Doha : MCA Announces Panel of Judges for Gulf Voice Finals

Daijiworld Media Network - Doha

Doha, Oct 9 : Mangalore Cultural Association, which is organizing the third season of the prestigious 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2012' is now set to host the grand finale on Friday, October 19 at the Giwana Hall of Radisson Blu Hotel.

With semi-final rounds done, all eyes are on the twelve finalists - six male and six female - who have been chosen after tough contests in their respective semi-finals in six Gulf countries.

Veena Pais Nee Rebimbis, main coordinator of GVOM - 3 has now released the names of the eminent judges for the finals, who are four of the finest stars of Konkani music.

Meena Rebimbus, Henry D'Souza, Joel Pereira and Fr Denis D'Sa have been chosen as judges for the grand finale.

Here is brief introduction of panel of the jury :

Meena Rebimbus :

'Konkan Myna' Meena Rebimbus is wife late singing legend Wilfy Rebimbus.

In 1963, for the first time, she got an opportunity to sing with Wilfy Rebimbus for his Music Party “United Youngsters”.  This was on the occasion of his Konkani Play “Doth Maka Naka”.  It was the beginning of her singing with Wilfy, and since then she has been the back bone of Wilfy Nites for 49 years.

In the Sixties Meena took part in various categories including solo, duet, and group in the inter parish singing competitions, which were organized by Konkani Natak Sabha Mangalore, and had won many prizes for her Parish.

From 16 years of age till date, Meena has sang more than 2000 songs, sang as a background singer for more than 300 plays, and sang for Wilfy’s 42 Cassettes & 6 Devotional Cassettes. 

She has also composed many songs.  To name a few popular ones -“Nach tuka eatha ter nach Moga”, “Ya Sounsaranth”, and “Asha ”.  Delhi & Bangalore Doordarshan & Akashavani Mangalore have telecasted her performance.

For her contribution towards Konkani Music, she has been felicitated with the following

“Konkan Myna” From Benar  Production & also a Gold Medal
“Konkanni Podanchi Rani ” From Broad View , Kala Sampath Lions , Club  Illinois.
“Shatamananthli Adarsh Potin ” from Chintpachi Manchi Kuwait
“Life time Achievement Award” from MCC, Association Doha Qatar

After Wilfy’s death, Meena is left alone with his memories and spends time listening to his songs. Even though shattered by his exit, she encourages her Children to move forward and continue Wilfy’s work by organizing Wilfy Nites. Although she misses singing with Wilfy, she has taken the bold step of continuing her singing just to encourage her children and keep the torch of Konkani shine brightly in the music world.

Henry D'Souza

Henry D Souza is a rare gem  whose talent and creative genius  encompasses a wide spectrum of  creative activities such as writing  short stories, skits, poetry and articles on diverse topics for various Konkani periodicals.    For sometime he also dabbled in journalism by starting “Hi”, an English weekly.     But finally it is only music that beckoned this talented singer  who  kept other distractions at bay to emerge as a top notch performer with  a style  so distinct and rapturous .

In Mumbai he pursued a professional career as a financial consultant and vented his creativity by pursuing journalistic activities.     He also has  written  3 Konkani plays “Sobhit Samasar”, “Ghar Rani” and “Athanso Samsar”, which have been staged successfully from time to time.   Despite finding various conduits to give vent to his multifarious talents, he could no longer  keep his predilection for music in the closet for long.  Driven by an uncanny  determination he  set up his own  western music band in 1964 with him as the lead singer.  As the lead singer of the group he began to sing effortlessly some of the popular songs of the star singers of yesteryears  like Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, Pat Boon and many others,  in five star hotels, during parties, weddings and other celebrations.  Slowly but steadily, Henry D Souza, the singer had arrived and he  climbed the ladder of popularity to emerge as a singer in his own right. In the same year the first Konkani song he sang for All India Radio, Mumbai “Sanchem Ketem hai hai Bombhai  Sherachem”   propelled him to the zenith of popularity and as the cliché goes there has been no stopping of his extraordinary singing talent from blooming.

From 1964 onwards, he has recorded more than 700 songs for All India Radio, Mumbai  and these songs are broadcast repeatedly even now by Mumbai AIR in its Konkani programmes.  It is a matter of pride for all   Konkanis  that his songs are broadcast over radio in Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Bahrain  and Qatar. Henry  has given solo programmes and teamed up with Dr  Aparna Mayenkar  for duet song performance for Mumbai  Doordarshan.   It goes to the credit of Henry that he has been singing the songs  “Ye Ye Katrina” and “Ami Dogi Sezara”  written and composed by  him in his every programme for the last 45 years  and these still drive the audience crazy.  Radio Ceylon popularized his song “ye ye Katrina” by broadcasting it for nearly two years .  The song has been translated into Sinhalese  language keeping the original tune intact and choreographed too  and it was a major attraction in most of their functions for many decades.  Both these songs are now available on YouTube  for music lovers and each song has  recorded more than 20,000 hits so far. 

Accolades and recognition for Henry have poured in from all quarters and from different organizations  from time to time for his commendable service for Konkani in general and Konkani music in particular.  He has been honoured with the titles “Sangeet Samrat”  at Town Hall in Mangalore by Shanti Club, Bajjodi,   in 1988 and  with “Kala Ratna”  by Konkan Taran – Jerry-Merry, Mumbai,   in 1995.   He has been honoured  by Permannur  Catholic community,  by Belman church during it scentenary celebration, by Konkani Cathlic Sangh (R), Mysore, St Mary’s Association, Shirva, Mumbai, Konkani Welfare Association, Mumbai, Konkani Kutam, Bahrain  and many other organizations,   for his contribution to Konkani music.  It was Henry who had the honour of presenting Daiji Dubai Puraskar  in Dubai to Konkan Kogul Wilfy Rebimbus in 2007.

Joel Pereira

“Sangeeth Guru” Joel Pereira is a well-known name in the field of Konkani music and is proficient in playing diverse instruments like the keyboard, violin, guitar, sitar, mandolin, accordion, and other brass instruments. It seems that music runs in his veins and Joel has manifested it in ample measure with his dedication and musical inclination.

Joel is a multi-talented personality and has been a music composer and arranger who has written and directed religious plays. He has travelled widely and has conducted music for more than 500 stage shows both in India and abroad.

He has arranged music for more than 300 audio albums in Konkani, Tulu, Kannada, English, and Malayalam languages.  He has rendered valuable service as a choir master and has presided as judge for various singing competitions.   Joel was one among the jury for the both editions of ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore’.

Fr Denis D'Sa

Fr. Denis D’sa, currently the administrator, Father Muller Medical College, College Of Nursing, College Of Allied Health Sciences And School Of Nursing has a vast experience in the field of music. Being a singer and a composer himself, Fr. Denis has composed many hymns and brought out many devotional albums. From 1990 to 1998 Fr. Denis has served as Asst Parish Priest in Udyavar, Bejai, Rosario Cathedral Mangalore and as a Parish Priest in Narampady Parish. From 1998 he was Director / Secretary Sandesha Foundation for Culture & Education.

Fr. Denis was a Nominated Member By The Government Of Karnataka To The Karnataka Konkanni Sahithya Academy On 05-02-2009.
During His Tenure As Director, Sandesha Foundation Was Honoured With Rajyothsava Award Both By The State Government And The D.K. District Administration For Sandesha’s Contribution To The Promotion Of Art And Culture And Education (Fine Arts).

The Finalists :

Saudi Arabia : Gulf Voice Finalists - Shallet Dsilva and Roshan Rodrigues

Riyadh Sep.29: The semi-final round of the Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 3 proved every bit to be an entertaining as well as a nail-biting contest, at the end of which Roshan Philip Rodrigues Madantyar (Chint tam sadan) and Shallet D’Silva Bendur (Dees they burgyaponale) were declared the Voice of Arabia...MORE

UAE : Gulf Voice Finalists - Sabitha Mathias and Edward Vas

Dubai, Sep 28: In a scintillating contest that saw some of the voices of UAE vie for a spot in the finals of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore - 3', Sabitha Mathias of Udupi emerged victorious among the women contestants and Jeevan Vas of Ujire among the men. The two beat their fellow contestants in the semi-final round held here on Friday Septmeber 28 at the Gems...MORE

Kuwait : Gulf Voice Finalists - Lavina D'Souza and Orson D'Souza

Kuwait, Sep 22: After a nail-biting Kuwait semi-final contest for the coveted title of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore - Season 3', Konkani world's topmost reality show, Lavina D'Souza and Orson D'Souza have qualified for the finals. The semi-final was held at American International School here on Friday September 21 evening...MORE

Bahrain : Gulf Voice Finalists - Tina D'Souza and Sydney Correa

Bahrain, Sep 23: It was Tina D souza who walked away with award for the female category for her scintillating performance with the song ‘Ahimsa’ composed my Melvyn Peris.
Sydney Correa’s super performance with ‘ chandrak pavoytalom’ the famous track of Melvyn Peris fetched him the top spot and award in the male category.
Both Sydney and Tina will be travelling to Doha to compete in the Finale on 19th October 2012... MORE

Oman : Gulf Voice Finalists - Morvine Quadras and Reena Shareen D Souza

Muscat, Sep 22: Morvine Quadras and Reena Shareen D Souza, were selected to the finals at Qatar which will be held in the month of October 2012. The Main Hall of Sts. Peter and Paul church was packed with music enthusiasts. Certainly it was a delightful battle of singing talents for the twelve semifinalists, six men and six ladies, who were selected at the preliminary rounds competition of the Gulf Voice of Mangalore....MORE

Doha : Gulf Voice Finalists - Preema Pinto and Remy D'Souza

Doha, Sep 22: Enchanting Preema Pinto and melodious Remy D’Souza have moved one step closer to realizing their long-cherished dream of becoming the best singers of Mangalorean origin in the gulf countries. As Konkani’s most entertaining and equally eloquent compere CGS Taccode announced the names of the toppers in the male and female category of the first semi-finals of the third edition of Konkani’s greatest reality show Gulf Voice...MORE


Top Stories

Comment on this article

  • Antony Cony, Karkala / Qatar

    Thu, Oct 11 2012

    Efficient panel of judges beyond any hypothesis / predicaments. Real winners are sure to be exposed / exalted. Best of Luck to all contesters particularly Remy and Preema from Doha.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse

  • Prescilla Menezes / Philip, Boliyar-Mangalore / Oman

    Wed, Oct 10 2012

    Dear GVOM Organizers... good job until now and wish you all the success for the rocking show...!
    Morvine and Reena..., believe in yourself and give your best, thus you will bring the cup to Oman... God bless and wish you good luck.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse

  • Wilfred D'souza, Kulshekar/Saudi-arabia

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    Wish you all the Best,Veena,and the entire team of MCA. May this event be a successful one ,and also wish all the Best to the participants.All the best to the judges,MeenaBai,Henry D'souza,Joel Monteiro,Fr.Denis D'sa.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • CGS, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    I am quite sure that MCA Qatar will create a new record by hosting GVOM
    Grand Finale in Doha.Happy to note that Konkan Myna Bai Meena, Sangeet
    Samrat Henry D'Souza,Voice of Fr.Muller's Fr.Denis D'Sa and Sangeet Guru Joel Pereira will be the judges for the GOVM singing competition.Good luck to Remy D'Souza, Preema Pinto and all the finalists and Leslie Rego, the compere of the Show. Good wishes to Joswin Pinto n his group,Cornel n his troupe.Best of luck to
    MCA President Harry Lobo and his dynamic team which includes Veena Rebimbus Pais, Arthur Pais,Jason
    Quadros,Clement Saldanha,Alfred Rebeiro,Wilson,Leena,Dots,Wilms, Shalini, Suzanne and others.Best wishes to M/s.Jerry Pinto,Felix Lobo, Wilfred Fernandes and Joe D'Souza,the brilliant Advisors of MCA,Qatar.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse

  • Melvin Peres, Kaikamaba -Bendore

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    All the very best to all Finalists!
    Congratualtion and best of luck for Judges!All tthe very best for the Organisers!!

    LOng Live our Konkani!!!

    DisAgree [2] Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse

  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    I am busy composing 'Kaayen Bhiyenaaka'which will hit the
    (!!) stands shortly! Pity that none of the finalists can sing it this time-!
    In any case folks 'Kaayen Bhiyenakaat' Devu Bore Korum..All the best everybody and Yes God Bless!!

    DisAgree [4] Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse


    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    Dear Orson & Lavina , All the very best, God bless you

    DisAgree [1] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse


    Tue, Oct 9 2012


    DisAgree [1] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse


    Tue, Oct 9 2012


    DisAgree Agree Reply Report Abuse


    Tue, Oct 9 2012


    DisAgree [2] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ravi D'Souza, Bahrain

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    Hope daijworld webcast this event live, like they did in Soad - 2012

    DisAgree Agree [1] Reply Report Abuse


    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    All finalists ALL THE BEST & EVERY SUCCESS. MCA Qatar & veena Pais - Hats off to you. Good job..

    DisAgree [3] Agree [4] Reply Report Abuse

  • Robert, udupi/doha

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    "The Indian Salsa Princess"....Sneha Kapoor welcome to Doha

    DisAgree Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse

  • Vijay Moras, Madanthyar/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    All The Best to Roshan Rodrigues,(Madanthyar)Saudi.You will do it.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • Richard Lewis, Udyavar/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    All the best to GVOM organizers and finalists, especially Orson D'Souza (Kuwait)

    DisAgree [5] Agree [7] Reply Report Abuse

  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    A very good ion of the jury. All well experienced in the field of music and singing.Meena with her melodious voice, Henry making us dance for the past 4 decades with his song "ye ye Katrina",Fr. D'sa reminding us besides singing and dancing we have to devote sometime for the Almighty too and Joel our choir master wow!
    May lord shower his blessings on all of them.Wishing the finale a grand success.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    All the best to the MCA- Qatar organizers and finalists. MCA Qatar and Veena has done an excellent job in coordinating with Gulf organizers and finalists. The professional way of correspondence and coordination is really appreciable. We hope surely it will be a super hit show. With the professional judges like Meena, Henry, Joel and Fr. Denis surely a best voice will be the GVOM. We really miss Legendary Wilfy Rebimbus who was instrumental in initiating GVOM. Thank you Veena for organising in such a professional way and ing a perfect team of Judges. Hat's off to you Joel for the hattrick in GVOM. You really deserves this for your professional work. Good luck and long live GVOM.

    DisAgree [6] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Clement Lobo, BRN/ CKM

    Tue, Oct 9 2012

    Teena and Sydney All the best, God bless you.

    DisAgree [5] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse

  • Ronym, m,lore/Abudhabi

    Tue, Oct 9 2012


    DisAgree [2] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse


Title : Doha : MCA Announces Panel of Judges for Gulf Voice Finals


You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.

Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image