Mangalore : World Level Konkani Cultural Festival on the Anvil

Jun 9, 2010

  • Mandd Sobhann celebrates Silver Jubilee in style

A 25 day grand fiesta awaits all Konkani enthusiasts as Mandd Sobhann, the world’s premier Konkani cultural organization is all set to celebrate stepping into the 25th year of its eventful existence in a befitting way.   Come November and Konkani aficionados will get soaked in the realm of a plethora of festivities doled out as part of the First World Konkani Cultural Convention to be held between November 25-December 19, 2010 at Kelaangann, Mangalore.  With this cultural extravaganza Mandd Sobhann is all set to create another record in its impressive list of achievements that also includes the Guinness Book of World Record created in 2008.

Mandd Sobhann has established a reputation of carrying out events with grandiosity that calls for meticulous planning, groundwork, proper execution and follow-up action.  The First World Konkani Cultural Convention (WKCC) has adequate ingredients to make into another momentous event and add another feather in the cap of the crowing glory of Mandd Sobhann’s impeccable track record.   It is going to be an epoch-making event and to put it briefly is in the long line of the firsts and the biggest of its kind of programmes in the continuous and unflinching efforts to keep the Konkani flag flying high atop the globe and to enhance Konkani ‘Swabhiman’. 

Activities Galore

Over 60 Konkani troupes from across the globe with over 1000 artistes belonging to various castes, creeds, dialects and regions will present a kaleidoscope of events that includes folk, theatre, musical and dance performances.  In addition to this the 25-day long cultural carnival also offers Konkani Film Festival, Konkani Food Festival, Konkani Youth Festival, Konkani Art Festival, Konkani Kavita Fest, Konkani Bazaar and competitions in Konkani games, costumes and cuisine, in a bid to make it a memorable event.  It is an effort in the long and demanding journey towards revitalizing and reviving Konkani art and culture.  The 2nd Global Konkani Music awards and 6th Carvalho Gharaanne Thomas Stephen Konkani Kendra Kalaakaar Puraskar will also be presented on this momentous occasion.

The organizers have plans to recognize and honour about 25 institutions/individuals from around the world that have enriched Konkani culture.  Seminars will also be held on various aspects of Konkani Culture, in order to provide the people a cultural bonanza hitherto unheard and unseen in Konkani culture. 

Speaking to daijiworld, Eric Ozario, Gurkar of Mandd Sobhann said “WKCC will focus only on culture, in order to forge unity among Konkani speaking people by celebrating our culture in all its variety from folk, theatre, music, dance and all that exhibits Konkani performing arts in all its magnificence and grandeur.    It is a celebration of Konkani culture in all its variety and all Konkanis irrespective of race, religion, caste and creed will represent in the event.  So it does not represent any particular community”. 

People’s participation is a must for the success of any event.  The organizers are therefore trying to spread the message of ‘celebrating unity in diversity’  in the true sense by inviting Konkani speaking people spread across the globe to participate in this gala event.  It can be in the form of participation  of folk, theatre, music or dance troupes, recognizing and honoring 25 institutions/individuals   from all over the world who have strived to keep Konkani culture alive in that particular region, inviting Konkani dignitaries to grace the occasion, participating in the form of sending recommendations for the various awards instituted on the occasion and finally participation by witnessing the fete and by contributing in whatever possible way towards meeting the expenses of organizing this event. 

Leaving an Imprint

Eric Ozario explains “The Guinness Book of World Records helped to fly the Konkani flag high and project Konkani at the world level.  In whatever we do we have tried to make it extraordinary so that it brings respect to the language and culture.  We have planned this mega event in the same earnestness and aspiration to make it a grand success by celebrating Konkani unity and diversity”.  True to its global stature the Chief Ministers of Goa and Maharashtra are expected to participate in the opening or the closing ceremony of the event.  Many Konkani luminaries are also expected to grace the occasion with their valuable presence. 

It is a big budget event with a budget estimate of about Rs 50 lakhs and the organizers are working hard to make it a grand success.  “We are here to project Konkani and we will start going round and meet people and institutions to elicit their support.  We are definitely looking for participation from outside India.  Otherwise there is no meaning in organizing a world-level cultural event”, Eric Ozario contends. 

A colourful grand inaugural ceremony will be held on Thursday November 25, 2010 with Konkani culture and tradition on display followed by an equally effulgent closing ceremony to give a grand finale to the landmark event. This is going to be a unique event in celebrating Konkani unity in all its diversity., the popular web portal, has agreed to be the global media partner for this gala event. 

The organizers have invited entries from troupes to participate in this historic event. Applications should reach the organizers with relevant details before 30th September, 2010. The organizers will arrange for their boarding and lodging, reimburse transport expenses and will provide moderate amount of remuneration.  

Entries are also invited to the 2nd Global Konkani Music Awards in 5 categories that includes best singer (male)  best singer (female), best song – music, best song – lyrics and best Album 2009.  Each award comprises cash prize of Rs. 25,000 and a trophy. 

Applications/nominations are also invited from institutions/individuals who have enriched Konkani culture with their untiring efforts.  25 organizations/individuals will be selected from among the nominations received taking into consideration their contributions to promote and conserve Konkani culture.  

Mandd Sobhann expects that Konkani speaking people spread across the globe partake in this historic event in large numbers.  Those who are interested can log on to the website for more details and application forms.  The last date to reach the applications is on or before September 30, 2010. 

Mandd Sobhann is 25

The event certainly befits the grand occasion of celebrating Mandd Sobhann stepping into the 25th year, with a remarkable list of achievements to its credit.  Having realized that Konkani was on the verge of extinction due to the onslaught of western culture following the era of globalization the need was felt to conserve our unique cultural identity.   This paved the way for the setting up of Mandd Sobhann (beautiful stage) in 1986 which was established with the cardinal objective of searching for Konkani identity in Konkani music with extra focus on Konkani folk. 

What began as an experiment in music soon spread its tentacles to 21 other experiments dealing with a plethora of aspects relating to Konkani culture.  In the process Mandd Sobhann grew into an organization of repute for its tireless work to revitalize and revive Konkani culture.   In the last 25 years it has carved out a niche as the world’s premier Konkani cultural organization doing yeoman’s service to spread the richness of Konkani all around.

Mandd Sobhann deserves rich kudos for its unparalleled achievements in its endeavor to make Konkani people proud of their heritage and culture.

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Comment on this article

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Fri, Oct 29 2010

    World Level Konkani Cultural Festival is a fine initiative. Best wishes to the organizers.

  • Edwin D'Souza, Ajgaon, Sindhudurg

    Tue, Sep 21 2010

    Dear Eric Baab, My family and I wish you all the best for the marvellous task you have accepted and taking to the sky height. No words to express my happiness. In the name of Konkanni you are trying to spread the peace among all types of people and doing God work of spreading good news. By seeing your work we have formed our Konkanni group name "Sindhukalazomo" and trying to do atleast something like you. We are grateful for inviting us to participate in this gigantic event. We are there on 18 Dec. with our drama 'Yes Madam'. We pray for all the success of this convention. We pray for all those are going to help in financially and whatever way they can. EDWIN

  • sankara, kerala

    Sat, Jul 10 2010

    What happened "Vaidya" caste of Konkani in Kerala.?

  • CGS, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2010

    The greatest world level Konkani Cultural Festival of the Century!  All the Best to the innovative and creative team of Mandd Sobhann!!

  • Arun D'Souza, Palimar / Riyadh

    Sun, Jun 13 2010

    Mandd Sobhann Mulyar KONKNECHEE TARAN... Bhesh Bab Eric, Anyek Moila Pathor... Tuka Aamchen Kalzachen Oomalen. Mogasaven Arunjessy.

  • vincent fernandea (mogachi lahran), cascia-dubai

    Sun, Jun 13 2010

    my best wishes to mr.haric and his team

  • Mathew Valder, Permude/Muscat

    Sat, Jun 12 2010

    Truly a very good news for Konkani speaking community.

    Good Luck to organizers.

  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Tx

    Fri, Jun 11 2010

    Visiting Mangalore frequently has many objectives attached, out of which witnessing the progress of our Konkany society is one of them. Mandd Sobhann has opened a window of pride for the enhancement of the performing arts in Mangalore. Shriman Eric Ozario and his lovely bride Joyce deserve lot of credit for their untiring efforts in promoting Konkany culture far and beyond the boundaries of Mangalore.

    We shall always remain indebted to Eric Ozaario and his team for their contribution towards our community and our society. If possible, we shall try to visit Mangalore during November/December to take part in the silver jubilee celebrations, as it is always a pleasure to visit Kalaangann auditorium and witness the Konkany performances in a majestic environment. We always cherish with pride our close association with Eric Ozario, late Wilfy Rebimbos and Melwyn Peres and their respective families because they have given so much for Konkany and so much for Mangalore community.

  • charles furtado, puttur d k

    Fri, Jun 11 2010

    hats off dear eric baab. this is a great news for all konkans. wish you all the best. may god bless you mandd sobhann

  • Machcha Milaar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    I was a supporter of MANDD SOBHANN in the beginning,(still continuing) when it was inaugurated with its first MANDD at Hotel Woodlands, Mangalore. I still remember the open air venue with green lawns and a small crowd of Konkani speaking people, but keenly interested in Konkani's welfare gathered there. It was the beginning and the time has passed and the Mandd Sobhann has completed 25 years of its existence and grown tall and its name and fame has reached worldwide. Mr. Eric alongwith his supporters have taken great pains in building this Konkani Organisation. I wish Mr. Eric and his team Mandd Sobhann all success during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. KONKANI BHAAS AND SANSKRITI LAAMB JIYOON.

  • Stanley R.D'Costa, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    I wish Mr.Eric and his team all the best in their future endeavour.

  • Lancy Pinto Nayak, Kulshekar / Kuwait

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    'ಮಾಂಡ್ ಸೊಭಾಣ್' ಮ್ಹಳ್ಯಾರ್ ಕಿತೆಂ?
    ಮ್ಹಣಾನಾಕಾ ಆಮಿಂ ನೆಣಾಂವ್.
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣೆಚ್ಯಾ ಊಂಚಾಯೆಕ್ ಎಕ್ ಧುವ್ರ್ ನೆಕೆತ್ರ್,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣೆಚ್ಯಾ ಭವಿಷ್ಯಾಚೆಂ ಊಂಚ್ಲೆಂ ಸಾಧನ್,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣೆಂಚ್ಯಾ 'ಮಟ್ಟ'ಚೊ ಎಕ್ ಆರ್ಸೊ,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣೆಚ್ಯಾ ವೈಭಾವಾಚೆಂ ಆಶಾ ಕಿರಣ್ ,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಕಲಾಕರಾಂಚೊ ಎಕ್ ಭರ್ವಾಸೊ,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಲೊಕಾಕ್ ಎಕ್ ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನ್ ಆನಿ ಗೌರವ್,
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಸಾಧನಾಚೊ ಫುಂಜೊ.
    ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿಂ ಚಾರಿತ್ರಾ ರಚ್ತೆಲ್ಯಾಂಚೆಂ ಎಕ್ ನಾಂವ್.

  • Elvin Miranda, murdeshwar/Honnavar

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    I am very happy about The First Konkani Cultural Convention. It is a agreat step to introducing Konkani Culture at world level.I wish good luck to Gurkar and entire team of mandd sobhann.I will pray for this event.

  • Anthoni Nazareth, Byndoor / Bangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    This of the historical and greatest step for our Maai Bhas, in bring this to the world map.  Congratulations to all who worked hard towards this great event and all the best!!!!
    God Bless this event and God Bless you all, God Bless our Maai Bhas Konkani.

  • Prakash Dammam , Mangalore Neermarga

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    Dear Gurkar! This is treuely a great event for the Konkani world and culture.I am sure the world level konkani cultural festival will be grand.Wishing you big success in the landmark event.

  • Alexander, taccode

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    I Wish good luck to the entire team for their hard work and taking new challenge to promoting kankani moge to round the world allthe best to each & every member.
    A.v.sequeira- Muscat ABC Toastmaster.

  • Clarence & Jane Ida Pinto , KAIKAMBA

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    It is indeed a great news for all Konkani speaking people arround the world. We all should extend our wholehearted support to Mandd Sobhann's Gurkar Eric Baab. All the very best to everyone at Mandd Sobhann...

  • Vally Vagga, Mysore

    Thu, Jun 10 2010

    'ಮಾಂಡ್ ಸೊಭಾಣ್' ಮ್ಹಳ್ಯಾರ್ ವ್ಹಡ್, ವ್ಹಡ್, ಸ್ವಪ್ಣಾಂ ಸ್ವಪ್ಣೆವ್ನ್, ವಿಂಚ್ನಾರ್ ಯೋಜನಾಂ ರೂಪಿತ್ ಕರುನ್, ತಿಂ ಯಶಸ್ವೆನ್ ಜ್ಯಾರಿ ಕರ್ತಾಂ, ಕರ್ತಾನಾ, ಕಲಾಂಗಣ್ ಉಬೆಂ ಕೆಲ್ಲೊ ಏಕ್ ಮಹಾನ್ ಕೊಂಕ್ಣಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೊ!
    ಅಸಲ್ಯಾ 'ಮಾಂಡ್ ಸೊಭಾಣಾ'ಚ್ಯಾ ರುಪ್ಯೋತ್ಸವಾಚ್ಯಾ ಭಾಗಿ ಕಾಳಾರ್, ಪಯ್ಲೊ ವಿಶ್ವ ಕೊಂಕಣಿ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ್ ಮಹಾ ಮೇಳ್ ಮಾನಾನ್ ಆನಿ ಘನಾನ್ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ್ ಜೈತೆವಂತ್ ಜಾಂವ್ದಿ ಮ್ಹಣ್ ಬರೆಂ ಮಾಗ್ತಾ,

    ವಲ್ಲಿ ವಗ್ಗ


    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    good luck and best wishes. Wish you and the team big success for the world level konkani cultural festival.

  • Alexander P Menezes, Karkala/Dubai

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    My best wishes to Eric and his team at Kalangan/Mandsoban. I would very much like to be a part of these activities this year and I will alter my vacation schedule to fit in to the Konkani Cultural Festival. Congratulations and All the best Mr. Ozerio in your endeavors.

  • vinod wilfred tauro, MADANTHYAR, DUBAI

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Congratulations Maand Sobhann and best wishes to for Vishwa Konkani Mahamell, one feather on Maand Sobhann cap...Cheers

  • Navin, Bangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Dear Uncle,
    Its fantastic to hear that "Mandd Sobhann" has / will be completing 25 years. I will make all out efforts to be there for a day or two to do some voluntary work and hope this will help. Just briefly, you were an MC at my marriage way back in 1993 and thanks heaps for your support on that day. Again good luck with everything, I cannot promise you I will be there but will make all out efforts. I will take your address / telephone number from your website. Good luck with everything. Just in case you need my email address is

  • P.B.Pinto, Permude-Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    ManddSobhann,s Gurkar Ericbab & his team always done a lot for our mothertongue KONKANI,now one more step a head to have world level Konkani Cutural Festival, like Konkani Niranthari this also will also create another record,our prayers and Good wishes to ManddSobhann and its all supporters.
    P.B.Pinto - Kuwait.

  • Sudhir Kodkani, Belgaum-Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Best Wishes !Mandd Sobhann Team lead by Eric bab ,Dev Borem Korum!World Konkani Unite!

  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    A great way to highlite the Konkani Culture around India and all over and it is the right time to make sure Konkani culture and language live and flourish. A well deserved event and participation of young and old is a must to celebrate and enjoy the event in a meaningful way.

  • Ivan.Saldanha, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Dear Eric Baab! This is treuely a great event for the Konkani world and culture.Let it not be restricted to only the regular awardees of Konkani. There are also those who are Konkani at heart and have the Konkani ethos in a strong way, though they may do so in other languages due to compulsions or necessity. This is the time to include the potential of such Konkani lovers and enhance the orbit of our great culture and widen it suitably.All good wishes to you and your team for now and the future!


    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Konkani Triveni Kalasangam's association with MANDD SOBHANN is deeprooted.We have allways manifested their cultural upbeats.We wish them best on the eve of their Silver Jubilee Cultural fest.

  • Victor Tauro Permude, Permude

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    This is wonderful news that Ericbab and Mandd Sobhan team going to put Konkan Kodial on the world Map.
    All the very best Ericbab and team.

    I do advise to all Konkans that we have responsibility to support Mandd Sobhan morally and financially. Let us celebrate by being a part of this great event.

  • Ancy Paladka, Vasai, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Kudos and best wishes to Mandd Sobhann and its entire team in your steps in enriching and preserving Konkani language and its culture

  • Tom D'souza, Niddodi/UK

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    This is a great news for the Konkani community. All the best for this event.
    Best wishes from
    Team UK Konkans

  • Jennifer, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Since this is a grand event, it would be welcoming to see wider netword of TV channels also having a segment of this event in their channels. Likes of Times Now, NDTV, E TV, Suvarna, Star News etc. Do give this a serious thought dear organizers. Mangalore is in the news far and wide for wrong reasons, let this be something creative and opening to the rest of India.

  • Leslie Kalpane, Kulshekar/Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Wonderful acheivement by Mandd Sobhann . The commitment , dedication and entertaining skills are mind blowing. I am sure the world level konkani cultralfestival will be grand success. Wish you all the best

  • Rudy D' Souza, Omzoor/Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Mandd Sobhann deserves rich kudos for its unparalledled achievements in its endeavor to make Konkanni people proud of their heritage and Culture. Thanks to Eric & his team for taking Konkanni atop. All the best.

  • concepta Fernandes Alva, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    I have had wonderful time with Mandd Sobhann for over a decade from 1991-2000. Dear Eric & Mandd Sobhann Team,Wishing you big success in the landmark event. Concepta

  • Mark Denis D'souza, Niddodi/Sharjah,U.A.E.

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Best wishes and good luck for World Lewel Konkani Cultural Festival on 25th years of active existence of KALANGANN,God bless on endures.
    Mark Denis D'souza

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