Mangalore : A Fitting Public Tribute to the Legend Wilfy Rebimbus

Mangalore : A Fitting Public Tribute to the Legend Wilfy Rebimbus 
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Mangalore, March 22 : One can call it a poetic justice that a poet like Union Minister for Law and Justice Veerappa Moily paid his tribute to “Konkan Kogul” late Wilfy Rebimbus in a public tribute programme convened at the Milagres hall in the city today, to poet, singer, music composer and dramatist and social reformer, who passed away last week.  The public, all fans and admirers of Wilfy came in large numbers to pay tribute to the legend who still lives in the hearts and minds of all Konkani lovers through his innumerable songs and plays.  

As a fitting tribute to the departed soul Veerappa Moily minced no words in saying “Wilfy is the “yugapurusha” of the Konkani community and a social reformer, who used music to drive home socially relevant messages through his music.  Though Wilfy is not physically present with us today we cannot say he is dead as he has found a permanent place in our minds”.  He also said “Wilfy made others happy by diverting his pain to deliver socially relevant messages in the form of songs.  His journey cannot be stopped with his death.  His is a continuous journey.  It is a tradition”, Moily pointed out.  He further added that Wilfy has left behind his golden footprints and has inspired countless number of people.  “Creativity is a circle which has neither a beginning nor an end.  Wilfy was a creative artiste endowed with a forward looking attitude and always had the ability to change the psyche of a person.  Even god cannot take away the music legacy left behind by Wilfy”, Moily remarked.  

Recalling the services of Wilfy Veerappa Moily stated that Wilfy did not tread in the path traversed by others.  Rather he walked on different paths and left behind a trail for others to emulate.  He challenged the present crop of musicians and also the future ones to continue the legacy of Wilfy and concluded saying “we will not get another Wilfy for another 100 years”.  

Moily paid floral tribute to Wilfy’s portrait by lighting the candle followed by other dignitaries on the dais namely Vicar General Rev Fr Denis Moras, Abhayachandra Jain, K Amarnath Shetty, James Mendonca, L S M Masood, Basti Vaman Shenoy and Dy Mayor Rajendra Kumar.  Dy Mayor Rajendra Kumar presented a memento on behalf of the organizing committee to Wilfy’s son Vishwas Rebimbus.  

Vicar General Rev Fr Denis Moras Prabhu (who represented the Bishop of Mangalore who is away in Bangalore) stated that Wilfy used his multifarious talents to bring about a marked change in the society.  “He has bequeathed a rich legacy to the Konkani world and the society has been greatly benefited by his largesse”, he remarked.   

K Amarnatha Shetty in his tribute to Wilfy pointed out that Wilfy has left an indelible mark in the society through his music.  “He entertained music lovers not only in Mangalore but beyond the boundaries of India by presenting shows in Gulf countries and even in Canada”.  

Dy Mayor Rajendra Kumar touched a chord when he said he had attended many Wilfy Nites held in Town Hall as he was familiar with the Konkani language.  He said Wilfy entertained the audience with his sonorous voice and meaningful lyrics.  A representation handed over to the Dy Mayor (who represented Mayor Rajani Dugganna) requesting the Mangalore city corporation  to rename the road from Valencia Circle to Koti-Chennaiah Circle as Wilfy Rebimbus Road and he promised the gathering that he would impress upon the Corporation to consider their request favourably and would do his best to ensure the road is renamed after Wilfy Rebimbus.  

Abhaychandra Jain paid tribute to Wilfy saying Wilfy lives in the hearts of the people through his songs.  James Mendonca who was represented the gulf community in the public tribute recalled his participation in the Sentimental Nite of Wilfy held at TMA Pai hall a few months back terming  it as a memorable event.  He said “Wify’s songs are a boon to the society.  He was greatly responsible for inspiring the Konkani community in the gulf to maintain that umbilical with their mother tongue”.  He also announced that the 

Gulf Konkani Community in association with Sandesha Prathishtana has decided to set up a fund of Rs. 10 lakhs to help continue the legacy of Wilfy.  

K S M Masood, President of Muslim Central Committee said Wilfy deserved a national level award for his contribution to Konkani music and culture.  He requested the Dy Mayor to unveil a statue of Wilfy once the road is renamed after him.  

Konkani Sardar Basti Vaman Shenoy in his tribute stated that credit goes to Wilfy for bringing some standard to Konkani music when everything around us was changing.  “His contributions to Konkani music, art and culture are unparalleled.  Wilfy did not promote Konkani songs as his vocation but out of his love for Konkani”, he recalled.  

The public tribute programme began with a prayer song.  The convener of the organizing committee Ivan D Souza welcomed the gathering and paid rich tribute to Wilfy and his legacy.  “Wilfy’s greatness lay in his concern for the society.  There was a message in all his songs.  He did social service in the form of his songs. Wilfy is a University in itself in Konkani literature”, he remarked.  He also thanked Veerappa Moily for making it to the programme despite his busy schedule.  

Oswald D Souza read out the citation of tribute highlighting the contributions of Wilfy to Konkani language, art and culture.  Rev Fr Denis Moras Prabhu handed over the tribute citation to Wilfy’s children - Vishwas and Veena.  

Earlier the assembled gathering was presented with a video presentation of the “Golden Footprints” of Wilfy comprising his songs and a part of his speech at the Sentimenal Nite programme that touched the hearts of the assembled gathering.  

Babitha D Sa and Claude D Souza sang a Tulu song “Bulipod Barod Telipod Povod”, which was apt on the occasion, giving a glimpse of the versatility of Wilfy’s talent. 

The Milagres Hall was brimming with people and fans of Wilfy irrespective of caste and creed which was an indication of his popularity.  

Lesli Rego compered the programme.  Vasudeva Bolar presented a vote of thanks.   

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, KSA

    Wed, Mar 24 2010

    Mr Jack and Mr. Langoolacharya...should I need to request you gentlemen to stop your vigorous political comments when we are paying here a public homage to an only one Konkani legend late SIR Wilfy. So disgusting !!!

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  • Gladys Mudarth, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 24 2010

    Excellent photo coverage of the entire programme. Thank you

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Tue, Mar 23 2010

    jack , mumbai / australia,

    Congress candidate of last assembly election Ivan D'Souza is a christian too, whats wrong with him?

    We were studying is same school, St.Marys Junior college Shirva together in 1973-1975, I find him sincere and hard working guy, never saw him in person after that.

    Do you know one more thing?

    Mr MB Puranik, present VHP president of Mangalore was my Biology teacher, at that time I found he was most humble and secular teacher I have ever seen, he was coming to school from Kaup in his old bicycle every day!

    Another of our legendry teacher was our principal Mr Luis Mendonsa, who was our english teacher, who was awarded Sandesha award along with Daijiworld editor Walter recently, he was best english teacher I have ever seen.

    Reson Ivan lost is not because he did not work hard, but you mangaloreans did not support him well.

    Only I can say here time can change people!!!

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  • jack , mumbai / australia

    Tue, Mar 23 2010

    Very well organised Public Tribute by Congress party in Mangalore. As the Mangalore MLA seat is mostly reserved for a christian candidate by Congress, we all should propose to AICC and KPCC to nominate one of Wilfy's Family member as the next MLA candidate, atleast then the Christians may turn back to voting the Congress candidate back to power... It is high time we see a Christian MLA for Mangalore. We have all seen the numbers of Wilfy well wishers in Mangalore as well as all over the world, if this support gets converted to votes, I doubt anyone can stop a congress candidate to win next time.

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Mon, Mar 22 2010

    Nice to see large number of people paying tribute to late "KONKANI LEGEND". He is the "ROLE MODEL" to others,when someone does the UN-SELFISH good work for the sake of others they will be Glorified generation after generation.
    Thanks to Daijiworld for the coverage and bringing the all kinds news on web from Home Town.

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nanthur/Chicago

    Mon, Mar 22 2010

    Thanks to the organizers for this fitting public tribute to our Konkani Legend Wifly Rebimbus. Long live Wilfy's songs.

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Mon, Mar 22 2010

    Good job Organizers,

    Keep it up, especially making it above party politics.

    Most of the people at stage were known for literature,Social Service, I believe this is very good.

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, KSA

    Mon, Mar 22 2010

    I feel happy and really lucky to be present for this super legend to pay tribute and I thank God for the extreeme chance given to me to reach in time and pay homage to late uncle Wilfyab who will remain in my heart forever. I pray to Almighty for his undying soul to RIP Amen.

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