Bahrain: Christopher Lobo, Teena D’Souza enter finals of GVOM - 5

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Bahrain, Sep 27 : Christopher Roshan Lobo and Teena Roshan D’souza outshined other contestants at the GVOM-5 Bahrain Semi Finals held on September 23 at The Indian Club Auditorium attended by packed audience to grab their chance to represent Bahrain at the Gulf Voice of Mangalore – 5 Finals to be held in their home turf Bahrain on the November 11.

The audience burst into applause and cheers as Kuwait based compere and stage artist Jaison Kenneth Lasrado announced the names of the winners. It was a nail biting finish after the grueling 2 rounds, common songs and solo with spectacular performance by the 12 semifinalists. In the end it was Teena Roshan D’souza who won in the Female category and Christopher Roshan Lobo in Male category and confirmed their place in the finals.

The event was attended by Fr Freddy D’Souza OFM, parish priest of Sacred Heart Church Bahrain, Kuwait based philanthropist Lawrence Saldanha, 15th Konkani Kutam Prashasti Winner Gratian Pius D’silva (Herolpius) who witnessed the fierce competition which was judged by the 3 of the most accomplished men in the field of Konkani Music who were flown in to judge the Semi Finals. Rony D’Cunha the dream boy of Konkani music from Kuwait, Veteran Singer and Composer Apolinaris D’souza from Oman and Ajith Peter D’Souza Young Singer, composer & lyricist from Dubai. It was clear by the judges’ reaction that the competition was tough but at the end Bahrain had 2 clear winners.

Walter Dantis welcomed the gathering and called Henry D’Almeida the convener of Konkani Kutam who addressed the gathering and welcomed the dignitaries &audience to witness the Semi Finals.

Walter Dantis introduced the entertaining and witty Jaison Lasrado as the compere of the evening. Walter Dantis then invited the guest of honour Fr Freddy D’Souza followed by the 3 judges. The Judges were then inducted and presented with the marks file by Steven D’Souza.

The Bahrain Semi Finals hosted by Konkan Singers Club and Konkani Kutam Bahrain began with the national anthem of both Bahrain and India being played. Jaison explained the judges about their role and informed the audience about the rules of the competition and evaluation process. He then appealed to the audience to maintain decorum of the competition so that the contestants are not distracted.


The Bahrain Semi Finals began with the Common Song round where all 6 female had to sing the same song, while male contestants had their common song too. The common song chosen were “Ahimsa” from the album Melwyn’s Melodies Vol. 5 by Melwyn Peris that was penned and composed by him and sung by Reena D’souza, whereas Male contestants sang another of Melwyn Peris’s composition “Sopnanthli Cholli” from the album Melwyn’s Madhur podam Vol 2 penned and composed by Melwyn Peris and sung by Late Ivan Noronha. The judges evaluated each singer on every aspect of singing as per the guidelines mentioned on the GVOM rule book.

The common song round was followed by a mesmerizing dance performance by Ajay Lobo and team. Soon after the dance performance, Jaison announced the beginning of the Second round which consisted of songs selected by the contestants themselves.

As per the draw Male singers had to sing first and Ronald Fernandes was the first to present his song “Vengenth Dharun” from the album Payzanamby MaandSobhann, lyrics by Bahrain’s very own Walter Dantis, composed by Eric Ozario and sung by Rony D’Cunha,

Second came Aeron Franco and sang “Thembe Thembe Paavsa” from the album Poilo Mog by Anil &Laveena Pais, lyrics Wilson Kateel, composed by Anil Pais and sung by Prajoth D’sa.

Third to sing was Wilster Prinson Machado and he sang “ Poilo Mog” from the album PoiloMog by Anil and Laveena Pais, lyrics Wilson Kateel, composed by Anil Pais and sung by Nakul Abhyankar.

Next was Nelson D’souza and he sang “Tuzomogmaka Zaala” from the album Udi Udi by Prajoth D’sa, lyrics Roshan & Lloyd, composed by Roshan Crasta and sung by Prajoth D’Sa.

Fifth to sing was Christopher Roshan Lobo and he sang “Kaanto” from the album Vozram Motiam by Mandd Sobhann, lyrics by Amar Chafra, composed by Eric Ozario and sung by Eric Ozario,

The male category concluded with Winston Preetam Aranha singing “Makatujelagin” from the album Chandare by Roshan D’souza and Lloyd Rego, lyrics by Lloyd Rego, composed by Roshan D’souza and sung by Rony D’cunha.

The male category was immediately followed by female category and the first to take stage was

Laveena Maria Dantis who sang “Nariponn” from the album Mick Max Vol.4, composed and lyrics penned by Mick Max, sung by Ivy D’souza.

followed by Sachitha Preema Fernandes singing “Cholli” from the album MelodiaVol.28 by Melwyn Peris, composed and lyrics penned byMelwynPeris and sung by Anitha D’souza.

Third on stage was Stephanie Michelle Alva who sang “Rock n Roll” from the album MogaSavli by Dilraj Rodrigues, Composed by Roshan D’souza and Lyrics by Lloyd Rego and sung by Priya Menezes and Dilraj Rodrigues.

Followed by Teena Roshan D’souza, who sang Fondaar Tuja from the album Bhangramanni composed and lyrics penned by Alwyn Noronha and sung by Babitha D’Costa.

Next came Soniya Pinto, who sang Laakh Neketram Wilfy’s vol:25, “Madhur Sangeeth Laran” composed and lyrics penned by WilfyRebimbus and sung by Babitha D’sa

The last song of the Bahrain Semi Finals of the GVOM-5 was sung by Vivitha Sonia D’souza, who sang “Deesraatmoga” Nashibtumujhe by Roshan Belman composed and lyrics penned byRoshanBelman and sung by Amabelle Moras

A skit was performed by Stany, Sujay, Avinash and Maxim at the end of the singing competition.

Claudius Sanjay Sequeira proposed the vote of thanks.

Jaison Lasrado then invited the Guests of honour Fr. Freddy D’Souza, Chief guest Mr. Lawrence Saldanha, award winning Konkani writer Mr. Gratian Pius D’silva (Herolpius), Konkani Kutam Bahrain convener Henry D’Almeida, Konkan Singer Club President Walter Noronha, to the stage to honour the judges with a token of gratitude.

Jaison Lasrado then called on all the participants who were given participating trophies and it was then that he announced Teena Roshan D’souza as the Winner of GVOM-4 Bahrain Semi Finals in Female category and the winning trophy as presented to her by Fr. Freddy D’Souza and then announced Christopher Roshan Lobo as the winner in male category and trophy was presented to him by Mr. Lawrence Saldanha.

Chirstopher Roshan Lobo and Teena Roshan D’souza will now represent Bahrain at the Grand Finale in their home turf Bahrain on 11.11.2016. Do come to watch them at the finals.


Comment on this article

  • Felcy Steven Reya, Bombay

    Thu, Sep 29 2016

    Dear Roshan . Congratulations. We are happy for you. Do well in finals. Good luck

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  • Mary Christine, Farla/Bahrain

    Wed, Sep 28 2016

    Congratulations Roshan on your dream come true. You missed on previous seasons but were determined this time to correct all the shortcomings. Your singing was awesome which showed your originality.
    Keep up the momentum. Wishing you all the best for finals. Believe in yourself and you will be a winner because a person who sings from the soul is unstoppable

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  • Praveen, Bahrain

    Wed, Sep 28 2016

    Wow, congratulations Christopher.
    All the best for finals.

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  • Steven Rennie, KUWAIT

    Wed, Sep 28 2016

    CongratulationTeena &Christopher. All the best for final. God bless you.
    Best wishes from Rennie &Steven Maxhado KUWAIT.

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  • Pascoal Vaz, Bahrain

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Best of luck to Teena u deserved it, hard luck to Sonia and Vivith there is always second chance so try hard next time ,


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  • Max E Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Great pride to witness the recent performance of Konkany Khutam GVOM Finals that took place in Bahrain, a place that I landed more than 60 years ago, the place that I staged two of my Konkany Concerts at the Sacred Heart Club Hall under the banner of Mangalorean Dramatic Association.

    Konkany language and culture has reached a long way in the Persian Gulf region thru the great efforts of so many Konkany stalwarts who have given a great deal of their time and talents for the progress and prosperity of Konkany culture.

    I was very pleased to notice the presence of Mr. Apolinaris D'Souza on the Bahrain stage. His favorite CDs are prominently paying regularly in my humble home in Texas along with many other prominent Konkany singers.

    One of these years, whenever any future competition takes place in Bahrain, myself and my wife would like to grace the occasion as it will be a joy to re-visit our beloved "home away from home" for few years before we stepped on the Saudi soil.

    Good luck to you all, and God bless

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  • Helen Castelino, Shirva

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congrats Christopher n Teena... Wish u all d best for d finale...

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  • Reema Walter D'Mello , Bahrain

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congratulations Christopher and Teena...All the best for finals..

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  • Olivia n Reuben Lobo, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congratulations dear Roshan and Teena and also those who participated in the competition. You all performed very well. Also big cheer to those who organized this mega event and all the performers who entertained the huge Konkani loving crowd. May mother Mary bless you both to perform well for the finals.

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  • William Rosario & Family, Bejai / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congratulation Christopher Roshan Lobo

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  • Savio, Kateel

    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congratulation Teena from Kateel

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    Tue, Sep 27 2016

    Congratulations to the winners & best wishes for the finals.
    lovely pics by Eunice Dsouza

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