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From the editor’s desk :-

Dear Music lovers,

Once again a hearty welcome to you all to your beloved music column Do..Re..Me..Fa.. 

With great joy and gratitude, I am happy to declare that with your unstinted support and encouragement this unique music column has successfully completed three years on net and has gloriously entered into its fourth year on the world’s renowned web portal www.daijiworld.com.  With your continued support I am sure, I will fulfill my mission unto your satisfaction.

In my regular hunt, as I was glaring at the open music skies to present before you a special star, this time I found yet another super star, a white dove with an attractive smile, a great composer, a specialist in liturgical music. I have no hesitation to call this shining figure as the ‘Rabindranath Tagore’ of Mangalore who has composed a fitting Anthem for our great institution St.Joseph’s Engineering College, Mangalore.  The super star whom I am going to present today is none other than ‘Rev.Fr.Valerian Mendonca’, fondly known as Fr.Vally.

I am sure you will really enjoy listening to this melodious chord and once again I am indebted to you for your great love for this music column.

Let’s meet again next month, same site, same column, until then, bye!

Yours in Do..Re..Me..Fa..

Gerry D’Mello, Bendur

 

FR. VALERIAN MENDONCA
A MASTER OF RELIGIOUS MUSIC

“Let us make our lives joyful songs of praise to God” says Fr. Valerian Mendonca. He means what he says. He himself is in the ongoing process of composing his life into a song of praise to God! He is totally dedicated to music and wants to bring out the best of religious music and offer it to God.

Childhood and education:-

The life song of Valerian Mendonca started on 9th December 1949 when he was born in Shirva parish of Mangalore Diocese. Mr. Gabriel and Mrs. Seraphine Mendonca were his proud parents. They had 8 children, four boys and four girls. Valerian was their 7th child, and the last 8th child is now an Apostolic Carmel nun, Sr. Rose Agnes who is the Principal of Ladyhill Pre-University College, Mangalore, a singer and composer as well.

Vally, as Valerian was fondly called had a simple, quiet and humble childhood in the rural Shirva parish. He did his primary studies in St, Joseph’s Primary School, Pilar, Shirva and his secondary studies in St. Mary’s High School, Shirva. He pursued his college studies in St. Aloysius College, Mangalore and obtained a B.Sc. degree with a first rank in English from Mysore University. Following the divine call, Valerian joined St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore and did his Philosophical and Theological studies. Through St. Joseph’s Seminary, he obtained a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Urban University of Rome. He also holds a M.A. degree from Mysore University and a diploma in Communications from Amruthavani Communications Centre, Secunderabad. Valerian Mendonca was ordained a priest on 7th April 1976.

A musician in the making:-

As a child in the rural hamlet of Shirva, Vally enjoyed listening to and singing songs. He was not at all aware that he possessed latent poetic and musical talents though he had heard that his father was a “gumtam” (drums) player.

During the priestly training in St Joseph’s Seminary, Bro Valerian learnt Western and Karnatic vocal music. He also learnt to play the musical instruments like Harmonium, Electrical Keyboard, Guitar, Violin and Accordion! One of his elder brothers, Alex, a music lover, had presented him with an Accordion. Bro. Va

 
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Fredrick Castelino, UdyavaraSaturday, September 18, 2010
Meloday is the second name of Fr. Vally.First I saw him in Perampalli during church festival where he was giving choir practice in which I was a singer. I have almost all the cassets/CDs produced by him. I do not find any other religious musician than Fr. Vally. Kudos to him. Let many more CDs come out from his treasure.
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Patricia D'souza, Kallianpur Tonse / MumbaiFriday, June 11, 2010
Hi, as i know Fr. Vally from my childhood eversince i was studying in Milagres High School, i loved his singing, the choir, playing musical instruments and i still and will always remember his great voice. all the best Fr. Vally, i hope you'll surely remember me if you are reading my comments. have a great future in your ahead. thank you.
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Rohitha Saldanha (Passanha), Kallianpur/MumbaiWednesday, October 08, 2008

It is a great plesuare to read about Fr.Vally "A GREAT MUSICIAN".Fr.Vally has a uniqur gift of God to us.I know Fr.Vally from my childhood,although I am not met him since almost 20 years now.But still I listen to his voice through CD's.I was trained under Fr.Vally through Milagres church choir Kallianpur.

I got inspiration to learn music from Fr.Vally. So I shifted to Mumbai and completed my classical Music also Diploma-in-music(H.V.L) from Mumbai University and today I am a singer.THANK YOU Fr.Vally from my bottom of my heart to create music in me.MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND BE CONTINUE HIS GREAT WORK THROUGH MUSIC."GOOD LUCK FR.VALLY!"

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Victorian Fernandes, MadanthyarTuesday, December 11, 2007
Fr Valerian is nothing but a unique gift of God to us. God has blessed him with precious talents and he has made use of them in the right way. The youth are very close to his heart.He has given his best to the society. Congratulations to Fr Valerian.
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Bro. Johnson D'Souza, CRS, Kinnigoly, MangaloreFriday, December 07, 2007
It gives me the great plesuare to read about this great musician. I thank the Lord Almighty for giving us this talented musician. He has spent lot of energy in composing the songs, which really help the faithful to participate in the in the litugry. His cassettes and music is indeed excellent. I congratulate him, and pray to God so that He might bestow countless blessings upon him and thus he may help the faithful to partake in the liturgy in a worthy manner. I wish him all the success.
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Gretta Dsouza, KinnigoliFriday, November 16, 2007
It is a great pleasure to read this article,comprising the achievements of Fr Valerian Mendonca in various fields .God has blessed him with precious talents and he has made use of them in a right way,by setting example to all the people. Congrats to Fr Vally. Congrats even to Gerry D'mello for taking trouble and time to introduce the shining stars like Fr Vally to the society.
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MAXIM IVAN D COSTA, BANGALOREWednesday, November 14, 2007
IT IS GREAT PLEASURE TO READ THIS BIO DATA OF FR VALERIAN MENDONCA.OFF COURSE HE IS A GRERAT MUSICIAN.MAY GOD BLESS HIM.IN HIS FUTURE WORK
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Irene Mendonça, Shirva / Peru South AmericaMonday, November 12, 2007
It's a great joy to read this article from this far away mission country and to know that several cassettes are released in Kannada, Hindi and Konkani which are my favourite languages.
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Roshan Passanha, KALLIANPUR / VASAI Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I am 37,Till date I have not seen or heard a person who is so fluent on any keyboard instruments like Fr.Vally.Please watch him playing it . I am sure you will find his soul flows through it.
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