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Feb 15, 2008

From the editor’s desk:-

Dear Do..Re..Me..Fa.. browzers,

I extend to you a hearty welcome to the first chord of this New Year and I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy, Prosperous and a spirit-filled year 2008! May the heavenly blessings be upon you and your family throughout this New Year.

What a terrific start for our beloved Konkani Music in this New Year! Konkani children around the globe are celebrating today, a historical event in the history of Konkani Language & Culture. Undoubtedly, January 27th 2008 became the Red-Letter Day for our beloved ‘Maibhas’ Konkani when the Konkani Music celebrated its glorious entry into the ‘Guinness Book of World Records!’. What a determination and what an amazing performance by the enthusiastic 44 singing groups! They consisted of over 1500 singers who sang over 600 great Konkani numbers non-stop for 40 long hours under the dynamic leadership of ‘Vishwa Konkani Kala Ratn’ Baab Eric Ozario, the Super Hero of one and the only Maand Sobhann! He has propelled the rocket of Konkani Music to the top of world challenging others to break its world record! At this great moment I wish to congratulate all the singers, musicians and al those who worked tirelessly on and behind the scene in making ‘Konkani Niranthari’ a historical one.

In the aura of this historical event illuminating the Konkan Skies studded with great music stars, I was trying to select a new years’ gift to you and I found a super star and a great singer. This star was born in a music family popularly known as ‘Sangeeth-Ghar’ in Mangalore. A multi-faceted personality with the talents of a great singer, he shined as a Konkani music star for the last four decades. He was one of the first singers in the ‘Konkan Kogul’ Wilfy’s group. That great number ‘Hene gelyari line.. thene gelyari line..’ presented by this singer around 3 decades back, is still echoing in my ears! This super star whom I am referring to is none other than Sri Denis Peris! I am sure you will really enjoy listening to this sweet chord of music.

Once again I wish to thank every one of you for taking your time in browsing this music column. See you then, next month, same portal and same column. Until then, bye!

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

Gerry D’Mello, Bendur.


Up in the sky, some stars shine brightly and continuously but others twinkle intermittently covered and hidden by the dark clouds. Sri Denis Peter Peris is a Konkani singer of second category. Though a singer of repute and talent, the clouds of financial constraints and exigencies of family life deprived him the time and opportunity for the exposure of his musical talent as he had to be away from his native land for work to Saudi Arabia for 21 years! Nonetheless his passion for Music and love for the Konkanni language still keep on spurring and urging Denis to contribute whatever he can in the field of Konkanni Music.

Childhood & Education :-

On 25th August 1945, in the Omzoor parish of Mangalore Diocese, Denis Peter Peris was born. He was one of the 5 children of late Bonaventure and late Angeline Peris. Denis is blessed with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Bonaventure, the father of Denis, was a much fancied folk singer at marriage functions. So, his two worthy sons Denis and Melwyn Peris kept up the family tradition of Music by becoming singers of repute!

Denis, the little boy, had his academic studies in St. Aloysius High School and later in St. Aloysius Evening College where he graduated with a degree in Commerce. Eventually he worked for Aramco in Saudi Arabia for 21 years and took an early retirement at the age of 50 and is currently residing in Cordel Parish of Kulshekar, Mangalore, with his wife Monica Peris. He and Monica are blessed with 3 lovely daughters.

Denis and music :-

Denis was associated with Konkani Music right from his early childhood. Till the age of 12, Denis was brought up at Kadri, Bendore Parish, Mangalore. During that period he participated in Konkani Natak Sabha singing competitions. There the little boy Denis was very much influenced in singing by his paternal cousin late Valley Vas who was then a famous singer and dramatist. After the age of 12, Denis moved to Cordel Parish, Kulshekar, where his talents in singing and acting blossomed as they were exposed through CYM of the Parish. Mostly Denis was assigned to playback singing and to female roles in Konkani stage plays as mixed acting was not common at that time.

Denis Peris is very grateful to late Henry T. D’Souza who trained him in timing rhythm and pronunciation in singing. Late Valley Vas was also his role model. But Wilfy Rebimbus was the main person who exposed the real talents of Denis. Wilfy composed songs wholly suited for the voice and range of Denis. Presently Melwyn Peris, the brother of Denis, composes songs suitable for his voice!

Achievements in Music & Drama:-

When it was the appropriate time of his life to expose his talents, Denis was obliged to leave Mangalore and go abroad for his better financial future! Hence the achievements of Denis in the field if Music and Drama are very limited and modest:

1) Recognition of Denis as a good talented singer under late Henry T. D’Souza, then Wilfy Rebimbus and now his brother Melwyn Peris.
2) In one of the Cassettes of Wilfy Rebimbus and almost in all of the CDs and Cassettes of Melwyn Peris, Denis has his voice recorded.
3) Denis has written lyrics for Konkani and Tulu stage plays but with Hindi tunes.
4) During his vacations to India while working in Saudi Arabia for 21 years, Denis has sung often on the stage to the great cheers and appreciation of the crowd.
5) Denis is also a yodling singer, but his talent in this singing category is stifled due to lack of exposure.
6) He has also written lyrics to many stage play songs,
7) Denis has written 5 stage plays as well.
8) Occasionally he has also written mini stories to the periodicals.
9) Interestingly Denis has not kept a count of his achievements. He does not think it is necessary. But above all, even now in his sixties, Denis Peris does public singing, all in the interest of Music! People make him sing Wilfy’s numbers at functions and celebrations and the modest singer Denis readily obliges his fans!

Other Achievements:-

1) Worked for Raknno Weekly as Manager for 8 years.
2) Active member of CYM till he left India for Saudi Arabia for work. Was also a President of CYM Mangalore area.
3) Served as ‘Gurkar’ for his Cordel Parish ward. Presently is the President of SVP of Cordel Church.

General Message:-

Denis Peris is a genuine lover of music without a desire for glamour and publicity for his talents. He is an ideal role-model for the Konkani speaking common man who is by nature fond of music and singing irrespective of his age!

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Dr Gerald PInto, KallianpurMonday, October 11, 2010
Deep condonenses. Mother Konkani has lost another son.

Dr GErald Pinto
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MAXI & LORNA, MULUND MUMBAIMonday, October 11, 2010
Dear Albert& members of the Peris family

Our heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Denis. May the lord give the strength to all the family members to bear the loss of their loved one. Eternal rest grant to him & may his soul rest in peace. Our prayers r with all of u.
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avril, belthangadyWednesday, July 21, 2010
i want songs
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Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney, AustraliaMonday, January 18, 2010

Hi Denis. I did not notice that you had an in-built talent for singing during your early school years even though you were very talkative and chirpy then! May be you developed this dorment talent when we finished the High School and parted our ways. Indeed I am proud to learn that you achieved so much name and fame for your composing and singing of Konkani songs and I hereby congratulate you on your achievements.

I am sorry these wishes come to you belatedly since I bumped into the subject article by Gerry D`Mello only the other day merely by an accident. Since I also had left Mangalore about 45 years ago, in seek of further studies and work, and recently got introduced to the Daijiworld which covers all news from Mangalore, that I am keeping up-todate with the news from home. Thanks Daijiworld.

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Anthony Lobo, Taccode/AZ, USATuesday, February 19, 2008
Denis,Congratulations, I know, how difficult to expose anyone's talents in a place called Saudi Arabia. Anyway, you showed nothing is impossible, important is dedication, hard work and trust in self. I wish more success on your way. Anthony Lobo, Ex-Aramcon, USA
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Rayan / Sapna D'souza, Mangalore / Abu DhabiMonday, February 18, 2008
Congratulations Dad..... You deserve all the praise for your talents and for your good work. We have seen how much you have sacrificed and today when you are praised for your contibution, we are filled with joy and pride. You are the best and deserve the best. Thank You Daijiworld.
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Jasmine Dsouza, Mangalore/ ShimogaMonday, February 18, 2008
Good work uncle. Was very happy to read your article. continue your good work.Lucky to have a uncle like you.congratulations from : ur sister, Bavoji, joy and jas.
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Mervyn,Jessy ,D,souza, BelgaumMonday, February 18, 2008
Hearty congratulations to our dear Brother-in-law and brother Denis for your contribution to Konkani music and to society. We know what you have gone through to reach such heights. You make us proud for achieving such a high status as "CATCH OF THE MONTH'. You deserve the best. May God bless you always.
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Roshan & Divya, Kulshekar / DubaiSunday, February 17, 2008
Hearty Congratulations to You Uncle Denis, for your contributions towards Konkan Samaaz. We Love & Respect You. Our Best Wishes to you and family.
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Santosh / Prema Monteiro, M'lore / DohaSunday, February 17, 2008
Thanks Daiji for this wonderful write up. Besides being a very talent person .....he is known for his down to earth, lively and humble nature..... He certainly deserves all the praises. May God bless you with happiness, good health and long life.
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Reema Concesso, Kulshekar/USASunday, February 17, 2008
Congratulations Uncle Denis, for all the contributions you have given towards the konkani music & society,May God bless you with continued health, Good wishes "Cyprima"
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JOE PEREIRA & FLY, Derebail / kuwaitSunday, February 17, 2008
Thanks Gerrry for ing the 'PEARL OF KONKANI TALENTS' Denis Peris as your CATCH OF THE MONTH. Congratulatoins Denis you deserve the best. Long Live DAIJI.
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Valerian Dalmaida, Mangalore/Abu DhabiSunday, February 17, 2008
Dear Denis, God bless you. You are a wonderful person. Best wishes to you and your family. Valerian Dalmaida
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Chetan, Capuchin, RomeSunday, February 17, 2008
I know Dennis as an unassuming, simple man at Raknno and later too. His simplicity impressed me the most. Unfortunately, haven't heard Dennis live. Look out Dennis at your next concert!! All the best to you Dennis and may God bless you.
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Lancy Moras, Bajjodi, Now Jeddah Saudi ArabiaSaturday, February 16, 2008

Hearty Congratulations from me and my family dearest Sir Denis. I am also a born singer from Bendur Parish and proud to note here that I too showed my first Live Musical Nite at Don Bosco Hall, Mangalore in 1989 on 22 October. Our situation is almost same as thereafter I had to leave for Saudi Arabia and my talent in this singing category is stifled due to lack of exposure as yours.

Sir Denis Baab, I truely and with Due respect salute to your achievements in Konkali music and drama. Needless to say you are my "ROLE MODEL" and I pray to Almighty lotz of happiness and good health in future. "LAAMB JIYON DENIS BAAB"

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Alfy D' Souza, Bikernakatta / DubaiSaturday, February 16, 2008
Dennis carries the family tradition and background that is so full of talents, self-less-ness and pride of every Mangalorean. I have known Dennis and his whole family from my childhood - even today I remember the few beautiful evenings he had spent at my place along with another good friend from AngelorE. Keep it up Dennis, we all love you
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Pinku Alwyn Menezes, Padil, Mangalore, Abu DhabiSaturday, February 16, 2008
I am truly overwhelmed to read your article. Your simplicity and humble nature has paid off with a great reward like this beautiful article. Good old memories flashed back as I was going through the pictures. You deserve the best. You are a sweet uncle. Love you always!!!!!!
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Neville Dias, Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi ArabiaSaturday, February 16, 2008
Good job Denis. I did not know that you are into singing after you left ARAMCO on early retirement. ALL THE BEST. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON KONKANI.
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Gration D' Souza, Deepa/KulshekarSaturday, February 16, 2008
Our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Denis Peris for all his contributions towards the Konkany society. Dennisaab and his brother Melwyn will continue to remain dear to us at all times .
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Aman Ulla, Mangalore/Saudi Aramco, DhahranSaturday, February 16, 2008
Denis had been my colleague and I know him personally very well. He is too friendly and affectionate to everyone. Nice to see a beautiful article about you and thank you Daijiworld. Denis, good luck to you.
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Austin Prabhu , Nanthur/ChicagoSaturday, February 16, 2008
Congratulations Denis Peris on being ed your profile on DoReMiFa by Gerry D'Mello. Your beautiful voice entertained thousands of people in KonkaniWorld and your love of singing spread in your entire family - Albert and Melwyn. Keep up the good work, wish you all the best in your retirement life.
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Victor Machado, Kundapur/Mississauga, CanadaSaturday, February 16, 2008

Thank you Gerry for the interesting piece on Denis Peris and his family. My wife Monica and self knew his family very well and enjoyed some great unforgetful happy moments with them at Aramco, Saudi Arabia as well as at home at Kulshekar when we visited them in 1999!

Denis is a very talented and great singer and my love of Konkani songs actually got rejenuated when for the first time I heard his song 'Daria Ovalo Gavon Vuin Saudi Arabia!, before even leaving the shores of India to Saudi Arabia! Keep it up Denis! All the best to you and Monica and family! Keep in touch!

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Heartily Congratulations to Denis baab and Family for thier great gift of konkani music and makink konkani music so rich. We all are proud of you and your achivements. May god bless you. Along with Konkani Kullvar Kuwait members, Lancy Pinto Nayak (Convenor/Founder)
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Captain Stanley Latif Correa, Urwa Stores/Saudi ArabiaSaturday, February 16, 2008
Thanks Gerry & Daiji for exposing Dennis to the Konkani world. I am very happy after reading this beautiful biography. His service to the Konkani Music/songs is commendable. God bless you Dennis.
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Edward R. Monteiro, Kulshekar, MangaloreSaturday, February 16, 2008
He is a person who is fond of Konkani music and Daijiworld has done a good job in publishing this article.
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VINOD WIFRED TAURO & FLY, MADANTHYAR,DUBAISaturday, February 16, 2008 are multi talented person, even you left India to Saudi Arabia, where ever you go for parties, your Konkani songs were always there to entertain. I wish you all the best and may the almighty god give you good health to you and your family.. May god bless you
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Rajesh Sequeira, Kulshekar, DubaiSaturday, February 16, 2008
It was really nice to give a writeup of Denis. As I know him personally he is one of the best singer and more than anything he is very humble man. It was nice to read more about him. Denis keep up doing ur good work.
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Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, TxSaturday, February 16, 2008
Our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Denis Peris for all his contributions towards the Konkany society. Denis and his brother Melwyn will continue to remain dear to us at all times and we extend our continued support in all their future efforts.
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Michael Machado, DammamSaturday, February 16, 2008
Indeed, he is a melodius singer and a good guitarist too. His uninterrupted singing during the get-to-gethers still echoes in our ears, particularly, one of his favourite "Yeah Mera Prem Patr". I wish him all the best.
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Joe, Mangalore / SharjahFriday, February 15, 2008
Thank you Daiji/Gerry for the apt and beautiful write up about dear Denis. His pleasing, yodling voice suits his lovely personality. Long live Denis to serve the Mother tongue with continued health, cheer and the same voice for many years to come!
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RONNIE GOMES, Kadri, MangaloreFriday, February 15, 2008
Certainly Denis deserves all the praise for his talent in the field of singing which he has nurtured over a period of time specially while he was in Saudi Arabia. May God Bless you Dennis.
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