Muscat : 12 Singers Qualify for Gulf Voice of Mangalore Semi-finals

Muscat : 12 Singers Qualify for Gulf Voice of Mangalore Semi-finals

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Muscat, Sep 26: The Preliminary Rounds for the “Gulf Voice of Mangalore” competition organized by Youth Recreation Center – Rising Stars, Kuwait were held at Muscat on 26th September 2008 at the main hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Church Ruwi. The Muscat organizers, the Mangalorean Catholic Center of the Parish (MCCP – Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ruwi), combined the event with their Annual Singing Competition 2008 for Children. The program was indeed brilliantly managed competition to match the usual reputation of MCCP.  All the contestants, specially teenage children, had shown a great ability of singing and fluency in Konkani language.

Anita, Austin

Debora, Dilip

Dolphy, Flavia

Hilda, Ivan

Joachim, Nirmala

Victoria, Vincent

The three distinguished judges for the competitions were specially flown from the United Arab Emirates. All of them are multi-talented musicians and well known singers of Dubai Konkani community having thorough knowledge of Konkani Music. The two judges - twins sisters with mesmerizing golden voice from Puttur Parish currently residing in Dubai with tremendous contribution to the Konkani Music and art were Olivia Rodrigues and Olinda Goveas. The third judge was Lancy Madtha, managing director of Integrated Freight & Logistics LLC, well-known community activist of Dubai Konkani community and the member of St. Mary’s Choir, Dubai.

Program started at 12.00 noon with a warm welcome address by Hilda Rasquinha. Fr. Albert D Silva, OFM Cap, the assistant Parish Priest of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ruwi offered prayers seeking heavenly blessings on the program and declared the opening of the competition. Clarence Pinto, President of MCCP and Samuel D’ Silva, Main Coordinator of Sports and Finance Committees were also present on the stage during this ceremony.

Victor Baptist Pais introduced the judges to the audience and Sunil Mascarenhas, cultural secretary of MCCP presented the rules. The master of ceremony of the program was Hilda Rasquinha. Vote of thanks was proposed by Alex Aranha, Internal Auditor of MCCP. 

Prize distribution ceremony for the singing competition along with the recently held Drawing Competition was conducted by Hazel Dias, Arun D Souza and Dolly Sequeira.  C. K. Anchan, Vice President of Towell Take Solutions and strong supporter of MCCP, Ligory D’ Mello – Managing Director of Technofit Trading LLC, Harold Rasquinha – composer and singer of the Konkani community and Dr. Christopher Dias did the honors of presenting the trophies and certificates to the winners. 

Renowned Konkani Composer and Musician of Muscat Konkani community Apolinaris D Souza presented mementos to Lancy Madtha, Olivia Rodrigues and Olinda Goveas. Nirmala Goveas and Samuel D Silva were present during this ceremony.

Hazel Dias, Samuel D’ Silva and Sunil Mascarenhas along with Hilda Rasquinha and Victor Baptist Pais guided and supervised the program. They were supported by Donald Fernandes, Alex Aranha, Arun D’ Souza, Dolly Sequeira, Lancy Lobo, Shalet Noronha, Lancy Sequeira, Clifford Castelino, Sharmila D’ Silva, Irene Fernandes, Eula Pinto and Suraj Rebello.


The sponsors for the event were Vincent & Presilla Machado, Michael Pinto – Ideal Tailors, Denis Mascarenhas, Suraj Rebello, Technofit Trading LLC, Lahoob Trading – Flaviana Pereira, Ghala National Enterprises, Tri-star Trading Co., Carrier Trading Co and Muscat Pharmacy.

Omantel are the main sponsors for all the MCCP events of 2008 - 2009

Semi-finals will be held on 2nd October 2008 

Twelve Winners in the Preliminary Rounds are as follows :

01 Deborah Frank
02 Hilda Fernandes
03 Nirmala Goveas
04 Joachim D’ Souza
05 Anitha Lobo
06 Dolphy Vaz
07 Austin Monteiro
08 Flavia Castelino
09 Victoria Soares
10 Dilip Correa
11 Ivan Moras
12 Vincent D Souza

Group A – KG I and KG II

First Gail Castelino
Second Craig Mathias
Third  Melina Goveas

Group B – Stds I and II

First Melita Rodrigues
Second Vanessa Rego
Third  Daniel Lewis

Group C – Stds III and IV

First Elisha Sequeira
Second Joel Lobo
Third  Alston Moras

Group D – Stds V and VI

First Evon Sequeira
Second Giselle Fernandes
Third  Sonalika Nazareth

Group E – Stds VII and VIII

First Kimberly Dias
Second Larissa Rego
Third  Dean D’ Souza

Group F – Stds IX, X, XI, XII

First Amanda Lobo
Second Rhea Fernandes
Third  Josma Rodrigues and Meval Dantis


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Gulf Voice of Mangalore - Follow-up:

  • Dubai: Gulf Voice of Mangalore - Semi-finals on Oct 3
  • Kuwait, Bahrain Gear-up for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-final
  • Bahrain: 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore'Contestants Set for Semi-finals
  • UAE Contenstants Get Ready for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-Finals
  • Mangalore: Gulf Voice of Mangalore Provides Gateway for Talented Konkani Singers
  • Doha: Gulf Voice of Mangalore - 12 Singers Enter Semi-finals
  • Kuwait Selects 12 Singers for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-finals
  • Bahrain: 12 Singers Qualify for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-finals
  • Dubai: 14 Singers Qualify for 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Semi-Finals 
  • Dubai: Mangalore Konkans Organize 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' UAE Workshop   

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    • JM Muscat, Oman

      Mon, Sep 29 2008

      Peter,May be i am wrong. I do not have much experience in singing and music. However Pls recollect that the judges itself informed the audience that the competition was very tough as all have sang well and they had difficulty in giving away the marks. Also one should understand that the judges will award the marks based on that particular day how you perform and not because of that if a person very famous in singing or having previous achivement.

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    • Apolinaris D'Souza, Valencia / Muscat

      Mon, Sep 29 2008

      As mentioned by JM in his comments, the Judges were from Dubai who are skilled musicians and well known singers. Indeed! To clarify the doubt & concern which was raised by JP in these comments below, I would like to add that - the judges whom MCCP had invited to adjudicate the just finished singing competition, were also the judges in Dubai for their Gulf Voice of Mangalore (GVOM) competition & their regular annual singing competition which was held very recently. Here I want to make a special mention that if these judges were not competent or skilled enough, then the Organisers of Dubai would not have sletced one of them as judges for their own prestigious GVOM & annual singing competitions.

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    • Peter, muscat

      Sun, Sep 28 2008

      JM, guess you have no acumen to understand music and hence you cant see thru .JP is right.

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    • Peter, Mangalore,musact

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Congrats MCCP.Great work ,good singing .

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    • JM, Muscat

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Dear JP. There is no point in blaming the floor if you do not know how to dance. Please note that the judges for this event came from dubai are skilled musicians and well known singers. Don't blame the judges also don't be upset if any child does not get the prize, rather motivate the child to peform better next time.

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    • Sylvia, Bangalore

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Congrats Flavy, nice to see you after many years. All the best.

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    • Elveera, Mangalore

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Congrats Flavy and the winners.All the best.

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    • Naveen & Shaila Lobo, Bejai, Bellary

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Hi Joachim, Congrats!Remembered Canara Youngsters and Madhur Sampark days.All the best!

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    • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

      Sat, Sep 27 2008

      Congratulations to the winners and best of luck for semifinals.

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    • Gerry D'Mello & family, Bendur / Canada

      Fri, Sep 26 2008

      Kudos to these amazing singers-Deborah Frank, Hilda Fernandes, Nirmala Goveas, Joachim D’Souza, Anitha Lobo, Dolphy Vaz, Austin Monteiro, Flavia Castelino, Victoria Soares, Dilip Correa, Ivan Moras and Vincent D'Souza who qualified for the Gulf Voice of Mangalore Semi-Finals. Hearty congrats to you guys... you well deserve this great honour. Whilst going through the wonderful coverage/photographs, those great Muscat memories started gushing back. At this juncture we fondly remember the Nightingale of Muscat Jane Ida Pinto who was deprived of participating in this unique event due to her family committment. Hats off to MCCP President Clarence Kaikamba & the entire Executive Committee for organizing this incredible event in a professional way. Great going MCCP! Keep it up!!

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    • incha, pamboor,udupi

      Fri, Sep 26 2008

      hello Austin good to see you back in stage, great work ,keep it up

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