May 27, 2008
The Mangalore Cultural Association of Doha, Qatar is proud to organize the 245th Wilfy Nite. The mega - musical event of the year will be held on 30th May 2008 at the Doha Cinema hall at 5.30 pm.
After a long gap of 7 years, the renowned legend of the Konkani community…the Konkan Kogul (The “Nightingale” of the Konkan region) is all set to perform his 7th Konkani Musical Nite in Doha with his celebrity wife Meena and his famous troupe . They have already arrived in Doha to give us all a rapturous evening and evoke the musical spirit of yesteryears with new heart throbbing renditions.
A Warm welcome to Wilfy & troupe in Doha
Wilfy Rebimbus has performed in India, the Gulf countries and Canada. He has composed more than 3000 songs which in reality should find him a prominent place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has released 39 volumes of his Konkani songs with each volume becoming a super-hit by itself. Besides, he has also composed and sung for Konkani movies like Mog Ani Maipas (Love and Affection) , Padri (The Priest) and Tisri Cheet ( Third Wedding Band)
He is a born poet, musician, singer and playwright and what many of us may be unaware of…. a great social worker who has helped many economically weaker members of the community. Wilfy is a multifaceted personality, but maintains a low profile. A very simple, humble and down to earth personality , with success never carrying him away. His ever friendly golden smile reflects his true golden heart.
I know of an elderly lady from a well known family whose children proclaimed that she felt at peace and free of all pain while listening to Wilfy’s songs by her bedside during her final days. Such was the impact of Wilfy’s music on the entire Konkany community.
If Wilfy’s voice could have a healing effect on the sick, it is but right to address him as Dr.Wilfy Rebimbus !
Wilfy poured out his feelings when I posed him a few questions.
CGS: After a gap of 7 years, you have come to Qatar to perform your 7th Wilfy nite musical show. How do you feel?
Wilfy: There are two reasons to be happy about . First, I am really thrilled to come to Qatar after 7 years. Secondly , I am excited to see my children and grand children over here.
CGS: At present the young generation is after Western music. Do you think there is any future for Konkani Music?.
Wilfy: Western music enthralls today’s young generation with latest sound and technology. Youngsters love western music because of its rhythm and beats. For peace and tranquility of mind they know that their cultural music is the best. It is a happy scenario to see that many youngsters take up Konkani music. Hence there is absolutely no panic whatsoever about the future of Konkani music.
CGS: Recently you have accommodated new faces and new voices in your troupe, what difference do you find between the previous singers and the new additions ?
Wilfy: In those days we had to train the singers. After a training of many years they were able to perform on stage. The present generation is truly lucky, as they get an all- round training in music at a young age. So they do not need much training. But the youngsters have no patience. They look for instant success.
CGS: Some music lovers say that your latest compositions are not up to the mark, as compared to the old ones. Any comments?
Wilfy: Taste of the music lover changes from time to time. I have been composing songs for the last 48 years. About 20 years ago, people would say that the songs I composed 15 years prior to that were wonderful!
CGS: How do you compose a song? Does music come first or lyrics ?
Wilfy: I compose songs in both the forms. It is easier to compose music for the lyrics written by others. It is quite natural to write lyrics on a particular subject and compose music. Usually I use this method.
CGS: Like your old hit ‘Philomena’ why don’t you compose a song on ‘Meena ’?
Wilfy: I had composed a few songs on ‘Meena’ before our marriage and I serenaded her with them. There was no need for it after the marriage!.
CGS: So far you have performed 244 ‘Wilfy Nite’ stage shows and created history. How long would you continue this trend?.
Wilfy: When I completed the 200th Wilfy Nite, Meena and I decided to call it a day. Now we are going to perform the 245th musical show . Many of our well wishers say that we should stop at 250th show. We feel
the same too.
CGS: Your breath is music and music is your breath. This has been your philosophy. Are you confident your family would continue this tradition?
Wilfy: The first 20 years of my life was a life of sad music. In the beginning I used to receive only bouquets, shawls and an applause and retire to bed hungry. We had our hard times. But in 1979 when I started bringing out audio cassettes of my songs, our economic conditions started to improve. Konkani people have extended their support whole heartedly. Thank God, now we are better off. I have no objection if my children carry on this tradition, but they should not take up music for their livelihood. With their respective professions, they can carry on with Konkani music.