Dubai: 14 Singers Qualify for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-Finals

Dubai: 14 Singers Qualify for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-Finals
Report by Vanitha D'Souza
Pics: Vivian Pinto

Dubai, Apr 25: On this warm sunny Friday, the Konkani – speaking community was entertained and enthralled by the melodious voices of its people of various age groups in love with their language and culture.  This was all the more evident,  with each group category outperforming the other.

Team behind the success: The Mangalore Konkans Members

This year the singing contest organized by the Mangalore Konkans Dubai, was based on the theme ‘Family’.  Besides the usual solo, duet and group participation, a new group category titled “Sangeeth Kutamb” – Family Singing was introduced for the first time to engage parents and children to participate together in the fine art of vocals.

The program began at 10 am with the Female and Male Solo singing competition ‘Streeyanchem Ekodem Gayan’ and ‘Dadlyanchem Ekodem Gayan’ (18 years and above).  The contestants from different Emirates numbering 33 in all are a great encouragement to our youth. 

Gulf Voice of Mangalore qualifiers

This contest was also the preliminary round for selection to the “Gulf Voice of Mangalore”.  14 best performers are chosen for the semi – finals representing the United Arab Emirates. Second round of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' will be held in October 2008 at the Indian Highschool Auditorium Dubai. Two finalists will fly Kuwait to participate in the last round.

The contestants of other categories of the Pratibha Spordho took part in the afternoon session,  after relishing the  sumptuous lunch hosted  by the Mangalore Konkans Dubai to all the participants and audience..

The children’s solo singing competition ‘Mankanchim Gayanah’ (6 – 9 years), opened the afternoon session after the lunch break; followed by the ‘Yuvajananchim Gayanah (10 – 13 years) and Yuvajananchim Gayanah (14 – 17 years)

Listening to these kids sing, it is hard to believe that we are far away from our homeland and are living in a foreign country and culture.  The enunciation and understanding of the lyrics was perfect even in children as young as 6 years old.  It was a joy and great pride to everyone present to hear our little ones and teenagers sing to their heart’s content in our mother tongue.

The adult duet ‘Bhorshi Dhodem Gayan’, group singing ‘Zamya Gayanah’ and family singing ‘Sangeeth Kutamb’  categories were next.  Each presentation, some with instruments and costumes, was heartfelt and very enjoyable.  This was a showcase for the talent present in the Konkani – speaking community residing in the U.A.E., which is abundant, spirited and vital for the survival of this great language and culture.  Besides which, the harmonious voices of all these enthusiastic singers made us dream of home in Mangalore and Goa.

Truly singing and listening to music in a particular language helps one to learn and grasp that tongue better.  What better way to encourage our children and youth to continue to love and cherish their mother tongue – Konkani than to teach them to sing and compete with pride in the language of their forefathers.

President of Mangalore Konkans, Rachana Awardee was felicitated by the members with a momento.

Apolinaris D'Souza, famous composer, singer who came all the way from Oman was one of the judges along with Olinda Goveas, Errol Goveas, Jossy Moras, Olivia Rodrigues, Cassey D'Souza

Rajesh Sequeira and Valerian Peris compered the entired event.

The special prizes of the day were :
‘Unique Voice of the day’ prize  awarded to Jerry Socorro Desouza and
‘President’s Best Performer’ prize awarded to Asha Correa.

Talent Contest Winners:

Solo – 6 to 9 yrs

Claton D’Souza
Nicole Pinto
Ambria Pearl Dsouza

Solo – 10 to 13yrs

Kevin D’Souza
Hansel Lobo
Lyrel Lasrado

Solo – 14 to 17 yrs

Yash Pinto
Giselle Lobo
Avril Maria Pinto

Solo (Female) – Age 18 yrs+

Asha Fernandes
Asha Correa
Veera Rodrigues

Solo (Male) – Age 18 yrs +

Ronald Lobo
Jerry Socorro Desouza
Roshan D’Costa

Mixed Duet – Age 18 yrs +

Roshan D’Costa and Olinda D’Souza
Donny Correa and Asha Correa
Ronald Lobo and Lolita Lobo

Family – Open to all

Hilda Rodrigues, Veera Rodrigues, Asha Correa and Donny Correa
Stany, Linet and Kevin D’Souza
Rudolph, Cynthia, Ramsel and Avril Pinto

Group – Open to all

Alphonso Mendonsa, Donald Pinto, Ronald Lobo, Lolita Pinto, lavina Rodrigues, Helen Pinto, Placy Mendonca, Edwin D’Souza, Leena D”Souza and Sharmila D'Souza

Henry D’Almeida, Reniyar R. Crasta, Veera Rodrigues, Dinesh Correa, Donny Correa, Asha Correa

Fabella Anugraha Pinto, Doreen Lobo, Roshan D’Costa, Nithin D’Souza, Anup Pinto, Lee D’Almeida and Oswald Tauro

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    Comment on this article

    • Kiran Shetty , Banglore/Dubai

      Thu, Jun 26 2008

      Very nice about this event Good luck to all semi finalist , I know Mr Donald Pinto waw he is really talented singer I have seen him singing & winning prizes in many singing compititions whoooo I love his voice in many ways he can sing GOOD LUCK Donald

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    • Veena Wilfred, Mangalore/Israel

      Sat, Jun 7 2008

      Hi Satish. This was the good comment which u have given in this particular article. good keep it up. Some elders should recognize what exactly they are doing.

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    • Michael, Francine and Edward Lewis, Toronto, Canada

      Wed, Apr 30 2008

      Yash Congratulations!!!! Keep up the good work. You have made us all proud.

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    • Sabastin crasta, Manglore/Dubai

      Tue, Apr 29 2008

      Great work Manglore Konkan, Good luck all semi finalist work hard to get manglorean voice award to Dubai, specially congratulations to manglore mothiam for good performence & winning the first place you have good voice in your team good luck for your semi finals.

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    • douglas, manglore

      Mon, Apr 28 2008

      yash great job done could not expect such good work keep it up all the way

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    • Roshan D'costa, Moodbidri/Abudhabi

      Sun, Apr 27 2008

      Such a wonderful event thanks to voice of mangalore organising committe and specially mangalore konkans for making it successful.I was one of the contestant in solo singing 18 but unfortunately lost the race to make it in super 12,congratulations to all the contestants who won. keep up the good spirit and make this event successful.

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    • Sanio, Goa

      Sun, Apr 27 2008

      I am Sanio. Winner of second prize,in the male solo category last year. I really would like to congratulate and emphasise the advice of one of the judges Mr. Errol Govaes. That when a singer sings he should concentrate more on singing the words than the song in itself. This has such a deep meaning only a singer who wants to capture the hearts of his audience can understand. keep it Up Mr.Errol!!! I am sure many will be Excellent singers after following your advice. Keep it up Manglore Konkans. You guys Rock where it comes to Organising for Results.

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    • Agnel D'Silva, Katapadi / Dubai

      Sun, Apr 27 2008

      Dear Dony and Asha Correa, Congratulations to both of you. well done and all the best .

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      Sun, Apr 27 2008

      Heartly congrats to Veera Rodrigues for winning the Solo Compitition..keep up the good work Reena & Sundeep Abu Dhabi

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    • Satish Pinto, Valencia/Sharjah

      Sat, Apr 26 2008

      Well done Manglore konkans.I was witnessig this programme from morning till the end, i am IT Manger working in Shrjah. Really the children performed very well, the credit goes to all parents of this little kids and the coach who took pain to train them.

      I have a strong comment on this programme, which i want you to consider seriously as a suggestion. I think if your intension is to encourage the upcomong talented youth for the Gulf Voice, You should not entertain all professional singers, Casette singers, people having music group here, who are singing every day in UAE and have good confidence and doesnt need practice, having courage to face the audience. Almost all ladies singers are singing for commercial groups here.

      My salute goes to all the other professional singers who didn't compete, thinking selfless and giving opportunity for the new talented people keep up your kind behaviour. Manglore Konkans please note this point Specially Mr James consider this issue , you are aware of real casette singers and professionlas , give them seperate opprtunity in Gulf Voice, calling them seperately with your different options, not with innocent hard worked Youth who went home heavy Hearted after long struggle to come up to the stage.

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