Dubai: Mangalore Konkans set for singing contest and GVOM 4 auditions

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Dubai, May 13: Mangalore Konkans Dubai is all set to conduct the biannual Konkani singing event 'Konkani Gayan Spordho 2014' on Friday May 16, to promote singing talent among the Konkani speaking people in the UAE. The event will be held at Jordanian Social Club.

While the young ones from the age of 6 are eagerly waiting to exhibit their singing talent in front of over 500 spectators, those above 18 years are in full swing to compete in the preliminary round of GVOM IV Dubai Chapter and are geared up to compete to be shortlisted in the semi-finals of GVOM IV in Dubai, to be held in the first week of October 2014.

The special feature of the Konkani Gayan Spordho 2014 is that the organizers have added an interesting and sought-after category of solo singing for gents and ladies 50 years and above. Dubai, well-known for being a store of abundant talents, most of the stalwarts and veteran singers could join in with the younger crowd to mesmerize the audience. As the organizers have set no upper age limit to participate, the doors are open for those who still want to venture into singing and prove that age does not stop them from proving their passion and expertise.

President James Mendonca and the event coordinator Roshan D’Silva stated that there has been overwhelming response from children as well as adults to participate in the various categories viz solo, duet and group. In view of more than the expected entries for the competition, registration for participation has already been closed. Those who are disappointed to have missed a chance to participate in the event this time, are most welcome to come to the venue to listen, appreciate, cheer and applaud the singers and boost their morale. There is no entry fee to the event and the organizers are expecting an audience of over 500. 

Be there on May 16 at the Jordanian Social Club before 10 am, not to regret for having come late. Kindly mark your calendar with following details:

Date : Friday May 16
Timings: 10  am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Venue : Jordanian Social Club – Dubai (Opposite to St Mary's Catholic Church

Mangalore Konkans Dubai is a pioneer in the UAE in promoting Konkani language and culture. The earlier Konkani Singing events have brought in great awareness even among the younger generation of our community and has been the driving force for them to nurture their singing talent.

Rules and Regulations

1. The competition is open to all Konkani speaking individuals with valid UAE residency visa. The language of singing is Konkani only.

2. Participant should report at: Morning session 9:30 am (categories 1, 2, 3); afternoon session before 2:30 pm (categories 4,5,6,7,8,9,10)

3. Participant should complete his/her birthday on May 16, 2014 to be eligible to participate in a respective category. Participant born on May 16 or after must select the category of lower age group. Proof of age should be provided upon request of the organising committee.

4. Time limit: Solo and duet - 3 minutes max, group singing - 5 minutes max.

5. Participants in a group: Minimum 6 and maximum 10. A contestant of a particular group is not eligible to participate in another group singing.

6. Only one musical instrument / accompaniment is allowed per solo contestant and maximum two for a group. Electrical, electronic instruments, karaoke music may not be used.

7. Contestants may not to refer to lyrics written on paper, palm or any other medium. Referring to lyrics in any format will render the participant disqualified.

8. Last date for submission of entries was April 30.

9. Total number of entries for each category is limited to a first-come-first-served basis.

10. Mangalore Konkans Dubai reserves the right to amend/cancel any item of the event without prior notice in case of insufficient entries or for any other unavoidable reason.

11. Presentation should not be offensive / abusive in any respect. Should such a discrepancy be noted, the contestant will be immediately disqualified.

12. First 6 winners from each category of male and female solo singing (18 years and above category) will qualify to enter into semi-finals of ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore’, participation in which is restricted to Konkani speaking individuals from Mangalore only.

13. A panel of judges will judge the contest and their decision is final and binding.

For further information contact Deepak Machado on 050-7035220 or Walter Peris on 050-4553265.

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