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From the editor’s desk :-

Dear music lovers,

“A Blessed Easter” to you all!  It gives me immense pleasure to wish you and your families a very happy and spirit filled Easter! On this joyous occasion of the greatest feast of “Easter” I pray in a very special way that the peace and joy of Risen Christ reign in your minds and hearts and may you experience the power of the Risen Lord throughout your life.

In my great determination of presenting you a melodious musical chord as an ‘Easter Egg’ I found a super star!  Mellifluous singing is a gift for him, which flows in his blood.  He is an international singer and has created musical waves through his singing over four decades. His melodious singing waves have reached not only every corner of India and Gulf Countries but also in the North American State, Canada!  He is not only a great singer but also a talented actor par-excellence.  The dynamic main role he played almost 3 decades back in “Georgie Buthel” Konkani Drama written by Cha.Fra.DeCosta, is still vivid in my mind.  Who is this genius, a super star, and the pride of Konkan?   This unique jewel of Konkan music and a great star is none other than Sri Prem Lobo widely known as Prem Kumar, Nandigudda, Mangalore also nick-named as Jumping-Jack of Konkan who is one of the main singers in Konkan Kogul Wilfy’s group from day one!  Who will forget those lovely jumpy duets he presented with yet another great singer Smt. Babita D’Sa during ‘70’s & ‘80’s?  Apart from singing and acting Prem Kumar is a renowned poet & Konkani Writer too.

Dear Do..Re..Me..Fa. lovers during this glorious season of Easter, I am sure you will enjoy listening to this great singing sensation!  Once again I thank you for your great support.  I shall see you next month, same site, same column!  Till then, Chow!

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

Gerry D’Mello, Bendur

 PREM LOBO

THE LOVING SON (“PREM KUMAR”) OF KONKANI MUSIC


“PREM KUMAR” - The beautiful and apt pen name of Sri Prem Lobo, by itself suggests the incessant love of the singer for the Konkani Music!  He boldly and confidently proclaims to his fans that he will not stop singing Konkani Music till he has a voice for it.











 

The following are his own words: “Muzo thallo astha pasun haanv mujea abhimani kathir gaitholon.” And with one voice his fans seem to respond: “Gaithaach tum raav, Prem Kumar, gaithaach tum raav.” – “Go on singing forever!”

Family Background:

Prem Lobo was born in the Milagres Parish of Mangalore City on 27th October, 1950. His parents were late Sylvester and late Theresa Lobo. He has one brother and four sisters.

Prem Lobo had his education in St. Aloysius High School and College and is a B.Com graduate from that prestigious College. Later in life, he married Linet and had two children, Prashubha and Pratham. Now he happily resides at “Premlin”, Babugudda, Mangalore -1.

Music Background:

It was one of those unforgettable days of Prem.  When he was Studying in 9th standard, his Dad brought a spool recorder from Qatar, Gulf. At that time it was a novelty in Mangalore. So his Dad invited Wilfy Rebimbus to his house to demonstrate the spool recorder. Wilfy Rebimbus was at that time just making an impact on the Konkani Music world. This incident inspired and encouraged Prem a great deal. Then onwards, he decided to awaken and harness his latent God-given talent for Music. He devoted himself to the Konkani Music and language. With a pen name – “Prem Kumar”- he associated himself with Wilfy Rebimbus, took inspiration from the words and music of Wilfy and joined his troupe of singers and sang enthusiastically in Wilfy Nites and programmes!  Though Prem Kumar is thankful to his relatives who gave a lot of encouragement and support, he acknowledges Wilfy Rebimbus as his one and only “Music Guru.”

Achievements:

1) Prem Kumar has sung innumerable songs in Konkani and Tulu language. He has lost count of them and neither has he tried to keep a record of them.

2) Similarly, a lot of Konkani Audio Cassettes and CDs have recorded the songs of Prem Kumar.
- 37 volumes of Wilfy Rebimbus.
- 2 Baila cassettes / CDs of Claude D’Souza.
- Devotional cassettes / CDs of Wilfy Rebimbus, Fr, Walter Albuquerque, Harold Rasquinha and Cyprian Vas.
- Prem Kumar has sung for Konkani movies like ‘Bogsanne’ and ‘Padri.’
- He has sung in All India Radio programmes and Doordharsan.

3) Prem Kumar has rendered musical performances both in India and abroad. He has performed in all Wilfy Nites (240+ concerts) in various parts of India, Gulf, and in the historic performance in Canada!

4) His other achievements in the field of Konkani Language are:

- Published 60 poems in leading Konkani papers and Periodicals.
- Written 4 Konkani novels and 70 short stories.
- Acted in number of Dramas and has won awards.
- Composed many songs and hymns.
- Active member of Milagres Church Choir for over 3 decades.
- Prem Kumar is a highly popular compere & a renowned toast-master.

Message:

Prem Kumar has been awarded and honoured by the “United Youngsters” of Mangalore,” “Konkani Sangh” of Mysore and Daiji World of Dubai! Prem is not in search of awards and honours but he has a dream to fulfill. He wants to organize a “Prem Kumar Nite” – a live concert of his own songs and wants to bring out a cassette / CD of his own songs, quite a legitimate ambition of a popular singer! As his fans fervently wish for him that his dream may come true, Prem has a message for his fans:” Muzo thallo astha pasun haanv mujea abhimani khathir gaitholon” – “I will sing forever for my loving fans as long as my voice permits.”  Sing Prem Kumar Sing!

 
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Melwin D souza/Q8, Melwin / MilarSunday, April 26, 2009
Hai... Prem Congratulations for all your achievements in Life. It is great to see you in the fame of the KONKANI WORLD.Prem I want to see your DREAM of Organizing PREM KUMAR Nite  All the best and may God give good health.God bless you and your Family.
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Michael Serrao, Hirebyle / CanadaThursday, April 10, 2008
Congratulations Prem for your achievements, all the best for your future endeavours and God bless. Great to know about your family, academic and other achievements. Thanks Gerry for recognizing Prem and all the efforts you put in to bring out this article. Keep up the good job and God bless. Michael, Sylvia, Melissa and Sherwin, Canada
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Roshan Fernandes, Kundapur / Perth, AustraliaThursday, April 10, 2008
I admire Prem for his distinct style in singing. Love the way he used to liven up the stage with Babitha with those beautiful creations of Wilfy Rebimbus. Praying for God's choicest blessings on you Prem.
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Conel Lobo, Mangalore/SharjahThursday, April 10, 2008
Dear Prem, Congratulations on your acievements. It is indeed a great pleasure to be your only brother. Your sheer hard work and dedication has made you what you are today - A great multi-talented performer. We stand by to support you in achieving your dreams. All the best.
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Rathan Castelino, Mangalore / DubaiThursday, April 10, 2008
A Wonderful artical for a well deserved person in the field of Singing.
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Tania Susan D'sa, Mangalore/DubaiThursday, April 10, 2008
Congratultions uncle Prem!!!!! Keep it up.God Bless!!
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Tonet D'mello, Mangalore / Abu DhabiThursday, April 10, 2008
Hello Bawoji, Congratulations to you. This is a true example of real determination & committment of yours to music & entertainment. Its a real honour to all of that you are our dear Bawoji. May you still keep going this way & put more smiles on many faces. Tony / Asha / Tina & Amith
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Mariel Andrade, Mangalore / SharjahThursday, April 10, 2008
Dearest Bro Prem, I felt both happy and indeed proud to read about my brother’s great accomplishments in the field of music. It was overwhelming to see your picture along with Lynette, Prashubha and Pratham and you being commended in such great detail on your achievements. Please accept my, Raja, Dexter, Denver and Aunt Benny’s heartfelt felicitations, and here is wishing you the very best. I am sure, in the near future, you will scale even greater heights and add more laurels to your already brimming cap.
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DOLPHY CLIFFY, CASCIA, MANGALOREThursday, April 10, 2008
DEAR PREM, consistency in performance is what we have seen in you. We remember the same Prem, young at heart and wishing you to keep shining on. We are grateful to you for your encouragement in our early days of coming on to the stage. May God Bless you and your family- doppy kippy,cascia
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Cedric Vanet, Mangalore/KuwaitThursday, April 10, 2008
Dear Prem You are a wonderful brother-in-law. Congratulations!!!. We are proud to see you in the Konkani world. Can not think of any gatherings without our dear bhavoji. We love you all..Wish you all the best. Our support and good wishes are there always with you.
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Lancy Pereira, Mangalore / IraqThursday, April 10, 2008
Congratulations.... Keep it Up, May God Bless You!
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Arun S. D'Souza (s/o Valerine D'Souza, Kadri / ThaneThursday, April 10, 2008
Dear Prem uncle really great to see you feature on this web page many many Good wishes and Congratualtions. Keep the Konkani / Kodial flag flying high. We all are proud of you.
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M Kadheer, DubaiThursday, April 10, 2008
Mr.Prem has potential to sing in movies. He should sing more and more and make Mangalore proud.
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royston & amitha, Bejai / KSAThursday, April 10, 2008
Keep it up Prem and all the best in future.
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joseph fernandes, mangalore / qatarThursday, April 10, 2008
Congratulations Prem. wish you and your family all the best.
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Deepika Lobo, Mangalore/CanadaThursday, April 10, 2008
Dear Uncle Prem, Congratulations on all your achievements. I am proud to be your niece and a part of the 'ATTAVAR LOBO FAMILY'. Waiting to see you all .....
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Flavian Pinto, Bijai/TorontoThursday, April 10, 2008

Congratualtions Prem my dear friend and classmate. I have been following your career and listening to your songs for the last 40 years with grat pleasure! It is wonderful to read your achievements in Daiji. Thanks to Jerry for recognising and highlighting Prems achievements. No doubt Prem is one of the most talented all rounder of our time. During college days he used to entertain us with Wilfy's songs and also had a handwritten paper in ciculation edited by himself and his close friend late Jemmy Barocos. It is hard to find a person like Prem, always smiling, with a great sense of humour.

I still remember how he faced the challenge of dancing for "Vande Mataram" during 'Wilfynite" in Canada. Prem, may you live long, and keep on singing and we will keep on listening to your unique God given voice. Anxiously awaiting for your own nite and release of yor CD. All the best. Flavian and Miriam, Canada

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juliet D'silva.(cutinha), Bejai/canadaThursday, April 10, 2008
Dear Prem, Glad to hear this good news. Hats up to you, Congrats. Keep singing. We are proud of you. Wishing you all the best.
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Fr Maxim Rosario, ValenciaThursday, April 10, 2008
Congratulations dear dear Prem. I knew one day you will be on media for you are an eminent singer. I used to feel proud of you when you were in the Milagres Choir at Milagres. The way you sing with confidence is really marvelous. Congratulations to the affectionate family of yours. Prem go ahead. We love you.
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Oycy Povo, Kadri/CanadaWednesday, April 09, 2008
Congratulations Prem on all your achievements in life. It was wonderful reading about your multifaceted personality.
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Elaine Fernandes, MangaloreWednesday, April 09, 2008
Gerry you have truly highlighted a Gem of a Person and a Gem of a Family - a wonderful foursome -Prem Linet and their lovely children Pratam and Prashubha. God bless this loving family - and always shower abundant blessings on them. Congrats to Prashubha on her engagement too!!
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Percy D'souza, Mangalore/TorontoWednesday, April 09, 2008
Keep up the good work Prem. God bless. Percy.
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Patsel colaco sharma, BangaloreWednesday, April 09, 2008
Keep it up Prem! Hope to hear more from you.
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Harold Moras, Bajpe/BahrainWednesday, April 09, 2008
I know Prem from my college days as I was staying in Nandigudda in my aunts house which was very close to his house.Prem is a very jovial person and a talented singer so was his entire family, he was affectionately called as Prema by all.May God bless him and his family and make all his dreams come true. I wish him good luck.
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Felix Castelino, MangaloreWednesday, April 09, 2008
Yes, You area Great singer, I have been enjoying your melodious tunes in varous songs for the last 20 to0 25 years, Keep it up, God has given you good talents, use them, I am very proud of your beautiful tunes and voice, cheer up young man, You have to achieve many awards in the years to come, Best wishes and May God bless you,
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Fr Harold CD'Souza, Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Congratulations Prem & Linet.Way back in 1968 I had known Linet Dmello a Parishioner of Rosario Cathedral.Then she was a student who was regular for her Sunday Catechism. I met Prem and Linet in 1993 when I came to Milagres as Parish Priest. They were with their mother and two children Prashubha nd Pratham May God bless them further and may they contribute their share to make the life of Kokany lovers happy.
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Sunil B. D'souza, Mangalore/Abu DhabiWednesday, April 09, 2008
Dear Dad: I am proud to be your would be Son-in-law .. I wish you a great success in your life... With lots of love -
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alwyn c veigas, RanipurWednesday, April 09, 2008
I am impress by ur voice i wish u good health & future all d best sir
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Eula & Donald Pinto, Falnir/MuscatWednesday, April 09, 2008
Dear Prem, Congratulations on your achievements. Wish you further success in your signing career. May God bless you and your talents.
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Clement and Reena Lobo, Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Hello Prem, It is great to see you in the fame of the konkani world. You are among the the few in the music world for having contributed tons and tons,,,, but you are remembered as an accompaniest with Wilfy and Meena and we remember you,,,,, in many bailas and songs of konkani. May God bless you and hope we get you to Melbourne for some music melodies,,, Keep up the good work and may God bless you always,,, Clement and Reena from Melbourne along with children, Christopher, Caroline and Craig lobo
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Bessy Pinto&fly, Mangalore/DubaiWednesday, April 09, 2008
Congratulations Prem.May God Bless you. We are proud of you
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Ashok Fernandes, Mangalore/KuwaitWednesday, April 09, 2008

I know this great loving jovial person and his entire family from my childhood. Yes, he has music in his blood. No party or picnics would be fun without Prem’s singing. We used to notice him always humming some song or other to perfection. Of course with the Great Guru Wilfy’s guidance he has groomed himself to be a great singer.

No Wilfy nite would be complete without Prem's singing. If not for his loyalty to Wilfy we would have Prem nite's too. He definitely deserves a life time achievement award for his contribution to Konkani music. The Milagres church choir too shines because of him.

May God bless him and his family. Tuzo talo podliari, tuwen yedul munasar gayilli podhan sausaracha sani muleni lok aikun tuzo wogdas sasnacha sasnak kadun tuka hogalsithele Prem. Dev tuka ani tuja kutmak bori boliaken ani daraal ashirwadan dorundi mun amche sorwanche magne. Dev boren karun. Wish you all the best.

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simon lasrado, BangaloreWednesday, April 09, 2008
Congratulations Prem with your singing family for your wonderful achievement in singing being a true son of Mangalore.Ullasitham anik thuka shabhaski pataitham thujya vishesh konkanichya seva khathir.
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Geanette D'souza, Mangalore/SharjahWednesday, April 09, 2008
Dear Prem: I am proud to be your sister and you have been a great Brother to all of us. We stand by you in all your dreams and aspirations.!!!! Love you lots - Geanette
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Rita Rodrigues, KuwaitWednesday, April 09, 2008
Congratulations Prem. Read your article on Do Re Me Pa. Wishing you all the best for achieving and fuifilling all your dreams. May GOD bless you abanduntly with good health and long life and may your dream of organizing "Prem Kumar Nite/Live concert" and releasing a cassette/CD come true sooooooon. Love - Louis, Rita, Lolita, Sudhi, Russell / Kuwait
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vijju (dubai), Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Prem keep it up, God bless you and keep you in good health and wealth, and your family with happiness always, convey my regardes to all my (COSMIC RAYS) Gyes, if you come next tine to dubai please contact me, my mobile No. 0501268458. prem so nice to see you in daijidubai. Bay (YOU WILL SING FOREVER FOR YOUR LOVING FANS AS LONG AS YOUR VOICE PERMITS) YOUR LOVING VIJJU (DRUMMER COSMIC RAYS)
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LANCY VEIGAS, CASCIA/DUBAIWednesday, April 09, 2008
Dear Jerry Thujee utra moja istacha wizhanth boraillak thuka dev bore koru. Dev Thuka Lamb Avk Bol bolaiki dev devendi mon santh Rita kade hove magtha Thuja bove mogacho east sunil thujo sadanch udas kadata [mack] lancelot cascia
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