Ancy D'Souza Paladka
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai
Mumbai, Sep 12: Vasai witnessed grand celebration of Monthi Fest on Sunday September 8. The procession started from Parvati Cross, Manickpur, Vasai along with the "Maria Bombina" statue. A special Monthi Fest Konkani Mass was held at St Gonsalo Garcia Church, Barampur at 10.30am
Vasai Konkani Welfare Association (VKWA) organised a fabulous cultural programme at YMCA Hall, Manickpur. Anchor Oliver D'Souza initiated the programme with an introduction. Vice-president Blanch Alvares welcomed the gathering.
Various songs, specially composed for the occasion gave a thrilling punch. Kenny was the star attraction of the event. The songs "Vasayant Konknni Mis Zai" and "Konkani Lungi Dance" both composed by Dr Vincent D'Mello received a great round of applause.
The programme started with a prayer dance "Bhagintlim Fulam Haddun" by Rachel D'Souza, Anisha Correa and Andria Saldanha. Fabulous dance performance given by Alita Fernandes, Lolita D'Souza, Clemencia Fernandes, Anisha Fernandes and Janice D'Souza. Josna Fernandes Choreographed the dances.
Kushal Group members Jerry Bondel, Monthu Bollur (Max), Henry Menezes and Lawrence D'Souza entertained the crowd with their songs and jokes.
A 52-member troupe of VKWA members also showcased various cultures of Konkani people, namely Vovyo, Vers, Roce, Kazar, Vhor, Dekhnni, Manddo, Dulpod, Baila etc.
Young budding singers Rony D'Souza, Wilson Kishore D'Sa, Reshma Menezes, Blanch Alvares, Clara Pinto, Viola D'Mello, Mable D'Souza, Jessy D'Souza, Mable D'Sa, Albert D'Costa, Gregory Monis entertained the crowd with their melodious voices. Most of the songs were composed by Dr Vincent D'Mello. Praveen Menezes arranged music for the songs.
President Ancy D'Souza Paladka gave the keynote address. In his speech he explained the significance of "Monthi Fest" and its origin, how it is different from "Mamma Mary's Birthday" celebrated by others, the effect of Tippu's captivity making it a feast of strong family bonds and remembering our ancestors, importance of Konkani prayers starting with "Santa Khursachi Khur" and ending all Konkani prayers with "Mogall Putra Sovem".
YMCA hall was jampacked with people who stayed till 3.30 pm. New Konkani CDs were distributed to the audience who anxiously watched all the programmes till the end without having meals.
Specially prepared potradde by association members was a very special dish during the Novem Jevonn. The advisor Jossy Menezes distributed gifts to the artists. The co-ordinator John D'Souza gave vote of thanks. President Ancy Paladka, secretary Reginald Santhmayar, treasurer Albert D'Costa and ex-president Stephen Fernandes were also present on the dais.