Mumbai: Singing-dancing missionary Dr Fr Charles Vas passes away at 77


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Mumbai, Nov 30: Well-known priest Dr Fr Charles Vas SVD passed away on TUesdasy November 30. Fr Charles was the director of Sangeet Abhinay Academy, a religious institution of song and dance in Mumbai.

Fr Charles Vas was known for his unique way of presenting God experience through song and dance.

Charles was born to devout parents Late Jacob and Late Seraphine Vas on February 12, 1944 in Omzoor parish in Mangalore diocese and grew up in an idyllic and silvanic environment. He has one brother who is a high court lawyer in Mumbai and three sisters and Fr Charles was fourth in the row. Two of his sisters are religious nuns. As a young boy Charles Vas took to music by instinct like a fish takes to water. He played side drums for the village music band, sang in the church choir and developed a penchant for music.

Generously responding to the divine call for religious and priestly life, he joined the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). While pursuing his priestly studies, he engaged himself in a systematic study of guitar and piano during his philosophical studies at the seminary. Soon after his studies of Philosophy, he commenced his formal training under the renowned maestro Ramakrishna Joshi, a disciple of Pandit Vishnu Digamber, a great exponent of Hindustani music.

Charles Vas was ordained a priest in the year 1976, after which he continued his studies and presented his doctoral thesis ‘East meets West’ to the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Miraj, which awarded him a doctorate in music in 1983.


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    Fri, Dec 03 2021

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  • Anthony Dias, UK

    Thu, Dec 02 2021

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Fr. Vas passing away. During my youth in St Theresas Bandra, I encountered him. He was a warm human being. May he rest in peace.

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  • Matilda Vaz, Mumbai/Omzoor

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved Family members of Fr. Charles Vas. May his soul rest in peace. We are truly sorry for your loss. God Bless: Matilda Vaz & extended Family.

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  • Michael Dsouza, Mumbai/Kuwait

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Fr. Charles may your soul rest in peace. Great and lovely person i know him from my childhood days. He was a priest in St. Theresa's parish in Bandra (west). Master of music in religious activities. God bless your soul to rest in peace. Thanks for your earthly service to our Catholic church. May heaven be your now and forever. Michael/Severine

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  • Ivy Lewis & Doris Fernandes, St.Theresa's Bandra/kallianpur,Udupi

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Have known him closely in the 70's&80's.He was a very talented & dynamic Priest.A great composer of Hindi Bhajans,Konkani & English hymns.We pray he rests in the eternal peace & Joy of the Lord.

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  • Paul Dsouza, mumbai

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Some time some news comes with dark clouds covered. Today legend fr. Charles VAZ not brought to stop his life here. Its our end to further listening his talents. Priest with mission never ends. As per gods words all continued. You are silently enjoying in kingdom of heaven. News is a painful. Came from soil & going back to. ..!!! No moon remain... No sun....or this earth. Your memories...your contribution...your efforts....your valuable time....your timely tours place to place....all that will remain in every ones life....everyone's heart... All that we offer every thing to your feet with great love ...respect & LOVE greatly. May his soul rest in peace. Enjoy dinner with JESUS FR. CHARLES VAZ. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Rosy Monis, Andheri East Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Very sad news! Great Loss ! We miss you fr. and your lovely voice! May your soul rest in Peace! From, Richi/Rosy & Hansia Andheri, Mumbai.

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  • juliana braggs, omzoor, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Very shocked to hear his untimely death. We have still in remembrance of invitation of his Ordination and the first holy mass he offered in Holy Family Church Omzoor. Though i was just in 8th std we were in church choir and were so happy to have him in our midst. That was the first mass we ever heard with Hindi music and dance during entrance of the mass, offertory and singing of Our father. Whole omzoor parish was delighted. Thank you father so much for you being a part of our parish. His parental house which is just on the foot of the church is decorated with all music instruments on the grills. he was so passionate about his house, he has kept it same untouched as was during his mom time. if anyone wants , .May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt sympathy to his family Stella teacher, Pius dattu and sister bai ..Lord called him too early to be in his Garden .He left back a lot in this world to be remembered for future generation.

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  • Joe Ashwin Correa, Udupi

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    The news of Fr. Charles's demise came as an absolute shock for me as I just returned home after listening to his ever best composition "Sodun Tuka Aylo Somia" meaning Lord here I come seeking thee. The Indian Catholic community is immensely blessed to have had a musical and spiritual pioneer in the form of Fr. Charles Vas. There is no liturgical celebration that goes untouched without the hymns and bhajans of Fr. Charles. Truly he was an icon and he has created his own niche in the Catholic community especially the liturgy. His compositions were very simple and were easy to be followed which speaks a lot of his in-depth knowledge of Music. He was the role model for most of the Konkani composers who I am sure will agree that he was the only one of his kind when it comes to Spiritual music. The best part of his work was including both western and Indian music formats which was a rare feat during the early '80s and '90s. The choice of voices, perfect harmonization, use of the apt instruments, especially the percussions talk about the magnitude of his skill set. The credit of collaborating Konkani hymns with Bollywood singers like Kavita Krishnamurthy, Bhupinder Singh, Krishna Kalle, etc. in those days was a unique initiative that was a successful stand-out. There was a time when the Liturgical celebrations were almost incomplete without including his compositions, be it Konkani or Hindi. His compositions were so rich and meaningful that they included hymns for all the occasions and Spiritual celebrations. His work was an inclusion all across the Church choirs of the Country and also abroad. He will be ever remembered for his great contributions to spirituality and also in enhancing the faith among the layman through songs and music. We are sure that he will be decorating and adding more beauty to the Heavenly choir of the Angels singing and praising the name of the Lord as he used to say always "I WILL SING, DANCE AND MAKE MUSIC TO THE LORD!" RIP Fr.Charles Vas!

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  • A.D.Mascarenhas, Mangaluru Vittal (mahakali Andheri E Mumbai)

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Friendly and kind in nature. A great loss to music and art world. Heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • CGS Taccode, Valencia, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Fr.Charles Vas is a legend of Konkani and Hindi devotional songs and bhajans. As a great composer of religious music, he dedicated his life to spread the Word of God through music, dance and singing. Kanara Konkani Catholic Community feels proud of Fr.Charles and remains indebted for his immortal liturgical hymns and bhajans. May his noble soul rest in eternal bliss.

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bejai / Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    We Thank God for the gift of Rev. Dr. Charles Vas to us. He was a True Missionary and Visionary who proclaimed God's Words differently. His directions for the various musical dramas were so brilliantly done. May his noble soul rest in peace we pray. May Fr. Vas enjoy eternal bliss with His creator. I am certain God will have a Singing Angel around His Supper Table in the form of Fr. Charles Vas. Rest in Peace dear Fr. Vas. We will miss you.

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  • Irene Sequeira, Omzoor/Derebail/USA

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    We thank God for the life of Fr. Charles Vas in our neighborhood, our Parish. He will be remembered forever through his hymns bhajans and music. May his Soul Rest In Peace. Heartfelt sympathies to his brother, sisters and family

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  • Vincent D'Souza, Dewas (Indore)

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    R.I.P. A great SVD Priest. His contribution to the religious development of Indore Diocese is immense

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Fr. Charles is star of Mangalore, Christians. I loved his MADHUR, GEET Bajans, as early as 1980. You will remain always in our hearts through your music. Rest in peace with the Lord.

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  • Rodrigues Bonson, Vasai

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    I saw Fr. Charles VAz in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh the very first time and then at Andheri east second time. I still love his devotional songs. May his soul rest in eternal peace of Heaven.

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  • Pratap Naik, SJ, Kundapura/ Miramar, Panaji, Goa

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Fr Charles Vas a born genius musician with originality and creativity. Yet, as far as I know him, a humble and soft spoken person with a serene smile. We Konknnis must feel proud that he as a member of our community has contributed much to religious music. He will continue to live especially through his Hindi and Konknni bhajans which are rich both in lyrics and melody. He was the recipient of Carvalho Ghørannem and Mandd Sobhann Kølakar Purøskar in 2008 at Kalaangann, Mangaluru. May our Heavenly Father in the presence of His Heavenly Court, welcome and embrace our beloved Fr Charles Vas in the accompaniment of divine music and choir.

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  • Pnto, Mglr

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Great soul. It is said Singing makes us pray twice. His bajans are so touchy simply made me sing along. He helped the world pray twice with his hymns, bajans. Now on Sing with Angels fr. Charls.

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  • CyntHia, Pune, india

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Very sorry to hear of his demise. I am sure he makes music in the Lord's Divine presence. His Madhur Geet lives on forever in our hearts

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  • Edelweiss Quadros, Kadri/Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    We will ever be grateful for his mentoring of our choir at St. Theresa's. Thanks to him we enjoyed listening to quality music both Indian and western during special occasions for almost 35 years. May he rest in peace and continue to sing glory to God in heaven!

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  • Stany (Ittu) & Josephine Dsouza, Kalina Mumbai & Mrs Benedicta (benny) Rebello, Andheri Mumbai, Mumbai Kalina, Mumbai Andheri.

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Deeply saddened about the demise of Fr Charles Vas. May his soul rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to Pius Vas & family . May God give you strength to bear the loss.

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  • Vijay D Souza / Stella Vas / Veena Vivin Vian, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    It’s a terrible day of my life. I lost my uncle, my mother lost her brother and my family lost a member, my son lost his teacher. It’s an unbearable pain and loss to my family. Fr. Charles life was dedicated to the lord through praising his glory in the form of singing and dance. He said and his slogan was I will sing and make music to the lord Fr. Charles will be remembered in every church and every mass through his Hymns & Bhajans. One fine day we will join you to sing your hymns to the heavenly father. May his soul rest in eternal peace

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  • Jerald Aranha, Shirva Udupi

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    May his soul rest in peace,May Perpetual light shine upon him Father you will be missed and your passion for music will always be remembered

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore - Denmark

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Very sad news and great loss for the church specially for SVD community. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Family. May his soul rest in Peace.

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  • Henry and Rita Lasrado, Omzoor/Germany

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Shocked to hear his untimely death.We have still in rememberence of invitation of his Ordination .May his soul rest in peace.Heartfelt sympathy to his family..Lord called him too early to be in his Garden.He left back a lot in this world to be remembered for future generation.

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  • Dexter Saldanha, Meramajal/Omzoor / Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Very great creative missionary is left to Eternal world. May the soul of Rev Fr Charles Rest In Peace. Heartfelt condolences to all family members of fr Charles and whole SVD Congregation of Maharastra province.

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  • Meena, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Sad to hear about the passing away of a dear friend. May his soul Rest In Peace

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Rest in Peace ...

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  • Thomas Crasta, Padu - Omzoor/Dubai

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May the departed soul of Fr. Charles Vas rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Vas Family.

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  • Fiona Athaide, Vasai

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    It's heartbreaking to hear this. Heartfelt condolences to the family. I have had wonderful memories working with him. Will cherish them forever. May his soul RIP🙏

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  • Roshan Moras, Madanthyar

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May his soul rest in eternal peace

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  • Maria D, Mumbai , Bandra

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    A big loss to all of us. We will surely miss Fr. Specially his beautiful soulful hymns and Fr Charles choirs

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  • Benjamin DSouza & fly, Puttur

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • FrPreetamVasuniya, Indore/ Jhabua

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    A legend of Hindi Liturgical Hymns has departed to join the heavenly choir to sing for his master for eternity. May he enjoy that heavenly presence of the Abba, for whom he had been longing for as he expressed it through his poetry and music. You will be always alive in the hearts of the Church in India. Bye bye Dear Father ji. pray for us that we meet you one day there and join with you in the heavenly choir.

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  • Wilson Pinto, Neerude /Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May his soul through the mercy of God Rest In Peace.

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  • Lorna D'silva, Andheri Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members .May his soul rest in peace

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  • Leo Rodrigues, Malad West Mumbai7

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    One of his trade mark Hindi devotional bhajan is very close to my heart ... दूर से चलके मैं आ गया तेरे द्वार पे I still hum it when I read the Holy Bible. The Lord blessed him with tremendous talents and will be pleased that he absorbed the gifts bestowed on him during his life on earth Let us thank God Almighty for giving Fr. Charles Vas as a gift for spreading the word of God through music. May the good Lord grant him eternal bliss in his kingdom.

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  • Desiree Pereira, Mumbai

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Fr. Charles, left us a rich legacy in starting SAA, thats something none of us who have been part of it, will ever forget, for the rest of our lives, Our hearts are forever bonded, and we thank Fr, for this amazing 'Prem Ragini' that he put together, a fusion of Western and indian music, where we performed Indian Ballet to. Sharing the story of creation to the Birth and Resurrection of Jesus .. What an honour and so satisfying to be part of this Academy, that he began.. RIP...

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  • Fr. Maxim, Thokkottu / Belgaum (Belagavi)

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May God grant eternal rest to your soul dear Rev. Fr. Dr. Charles Vaz.

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  • RONALD DSOUZA, Thane Karkala

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May his soul rest in peace and Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. Myself and my daughter Steffi were his students and had the good fortune to perform under his astute guidance and direction. Konkan Daiz Yatra was a feather in his cap with 200 artists performing and practising for 3 months was a huge hit. Many memorable moments spent together with Fr. Charles

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  • Joe Britto, Nakre/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    A great and unique Priest. A big loss to everyone

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  • Thomas Dsilva, Mangalore kulsekar/ Mumbai Andheri

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Grieved to know the sad demise of our beloved Fr. Charles Vaz. I was associated with him during my stay at khar and St. Theresa church bandra. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Vivian Pais, Arwa. Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Rest in Peace

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  • Peter John Rasquinha, Kadri /Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Heartfelt condolences to the Vas family members. May the departed soul of Fr Charles Vas, rest in peace.

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  • Evans and maria alex, Falnir mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Very sad news. Fr. Charles vas was bedides being a renowned muscian and composer was also a highly talented priest in prpogatig the devine word. I recollect his music and song he sang on the evening of my wedding years ago i heard he had suffered a stroke rently and was recovering. .may his soul rest in peace and eternal light shine on higo.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Sad to hear the news, May his soul rest in peace

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  • Myrtle, Udupi

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • felix, doha

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    RIP Fr. Charles Vaz, Your devotional Music will last forever

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  • Ronald Crasta, Niddodi

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Indeed he used his God given talents to give glory to God. Such a fine classical touch of music. May his soul RIP.

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  • LILLY lewis, Thane/Uppoor

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, india

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and perpetual light shine upon him. May he find his eternal rest which he deserves most with Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • mohan prabhum, mangalore/canada

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    A great inspiration. RIP Fr. Charles.

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  • Rudolph Pinto, Kirem Parish, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    I extend my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the family. We lost a very talented priest. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest and may his soul rest in peace.

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  • Modi Hannelore and Ramesh Modi, Germany

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Very sad to hear the sad news of his demise. We pray for his soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Alwyn Baretto, Aberdeen, Scotland

    Wed, Dec 01 2021

    Very sad news. Rev Fr Dr Charles Vas will remain in our hearts all the time especially when we hear his beautiful devotional Konkani and Hindi hymns. May his soul rest in peace.

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