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Kuwait : Gladys, Warren Get Ticket to Gulf Voice Finals
Pics by Paul Aranha
Daijiworld Media Network- Kuwait

Kuwait Oct 9: The immensely popular musical extravaganza Gulf Voice of Mangalore that has become a brand in itself continued with a spectacular semi-final at the American International School, Maidan Hawalli, Kuwait on Friday October 8, 2010.

After some thrilling and thoroughly entertaining performances by the 12 contestents, it was time for some nerve-wrecking, nail-biting moments for the jam-packed audience as they waited anxiously for the results. The crowd broke into a loud applause as two young singers, Glayds Rose Lorena and Warren D'Souza from Kuwait, who rocked the house with their enchanting voice, secured their tickets for the grand finale of Gulf Voice of Mangalore-II to be held in Dubai on October 22, 2010.

The semi-final was organised to precision by Youth Recreation Centre "Rising Stars" from 4.30 pm onwards.

In the year 2008 Lawrence Pinto, the president of Youth Recreation Centre and Louis Rodrigues put together the mega event and with the combined effort of the five GCC countries namely Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Muscat and Kuwait, provided a much-needed platform for Konkani singing talents that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. The finale of the event was held in Kuwait with much fanfare, with Vinay Lewis being crowned the winner of the maiden venture. This year, GVOM final is all set to conquer Dubai on October 22, 2010. The success of the show has been so tremendous that this year another GCC country, Saudi Arabia was also added to the list.

The programme began on the dot at 4.30 pm with Edward Roshan narrating the spectacular journey of Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2010 and recalling his own fond memories of the 2008 edition when he was adjudged the second runner-up. The organisers of the Kuwait semi-final Lawrence Pinto, Louis Rodrigues, John Fernandes, Wilson Saldanha and Rita Rodrigues were invited to the dais. Fr Harry too was invited to the dais to light the symbolic lamp. As the diya's dancing flames cast their serene spell on the gathering, the GVOM anthem (composed by Leslie Rego) sung by Vinay Lewis and Babitha Pinto was played in the background, adding to the effect. A minute's silence was observed in memory of the departed soul of the legendary Wilfy Rebimbus who was very much a part of first edition of GVOM last time. 

Leslie Rego, who has added much charm to the event with his dashing, enigmatic style of compering, announced the opening of GVOM 2010 semi-final and made a grand entry to the beat of music accompanied by a thunderous applause from the crowd. The six female contestants Renuka Joyce Cutinha, Nirmala Noel Machado, Gladys Rose Lorenha, Lolita Merlyn Fronteiro, Linette Carol D’Souza and Wanishia Laila D’Souza along with male contestants Warren James D’Souza, Orson Albert D’Souza, Sanjay Martis, Ashley N.A. D’Silva, Stany Ashok Barboza and Melwin Anson D’Souza were introduced and escorted to the stage by little boys and girls.

Leslie then introduced the judges for the evening Reena Goveas nee D'Souza, Claud D'Souza and Joel Pereira who were escorted to the stage by the organisers and welcomed with bouquets. Lawrence Pinto, president of Youth Recreation Centre and the main organiser made the audience feel at home with a warm welcome address.

Soon after the competition the contestants paid a fitting tribute to Wilfy Rebimbus with the song “Konkni Amchi Bhaas” led by Edward Roshan and Rita Rodrigues.

Fr Harry D'Souza congratulated the organisers 'Rising Stars' and wished the contestants good luck. He asked the contestants to keep their spirits high all through and to give their best to the music-crazy audience of Kuwait.

The local judges Apolinaris, Gratian D'Souza and Rony Rodrigues and the workshop coordinators Fr John Harry D'Souza and Gratian D'Souza were introduced by Edward Roshan. The visiting guests James Mendonca, Valerian Peris, Ronald Colaco, Eric Ozario, and the main sponsors of the event Gulf Cable Electrical Industries Company, Power Control Electrical Co and Inland Infrastructure Developers Pvt Ltd, the visiting artistes, judges and Walter Nandalike, editor-in-chief,, were honoured with flowers and mementos while co-sponsers were honoured with floral bouquets.

The semi-finalists were then felicitated with mementos by Fr Harry and Walter Nandalike.

"The event has created a special brand name among the audience not only in the Gulf but all over the world. Gulf Voice of Mangalore has become a household name now. The efforts of its founders Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues as well as the this edition's main organisers Dubai-based Mangalore Konkans must be hailed. Their remarkable achievements will definitely go down in the history of Konkani music," said Walter Nandalike in his address to the audience.

The distinguished guests Vally D'Sa, Celine D'Silva, Stany Sanctis and Helen Pinto, the musicians (Kiran Gonsalves, Jackson D'Souza, Jason D'Souza, Joy Fernandes, Prashantha Pais and Ronald Rodrigues) persons in charge of multimedia (Steven Misquith and Remmie), stage setting and sound in-charge (James-Coaxial) were honoured on the occasion for their superb coordination, creativity as well as organising skills.

Dolla-Leslie duo entertained the audience with rib-tickling humour which had everyone laughing away to glory while Claud-Reena duo kept the atmosphere lively with invigorating Konkani numbers that had the crowd literally on their feet.

Brilliant dance performances by Desi Strikers and United Mangaloreans Kuwait were also the highlights of the entertainment package.
Soon after the break Rita Rodrigues proposed the vote of thanks, and the programme came to an end with the announcement of the winners. While every person in the auditorium waited with bated breath for the results, the announcement itself was splendid, not just because of the deafening applause that followed it, but also because of the expression of triumph as well as intense emotion that it brought upon the face of the winners.


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