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Kuwait: UMK raises over Rs 35 lac for charity at 'Fun-filled Evening'

Wilson Saldanha
Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait

Kuwait, Nov 11: 'United Mangloreans Kuwait (UMK),' a group of talented artistes under the leadership of Agnel Saldanha with the motto 'Our talent - Help for the unprivileged' organized its most awaited charity show ‘Fun-filled Evening 2017’ on Friday, November 10, at American International School.

The show, began at 4:30 pm, comprised melodious songs, foot tapping dances and a Konkani social comedy drama ‘Mit Mirsang’ written and directed by Ronald D'Souza Mulky in aid of Mount Rosary Charitable Institutions, Alangar-Moodbidri, Shelter for destitute, sick, aged and dying) and Vimukti (Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra Belthangady, a rehabilitation and training center for the mentally challenged children).

In the past six shows, UMK has contributed around Rs 1.06 crore to Shena Sadan HIV AIDS center - Mangaluru, Navachetana Special School - Venur, White Doves – Mangaluru, Little Sisters of Poor - Mangaluru, Manasa Rehabilitation Center – Pamboor, Udupi district, De Mercede Orphanage – Deralakatte, Mangaluru and of St Joseph Prashanth Nivas Ashram, Jeppu, Mangaluru.

The programme began with anchors of the day Santhosh D’Souza and Sharal Barboza formally welcoming the audience. Gurkar Agnel Saldanha and all members of UMK proceeded to the stage. After the prayer song by UMK members with music with Joe D'Souza), solo song was performed by Joella Pereira. Foot tapping dances were performed by Salmiya Friends (Kids and Adults) and Ahmadi Group Dance. Audience were entertained with Konkani group song ‘Amchi Bhaas Konkani’ for which music was provided by Ethan Fernandes (Electric Guitar), Joshwa D’Souza (Keyboard), Sean Fernandes (Drums), Sanya Fernandes (Rhythem Guitar) and Raphael D'Souza (Bass Guitar).

Fr Noel D'Almeida along with sponsors Mahmoud Abdullah, Rita Al Asmar, Francis D'Souza, Joe Pereira, Vally D'Sa, Leo Pinto and UMK Gurkar Agnel Saldanha were welcomed to the stage for lighting of the traditional lamp. Gurkar of UMK, Agnel Saldanha welcomed the audience and explained the achievements of UMK through the Kuwait public towards good deeds. Agnel Saldanha informed that after deducting all the expenses they can manage to give over Rs 35,16,250 to Mount Rosary Charitable Institutions and Vimukti. The total charity raised by UMK crossed Rs 1.4 crore rupees in seven shows which is a milestone.

The sponsors of the event were felicitated with mementoes and flower bouquets. The contributors of the programme like the director of the drama, music director, choreographers along with the various media persons were also felicitated with flower bouquets. Chief guest Fr Noel D'Almeida and Mahmoud Abdullah spoke few words appreciating the efforts of UMK towards a good cause. Fr Noel D'Almeida asked the audience to contribute their talents to such events. Starting with a quote from Mother Teresa, Mahmoud Abdullah appreciated UMK's efforts and mentioned that he has helped with a sponsorship without considering religion or nationality by only considering the cause. He also wished to join the next event of UMK which was applauded by huge response from the crowd.

After introduction of Vimukti and Mount Rosary Charitable Institutions, a documentary video prepared by Glen Wilson Fernandes, Joe D'Souza and Shannu D'Souza was presented on the same.

After the introduction by Joel Pinto and Andrea Pinto, the much awaited drama ‘Mit Mirsang’ started with a big bang as expected. The team succeeded in tickling the ribs of the audience and bringing out the emotions to its maximum. The artists Aaral Noronha - Moodubelle, Aldrin Pais - Derebail, Allan Vaz -Hirgan, Anil D'Mello - Niddodi, Anil Menezes - Shirva, Hilda Cornelio - Shankarapura, Jackson D'Sa - Gurpur, Lavina D'Souza - Kirem, Mary Cutinho - Derebail, Rajesh Cardoza, - Paladka, Rajesh Fernandes - Udyavara, Remy Cornelio - Shankarapura, Renny Menezes - Shirva, Satish Saldanha - Kateel, Shannu D'Souza - Miyar, Shawn Pereira - Miyar, Vinny D’Costa - Mulki, Vrinda Lewis- Udyavara, and Joseph D'Souza - Navunda gave their maximum to fill the life in the characters of drama. The story starts with the rivalry of two neighboring hotels and continues with their kids’ love affair. Rajesh- Renny duo has done tremendous job at comedy part of the drama where as all the artists done exceptional justice to their roles.

The drama concept, story, dialogues, stage setting and direction were handled by Ronald D'Souza, Mulki. Script was edited by Roque Lewis. Background scores/music was provided by Suneeth Noronha-Katapady and Purandar Manchi and choreography by Gita Poojari and Vrinda Lewis. Stage setting was done by Levnis Suares, Anand Pais, Bhavith Kumar, Ronson Saldanha and Tarseem Singh. Make- up was done by Ajay Gosh, Jacintha Gretta, Diona D'silva and Lidwin Bothello. Lights and sounds were provided by Waves Events Engineering (Anand D'Souza). The programme was well compered by Santhosh Dsouza, Sharal Barboza, Joel Pinto and Andrea Pinto. Flawia Lobo rendered the vote of thanks.

Due to the oil price drop and present situations of Gulf, many associations and individuals stopped or reduced their activities due to lack of sponsors and funds. It was highly appreciable that some individuals gathering together to help for a good cause with mind blowing programmes to the entire satisfaction of the audience. Writer, director Ronald D'Souza did a tremendous job by directing the drama professionally and presenting it with highest standards using local amateur artists which should be recognized and highly appreciated. UMK has become a brand for charity and a house hold name among Indians in Kuwait due to their hard work and contribution towards needy people back home.


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  • sns, udupi

    Mon, Nov 13 2017

    Congratulation Mr. Agnel Saldana and your UMK team all your hard work great job keep going on long live UMK

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  • Julian /Jacintha & Winston, Kuwait, Kuwait

    Sun, Nov 12 2017

    Good luck United Mangaloreans Kuwait. It was a commendable mission. The solo dance and singing by Joella Periera was outstanding, Group children dance, and programme arrangements were exemplary. The Konkani drama was depicting the present scenario in the families. It was having comedy, love, romance, anger, appeasement, good honest message to the society. Good luck UMK.

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  • Avil Fernandes, Nakre/Kuwait

    Sun, Nov 12 2017

    Congratulations UMK... Great work.

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  • Anitha dsouza, Attur/miyar

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Congratulations UMK ....May God bless you all and your hard work ....Proud to hear about UMK....Long Live UMK family and Gurkar

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