SMMKC Sharjah's first parish-level singing competition gets huge response

Pics: Lovelyn/Jeevan D’Mello
Report: Preema D’Souza

Sharjah, Jun 4: St Michael’s Mangalorean Konkani Community (SMMKC), here, on June 1, held its first ever singing competition for the Konkani speaking residents of the parish. The competition was conducted in six categories, namely:

1. Children below 10 years
2. Children 10 – 15 years
3. Youth 15 – 18 years
4. 50 years and above
5. 18 years and above – female
6. 18 years and above – male

The event commenced with a short stage programme. The guests of honour were Joseph Mathias, Mark Denis D’Souza, Roque Rego, Noel D’Costa, Alwyn Pinto - Mangalore Konkans Dubai, Schubert D’Silva - coordinator of St Michael’s Goan Konkani Committee, Fr Maxim Pinto – spiritual director of SMMKC and Joachim Menezes – coordinator of SMMKC Sharjah.

The programme began with a short prayer by Fr Maxim Pinto followed by lighting of the lamp by all dignitaries present on stage. Joseph Mathias addressed the audience and congratulated SMMKC Sharjah for organising the singing competition. He applauded SMMKC for their efforts to keep Konkani and culture alive - especially encouraging small children to sing in Konkani. Fr Maxim Pinto, in his address, wished all the participants well and asked everyone to participate with a fair spirit. He asked everyone to wish each other well.

The competition was judged by a distinguished panel of three judges namely – Patrick Pereira (Patty), Monica Valdar Kuruvitage and Joston Mario Pereira.

Patrick Pereira spoke a few words on behalf of the judges. He congratulated all the participants and applauded the effort of SMMKC in conducting the competition.

The judges were felicitated with a token of love from SMMKC. Photographers Lovelyn D’Mello and Jeevan D’Mello were also acknowledged and felicitated.

Joseph Mathias, Mark Denis D’Souza, Alwyn Pinto, Joachim Menezes, Fr Varghese Chempoly – parish Priest of St Michael’s Church Sharjah and Fr Maxim Pinto distributed prizes to the winners. Certificates of participation were given to all the participants and goody bags were distributed to the little children who participated in the competition. Fr Varghese Chempoly spoke a few words and led the crowd into singing a Hindi bhajan which was apt for the event. The programme ended in the afternoon with a hymn.

The competition saw a huge response from the residents of Sharjah St Michael’s parish with as many as 68 entries in all categories. The participants showcased great talent in singing, making it difficult for the judges to choose among the best.

The complete list of prize winners is as follows:

The stage programme was conducted by Godwin D’Souza – cultural coordinator of SMMKC. Preema D’Souza – secretary and media coordinator of SMMKC, introduced the judges and welcomed them. Uttam Menezes – assistant coordinator of SMMKC, conducted the singing competition and prize distribution.

The event was a huge success with rave reviews from everyone present.


Comment on this article

  • Joseph D'Souza, Mangalore/Sharjah

    Wed, Jun 6 2018

    Fantastic event organised by SMMKC Sharjah! The judgement was fair, all participants sang well. Hoping for UAE level singing competition next year! Cheers SMMKC. ..keep up the good work!!!

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  • Rogina coutinho, Goa/ Sharjah

    Wed, Jun 6 2018

    It was a memorable event for all Konkanis as for the first time all Konkani speaking people from St Michael’s Mangalorean Konkani Community (SMMKC) were brought together ( Manglorian & Goans ) to sing under one platform demonstrating Konkani brotherhood and bonhomie. I thank SMMKC for giving me the opportunity to Sing and winning the Compitation. Cheers!! God Bless

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  • Schubert, Goa / Sharjah

    Wed, Jun 6 2018

    Kudos to the Manglorean community for organising this singing competition. A great opportunity to the Konkani community to display their talents. Also congrats to the organising committe for a profession organisation and all the best for the future.

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  • Prashanth Kevin, Bondel/Sharjah

    Tue, Jun 5 2018

    Well organized event....Hats off to SMMKC members...Good singing by all the participants...Congratulations to all the winners...

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  • Jacintha Dsouza, Kinnigoli/ Sharjah

    Tue, Jun 5 2018

    Well organised event by SMMKC, Sharjah. Congratulations to all the winners. All the participants sang very well. Cheers to SMMKC and keep up the good spirit. God bless.

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  • Jacintha L., Mangalore / U.A.E.

    Tue, Jun 5 2018

    Wonderful Event Organized by SMMKC Sharjah, Congratulations to all the team members for the success of the same. Congrats to all the winners of the competition as it is a great opportunity to showcase the talent. Hope to have many more similar events organized by SMMKC. Cheers, and keep up the good spirit!!

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