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Dubai : SMMC's 'Sovai Budvont' play creates laughter riot

Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai

Pics: Deepak Paladka and Pradeep Aranha Paladka

Dubai, Apr 17 : St Mary's Mangalorean Community (SMMC) Dubai presented 'Sovai Budvont', a hilarious Konkani play written and directed by Pradeep Barboza Paladka, on Friday April 15 night at the St Mary's Church premises, in front of a packed audience of over a thousand Konkani enthusiasts from around the Emirates.

The show, which was free for all, started at around 7.30pm with a brief felicitation for sponsors and guests. St Mary's Catholic Church parish priest Fr Lennie J A Connully was the chief guest, Fr Maxim Pinto from Sharjah and Fr Robert Lasrado, spiritual director of SMMC were present on the dias along with Joseph Mathias of Merit Freight, James Mendonca of Reliable Fabrication, Walter Nandalike of Daijiworld, SMMC coordinator Oswald Fernandes, main sponsor Westar Shipping representative Hitesh Suvarna, dramatist Pradeep Barboza and Norbert D'Souza of Elegant Star Decor.

Oswald Rodrigues of  Skybridge Freight Solutions (SFS) LLC was another main sponsor for the event

Oswal Fernandes welcomed the gathering. Fr Lennie J A Connully in his presidential address praised Mangalureans for their talent, and gave the example of some achievers who hail from Mangaluru.

"Mangalureans are intelligent and helpful people. I wish the Mangalurean community all the best and thank them for the support extended to St Mary's Catholic Church," he said. He recalled his association with Mangaluru when he visited there for a mission, and partcularly hailed the achievements of Don Bosco Natak Sabha, which has promoted a number of artistes in a span of over a 100 years.

Fr Robert Lasrado thanked the sponsors and each and every one who contributed to the success of the event. He appreciated the coordination of the committee members of SMMC in organising the successful event.

The sponsors were felicitated with flowers and mementos. SMMC presented a special token of appreciation to Walter Nandalike of Daijiworld and Pradeep Barboza, the drama director for their support to the event.

A spectacular dance show was presented by Arun Lobo's Feat-beat dance school

Lanita Noronha compered the entire event. Jerina Lewis read out the sponsors' names, while Philomena Pereira proposed the vote of thanks.


'Sovai Budvont', a complete comedy entertainer had the audience spellbound. The theme, direction, acting, and costumes perfectly complemented each other, with music directed by Cyril Baptist adding extra charm to the play.

Apart from Pradeep, Alphonse Moodubelle, Nanu Marol, Ramcy Fernandes Kulshekar, Godwin Castelino Attur, Paul Dsouza Paladka, Dainy Dsouza Pamboor, Vinay Pinto Paladka, Helvin D'Souza Kuloor, Cleevan Lozil  and Venshia Alangar also featured in the play.

Each and every artiste did justice to his/her roles. The play was crisp and well-appreciated by the audience.

During the interval, promo of new Konkani movie 'Ek Aslyar Ek Na' was presented. Movie producer Frank Fernandes, director Pradeep Barboza, cast Alphonse D'Souza, Deepak Paladka were present on the stage. Frank Fernandes urged Konkani enthusiasts to support the movie so that he would be encouraged to produce a Konkani movie every year.

Broadway provided excellent sound, lightings, stage setting which was important part of the event. Organisers have made special mention of Broadway for its support to the event.

The well-organized, disciplined event concluded at 10.30 pm. The audience applauded Fr Robert Lasrado for his leadership in uniting the parishioners under one umbrella through an excellent event.

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    Thu, Apr 21 2016

    Congratulations Pradeep Barboza, Naannu and entire team... I am proud of all of you... Keep it up!!

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  • Rayan, Abu Dhabi / Shirthady

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Great Work Pradeep & Team :) Really Enjoyed! Wonderful preparation and finishing! Entire drama had quality !!

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  • Jo, Shirva

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Congratulations Pradeep Barboza and team for the successful show

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  • Loy , Bendure,Dubai

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Good Show Pradeep & Team we all enjoyed with family.I always enjoy your Drama because full time Pass with strong message at the end.

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  • Stevan DSouza, Dubai,

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Well organised event by SMMC Dubai and the drama was super hit. Clear and clean comedy, well done Pradeep and team. Looking forward for more such dramas. Stay blessed..

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  • Priyanka Furtado, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Mind blowingly awesome!!! The whole drama kept us in splits! Bravo Pradeep and team..take a bow. Excellent acting - my favourite being Alpi's wife (case ulta karche LOLLLLL)

    Thankyou very much SMMC for organizing and uting this beautiful Konkani drama perfectly. Looking forward to many more :) Cheers!!

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  • Deepak Paladka, Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Sooper drama , This time i really enjoyed clicking the pics while our team Sangon Mugdhanak kalakars act on stage.

    Many commented of me missing to act in this drama. I too missed the laughter riot. But Due to unavoidable situation i could not commit on almost a month of daily practice. But was happy this time clicking the team and joining the crowd in laughter riot. We Sangon Mughdana kalakar thanks whole crowd and Dubai parish in supporting our wonderful new drama.

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  • Godwin, Dubai

    Mon, Apr 18 2016

    Deepak.. its ok.. other actors performed well.. we enjoyed the show.. Show must go on.. cant wait for a single actor.. Pradeep Did a fabulous job.. Its good that deserving actors got chance..

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  • John Lewis, Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    A very well organized event by SMMC over this weekend. The special attraction was the Konkani comedy drama written & directed by Pradeep & team kept all of us glued to the seat. All the actors have done an excellent job and the comedy was very clean. After a long time I have seen a very good comedy drama. I have seen Alphonse in villain role before but was very impressed by his comedy act as well. Looks like Pradeep, the creator of konkani comedians has created few more comedians including a lady comedian and it was nice to see few new actors performing comedy act on the stage. Overall it was an excellent event and once again hats off to all the actors and actresses for keeping us entertained. Keep going guys and entertain us with more such shows in the future. Wishing Pradeep & team all the very best.

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  • Antony, Mangalore/Dubai,

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Kudos to SMMC team for organizing such a great event in a very professional way.
    Excellent drama from Pradeep & team. After long gap we had an opportunity to watch rib tickling, total comedy Konkani drama. All actors did perfect justice to their roles and in particular case Ulta Ms. Helvin was too good. Music, sound, lighting, dialogue delivery were super. All the best Pradeep for your first Konkani Movie "Ek Aslyar Ek Na", I am sure it will be super hit. Thanks to Fr. Robert for your dedication in promoting Konkani culture. God bless you all.

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  • Clevin DSouza, Pangla / Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Congratulation Fr. Robert Lasrado and SMMC for providing us the wonderful evening. Pradeep Barboza once again proved how to make people laugh with clean comedy. All the actors done justice to their role and their hard work really visible in the stage.

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  • Agnel D'Silva, Katapadi / Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Nice drama, well done by the entire drama team of 'Sovai Budvont and SMMC. well organized event.

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  • Norbert Sequeira, Ferar/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Congratulations to Rev.Fr.Robert Lasrado & the entire team of SMMC.Very well organised event, great team work, we really enjoyed. Thanks to the sponsors for supporting Konkani programmes in this part of the world. Hats off to Sangon Mugdana kalakar Mr.Pradeep Barboza & team, Excellent show, u all have done a great job, keep it up. Even I have the same question..why Deepak Paladka did not act ? We really missed u Deepak...

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  • Dyan Paul D Souza, Kulur/Sharjah

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Dear Pradeep and Team, it was really great to see you all on stage. Superb drama. Super acting and dialogue delivery, music and good message. Kudos to all the artists.
    All the very best Pradeep for your movie EAEN.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    And there it was. Rib tickling from the word go. The drama though a bit short was beyond my expectation. Laughter riot all the way.

    Really, we have to acknowledge the initiative taken by Fr. Robert Lasrado for uplifting of our mother tongue and keeping it alive in this distant land. Thanks we had a super evening Fr.

    For once I felt like I was watching one of Kapikad's dramas. The plot was excellent, the acting of each and every one was super, the dialogue delivery, timing, setting, sound, lighting everything was class. As I said earlier Mr. Barboza has indeed great talent in all departments of a theatre act. He did a wonderful job. Not any less were Alphonse, his Ulta-case wife Mrs. Barboza, the Crorepati Nanu, the Reporter, the policeman, the eloping young couple, Cleevan, Diany and Steven. OMG did I cover the entire cast ? Bit surprised at the absence of Deepak. It is possible that Pradeep must have thought too much laughter can cause some serious health issues !

    But the mystery of the missing ring and the chain was not solved though it was a open secret.

    Later, after watching the Promo and a song clip of Ek Aslyar ek is very much evident the Mangaloreans have come a long way in the art of film making too.

    Wishing full returns on the money spent not only by our Frankyab but also anyone who dares to invest in Konkani silver screen.

    Looks certain that finally KONKLY-WOOD is here to stay and rise !!

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  • GodwinShamila, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Pleasantly Refreshing Konkani play after a long time...Kudos to all involved...

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  • Fr. Franklin D'Souza , moodbidre/Shimoga

    Sun, Apr 17 2016

    Dear Pradeep Barboza and team
    you are a multi talented person.
    Happy to see all artists. Deepak is missing.....hey Deepak don't miss drama......all the best

    Fr. Franklin D'Souza

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