique cut above the rest from his birth to death. God Bless your sincere approach. I like the end part of the article. May he rest in Peace. Jai Wilfy, Jai Konkani.
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Ronald Lasrado, Kundapura / MumbaiSunday, June 16, 2013
beautiful write up. many revelations are made, never knew before i.e., about his prayer life, godly life and humanitarian life. Who is Wilfy and what he expected after death, nicely brought forward by author from his own composition-hymn at the end of article
"Sargarazak pautholoun ,Gayana havn tain gaitoloun.
Kitlo Boron Jezu Muzo ,Mog kertoloun" . May his soul rest in peace.
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