258th Wilfy Nite: Musical extravaganza for Konkani lovers in Bangalore
From Our Special Correspondent
Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Jun 4: As a tribute to honour the memory of late Wilfy Rebimbus, whose achievements have been engraved in the annals of history, the Konkan Catholic Association, “Konkan Bhavan”, Mathikere Bangalore, is presenting a memorable musical treat with the 258th 'Wilfy Nite' at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore on June 16 at 5 pm.
This will be the 7th Wilfy Nite in Bangalore, the last one was held on July 19, 2003, at St Joseph’s Indian High School Auditorium, Bangalore.
The warm, simple, down to earth, always smiling and known by every Konkani lover as "Konkan Myna", Meena would be leading the troupe with Vishwas and Veena, the two humble, bright and shining stars of Konkani, who will be thrilling the music lovers of Bangalore with their soulful and melodius singing.
The main sponsors of the event are “Asian Trading Corporation” and “Brilliant Printers Pvt. Ltd”, Bangalore while Daijiworld.com is the media partner.
The organisers, Konkan Catholic Association (KCA), is one of the leading organizations of all Konkani speaking Catholics in Bangalore.
Started in 1966, by a few social-service minded individuals, mostly of Mangalorean origin, as a forum to foster unity and preserve the Konkani culture, provide educational and medical assistance to the needy, and traditions besides promoting the mother tongue, arts, drama and literature, the Association has come a long way since its humble beginning.
KCA has today spread its roots far and wide besides engaging itself in multi-purpose activities. It has over 700 life-members, mostly comprising heads of the families.The real membership of the Association would be easily around 30,000 if the spouses, children, parents, brothers and sisters are taken into account, according to KCA President Naveen D’Souza.
Though a majority of the members have settled down in Bangalore and have established themselves in various walks of life, the Association has a sizeable number of members in different parts of Karnataka and India besides USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Gulf countries.
The KCA is one of the few duly registered associations of Konkani Catholics, having its own building. Some of the illustrious founding members, especially a leading pillar of the community in Bangalore Late A.V. Rego, A.C.L. Peris, O.J. Colaco, H.M. Fernandes took upon the challenging and daunting task of constructing the Konkan Bhavan building.
In keeping with their zeal and enthusiasm, the ground floor of the building was completed within a year of its starting in 1979 and formally opened in 1981.
The entire two-storeyed structure with a spacious hall on the first floor capable of comfortably seating 150 persons and useful for holding small meetings and social functions, and the second floor having separate rooms providing hostel facilities for youngsters, was completed in 1989. The ground floor has a spacious kitchen, washroom besides provision for dining facilities. The building is indeed a crowning glory for the Association.
The Association has been carrying out its social service activities like helping the poor and deserving students with scholarships and educational assistance and providing medical aid in cash and kind to the sick and ailing persons.
The Konkan Bhavan has so far provided hostel accommodation to more than 1,500 needy boys who had come to Bangalore from their native places in search of jobs and educational training, most of whom are comfortably settled in life.
Tickets for the gala show are available with:
Naveen D’Souza : 9845004295
David Fernandes : 9880911193
Sunil Rego : 9845085422
Michael D’Souza : 9845249520
Robert Dias : 9845186756
Edwin Lobo : 9980495120
All Asian Trading Corporation (ATC) OUTLETS at:
St Anthony's Friary Church–Madivala - Tel: 080 41116837,
DVK Central Library, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram - Tel: 98440 19444,
Archbishop’s House : Paalanaa Bhavana, # 5 Nandidurg Road, Benson Town - Tel: 98440 67444,
Holy Redeemer Church, Hennur Road, Kalyan Nagar - Tel: 080 65341884,
Da Costa Layout, St. Mary's Town - Tel: 080 25487444