From the editor’s desk :-
Dear Do..Re..Me..Fa.. lovers,
Once again a hearty welcome to you all to this ‘Christmas special’ sweet music episode of your favourite Do..Re..Me..Fa.. music column of world’s renowned web portal ‘daijiworld.com’.
As I was watchfully glancing the magnificent Konkan Skies in my regular hunt for a shining star to present to you as a ‘Christmas gift’ through this melodious music column, without much of a struggle I found a super star. A star who, inspite of having a dynamic personality endowed with great God-given talents, has renounced the worldly pleasures and has offered himself in the service of the Lord and His flock. The great star, which I’m referring to, is none other than Rev.Fr.Denis Alaxander D’Sa of “Sandesha” fame, also fondly known as Fr.Denis D’Sa.
Down the memory lane, I recall during one of my annual vacations few years’ back, in my beloved parish of Bendur, Mangalore I was fortunate to be a judge for the Parish Singing Competition together with Fr.Denis D’Sa. It was the first occasion we met personally face-to-face, though later we had met each other during his visit to Oman. I really admire at the great decision of our Bishop of Mangalore to appoint this highly talented youth among youths Fr.Denis D’Sa as the director of ‘Sandesha’, one of the great organization to promote Indian art, Culture and religious harmony. He was the successor to yet another dynamic personality of our diocese Fr.Henry D’Souza.
Although Fr.Denis gave me a tough time in having his profile presented on this music column, from the depth of my heart I sincerely thank Shri Leo D’Souza (Liyab) for assisting me to gather necessary details of Fr.Denis.
Before playing this sweet musical Chord I take this opportunity to wish everyone of you A Very Merry Christmas. I pray that everyone of you may experience the birth of Christ our Saviour, in your heart. As we conclude this God-given wonderful year of 2004, I thank God for all His choicest blessings bestowed on us all during the past entire year. Together with Do..Re..Me..Fa.. family I wish you a Happy, Prosperous, Bright, Healthy and Peaceful New Year – 2005.
See you again in the New Year, same site and same column with new melodious and pleasant musical chords. Until then, bye.
Have a Blessed Christmas!
Gerry D’Mello, Bendur.
Fr.Denis Alexander D’Sa
The guru of gurukul ‘Sandesha’
“Sandesha” college of Fine Arts (Sandesha Lalitkala Mahavidyalaya) is only one of its kind perhaps in the whole of India where one can obtain an academic degree (B.A.) in both Indian and Western Classical Arts. It also conducts short holiday courses and part-time classes and state level awards. “Sandesha is the heart-throb of music and musicians in Mangalore. Rev.Fr.Denis Alexander D’Sa is presently the proud director of this prestigious institute. He is a singer, composer, musician, administrator, all rolled into one, who has taken as his mission to enrich the world around him with the universal language of music.
Childhood Profile :-
Denis Alexander D’Sa was born on 29th September 1964 in Kallianpur, in the Mount Rosary Parish of Mangalore Diocese. The names of his parents are Salvadore D’Sa and Mary Mathias. They had two sons and five daughters, Denis being one of them.
Denis had all his academic studies, primary, High School and College, at the prestigious Milagres institute in Kallianpur. After, obtaining his B.A. degree, he joined St.Joseph’s Seminary in Mangalore to become a priest.
Seminary Life :-
As a child Denis used to