Kuwait: 'Mahanand Monis vo Soitan?” Charms Konkani Audience

Mahanand Monis vo Soitan?” charms Kuwait’s Konkani Audience

Media Release by Gapser Almieda

Kuwait, Jan 19: Francisco Gonsalves alias Franky meticulously enacting the role of the serial killer received admiration and applause from a capacity crowd at Kala Mogui Kuwait’s presentation of Tony Dias’ Konkani drama “Mahanand Monis vo Soitan?”. The audience were engrossed to the story which had Bushka, Jane, Jessica, Shruti in role of the victims, Jaju as Police Inspector and Manohar Bhingue as the Home Minister.

Filu Dias, Trindade, David D’Costa, Conny M, Filipe Almeida and Socorro de Santa Cruz playing their part to perfection and flawless clarity in unfolding the story with sound, scenes, and captivating performances to everyone’s delight. Equally the singers both within the visiting troupe as well as Kuwait-based singers entertained on varied latest subjects relating to the Goan community and two of the actors did dual roles with equal flair and modulation camouflaging themselves.

Comedians Janet Almeida, Aurelio and Ambe added to the funny bone with their timely interjection of humour delighting the crowd. H.E. Shri Ajai Malhotra, the Ambassador of India was the chief guest and prominent Goans and KMK well-wishers Albano Pinto, Gaspar Almeida, Fr. Lionel Braganza, principal of IEAS (Don Bosco) accompanied him on stage along with Fr. Teo Fernandes who welcomed the large gathering. The Ambassador, In his brief introductory speech congratulated the organizers and also greeted everyone on the occasion of Pongal - the colourful festival of India. Kala Mogui Kuwait felicitated Socorro de Santa Cruz, a prominent singer and actor who has contributed for nearly three decades on professional circuit; well known singer, writer-director-producer Rosary Ferns for his artistic talents on Konkani stage in Kuwait and Tony Dias for his mind-blowing innovative work specially grooming and encouraging young actors and talents. Mementos were also presented to the Carmelite priests, Fr. Melwyn D’Cunha and Fr. Teo Fernandes in appreciation of their services in Kuwait who will bid farewell soon. Speaking to this reporter, KMK President said “We thank all those who have contributed and coordinated to have this show in a short time’s notice”, watching fabulous Franky in the title role “Mahanand Monis vo Soitan?” he said we are human, must not become devil in our daily life. 

Jet Airways-sponsored KWI-GOI-KWI air ticket was won by Manuel Goes for a housie game whereas two lucky winners won Coolpex-sponsored products. Al-Yasra Food Co. served free snacks to the audience. KMK’s President Domingos Araujo and Event Co-ordinator Felix Fernandes (de Merces) together with their members & main sponsor: Kuwait Continental Hotel, co-sponsors: Jet Airways, Coolpex, Al-Yasra Food & Winners Restaurant, sponsors: Bombay Masala, Goa Textiles, Rock Music Center, Royal Plaza Catering Co., General Printers, Expressions-The Flower Shop & www.Weddingsetc.com contributions added extra dimension. Sincere thanks was voiced to Da’iya Fencing Club Management, visiting and local artistes, supporters: Agnelo Rebello, Benny Rebello, Benny Vaz, Nicholas Rodrigues, Thomas Fernandes, Anand D’Souza, Rorry Miranda, Joaquim Rodrigues, Lawrence Cardozo, Laurie Miranda and Manuel F.X. Fernandes, the press and news media, The Goan Forum www.colaco.net, Lino B.Dourado, William Fernandes, Gaspar Crasto, Agnelo Fernandes, Tony Coelho, Sunoj Nambiar, Dr.Jose Colaco, O’Heraldo, The Navhind Times, Gomantak Times, V-Ixtt & all Goan Internet Forums & Goan Magazines for the wide publicity given to all their events in Kuwait.

On Saturday, a farewell dinner to the Tony Dias’ complete troupe at the Kuwait Continental Hotel where they stayed before their onward journey to London to present two shows in Wembley & Swindon. In Doha-Qatar, the finale show will conclude the troupe’s tour according to latest information. Congratulations to KMK for successfully organizing the event and giving a head start marking the commencement of the cultural activities for 2010 for the Konkani loving people. “KMK continuously endeavour to strive to entertain and participate along with other Indian organizations. A number of events are presently in the final conceptual stages and more details will be announced through the press and internet media”, a spokesman for KMK mentions. “Sao Francis Xavier” a maiden Konkani audio CD album by Luis Vincente de Ribandar & Micky Fernandes was released at the hands of Fr. Teo Fernandes and KMK President Domingos Araujo in the presence of Producer Flavia Cardozo and Aurora Fernandes. The album consists of 12 songs and one bonus English number.

A live rendition of “Bhavart-Bhorvanso-Mog”-one of the CD’s Konkani song by Micky Fernandes gave the whistle start to the evening’s presentation. The stage setting by Thomas Fernandes(Lekinson Arts) & Santan Rodrigues, sound system by Anand D’Souza (Illumination), music by teenager Framton De Sa and Kuwait-based Shahu, KMK’s seasoned comperes Anjali & Sushil Amonkar and colourful graphic display on giant screen added to the success of the tiatr presentation. Rosary Ferns’ solo and the lively duet by Kuwait’s own mimicry king Edward Estibeiro depicting the mother and son craving for each other’s affection, and the songs by Comedian Philip Pereira, Bab Agnel and M.Luis were sung well and received thunderous encore.


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