Mangaluru: 'An Evening of Parables' musical drama by Capuchin Friars captures essence of Lent

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Daijiworld Media Network Mangaluru - (SB)

Mangaluru, Mar 12: With the aim of highlighting the significance of the Lenten season, Capuchin Friars in the city on Sunday March 11 organized a musical drama at Don Bosco Hall, here.

The event titled 'Voparinchi Saanz' ('An Evening of Parables'), portrayed the Biblical parables of 'The Prodigal Son', 'Foolish and Wise Virgins', 'Lost Sheep', 'Three Servants given Talents' and 'Four Types of Soil’. Various artistes performed the drama to the accompaniment of background music, song and dance.

In his speech, Fr Peter Cyprian D'Souza, advisor of Capuchin, Karnataka Province, said, "'An Evening of Parables' is a unique programme directed by Fr Paul Melwyn D'Souza. In addition to heading Bejai St Anne's Friary, he is involved in various socio-cultural activities. Being a good musician and writer he is well-known to the community. This programme has created a new Konkani art form. After several days of rehearsal, he has moulded it into a wonderful structure. I congratulate him on his new art form and wish him as well as all the artistes all the best."

Explaining the parables, Fr J B Crasta, rector and priest of Rosario Cathedral said, "A parable is a short, simple story that teaches or explains an idea, especially one of moral. It includes questions and answers and finally the message. People use parables to indirectly teach something good. Jesus also used several parables in his teaching. With the help of parables he tried to expose the negative aspects of society and deliver a counter message. He used nature, stories of common and rich men to explain his teaching to his disciples and to the people. Parables are very meaningful and they touch hearts.

"Fr Melwyn has used a few parables from the Bible and gave them a musical form. It is a new way of explaining the meaning of parables mentioned in the Bible. I salute Fr Melwyn for his efforts on this and congratulate his team," he added.

Walter Nandalike, founder of Daijiworld said, "Today on this stage we will witness a new form of art which is an amalgamation of drama, music and dance. Everyone has been eagerly waiting for this show. Fr Melwyn is known for teamwork and organising unique events. Undoubtedly, this show will be a success. We wish Fr Melwyn and his team triumph."

Brother Victor Crasta of Sandesha, Sr Macline Fernandes of Nazareth School, Suresh Attavar, choreographer, Molly Concesso were present on the dais.

Fr Paul Melwyn D'Souza, welcomed the dignitaries and the gathering.

The show was written and directed by Fr Melwyn Paul D'Souza and choreographed by Suresh Attavar. The students of Nazareth School and well known artistes of Mangaluru acted in the musical drama. A large gathering was present.


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  • Bona Marcel Capuchin, Vittal-Rome

    Tue, Mar 13 2018

    Great venture! Congratulations to Fr. Melwyn and team for the excellent and kaleidoscopic presentation of the message of Jesus through parables,.

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    Mon, Mar 12 2018

    Congratulations dear Capuchin Fathers on enacting parables in such wonderful presentations.
    Keep it up. Any translations in Hindi for our Northern people ? Please......
    Would you please upload a few of them on YouTube ?
    Felt happy to Fr. Peter ( Permude ?) to see on the screen after many years.

    With regards.
    Fr. Gregory, Allahabad

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  • Fr. J. B. Sequeira, Capuchin, Venafro, Italy

    Mon, Mar 12 2018

    An excellent and fitting communication initiative of Fr. Paul Melwyn and of the Capuchin Friars to animate the Lenten devotion, basing on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Hearty Congratulations.

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 12 2018

    Dear Fr Melwyn Paul D'Souza, Capuchin and team of Friars 'An Evening of Parables' musical drama by Capuchin Friars captures essence of Lent--Congratulations. It was a wonderful attempt and success too at the first show itself. The hall was overcrowded till the end. Thanks to choreographer Suresh Attavar and his talented artists. Nazareth School kids performed excellent dance. POWERFUL MESSAGE WAS CONVEYED TO THE AUDIENCE THROUGH THIS EVENING OF PARABLES.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Mon, Mar 12 2018

    Good to have this kind of liturgical drama during lent to kindle our shallow faith.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 12 2018

    We are only trying to be Honest ...

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