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Daiji Dubai 17 : Melvyn Rodrigues conferred award; music, drama charm audience


Pics: Deepak Paladka
Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai

Dubai, Apr 10 : The 17th anniversary celebration of Daiji Dubai, a forum of Konkani writers in the UAE, held at the Emirates Theatre on Friday Aprl 8 evening, was a grand affair that saw a host of wholesome entertainment, tributes and an award presentation ceremony.

Melvyn Rodrigues, one of the finest ever poets in Konkani language was bestowed the Daiji Dubai annual Literary Award with a cash prize of Rs 75,000. A rich musical tribute was paid to MickMax, the unforgettable name in the Konkani music world, on account of his 10th death anniversary, and as a prime attraction, 'Porath Ek Pavtim', a short play written and directed by Eddie Sequeira, and in which he also played a part, was staged in front of a capacity audience.

The event started with paying a floral tribute to MickMax and lighting of candles by Daiji Dubai founding members Dayan D'Souza, Stany Nirude, Walter Nandalike along with current main coordinator of Daiji Dubai Robert Fernandes, director of Daijiworld Television Nelson Rodrigues, and brother of MickMax Edwin D'Souza. A documentary prepared by MickMax's daughter Karishma was also displayed as a mark of respect to MickMax.

Godwin D'Souza then took charge of the musical tribute as compere. An enchanting evening followed as popular songs picked from MickMax's three musical albums were rendered by talented UAE-based singers Preema D'Souza, Joshal D'Souza, Robin Sequeira and Rony Byndoor, taking the audience down memory lane. Arun Carol directed the music.















































































































The highlight of the event was the award presentation to Melvyn Rodrigues. A detailed list of Melvyn's achievements was presented on screen. His journey through personal, professional and literary life was explained with video and pictorial presentation. Melvyn along with his wife Averyl was welcomed to the stage amidst the beating of traditional drums. Dr Sadashiv Bangera of Thumbay Hospital, Ronald Pinto of Hyssna International, and Walter Nandalike, founder of Daijiworld were the guests. Robert Fernandes welcomed the gathering while Stany Bela read out the citation. The award was presented to Melvyn by Ronald Pinto, while Dr Bangera presented the cheque.

Acknowledging the honour, Melvyn Rodrigues thanked Daiji Dubai, and expressed his extreme happiness on receiving the award. "Daij Dubai is like my own family, it's nice to get recgonition from within the family itself. Daiji Dubai is not mere an organisation, it is a movement. It has done revolution in Konkani language, culture and literature." he said.

'Ugtehm Mon', a collection of essays written by Melvyn Rodrigues was also released on the occasion. The book, published by Daiji Prakashan, was released by Dayan D'Souza, in the presence of Kavita Trust well-wishers Nelson Rodrigues and James Mendonca.

'Haav Tanelam', a devotional CD produced by Daiji Dubai member Glany Fernandes, in association with Benny Teacher was released by Walter Nandalike during the event.

Also, 'Daiji Trust', registered in Mangaluru for the future and betterment of Daiji Dubai was also inaugurated by main coordinator Robert Fernandes.

The event sponsors were felicated by Dayan D'Souza and Stany Nirude.

 Hyssna Miss Daijiworld 2016 winner Jessica Fernandes was a special invitee to the function. She was offered a bouquet by Hyssna International MD Ronald Pinto.

The promo of new Konkani movie 'Ek Aslyar Ek Na' was played, and its producer Frank Fernandes was felicitated.

Rony Byndoor compered the stage programme with elan.

As a prime entertainment treat, 'Parat Ek Pavtim' play was presented by guest artistes from India. Writer and director of the play Eddie Sequeira also played the part of St Peter. Ace artistes Denis Montiero and Asumptha Pais played the lead roles. The 90-minute play captivated the audience as they watched with rapt attention and appreciated it wholeheartedly. Royston Pinto provided music for the play.


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  • V.Valder, Bondel/ AlAin U.A.E.

    Mon, Apr 11 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS Mr.Melvyn A well deserved All the very best.

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  • Arun Jessy, Palimar / Riyadh

    Mon, Apr 11 2016

    Congratulations Bab Melvyn, Nice to hear, Well deserved - All The Best.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitr, UDUPI/ NEW YORK, USA.

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    My heartiest congratulation to Melvyn. You rightly deserved the award. Also, I must convey my best wishes to all the artists and others who took part in this drama. Kudos to Daiji Dubai 17. Thanks to Deepak Paladka for the fabulous picture coverage of this mind blowing event.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALURU

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS MELWIN FOR THE AWARD WHICH YOU FULLY DESERVE. WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.

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  • Judith Pereira, Pangla / Bangalore

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Congratulations Melvyn. A well deserved award. All the very best.

    Judith Pereira

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  • Renny Lobo (nee Rodrigues), Gurpur Kaikamba/ Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Congratulations Melvyn, a very well deserved award conferred.
    Almost completed reading the essays or short stories from 'Ugthem Mon' are outstanding some were so touching where I wept and at times made me to laugh. You have expressed your views and opinions on certain subjects which are very true. Your command over Konkani language is too good. All the best Melvy.

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  • george menezes, Farangipet/dubai

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Very nice drama, great direction Eddiyab all team members acting, Till the end konkan lovers enjoyed drama.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Porath Ek Pavtim - A masterpiece from Eddie Sequeira.

    It is our Dubaiwalas privilege and good luck that we get to see such high quality dramas. Some time back it was Bhangar Monis, Kalakul's Bomma, Melya Upranth, Chintnan Sobdan and then Vishenthiche baav and so many other top
    rated acts like Ami Nathallya .... I will have to re-phrase Melwyn Baab's observation - when this land has given us opportunity to relish such great plays in our mother tongue here how can we say we are not in Mangalore ? I am bit confused. A big salaam to people working behind the scenes.

    Denis Monteiro's acting - par excellence fully complemented by Eddyab's and Asumptha Pais' superb theatrical skills and the apt (and I mean it) background score all took us to entirely different planet. Oh no, its not Mars, not Venus (we have been there many a time). Its somewhere out of this Solar System. It takes a dedicated regime of practice sessions and an intrinsic memory power to perform that way. And no one to beat these 3 artistes in this area. Some of the scenes were indeed surrealistically sublime.

    And then there was the pleasant dose of those nostalic compositions from MM which even today we yearn to hear and watch - live on stage that is.

    Next Friday I am heading to St. Mary's grounds. Don't ask me why. I'm asking why you don't ?

    Till then ...Daiji Dubai ki Jai !

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  • Jane Aranha, mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Congratulations to Melvyn

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  • Ronald Olivera, Padukone

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Congratulations Melwie on a well deserved award. continue your march...Wish you all the very best and only the best.

    Ronald Olivera & fly, Padukone

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  • paul dsouza, balakunje

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    LIFE IS BUILT ON HOPES & ASPIRATIONS. TO ME MELVYN IS ALWAYS IN THE LOOK OF INSPIRATION. SINCERE, HUMBLE, SOFT, SIMPLE, WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATIONS. HE DOES HIS JOB. VERY Rare TO FIND SUCH PERSONALITY. GREAT THINKER & SOME TIME I WONDER SUCH A JEWEL BORN IN OUR BACKWARD COMMUNITY/SOCIETY. THAT`S IT MAKE ME TO FEEL PROUD ON HIM ALWAYS. THAT`S WHAT HE IS. HE IS BISHMA IN OUR SOCIETY. IT IS OUR MISTAKE... WE NEVER THOUGHT OF HONOUR DOCTORATE TO HIS GURU... LATE MR.CHAPRA. GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IS USUALLY BORN OF GREAT SACRIFICES. SOME TIME BACK I TOO HAD GOOD TIMES & LIFE. BUT, TODAY SOME ONE ELSE IS DECIDING ON MY LIFE. SO FUNNY. I DONT GIVE UP WHEN IT COMES TO CHALLENGES. THAT`S MY WEAKNESS BUT OUR USELESS SOCIETY NAMED ME WITH MANY DEGREES....WAAW...! WHAT A GREAT SOCIETY....(?)...? WHAT A PEOPLE....? TRUTH IS ALWAYS BITTER & STRAIGHT TREES ARE CUT FIRST. ENOUGH I THINK. LIFE IS A CONTINUES FLOW OF EXPERIENCES. GOOD LUCK MELVYN BAB. LIVE TODAY...TOMORROW WE DONT KNOW. CONGRATULATIONS....!!!

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Apr 10 2016

    Congratulations Melvyn. Your work is outstanding!
    The drama was too good. Two actors and one actress captivated audience. Unique concept filled with trill and humor made the evening worthy.

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