Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai
Mumbai, Nov 15: Fans of late Jerome D Souza and discerning Konkani music buffs will get an opportunity to sway to the tunes of the legendary Konkani singer and composer as the family of the late singer has decided to organize a concert to pay tribute to him on November 21st and 22nd 2010, which will be held at St Joseph Church Grounds, Mira Road, in Mumbai. The family also has plans to have a similar concert programme in Mangalore soon, as it happens to be his birthplace. His children Ryan, Reena and Ritesh have come out with this idea of organizing this concert in memory of their legendary father. As expected, the tribute programme is going to feature some of his chartbuster compositions that have left an indelible mark in the field of Konkani music. The tribute programme will be resonant with such enduring Konkani numbers of Jerome namely “Shegunachi Sun”, “Nach Moga Nach ”, “So fhutinso gundu gao” “Anjaa Sarken”, “Gundailo”, Chinchapokli and many more.
Apart from the evergreen popular numbers of late Jerome, the concert will also feature some of his unreleased tracks, which are sure to strike a chord among all Jerome fans spread across Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai, apart from Konkani music lovers spread across the globe, but who have retained their affinity towards their mother tongue.
In their efforts to make this concert the biggest ever Konkani production of this time, his children have been making all out efforts to organize this programme in a befitting way. The concert will also feature top singers of Bollywood, musicians and dancers to make it a memorable event with a dose of Bollywood touch and glamour with state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.
The concert will also serve as a platform for releasing late Jerome D Souza’s album comprising 12 of his best compositions and renditions. A souvenir is also planned to be brought out during this programme.
Jerome, whose contribution to popularizing Konkani music is second to none, was born in Cascia paris in Mangalore in 1933 and blossomed as a singer in Mumbai. Jerome did his early schooling at St. Aloysius, Mangalore, where he showed a keen interest in music and it is here he gave went to his appetite to study western music. At a time when Konkani music was at its nadir trying survive by merely by copying western or popular Hindi tunes dubbed to Konkani lyrics, it was Jerome who revitalized the Konkani music by his flair and originality in music. Credit goes to him for being the original composer and singer in the history of Konkani music by giving a new dimension to the then existing scenario.
With his dramatic phrasing, popular tunes and a rendering style of his own, he succeeded in giving a distinct identity to Konkani music.
His contribution to Konkani music is legendary in it sown way as Konkan Kogul late Wilfy Rebimbus had publicly stated that it was Jerome who inspired him to compose Konkani music. As a composer, singer par excellence, Jerome had won the hearts of all Konkani lovers, wherever he went and the forthcoming concerts in Mumbai and Mangalore are sure to recreate the magic of Jerome once again through his memorable songs.
The family of Jerome has established “SHRI JEROME D SOUZA MUSIC FOUNDATION’, a trust formed to promote the growth of Konkani music and art, as Konkani language and culture has witnessed steady downslide in the recent past. The family is seeking the support of fans and well wishers of Jerome in the form of sponsorship or advertising in the souvenir in making this concert a grand success.
Daijiworld.com is the media partner for the event.
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