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Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait
Kuwait, Sep 22: After a nail-biting Kuwait semi-final contest for the coveted title of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore - Season 3', Konkani world's topmost reality show, Lavina D'Souza and Orson D'Souza have qualified for the finals. The semi-final was held at American International School here on Friday September 21 evening.
The semi-final was organized by the founder of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' Youth Recreation Centre (Rising Stars).
The programme started with a bang, with the raising of the curtain accompanied by music, glittering lights and a screaming crowd.
Compere of the day Uttam Menezes, a well-known host from Dubai, appeared on the stage and introduced Gulf Voice of Mangalore, followed by theme music played by Kiran and his team.
The event was inaugurated symbolically, by lighting candles, by Kuwait entrepreneur John Paul Fernandes and Daijiworld chief Walter Nandalike along with the organizing committee members Lawrence Pinto, Louis Rodrigues, Rita Rodrigues and Wilson Saldanha.
A prayer dance in Bharatanatyam form was performed by Sonal D’Souza.
All the semi-finalists were called on to the stage, escorted by beautiful girls in the order of their performance. Judges of the day Adrian Gomes, Babita D’Sa and Ivan Sequeira were also escorted to the stage.
In his welcome address president Lawrence Pinto welcomed the audience and thanked the sponsors and supporters. The contest session was conducted by compere of the day Uttam Menezes under a tough and exciting atmosphere where all the semifinalists did their best to qualify for the finals. After the competition, semi-finalists Cynthia Mable Pinto, Renuka Cutinha, Renita Raina D’Mello, Marina Samson Veigas, Lolita Fronteiro, Laveena Praphulla D’Souza, Roshan Olivera, Jossy D’Cunha, Orson Albert D’Souza, Marcus Denis Almeida, Royston Joseph D’Almeida and Rilson D’Souza were honored with mementos by judges Adrian Gomes, Babita D’Sa and Ivan Sequeira.
As a token of appreciation, organizers Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues presented mementos to main sponsor Gulf Cables & Electrical Industries Co, sponsors Ronald Colaco and Family, Rohan Corporation - Property Infrastructure, Wire Control - John Paul Fernandes, Nuna Counseling - Sneh Lata Goel and co-sponsors Helen Pinto, Mohammed Haji, Khalil Bahman & Partners, Al Rathath Est, and Caesars Group of Restaurants and Confectionery. Audition judges Kiran Gonsalves and Gladys Noronha were also felicitated. with bouquets and mementoes.
Visiting artistes Ivan, Babita, local singers Gladys Lorena (GVOM 2010 winner) and Joylene Gonsalves rendered some beautiful numbers like "Konknecho Mogh Kar", "Mujen Kazaar", "Novro Mello Ghatagaar", “Ami Poinari”, "Vrindavananth", “Sounsar Bhounthicho”, and "Molbar Chandrem Oodhela". Rib-tickling jokes were enacted by ‘Jerry- Duje’ comedian duo Jerry Rasquinha and Joseph. Cute kids of ‘Desi Strikers’ gave a mesmerizing and funny dance performance to Babita’s song "Novro Mello Ghatagaar".
Walter Nandalike, founder of Mangalore-based website www.daijiword.com was honored with bouquets and mementos by the organizers for his continuous support to the event from its existence since 2008. Later Walter felicitated the judges Ivan Sequeira, Babita D’Sa and Adrian Gomes. Wilson Saldanha felicitated the musicians of the day Kiran Gonsalves (leader - Keyboard), Ronald Rodrigues (drums), Joy Fernandes (rhythm guitar), Kiran Sunny (bass guitar), Jackson D’Souza (lead guitar) and Prashantha Pais (violin).
Rita Rodrigues felicitated Steeven Misquith, Gladys Lorena, Joylene Gonsalves, Desi Strikers, Sonal D’Souza and Stanly Nunes for their contribution to the success of the programme.
Walter Nandalike spoke a few words on the event and it’s success in the Gulf.
Finally the suspense was broken with the announcement of the winners. Lavina D'Souza and Orson D'Souza were declared finalists after some anxious moments, and the announcement was welcomed with a huge round of applause and cheer from the audience. They were decorated with sashes and presented with flowers and trophies by organizer Lawrence Pinto, Louis Rodrigues and Walter Nandalike.
The packed, disciplined audience cheered for their favourite singers throughout the show, and thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the visiting artistes.
The sound, lighting, music arrangement and the hall arrangement were professionally done, and full marks to the organisers who put in tremendous efforts in hosting the show.
The finalists will now join their counterparts from other countries on October 19, 2012 at Doha - Qatar to contest for the coveted title of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' for male and female categories.
The final winners will each receive a cash prize of Rs 1 lac.
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