Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Silence is very loud indeed!



Silence is very loud indeed!

The way Christians are being tormented, humiliated and
harassed all over India makes one doubt the assurances
given in the Constitution. Incidents like these had
never happened in the past 52 years of independence,
in such an organised manner.

Persecution is not new to Christianity and the
Christians have well been motivated by their master to
maintain their integrity amidst adversity. Posterity
and international community will judge the working of
democracy in India by the way the minorities are being
treated here.

Every religion preaches the message of love and anyone
who is truly religious will not stoop to such cowardly
criminal attacks. It is high time the Centre acted
positively and created a sense of security amongst the
Christians. We, as a nation, should rise to the
occasion and condemn such acts of violence no matter
against whom they are committed.

It is not known why in a country which boasts of
tolerance,such acts of terrorism are unleashed. Except
pious statements issued from time to time both by the
State and Central Governments nothing concrete has
been done.

Several temples are being built in the U.S. and other
parts of the world because Hinduism has much to offer.
The people of the West are not feeling threatened or
getting upset by the Hindu culture spreading with
force. It is sad that Hinduism and India are now being
discredited in the world by the unchecked hate
campaign in India.

Almost no conversion from the dalits and the tribals
to Christianity could have happened if only these
Hindutva's negative elements had turned their
attention to the still prevalent denial of human
rights to these sections and had done something to
give them some dignity.

We feel sad that the leaders of the government,
religious leaders (of all faiths) and respected Hindu
citizens in India and abroad are not calling upon the
forces behind, which are also maligning the name of
Mahatma Gandhiji, to disist from their hate campaign.
Their silence is very loud indeed.


Gaspar Almeida & Ulysses Menezes
Goa-World Team
http://www.goa-world.com/

(Year 2000)

------------
Your comments are very timely. The present Indian
Government due to its connections with the Sang
Parivar will do nothing and hope things will
go away and people will forget. The proposed changes
to the Christian marriage act, without consulting
Christians is an example of their animosity
against Christians and religons which they have
defined as non-indigenous.
While India advances tecnologically socially it will
remain under developed.
Indian Christians all over the world should start a
campaign of protest to their respective embassies and
bring these incidents to the attention of the
political leaders in their countries.

L J SALDANHA

>From: Gaspar Almeida
>Subject: [gulf-goans] Silence is very loud indeed!

KONKANI CD "CLASSIC GOA - HITS OF THE MILLENIUM"


KONKANI CD "CLASSIC GOA": HITS OF THE MILLENIUM"
- A Konkani Album of Love Songs, now available
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This CD has been produced in Canada,but was recorded
in Goa and in Bombay.

Goa's topmost Konkani superstar, LORNA delivers four
(4) powerful songs in her still unchanged unique
voice in "Sweet Fantasy","Yo Moga Mhojea", "Mogacho
Divo" and "Silver Jubilee".

YOUNG CHICO's brilliant song " Mandovichem Udok "
together with "Roddum Naka", "Pavoi Sorgar" and
"Budhichim Utram" make him the great singer that he
is today, in Goa.

ANTHONY SAN's duets "Asha ani Gopi"with sweet-voiced
SUMEETA and "Cazar Zat'Re" with an uniquely typical
Goan comedienne-singer P L A T I L D A and his solo
"Goa Tuka Noman" easily make him one of the few best
singers of Goa. And the group song, dulpod in Hindi
"Goa Ke Raste Pe" brings out nice Hindi - Konkani
flavour to the album.

Lorna's "Mogacho Divo" takes you with its intriguing
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Goa-World Team

Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) in Kuwait



THE INDIAN FOOTBALL REFEREES ASSOCIATION -KUWAIT
P.O.BOX 341, 15454 DASMAN-KUWAIT
TEL: 2455777-2404914 FAX: 2455779-4316956

http://www.goa-world.net/sports/

This association was formed on December 5, 1980, by a group of Seven-7
expatriate Indians, qualified as referee and the members of Bombay and
Goa Referees' Associations, later called as, the Founder Members, with
the blessings of The Kuwait Football Association. The Association was
then headed by (late) Mr. Jerome Pascoal D'Mello, (popularly known in
India and Kuwait as J.P). Ex-FIFA Referee and Member of Asian Football
Confederation Referees Committee and Ex-Hon. Secretary and member of
Bombay Referees' Association, as President, until his departure to India
in 1986. Mr. D'Mello, who lived in Andheri East, Bombay, left for his
heavenly abode in 1994.

He was succeeded by Vice-President, Mr. Dominic Monserrate, a member of
Goa Football Referees' Association, for a brief period as President in
1987.

Mr. Apolinaris Ejechial D'souza, a member of Bombay Referees'
Association since 1964, and the Founder Hon. Secretary from 1980 to
1986, a Member of the Board of Examiners from its inception, took over
the reigns of the Association, as President and Chairman of the Board
of Examiners in March 1988. The association Trains and Recruits new
Referees, as its members, who provide services for the supervision of
Football matches for both Indian and other Expatriate Tournament
Organizers since 1980.

The association which provided its services form 1980 to various
Tournament Organizers prior to the formation of The Kuwait Indian
Football Federation (K.I.F.F.) in 1984, which now controls all
Expatriates Indians Football activities at the Al-Sour Ground at
Kuwait City, also provides its services to KIFF to supervise its
Four (4) Regular, Five(5) 7-A-Side and Oner 9-A-Side Non-Regular
Tournaments and the J.P. Memorial Rolling Trophy -KIFF League. Every
to others since 1998, such as, the tournaments organized by the United
Malayalee Organization, (a group of 13 Indian Malayalee Associations in
Kuwait), Biman Bangladesh Tournament-Organized by Biman Bangladesh
Airlines-Kuwait and Expatriate League-Organized by Expatriate
European/Arabs in Kuwait.

Despite opposition from some political mined members of KIFF the
association, under the able leadership and expert guidance of
Mr. D'souza, since 1988, the strength of the Association gradually has
increased, which is now raised to Thirty-30 members of whom Nineteen-19
are Active Referees. The Examination Sub-Committee, consisting of Mr.
D'souza, Chairman, with Members, Mr. Diego Rebello Vice President and
Mr. Peter Monteiro Hon. Secretary, regularly conducts two(2) Refreshers
and Coaching classes yearly for the benefit of the members and new
recruits. The association aims at recruiting and training a good number
of players to qualify as referees, which is supported by many players
attending the said course for qualification. the Examination
sub-Committee
conducts its Annual Examinations for its members, during the month of
August
each year.

I.F.R.A. is the only Recognized and Registered Expatriate Qualified
Football Referees' body in Kuwait, being Registered with the Indian
Embassy in Kuwait. The Football Association and The Referees'
Association - U.K., who provide/supply with the "Laws of the
Game"/Refrees Charts and other necessary referees' accessories.
The Bombay Referees' Association, provides the association members with
the "Soccer Magazine" and other relevant information of latest changes
of the Laws of the Game, etc. The Certificates issued by IFRA to its
members are recognized in India, by all State Referees' Associations.

- Gaspar Almeida

Monday, December 17, 2007

MARCUS VAZ



MARCUS VAZ

Marcus Vaz is a gifted artiste showered with talents
and visions for acting, composing and singing. The
talented graceful singer-composer-tiatr writer and
director, Marcus Vaz, based in Kuwait and hailing from
Utorda-Goa, will present his new tiatr "ALMANCHEA
DISA" on Friday, 10th September 2004 in Kuwait at the
Hawalli Governorate A/C Auditorium at 3.30 p.m. under
the banner of MBM Presentation.

After staging and directing four tiatrs successfully
in Kuwait and in Goa (India), the tiatr lovers in
Kuwait will have the unique chance of witnessing
Marcus Vaz's creation. It is interesting to note that
his last tiatrs including 'Mutt Bhor Mati', 'Rogtacho
Fator', 'Xim vo Ximiter', 'Rogtak Rogot' were well
received and successful to have his name engraved
among the professional tiatrists. And now 'Almanchea
Disa' will further get the Goans in Kuwait a taste of
his creative writing and direction - a la the tiatr of
yesteryears and his speciality of writing the comedy
within the story line and context.

[IMG] With an eye to give the best, he has a select
list of Goa-based professional artistes incorporated
in the casting including his father, the renowned
Master Vaz, Prince Jacob, Comedian Humberto, Antonette
de Calangute, Xavier Gomes, Annie Quadros, and
Marcelino de Betim.

Kuwait's popular stage artistes include Cajetan de
Sanvordem, Mario de Majorda, Querobina Carvalho,
Micheal D'Silva, Laurente Pereira, Manuel de Santa
Cruz, Simon Gonsalves, Katty Carneiro, Rosary Ferns,
Sandra Fernandes, Sanny de Quepem, Eusebio, Lawrie
M, Victor de Calangute, Sylvester Vaz, Trio Princes
Jonathan-Terence-Clifford, Kevin Vaz, Clinton Vaz,
Martha Vaz, Conchita Cardoso, Adrian, and Marcus Vaz.

Marcus Vaz is well known in Kuwait for his composing
and singing. He was a part of the
Cajetan-Marcus-Xavier trio which enjoyed tremendous
popularity, and in recent years as
Cajetan-Marcus-Mario.

He is also the founder and the driving force of
Kuwait's only tiatrists faternity's association,
Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS) which was
formed to unite and bring together the reservoir of
the talented stage artistes in Kuwait, both
professionals, amateur as well as newcomers.

Recently under the banner of MV Production, Marcus Vaz
released his first audio CD and cassette titled
"Goinchi Girestkai" which also featured Jr. Rod,
Felcy, Xavier Gomes, Janet, Master Vaz, Bony &
Antonette. The lyrics were penned by Marcus Vaz, with
one trio song dedicated to "Somplele Tiatrist" sung by
Marcus Vaz-Xavier Gomes-Master Vaz (lyrics by Master
Vaz).

Maestro Josinho will provide the musical scores along
with Kuwait-based Shahu Almeida and his troupe. This
tiatr has a totally new setup of thrills, comedy,
trios, solos and duets.


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=======================Kuwait's Goan Tiatr lovers confirms Marcus Vaz
popularity

At the 25th years of the tiatr competitions by the
Kala Academy, Goa, in his message, the then Goa's
chief minister, P.S. Rane said "The beautiful land of
Goa is known as the land of theatre lovers. The
Konkani theatre has today evolved as a powerful medium
for mass communication. Major credit for this
tradition must go to our above hundred year old folk
theater form - the "Tiatr".

And this form of art is still continues to enjoy
popularity - thanks to the Konkani stage artistes -
young and old - both in and outside Goa, specially in
Kuwait, Dubai, and occasionally in Qatar, Oman and
Bahrain.

The large Tiatr loving Goan community at this
evening's Marcus Vaz "ALMANCHEA DISA" tiatr at Hawally
Governorate Auditorium in Kuwait confirms his
popularity and his flair to write the script
incorporating comedy/side show/kantos/ as well as
direct his cast of selected Konkani stage artistes
from the reservoir of talents available here as well
as to get equally popular and talent artistes
including Prince Jacob and his brother Humberto,
Xavier Gomes, Annie Quadros, Antonette de Calangute,
Marcelino de Betim flown from Goa.

It's a big team effort of Marcus Vaz and his troupe to
have the musicians play for the drama with a further
equally talented team of Maestro Josihno (Goa),
Kuwait-based Shahu Almeida with his team.

After a long while, Tiatr lovers here had an
entertaining evening with the local artistes as well
as Goa-based artistes performing at this
well-rehearsed and contributing towards its success.


With an eye to give the best, Marcus Vaz had a select
list of Goa-based professional artistes incorporated
in the casting including his father, the 77 year old
renowned Master Vaz, the Goa State Cultural Award
winner. It was also unique for the Goan tiatr lovers
in Kuwait to have a senior-most artiste among their
midst and the crowd just loved it, specially when the
father-son duo sang a song dedicated to the tiatrists
of yesteryears and offering blessings from a father to
son - a rare occurence on the Konkani stage.

Kuwait's popular stage artistes include Cajetan de
Sanvordem, Mario de Majorda, Querobina Carvalho,
Manuel de Santa Cruz, Simon Gonsalves, Katty Carneiro,
Rosary Ferns, Sandra Fernandes, Sanny de Quepem,
Eusebio, Lawrie M, Victor de Calangute, Sylvester Vaz,
Simon Gonsalves, Micheal D'Silva,
Jonathan-Terence-Clifford, Kevin, Clinton Vaz, Martha
Vaz, Conchita Cardoso, Adrian, and Marcus Vaz.

Marcus Vaz is well known in Kuwait for his composing
and singing. He was a part of the
Cajetan-Marcus-Xavier trio which enjoyed tremendous
popularity, and in recent years as
Cajetan-Marcus-Mario. Today, the tiatr lovers had
another unique opportunity to see the trio of
Cajetan-Marcus-Xavier singing to an encore. Marcus
Vaz is also the founder and the driving force of
Kuwait's only tiatrists faternity's association,
Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS) which was
formed to unite and bring together the reservoir of
the talented stage artistes in Kuwait, both
professionals, amateur as well as newcomers. Marcus
Vaz was publicly honoured at the KGTS show 'Tiatr &
Tiatrist' for his immense contribution towards KGTS
inception.

The song sung and composed by Rosary Ferns honouring
the achievement and introduction of Master Vaz was the
highlight of this evening drama. Well done, Rosary
Ferns. Your support to Marcus Vaz is well appreciated.

The MBM Production banner involves Marcus Vaz brother,
the soft spoken Benny Vaz and his sister-in-law,
Martha Vaz who have not left any stone unturned to see
that the show goes on well. It was also a delite to
see Marcus Vaz' nephew, the young Kevin Vaz on stage.
The support of Kuwait's only tiatrist faternity
association, Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS)
as well as those of the other Konkani and cultural
promoting associations amalgamating into the cast was
very noticeable and praise worthy for 'Almanchea
Disa'.

It was a pleasant surprise to the audience that they
were entertained by more 3 sets of trios, and also one
song with all the three sets of trios (Dhavko) meaning
10 singers song and Chouko of
Cajetan-Marcus-Mario-Victor incorporated in one
performance.

A souvenir was published to mark the occasion and a
special page was dedicated to those who have
contributed specially towards the drama in some way or
the other. Popular names of personalities including
GWS President and social worker, Carmo Santos, The
Entertainment & Cultural Society President, Santan
Alfonso, Tony Pereira (Golden Goa Shop), Savio, Nazzi,
Luis Simos, Luis Cardoz, Francis, Manuel de Santa
Cruz, GWS General Secretary, Gaspar Almeida, Rosary
Ferns, A.Veronica Fernandes, Sylvester Vaz, IDA &
Jacob & Merry, John Lowson & Aedeen, Lawry Pinto,
Peter Rodrigues, Sanny de Quepem, Nicholas de Utorda,
and Laurie Miranda. Kuwait's top business houses
supported the souvenir publication by way of
advertisement including Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer & Sons
Est. WLL (TOYOTA), Mushrif Trading & Contracting
Company, Al-Fajr Al-Jadid Factory, Francis Lewis &
Patric Lewis (Fit'Well Tailor), Raja Stores (Society
Tea, Trophy Basmati Rice), AlMailem Tires (Hankook
Tires), A.F. Alfahed Trading & Contracting Co. and
Dove Moisturizing Shampoo and B.M. Viegas Family
(Chinchinim/Kuwait).

Just finished listening to Manfa Music's presentation
of Ignatius de Xelvon's 'Khorem Bhangar' music CD
which was available for sale at the venue. It has
music by Josinho and songs by Comedian Domnic, Bushan,
Ignatius de Xelvon, Reginald de Panchwadi, Lawry
Travasso, Flemila, and Lajea.

A game of 'Quick Five Housie' was arranged with the
proceeds going to an Orphanage in Goa.

Very visible among the audience were members of Goa's
several village associations/football clubs and
prominent organizations.
One thing is noticeable is that whatever difference
these guys have, they do not wish to miss out on any
Konkani drama. Debateable no doubt, but true to my
observations of the past 3 decades.

Summing up in B.M. Viegas' messages in Konkani
published on the souvenir: "Tumchi Tiatrachi kola
vevharant galun somasik boreponna khatir tumi vaurtat
mhunn hanv chodd khuxi. Onat bhurgam khatir MBM
Productions torfen 'Almanchea Disa' ho tumcho tiatr
Kuwait xharant tumi dakoitat. Mhozo tumcam ieukar hea
Kuwait-chea xharatant ani hanv tumkam ies aundeatam
ani Devacho axirvad magtam. Hea fuddem oxech tumi
somaza khatir vaurun, tumchea vaurantlean khub
boreponn ximpaddaunchem."

(Translation:
I am very happy to note that you wish to put your
'tiatr' art to help in the upliftment of social
cause. You are organizing the "Almanchea Disa" drama
under the MBM Productions banner to assist the
'Orphans'. My warm welcome and wishes for the success
with God's blessings. In future, may you endeavour to
continue in your social goodness.)

Well done, Marcus Vaz on your silver jubilee year in
Kuwait performing on the stage since your first
appearance at the popular tiatr auditorium, the Keefan
Hall.


Reported filed at 10:15 p.m. 10th Sept. 2004
by Gaspar.Almeida (Almeidaji)
Associate, www.goa-world.com
Editor/Moderator of Gulf's only online e-Newsletter,
www.yahoogroups.com/group/gulf-Goans
goaworldtoday at yahoo.com

Versatile Jose Rod honoured



Versatile Jose Rod honoured


The unique concept of felicitating the yesteryears stars of Konkani stage for
their contribution to the Tiatrist Fraternity is what Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi
Sonvstha (KGTS) stands for. With the last two mega musical super hit shows in
Kuwait, they did it again with the grand success of "OSTAD TIATRIST" - a
tribute to Konkani Tiatr and Tiatrist, which was a sellout. Staged at the
Hawalli A/C auditorium on 24th February 2006, this much awaited annual event
saw the cream of the Konkani lovers among the audience. At the commencement,
one minute silence was observed in respect of the late Amir, Sheikh Jaber Al
Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. Paying their respect to this great leader of Kuwait,
the audience with the organizers observed a minute silence. KGTS started the
show by playing Kuwait's National Anthem. This was followed by a chit-chat
with a flow of yesteryears Tiatrists' songs as well as depiction. Legendary
star Late Anthony Mendes shot to fame with his solo song "Taxi Driver" decades
ago, and this time his sons, the Mendes Brothers, Felix-Xavier-Derrick
performed it as a Trio. Remembering their father's contribution, Felix Mendes
appreciated and thanked the KGTS members for inviting them to perform for
their grand musical show. Felix also extended their well wishes and pledged
support to new upcoming stars. Apart from the the Kuwait-based stars who
performed, a galaxy of artistes from Bombay and Goa were flown specially for
the 3rd Grand Musical show in Kuwait. Joe Rose, Comedian Augustino Temudo and
Comedian Domnic Coelho, S.Lemos, Francis de Tuem and Trio Kings of Goa:
Joaquim-Junior Rod-Anthony dazzled the audience in their spell binding musical
journey of the golden era of Tiatr. The comedy skits interspeared between the
songs. Songs from Francis de Tuem on Goa's mining industry was well applauded
by the audience so was the Trio Kings songs on the political scenario in Goa.
Trio kings are hardcore composers with political and social topics. They are
very famous for their bold lyrics and widely expose the flaws of the Goa
government through their songs. Their trios "Dr. Verenkar", " M.Boyer"
and "Parrikar" were well applauded. Comedian Domnic and Comedian Agostinho's
performance kept the audience laughing till the very end.

The appearances of the majority of the KGTS members including Manuel de Santa
Cruz, Tony Carr, Clara, Domingos Araujo, Zorro, among others, in different
song sequences and scenarios was well choreographed with appropriate light
effects and music by a team of youngsters led by well-known musicians Maestro
Succorro de Melo.

The main attraction of the show was the leaflets (popularly known as
Handbills) of yesteryears Tiatrs that were on display on the left side of the
stage, and the right side of the stage was occupied by the musicians. This
unique collection dating back to 1950's was provided by Brazinho Soares of
Santa Cruz (Goa) to KGTS. The stage set-up suited for the musical show, the
decor as well as light effects added charm. The opening song by KGTS President
Francis de Verna, KGTS members Junifer Rodrigues, Donald Colaco and Cajetan de
Sanvordem highlighted the significance of the title of the musical "Ostad
Tiatrist".

Heartthrob of Konkani stage Jose Rod in his song "AMIG" paid rich tributes
to "Bab Peter". Jose Rod was felicitated at the hands of Xavier Mendes for his
tremendous contribution. With tears of joy, a surprised Jose Rod thanked all
his fellow KGTS colleagues and fellow Tiatr lovers for honour bestowed. The
compere announced that this was a well guarded secret by the KGTS until the
event unfolded. Mario de Majorda was at his best with his hilarious laughing
pills along with Comedian Nelson. "Palkacho Divo" a tribute song to one of the
senior artistes - Anthony (of Trio Kings fame) by the newly formed trio Katty
de Navelim-Simon Gonsalves-Joseph Rodrigues was well composed sung. At this
junction, Anthony was escorted on the stage and he congratulated the composer
and singers. Such was his liking of the song that Anthony will have it added
in his Konkani VCD which will be shortly released in fond rememberance of his
Trio singers – Late Conception and Late Nelson.

KGTS which was formed in 2003 and has organized Musical Show in Kuwait for the
last 3 years including this year, the proceeds collected is given to Goan
Dramatists on Konkani Stage who are often old and forgotten. This is one
generous way of telling the senior and retired Dramatists that KGTS together
with Konkani Tiatr lovers in Kuwait cares for them and that their contribution
is not forgotten by the new generation. Gracy Morais "Cheddum", Joe
Rose "Bubli Bubli", "Goenchim Antique Ghoram" and "Jaisi Jaisi", Anthony
Carr "Goa", Zorro "Kazar Zatam", Donald Colaco "Upkar", S.Lemos "Rakhno
Bhurgo" and "Kiddo ani Mathi", Junior Rod "Kid Boxer", Francis de Tuem "Young
Menezes", "Salleli Satari" and "Christanvachim Devmondiram", Katty de
Navelim "Ushar Raza" kept the audience spellbound. A song by Francis de Verna-
Gracy Morais-Cajetan de Sanvordem titled "KGTS" gave a glimpse of the events
from its formation and its three years of achivements for the benefit of the
tiatrists. The moral of the song was a strong message for the detractors who
try to put up hurdles to destroy the tiatrists' faternity's unity and
togetherness. The short play by Gracy and Group was captivating. The roles
played by Simon Gonsalves, Joseph Rodrigues, Gracy Morais, Clara and Laurie
Miranda were perfectly enacted. The show was compered by Cajetan de Sanvordem.
A game of quick five housie was conducted as well as the draw for the annual
KGTS raffle.

Working together for the Tiatrist Fraternity and giving some good performance
on stage is what KGTS stands for. The audience expected beautiful meanful
songs and witty jokes in combination with theme stories. All praise to the
KGTS members for putting up such a lovely show and short skits that they
people enjoyed. KGTS always comes with some unique performances, and this was
evident at the show when the stars of yesteryears were introduced with their
memorable songs sung by KGTS members non-stop. As the title of the musical
show signified, Konkani stage artistes, singers and musicians are
indeed 'Great Artistes' (Ostad Tiatrists) who have kept the flag of the
Konkani language high and have brought in significant awareness on the good
and bad of the Goan lifestyle and unique cultural heritage. The five
beneficiaries for the annual KGTS awards, namely: Ms. Ophelia, Remmie Colaco,
Patrick de Verna, Ms. Anita and Ms. Antonette Mendes were announced. Since
2002, Konkani stage lovers have been able to bring joy and smiles through the
proceeds collected through presentations and efforts of KGTS to seniormost and
retired Konkani stage artistes of the yesteryears, namely: Padmashri Award
winner M.Boyer, Philomena Braz, Betty Ferns, Albert Rose, Patrick Dourado,
Vitorino Periera, (Late) Mary Vaz, Prem Kumar, Paul Romy,(Late) Rom Tony, Late
Rosario Rodrigues, and John Nazareth. KGTS enjoys a large influence and
patronage of the Konkani lovers.


- Report by William Fernandes & Gaspar Almeida
- Photos by Rewon Gomes, professional photographer
(courtesy: KGTS)


Article and photos at:

http://www.goanet.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=341

CHUKLELIM PANVLAM


CHUKLELIM PANVLAM – declared A Super Hit Show by the
Audience


24th June 2005 witnessed a new era on the Konkani
Stage in Kuwait. Under the auspices of Ferns Brothers
Production, Mario de Majorda staged his third Konkani
Drama, a suspense thriller titled "CHUKLELIM PANVLAM"
(Strayed Footsteps) at the Hawally A/C Auditorium to a
capacity crowd. The show, a heart-stopper was
declared a Super Hit by the crowd during the interval
itself. It's truly unbelievable, as the reaction from
the huge crowd was tremendous. This Tiatr (drama)
lifted the Konkani stage to a new height with his
unique presentation. The show got underway with a
video projection depicting a funeral, followed by the
titling thus introducing each artists – the
presentation was truly wonderful. There was no
turning back as each item whether a song, play, comedy
was a treat to watch. Kudos to Mario de Majorda for a
marvelous script. The suspense of the play got more
intriguing with each scene which left the large
audience glued to their seats. Each artistes had
taken great pains in performing their part to the best
of their ability. To begin with Cajetan de Sanvordem
as the Grand-father made his presence felt with his
superb acting. Adrian Gomes as the son was excellent.
Gracy Morais' role of a wicked daughter-in-law was
enacted with much gusto which proved the Director's
trust in her acting prowess. Teen Artist Master
Jonathan was simply too good in his acting and while
his sad role brought tears to the eyes of many, his
witty dialogues were applauded with resounding claps.
Apparently Mario de Majorda must have put lot of hard
work in grooming Jonathan for this role as the
results were quite rewarding. Donald Colaco, proved
yet again why he is nick-named the Nana Patekar of the
Konkani Stage. His villain laced character was a
turning point of the play as Donald did full justice
to his tailor-made role. The handsome Ulhas Tari and
ravishing Jessica Gomes who were specially flown in
from Goa for the very first time proved with their
superb acting that they are thorough professionals;
thus leaving a lasting impression in the minds of the
Kuwait based Konkani lovers. Laurie Miranda, Joseph
Rodrigues and Clara Rodrigues were very impressive in
their cameo roles. The back-ground music for the play
& comedy was provided by the upcoming sensation Philip
Gracias who did a wonderful job on the organ. Music
for the play songs was masterminded by Maestro Socorro
DeMelo.The visiting professional comedians Agostinho
and Salvy along with Comedy Queen Querobina, and Rocky
had a point to prove – that they have great respect
for the Konkani lovers in Kuwait and will not take
them for granted with cheap antics. The tedious task
of firing with all barrels open in order to gain the
confidence of Konkani tiatr lovers was always at the
back of their mind. Thus they came out strong with a
superb blend of comedy to make the audience laugh
their hearts out. The comedy based on
Chor-Police-Advocate in a family triangle added a
feather in the hat of the director.

The opening Chorus rendered by Anthony Ferns, Master
Jonathan and Mario de Majorda with superb choreography
by Ms. Conchita and Troupe was simply breathtaking and
graceful. The music provided by professionals Socorro,
Shahu, Faustinho, Dennis and Agnelo was quite
memorable and kept the audience stunned, mesmerized
and lost of words. All the 12 songs churned out by
Jose Rod, Kuwait's Trio Kings Cajetan-Marcus-Mario,
Young Trio Jonathan-Clifford-Terence, Michael D'Silva,
Querobina Carvalho, Francis de Verna, Gracy Morais and
Ulhas Tari were undoubtedly the best. However a little
praise should go to Ulhas Tari who had the privilege
to render his first ever solo on the Konkani Stage.
T-Britton who made his first appearance in Kuwait with
this show will be remembered by the Kuwait Konkani
lovers for his repeat performance of his solo "Alice".
The final video projection depicting a hotel scene was
beautifully and professionally picturized on Gracy,
Donald and Clara. It was note worthy to mention that
till the final curtain was drawn the audiences were
still glued to their seats wanting for more to come,
as the suspense unfolded.
During the interval the Chief Guest, GWS PRO Wilson
Coelho praised Ferns Brothers for their hard work and
tremendous efforts in presenting a unique drama. Ulhas
Tari, Jessica Gomes, T-Britton, Comedian Salvy,
Comedian Agostinho were felicitated by Kuwait Goan
Association through their initiator Salvador Dias.
Qerobina Carvalho and Cajetan de Sanvordem were
felicitated by the Ferns Brothers for their
contribution to the Konkani stage. In fulfillment of
his dream to utilize God's given talent for the
benefit of the down-trodden, Mario de Majorda made it
public that the proceeds of the show in the sum of Rs.
1,05,000/- would be spent for the welfare of the HOME
FOR THE AGED facility in his home village, Majorda,
Salcette and Rs. 10,000/- generated by organizing the
game of HOUSIE played during the recess was
contributed towards two handicapped individuals in the
village of Curtorim, Salcette. Sound system for the
show provided by James Franco was superb and worth a
mention. So also the Stage and Light setting by
Leckinson. Light effects were handled by Menino de
Ribandar. The back-drop of a rich mansion was crafted
by Caetano Rodrigues. Audio Visuals were done by
Toni while T-Bush played a pivotal role with his
selfless contribution. Photography by Rewon Gomes.
With the huge Success of "Chuklelim Panvlam" Mario de
Majorda has created a name for himself not only as one
of the best Writer/Director/Actor/ Composer/Singer but
also as a kind hearted individual; and will be
remembered by the masses for a long long time. A large
number of distinguished Goan community leaders and
social workers were among the audience. Keep it up
and going, Mario.


Gaspar Almeida



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SANNY DE QUEPEM - A TRIBUTE



Sanny de Quepem - A Tribute



Sanny de Quepem, a 8 times Kala Academy's "Best Singer Award winner", and
well known Konkani stage singer and composer died yesterday evening (9th
November 2007) in Kuwait. Arrangements are being made to fly the mortal
remains to Goa.

Born in 1951 at Onsnimadem, Cuncolim, Salcette and was baptised "Cruz Sanny
Vaz", he is the eldest among 11 children. His family moved permanently to
reside in Quepem in 1952. He did his primary education at Guardian Angel
High School, Sanvordem and later as a boarder at St. Anthony's High School,
Monte-de-Guirim, and continued at Pope John XXIII High School and Holy Cross
Institute in Quepem.

Here's a brief of an interview with www.goa-world.com published on the
Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter:

His first steps on the stage was for an English play titled "Ali Baba and
His Forty Thieves" for the annual social gathering, and later in the play
"Man from Jericho". He enacted the role of a damsel in both presentations
at Monte de Guirim. He also participated in the school choir as well as in
cultural programmes. His favourite liking was to sing songs and doing
imitations/ mimicry. He composed his first song "Sounsarachea Adnixt" at
the age of 10, and he sang it repeatedly for almost a decade on several
occasions. Sanny studied Automoble Engineering at ITI, Formaguddi and
joined "Agencia Sequeira (Leyland Co.)" in 1975. In search of better
prospects, he travelled to Saudi Arabia where he worked until August 1998.
After a gap of three months, opportunity again knocked on his door, and he
landed in Kuwait and joined a Japanese Automobile firm, and continues to
reside since. It was in 2000, he once again took to the Konkani stage for
Laurent Pereira's drama and since have composed and sang his own songs and
also assisted his colleagues (be it prompting, direction or revising
scripts).

Sanny remembers his earliest performance in "Vepari Veniceacho" (Merchant of
Venice) - a Konkani play translated by Miss Amelia Gomes and directed by
Peter Dias where he played a comedy role. He acted in every drama that took
place in Quepem or in the surrounding villages for Konkani tiatrs. It was
at this junction he started his career with the professional directors like
Jess Fernandes, along with Hortencio Pereira, Salvador, Natty de Navelim,
Nora, Cajetan de Sanvordem, and C. D'Silva. This was the turning point for
Sanny when he was auditioned for singing at the All India Radio (AIR),
Panjim when he was recording for Jess Fernandes Konkani radio recorded
plays. For a brief stint in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1975, Sanny sang at
Banghwadi when he was introduced by his cousin (who played bass) to Paul
Romy who staged a musical show.

Before flying to Saudi Arabia, Sanny acted in his home village for Felix
Pereira's tiatr "Rogtak Rogot Visronam" and finally at Colva (1977) for
"Doganch Puru" written and directed by Nelson (Nelson-Anthony-Conception
fame). For the annual Kala Academy tiatr competitions, he was rewarded for
his dedication towards singing Konkani songs and have acted twice for Ceasar
D'Mello. Even while on vacation he participated in the Konkani singing
competitions in 1986 and won the award as the Best Singer for the eight
time.

A man of few words, he humbly states "I do not consider myself as an actor,
but can convincingly do small roles. I am good at singing and composing
solos". On and off, he is seen on the Konkani stage in Kuwait as part of a
duo or a trio songs combination. At last week's Konkani drama of Rosary
Ferns' "Bhurgim - Mai-Paichem Sukh" his song saluting the work of "Aya"
(Maid) received a thunderous applause, as well as for his acting as a
mentally challenged boy. His song "Kazar" in Rosary Ferns' "Raag" Konkani
Album has been well received. Sanny recalls that apart from tiatr he sang
for a Hindi orchestra (songs and medleys), as well as crooned for a dance
band "Young Challengers" for some time. He is thankful to Mr. & Mrs. Albano
Pinto for introducing him to writer-director Laurent Pereira, for whom he
expresses his gratitude for giving him a big boost.

Sanny can recollect with sharp precision events he had witnessed in his
younger days including the happenings during the pre and post liberation
years in his village during his schooling days. When time permits from his
hectic office routine, Sanny writes for the Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter under
the caption , as well as other articles on Goanet and The Goan
Forum. His well composed songs on social themes including "Immigation to
England", "Mog" are well remembered by the audience."
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/6369

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Sanny de Quepem produced his first Konkani CD album titled "Saibinnicho
Tisro Segred" in 2005 which has been claimed as 'an exceptional work' in
recognition of the composition, lyrics and specially his choice of music,
and his second album "N.R.I." in August 2007.

Sanny de Quepem also worked in Saudi Arabia. He also acted in T-Bush's 1st
Konkani e-cinema 'BLACK'. Kuwait-based Konkani tiatrists and singers will
always remember Sanny de Quepem for his support for them before and during
the staging of their tiatrs/musical shows/dramas - be it prompting, script
re-writing or songs composition.

Goa-World.Com Team (Kuwait) joins his friends and colleagues at Mustafa
Karam Co. (Suzuki) to express their heartfelt condolences to his mother,
Mrs. Lourencina Pacheco Vaz, wife Meera, son Mivron, daughter Streisand, and
his bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.


_____________

Sanny de Quepem


Sanny de Quepem hails from Quepem and is a 8 times
Kala Academy's "Best Singer Award winner". Born in
1951 at Onsnimadem, Cuncolim, Salcette and was
baptised "Cruz Sanny Vaz", he is the eldest among 11
children. His family moved permanently to reside in
Quepem in 1952. He commenced his primary education at
Guardian Angel High School, Sanvordem and later as a
boarder at St. Anthony's High School, Monte-de-Guirim.
Later due to unavoidable circumstance, he continued at
Pope John XXIII High School and Holy Cross Institute
in Quepem.

His first steps on the stage was for an English play
titled "Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves" for the annual
social gathering, and later in the play "Man from
Jericho". He enacted the role of a damsel in both
presentations at Monte de Guirim. He also
participated in the school choir as well as in
cultural programmes. His favourite liking was to sing
songs and doing imitations/ mimicry. He composed his
first song "Sounsarachea Adnixt" at the age of 10, and
he sang it repeatedly for almost a decade on several
occasions. Sanny studied Automoble Engineering at
ITI, Formaguddi and joined "Agencia Sequeira (Leyland
Co.)" in 1975. In search of better prospects, he
travelled to Saudi Arabia where he worked until August
1998. After a gap of three months, opportunity again
knocked on his door, and he landed in Kuwait and
joined a Japanese Automobile firm, and continues to
reside since. It was in 2000, he once again took to
the Konkani stage for Laurent Pereira's drama and
since have
composed and sang his own songs and also assisted his
colleagues (be it prompting, direction or revising
scripts).

Sanny remembers his earliest performance in "Vepari
Veniceacho" (Merchant of Venice) - a Konkani play
translated by Miss Amelia Gomes and directed by Peter
Dias where he played a comedy role. He acted in every
drama that took place in Quepem or in the surrounding
villages for Konkani tiatrs. It was at this junction
he started his career with the professional directors
like Jess Fernandes, along with Hortencio Pereira,
Salvador, Natty de Navelim, Nora, Cajetan de
Sanvordem, and C. D'Silva. This was the turning point
for Sanny when he was auditioned for singing at the
All India Radio (AIR), Panjim when he was recording
for Jess Fernandes Konkani radio recorded plays. For
a brief stint in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1975, Sanny sang
at Banghwadi when he was introduced by his cousin (who
played bass) to Paul Romy who staged a musical show.

Before flying to Saudi Arabia, Sanny acted in his home
village for Felix Pereira's tiatr "Rogtak Rogot
Visronam" and finally at Colva (1977) for "Doganch
Puru" written and directed by Nelson
(Nelson-Anthony-Conception fame). For the annual Kala
Academy tiatr competitions, he was rewarded for his
dedication towards singing Konkani songs and have
acted twice for Ceasar D'Mello. Even while on
vacation he participated in the Konkani singing
competitions in 1986 and won the award as the Best
Singer for the eight time.

A man of few words, he humbly states "I do not
consider myself as an actor, but can convincingly do
small roles. I am good at singing and composing
solos". On and off, he is seen on the Konkani stage
in Kuwait as part of a duo or a trio songs
combination. At last week's Konkani drama of Rosary
Ferns' "Bhurgim - Mai-Paichem Sukh" his song saluting
the work of "Aya" (Maid) received a thunderous
applause, as well as for his acting as a mentally
challenged boy. His song "Kazar" in Rosary Ferns'
"Raag" Konkani Album has been well received. Sanny
recalls that apart from tiatr he sang for a Hindi
orchestra (songs and medleys), as well as crooned for
a dance band "Young Challengers" for some time. He is
thankful to Mr. & Mrs. Albano Pinto for introducing
him to writer-director Laurent Pereira, for whom he
expresses his gratitude for giving him a big boost.

Sanny can recollect with sharp precision events he had
witnessed in his younger days including the happenings
during the pre and post liberation years in his
village during his schooling days. When time permits
from his hectic office routine, Sanny writes for the
Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter under the caption
, as well as other articles on Goanet and
The Goan Forum. His well composed songs on social
themes including "Immigation to England", "Mog" are
well remembered by the audience. His desire is to
release a Konkani album of his collection of songs
shortly. Here's wishing Sanny all the very best.


Gaspar Almeida
Associate, www.goa-world.com 20/8/2005

MANUEL DE SANTA CRUZ


Manuel de Santa Cruz

Manuel Francisco Xavier Fernandes hails from Kalapura
(Santa Cruz, Tiswadi). Born on Christmas Day in 1945,
he is the son of late Diogo Alfredo do Rosario
Fernandes and late Maria Zoraida Elvira Germack de
Souza. Manuel studied Portuguese (Primeiro and Segundo
Grau) in the village school and later at Liceu
Nacional Afonso de Albuquerque at Panjim (now Panaji)
where he studied upto Terceiro Anno (Third Year).
Consequent upon liberation of Goa in December 1961,
"Liceu National Afonso de Albuquerque" was affiliated
to Delhi Board of Higher Secondary Examination where
he completed his Std. XI, Manuel proudly reminenses.

>From an early age, he had the interest to act and sing
on stage. It was in 1959 that he was given an
opportunity by late Florence Fernandes in his tiatr
“Atam Sampodlo” as a child artiste. Since then, his
passion for the Konkani stage increased in leaps and
bounds. Every ward (vaddo) in Santa Cruz village
organized one tiatr practically all year round. Santo
Agostinho Ward was not having any tiatr and Manuel
approached other wards to cast him in their tiatr.
They were not interested to absorb him citing the
reason that he does not belong to their ward and this
led Manuel to try and present a tiatr all by himself
and he took up this challenge.

On 1st January 1967, with the assistance of fellow
artist Hilario do Rego, he jointly wrote and directed
his first tiatr “Axec Lagon” in his Santo Agostinho
Vaddo (Maddir). He showed his acting and singing
caliber in his tiatr “Axec Lagon” and the audience
heaped praises on him. Having been successful in his
first venture he penned and directed another tiatr
“Pissudlelem Kalliz” on 28th May 1967 followed by
“Maim-Sunn” on 10th December 1967, three tiatrs in a
row in the same year which was a hat trick. He
recollects the tremors that followed on the night of
December 10th, which shook the whole of Goa and the
Koyna region.

Manuel was well noticed at this junction and the
writers and directors who once refused to cast him in
their plays offered pivotal roles in many tiatrs held
in Santa Cruz and its vicinity. He is well remembered
for his tiatr “Bhau-Bhau ani Zau-Zau” which the
audience rated as his one of the best.

His interest in social work at the village level as
well as his keenness to support social causes and
justice to his fellow villagers at every level took to
him to the charms of politics. He canvassed
extensively for the separate identity of Goa and
toured all North Goa during the Opinion Poll and
addressed public meetings along with United Goans
stalwarts such as Dr. Jack de Sequeira, Erasmo
Sequeira, Ananta Narcinva Naik, Orlando Sequeira Lobo,
Jagdish Rao, to mention few which brought him to lime
light and he gained name and fame as an orator at the
tender age of 22 years.

In year 1968 Manuel took up a job as a “Lighthouse
Keeper” in the Captain of Ports and soon thereafter
worked in the Secretariat as a "LD Clerk" in various
Departments. Politics was the second passion for him
and he made up his mind to contest the Goa Assembly
elections in the year 1972 as an Independent candidate
from Santa Cruz Assembly Constituency and for this he
sacrificed his job at the Secretariat. He received
good number of votes (4,483), but for a simple young
man that he was, Manuel could not defeat the very
influential Dr. Jack de Sequeira. Until this stage
(1972), no independent candidate garnered this many
votes in any constituency in Goa.

Later it was another political leader, the late
Dayanand Bandodkar (Bahusaheb) who absorbed Manuel in
his “Orient (Goa) Pvt. Ltd. Company where he worked as
a Senior Assistant. After exactly three and half
years, opportunity knocked on his door and he was
selected for the post of an “Executive” in D. B.
Bandodkar & Sons Company where he devoted his services
until February 1982. He continued to act and sing in
several tiatrs as the acting talents were in born in
his blood.

A new genre of tiatr in the form of Khell-tiatr were
presented and it was in the late 1970’s that such
presentations were receiving attention. Alexander
Noronha selected Manuel for a powerful role, which
revolved around the story theme in “Ekvottan Somplo”
khell-tiatr. Manuel has also acted in several tiatrs
written and directed by Peter Barbosa, Frank de Santa
Cruz, Candido Araujo etc. It was now for Manuel to
show his talents to the judges and the audience at the
annual Kala Academy Tiatr competitions. It was for
Caetano Pereira’s “Tukaim Tench” and “Ugdass” Tiatrs
and Peter Barbosa’s "Asro" tiatr in which Manuel was
adjudged the "Best Actor". His name figures
prominently in the Kala Academy's Competitions Record
Book.

In 1981, Manuel acted as “Batkar (Landlord)” in
Ping-Pong Rod (Lawrence Rod’s) tiatr at Aldona-Carona.
It would interesting to mention that without a single
practice he played the role to perfection. He just
read the script once and everything was done
immaculately in detail. In continuation of his
interest in politics, he was elected to represent
Santo Agostinho-Ubo Dando Ward 5 of Santa Cruz Village
Panchayat.

It was in March 1982, he looked for better pastures
and landed in Kuwait. He was elected, as Member of the
newly formed Goan Welfare Society (GWS)-Kuwait in 1989
and has been a committee member for several years
until recently. He worked for a major Trading Company
as a “Commercial Assistant” and while he was on
vacation the invasion of Kuwait took place. At this
point, he provided his full support towards the
movement in support of Kuwait condemning the invasion.
He rendered valuable support and assisted in whatever
way he could.

Upon his return to Kuwait in 1992, he continued his
passion for the Konkani stage and it was for Kuwait
Konkni Kendr (KKK’s) Songit Sanz (Musical Evening)
where he was bestowed the pen-name "Manuel de Santa
Cruz". He acted for Kala Mogui Kuwait's one act
Konkani play "Mafi Magtam" (December 2002) written and
directed by Dominic Araujo in which he did a memorable
role as "Mama" (Paternal Uncle). Yet another
performance worth mentioning was for United Club of
Utorda's 2nd One Act Play Competition, also directed
by Dominic Araujo and written by Maria Esteves titled
"Ho Niah Koslo?". Since then on and off he has acted
in Konkani tiatrs and musical shows.

Manuel was also elected as a Managing Committee Member
of Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS) and has
sung in the first KGTS Musical Show "Tiatr Ani
Tiatrist".

While on vacation in Goa in December 1999, with the
assistance of Joaquim Jose Fernandes and fellow
villagers of Santo Agostinho Vaddo, he scripted and
directed his tiatr “Vegglozar” which was part of the
program presented by Santo Agostinho Vaddo during the
Christmas Season. I have assisted several amateur as
well as professional tiatrists to edit and script
their tiatrs, he recalls.

Manuel has two daughters and a son. I have a lovely
grand-daughter and a son-in-law, he smiles. He is well
supported by his wife, Espy, throughout his long
career.

Manuel has been well appreciated by the Konkani tiatr
lovers in Kuwait for his meticulous acting - the most
recent one being Rosary Ferns' "Bhurgim - Mai-Paichem
Sukh" (August 2005). A special mention is made here
that he supports the organizers and even donates
towards their efforts - his valuable time as well as
monetarily. He was also featured in Marcus Vaz' tiatr
"Almachea Disa" (Sept. 2004).

"A tiatr is not only drama, or only music or only
comedy; it is a fine mixture of all the above
ingredients - drama, music, comedy and improvisation.
Appropriate blended music provided by a brass band is
a noteworthy element of this popular art form. I am
happy to see more of the brass band and blowing
instruments for a tiatr or a Konkani Musical. Tiatr
has today evolved as a powerful medium for mass
communication", Manuel remarks. "We should continue to
demand more support from the Goa Government as well as
from the Central Government. Why shouldn't the State
Language of Goa and the Konkani Romi Script be
supported at par with the Devnagri script?"

He is hailed by none other than the Konkani writer and
collector of Konkani books and archives, Brazinho
Soares (Kalapurkar) as "A versatile actor and a good
tiatr writer and director" in his article published in
Goa's only Konkani monthly publication "GULAB" under
the caption "Manuel Fernandes - Boro tiatr-borovpi,
Voznadik bhumika korpi".

He has been featured in T-Bush's first Konkani e-cinema
"BLACK Nhesop Atanchem Fashion" in a role of a priest,
which he did with graceful and tact.

"I will continue with my passion for acting and will
also, God willing, produce and direct tiatrs, when I
return back to Goa", Manuel says it with pride. "Some
professional tiatrists have recently offered to have
him in their troupes", he laughs mischeviously. Here's
wishing you all the best!

- Gaspar Almeida, Associate, http://www.goa-world.com
Moderator/Editor, Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter since 1994
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Annual One Act Konkani Play Competition in Kuwait


4th Annual One-Act Konkani Play Competition in Kuwait


Results of the 4th Annual One Act Konkani Play
competition in Kuwait organized by United Club of
Utorda in association with Goan Welfare Society (GWS)
held this evening (Friday, January 28, 2005) at the
Gulf English School Auditorium, Rumeithiya, Kuwait, as
follows:

"Suriyak Laglam Giran" - written and directed by
Ignatius de Xelvon was adjudged the best play and was
awarded the first prize, followed by "Kimsam" -
written and directed by Salu Faleiro (Betalbatim) and
"Mog Diat", written by Domingos Araujo and directed by
Felix de Merces respectively as the second and third
prize winners.

"Ami Sukhi Lok Dukhi" - written and directed Anthony
Carr (Quepem) was placed in the fourth position. Joe
Fereira's (Assolna) "Lokak Zai Zalear" was also
staged, but was not part of the competition.

As done year after year since 2000, the organizers
introduced Bab Alrich Miranda who sang Alfred Rose's
"Kampala", and Bab Palen D'Costa "Viva Goa" to the
accompaniment of two young girls (whose choreography
added spice to the song), as well as Mangalore's ace
singer Thelma Veena D'Souza "Avaz" for the very first
time on stage in Kuwait.

The chief guest was Soccoro De Mello, the most popular
musician in Kuwait. Songs - solo, duo, duets and
trios - by popular singers including Jose Rod
(Tiatrist), Ignatius de Xelvon (Porgottni), Gracy
Morais (Cheddva Chotur Rau), Joaquim Fernandes
(Bogmalocho Ganv), Rony & Jashime (Chintun Bogleanv
Ami), Bab Graham Rodrigues (Saibachea Festak), Bab
Agnelo (Ostori), Zoroaster Coelho (Chukh), M. Luis &
Leena (Bhuimkamp), Micheal D'Silva (Amcho Bhavart),
Nelson Fernandes (Livrament Saibinn), Seby & Seby
(Novea Kollakorank Sondi Diat),
Laurent-Sylvester-Donald (Moroch Oxem Goddta), Simon
Gonsalves (Adhar) and Micheal D'Silva (Bus Driver).

The programme was well compered by United Club of
Utorda's Lino B. Dourado and Richard Rodrigues in
Konkani. At the start, Milagres Rodrigues, Vice
President welcomed the guests. The stage management
was done by Benny Vaz.

The prizes were distributed at the hands of the chief
guest, Soccoro De Mello and the ceremony was well
conducted by Laurente Pereira, flanked by Chequinho
Fernandes, President and other UCU's committee
members.

The organizers thanked among the scores of individuals
and entities whose contributions were well appreciated
and thanked for including A.Ferns (Video), Agnelo
Fernandes (Agie), Albano Pinto, Bernardo Fernandes,
Blandino Viegas, , Branny D'Souza, Brito D'Costa,
Cajetan Godinho, Carmo Santos, Celine Fernandes,
Domnic Fernandes, Franics Mascarenhas, Gasper
Silveira, Goa Caterers, Gustavo Fernandes, Inacinho
Faleiro, Joaquim D'Costa, Jose Rod, Joseph D'Souza,
Laurent Botelho, Laurente Pereira, Lawry Miranda, Lulu
Rodrigues, Mathew Goes, Menino Duarte (Cisco), Menino
Monteiro, Nazareth Azavedo, Pedro Fernandes, Peter
Pereira (Sultan Center), Roque Gonsalves, Royal Lins
Beauty Parlour (Abbasiya), Sarto Baptista, Saturino
Pereira, Seby Menezes, Shawn Fernandes, Thomas Dias,
Wataniya Telecom (Finance Department), Waleed
(Kuwaiti), and Wilson Coelho.

Special thanks were voiced to all the directors,
writers, singers, actors, actresses, dancers, Arab
Times, Kuwait Times, The Times newspapers, Goanet,
Goa-World.Com, Raja Stores, Santano Alfonso, Spiders
(Sound), Shahu Almeida (the Musician), Gasper Ameida,
Tiburcio Rebello, Rewon Gomes, and the chief guest
Socorro De Mello, guests of honour, and to all
attendees.

A game of housie was conducted during the break time.
The proceeds of which was announced to go to the
village school in Utorda.

It is interesting to note that the full house crowd
just loved the event and it goes to show the
popularity of the organizers - United Club of Utorda
and G.W.S. - and the selection of the participating
local artistes. Heads of several Goan associations
were present for the event including committee members
of G.WS.

The sound system and stage management together with
the lovely audience deserves praise.
Press reporters and photographers from Kuwait's
English dailies attended the event.

The best character actor award was presented to Simon
Gonsalves. Gracy Morais was selected for the best
actress award. Ignatius de Xelvon was adjudged the
best actor as well as the best director for "Suriak
Laglam Girean". Best play writer award was presented
to Salu Faleiro for "Kimsam".

- Report by www.goa-world.com team, relayed directed
from Rumeithiya, Kuwait at 9:55 p.m.
(with input from United Club of Utorda and Gaspar
Almeida).

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Kuweit-ant novea vorsak Konknni kariavolinchim survat


Kuweit-ant novea vorsak Konknni kariavolinchim survat
eke songit kariavollin Janerache 14ver zali. Konkani
Heritage Kuwait hea namnechea pongddan hi kariavol
ghoddun haddloli ti somest hajir aslolea Konknni
mogeank khub avoddli.

Kariavolin sabar Goemche toxech Kuweit-ant vosti
kelolea kolakaranim bhag ghetlolo, Kuweit-ant tiatrist
ani konknni kariavol goddun hadpi pongddancho aspav
chodd assa, oxem hanvem sangunk nakam tem Kuweit-ant
aslolo zon eklo zanam. He voile songit kariavolik kaim
tiatrist "KIMSAM" porim vosreant nodrek poddtale.
Kariavol nettan choltali tednam kaim soirea
kolakaranim ap-apli novi VCD vho CD-chi uggtaunim
keli, mhoje jibek kitem ghodd ani kitem koddu tem
somzounk khub mushkil, jirvon zata mhunn meuta tem
khaunchem nhoi oxem mhaka mhoji xamai sangtali, ani
soireancho sodanch boro poramos korcho oxem mhaka
mhozo xapai sangtalo. Hanv
PeterRoshan-achi novea mottvea akaran toeir kelolea
cholchitrachi VCD vikunk tankam mhozo adar kortalom
tednam konnem tori mhunntlem "SURYA-k LAGLAM GIRANN".
Ek tiatr vho ek songit kariavol ghoddun haddunk bari
vaur korcho asta. Karbari, kolakar ani songitkar
soddun prekxok fatticho konndo oxem mhaka dista, ghor
aslem mhunn
zainam, tea ghorant amkam eka borea ghorabeachi goroz,
kariavol vellar suru kortele zalear prekxokani vellar
apli boska samballunk zai. kednai kaim oddchonek lagon
basailolea vellar kariavol suru korunk xekonam tednam
"LOKAK ZAI ZALEAR" apli boska soddun chai, koffi vho
kiteim tondd gheun jiv xanth korcho. Karbari zaitoch
korch korun ek bori dakhoun machier haddta. Kolakar
aple bhumikent vho aplea gheet-ant prekxokank urbent
dovorta zalear songitkar mottea avaz-an gheet-achim
uttram chiddun marta, ani songitkar ekdom borem songit
vazta tednam mike-ache kanant khorzota. Atam light ani
sound, jem kitem kuddea
ani barea sovem ghoddta toslench amkam pollounk meuta,
heo donui vevostha sarkeo assunk karbareanim khalji
gheunk zai, zaite pautt surokxea nam zaun goddbod
zalolo aikunk ieta, tiatr housefull zalo mhunn tiatr
boro zainam, tea tiatrant kitem sondex dila? "AMI
SUKHI LOK DUKHI" oxem zaunk favonam. "Khoim ghelo
khoim nam, kitem hadlem kaim nam" prekxok hanstea
tonddant vosreantle bhair sorot zalear kolakarancho
tosoch karbareancho jiv dadosta.
Chuk ami sogott korta, punn porot porot tich chuk
korop sarkem nhoi, hea mojea boroupant zaiteo chuki
assa, hem boroup havem korunk favo naslem
oxeim tumchea mhonnant zatelem, oslim novim vorsam
ietolim ani vetolim tim tum ani hanv pollounk sodanch
jive aschenam, amkam dusrea vorak kitem rauta tem
fokot Dev zanam. Ami sogle ek, sounsarant ietanam
kaim gheun ieunk nam ani kaim gheun vechenam, niddukai
marun udoieat, veglochar pois korat, ani sounsarant
astanach "MOG DIAT".


Dominic Araujo
Kala Mogui Kuwait
Email: araujodc@hotmail.com
_________________________________________

4vea Konkani Ek Ankhi Nattkuleancho Spordha' Gulf
English School Auditorium, Rumeithiya, Janerache 28ver
2005,justuch sanjechea 3.30 vaztam suru zatlo. Goddun
handpi: United Club of Utorad-Kuwait

Voznadik borovpachi kola Kuwaitche Konknni machier ek
ankhi nattkuleachea rupan dhakoupak panch urbhevont
digdorspeani bhag ghetla. Tanchim ani
nattkuleamchim 'suspense' nanvam oxim asat:
1) KIMSAM - Digdorspi: Salu Faleiro (Betalbatim)
2) SURYAK LAGLAM GIRANN - Digdorspi: Ignatius de
Xelvon
3) LOKAK ZAI ZALEAR - Digdorspi: Joe Ferreira
(Assolna)
4) AMI SUKHI LOK DUKHI - Digdorspi: Anthony Carr
(Quepem)
5) MOG DIAT - Digdorspi: Felix de Merces.
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Gaspar Almeida applaud Simon Gonsalves


Gaspar Almeida applaud Simon Gonsalves
Releases VCD "Chovis Voram" The suspense thriller

- By William Fernandes



Time is precious! And waits for no-one. Respect time or be the one to succumb
to the whims and fancies of time. This is the vital theme of the new Konkani
VCD Film aptly titled "Chovis Voram" " 24 Hours" which keeps the audience
spellbound throughout the film, till it reaches its stunning climax. The VCD
Film is a Rock & Ranga presentation under Averly Productions banner, written
and directed by Simon Gonsalves. The VCD was Released at the hands of Gasper
Almeida of Goa-World.com who also holds the post of being the General
Secretary of the Goan Welfare Society (GWS) Kuwait , at a glittering function
held at The Royal Terrasse Restaurant on the 9th of August admist invitees and
special guests. Gasper in his speech, complimented Simon Gonsalves and
thanked him for giving him the honour of releasing his maiden Venture Film"
Chovis Voram". Gaspar also pledged to support and extended co-operation to
the tiatrist fraternity at all time.

The story which revolves around a rich family with the head of the family
always underlining the importance of time. While In sharp contrast his
reckless son on the other hand disagrees with his fathers principles and by
passes the opportunities of time. The daughter on the other hand, loves her
brother very much, but, at the same time, is in love with a poor and
physically disabled (with one hand only)boy. When the brother comes to know
about his sisters love affair, he goes bonkers and viciously hatches a plot
to kill her lover. How the conspiracy is hacked and the suspense unfolds at
the end is worth watching. The story takes a momentous diversion to unfold the
next "Chovis Voram" in the film. Twenty four hour can turn out to be bliss or
may end in a tragedy. The film is a must see for all lovers of Konkani
language.

The VCD film is produced by Rajesh A. Bhosale and filmed by Spirit at
beautiful and scerenic locations. The background music by Nelvil Fernandes is
enthralling to the ears. The actors have performed well and given their best.
Comedy scenes are also rib tickling, particularly, the scene in which, it
highlights that, in olden times, swine butchers used to hunt and trap pigs
with hounds but, now the modus operandi has shifted to modern technology, like
the Mobile telephones to hunt and capture the pigs.

The dialogues are also exceptionally penned. Simon Gonsalves has done well in
his maiden venture and deserves appreciation for the hard work and dedication
he has put in making this movie a reality. The film has been completed in a
record time, and kudos to the artist and all those involved in making the film
either on screen or behind the curtain or in front of the camera. Their
efforts will never go wasted as the film is doing good in Kuwait and gradually
will catch the hearts of Konkani Lovers.

Simon Gonsalves will be staging Konkani Religious Drama during Lent season,
titled "Chalis Dis Chalis Rati" in the coming year 2007. While the wait is
long, Take a deep breath and enjoy "Chovis Voram".

(Extract from The Times (Kuwait) / 1-7 Sept. 2006 / Page 2)

KATTY DE NAVELIM



KATTY DE NAVELIM
- A talented singer and composer

Since 2001 he is regularly seen on stage in Kuwait -
be it a Konkani drama or a musical show or a Goa Day
celebrations. Just recently he has been elected the
President of the popular and the only organization in
the Gulf region of the tiatrists' faternity - Kuwait
Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS). He is non other
than Mario Carneiro who goes by the alais "Katty de
Navelim". Katty started his singing career as a child
artiste while he was just in primary school. His
singing talents were duly recognized when he
participated in competitions held by the Cavellosim
Parish Youth. This encouragement took him to sing at
Kala Academy programmes and even to All India Radio
(AIR) at a very young age.


Katty has acted for Patrick Perry, C.D'Silva, Patrick
Dourado and others all over Goa. He has also penned
and directed his only Konkani tiatr titled "Tuca Favo
Naslem" which was performed in Assagao in Bardez and
at Tilamol in Quepem taluka, for the church feasts way
back in 1977.

Just a fortnight back (15th September 2006) he
released his second Konkani album in Kuwait titled
"Ugddas Tumcho" produced by MANFA Music (Goa). He had
presented his debut Konkani Album "Dennem" in 2002 -
also produced by MANFA Music (Goa).


"Both my albums have been well received. I thank all
Konkani lovers for the support and encouragement they
gave me", Katty shyly comments. Further elaborating
on both the albums, he says "I must confess that both
title songs in the two albums are my best favourites,
so also the song "Ashram" in "Ugddas Tumcho". Katty
further states "As mentioned in the Album covers, all
lyrics are penned by me".

"Although I landed in Kuwait a long while ago, I took
a long gap, i.e. for almost 19 years (1982-2001), I
did not act or sing on stage". With a force within
himself, he confidently managed to go back to his most
favourite hobby, i.e. singing on stage in "Ti Mojie
Mai" written by Patrick Dourado and directed by Tony
Dias in 2001. "I am grateful to my brother Morris
Carneiro and my family who have always supported my
singing art". He also participated in Patrick
Dourado's drama "Tujem Rogot" in April 2004 organized
by Navelim Youth Centre in Kuwait. "I was honoured and
privilege to sing a "duo" with Patrick Dourado.
Interestingly though, this was the very first time in
a career spanning over 90 dramas that Patrick Dourado
was seen on stage singing"!


Katty, together with Kuwait-based talented Konkani
stage artistes - Simon Gonsalves and Joseph Rodrigues
- have formed a trio! Since the last two years, this
trio has been making waves with songs specially penned
by Katty. Last year, it was a song "Palkacho Divo"
sung on the Goa's most famous "Trio Kings" at the
Kuwait Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvsta (KGTS) annual musical
show "Ostad Tiatrist" which was emotionally
acknowledged by "Anthony of Trio Kings fame" as well
sung and well written. Anthony himself announced on
stage after the song rendition that "this trio song"
will be included in their Trio Kings' forthcoming
Konkani VCD.

Born and brought up in Navelim, Salcette, Katty has
attended his primary education in Rosary High
School-Navelim and later as a boarder at St. Britto's
High School, Mapusa. After obtaining his Industrial
Training Diploma in Plumbing (Govt.of India) at
Margao, he obtained his Public Works Department (PWD)
licence. Presently in Kuwait he works for the well
known Arabi Holding Group as a Senior Irrigation and
Mechanical Supervisor at the construction projects
(sites) - both for the private sector and government
projects.


In the past decade, Katty has been elected as the
President, Sports Secretary as well as the General
Secretary of Navelim Youth Centre-Kuwait. With Kuwait
Indian Football Federation (KIFF) he was elected the
"Sports Secretary" for three years and as "Registrar"
for two years. When the www.goa-world.com team met
him after his election as KGTS President, he mentioned
that he keeps himself abreast of the happenings among
the Goans - be it on the sports as well as on the
tiatr circuit.

While keeping on track with the brief questions we put
across to Katty......
"Socio-economic growth of the Goan community through
the Konkani language and Romi script is the only way
to ensure a bright future and unity in Goa!".
"I hate those who write controversial and unfounded
stories on fellow tiatrists and Goans - specially
those who contribute towards the tiatr, konkani, and
social spheres in Kuwait".
While concluding this brief interview, Katty smiles:
"I will endeavour to keep the Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi
Sonvstha's (KGTS') flag flying high. KGTS upcoming
programme in the new year will be a grand one as in
the past three years".
"My grateful thanks to all my fans, Navelim villagers,
fellow tiatrists, supporters and well-wishers".
"Keep up the good work you and Ulysses Menezes
together with your team are doing by forwarding the
Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter regularly".
I like the goa-world.com website and specially Konkani
online music station".
"You guys are much ahead of everyone. I think
www.goa-world.com has the largest collection of
information on tiatr and tiatrists". Tumcam Dev borem
korum.

Well, thanks Katty, we appreciate the kind words. The
goa-world.com team too wish you a bright future ahead.
Once again, congratulations on your election as
President of KGTS !

Gaspar Almeida 9/10/2006
Kuwait
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/10880
gasperalmeida at gmail.com
http://www.goa-world.com/

Photographs - courtesy: GaspersWorld,
http://gaspercrasto.tripod.com/id49.html
Photographer: Simon Dias thelensmen at yahoo.com
Navelim Youth Centre-Kuwait, Kuwait Indian Football
Federation (KIFF). Photographer: Riwon Gomes
rewgomes at hotmail.com www.goa-world.com &
Kuwait Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS).

Copyright 2006 Goa-World.com. All Rights Reserved
No part of this article or photograph(s) is/are to be
used without the express permission of
www.goa-world.com or the above mentioned
entities/persons.

Link articles:
http://www.goa-world.com/goa/tiatr/tiatristprofiles.htm


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To: Mr. Gaspar Almeida
Moderator/Editor - Gulf-Goans eNewsletter
http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/gulf-goans/
www.goa-world.com


Dear Gaspar,

Well deserved write up on Katty.

I had the pleasure of associating with him during his tenure as President
and again when he was General Secretary of Navelim Youth Centre and and I
can confidently say that he puts his heart in whatever he does.

We are proud that he made his debut in Kuwait in "Thi Moji Maim" a drama
hosted by Navelim Youth Centre.

As villagers of Navelim and on behalf of Navelim Youth Centre in Kuwait we
wish him every success at Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS).


Agnello A S Fernandes
President
Navelim Youth Centre - Kuwait

It's kind of magical – KGTS 'Tiatr & Tiatrist' mega


{Report by Gaspar Almeida as published by Kuwait Times
and Arab Times of March 2, 2004 with pictures - Page
16 of both English Dailies }


It's kind of magical – KGTS 'Tiatr & Tiatrist' mega
Konkani musical in Kuwait

- Gaspar Almeida

An artistic work is a rare opportunity. It's very
exciting to watch the development of a musical show
right before your eyes. It's a window straight into
the creative minds on-stage as performed by Kuwait's
best Konkani stage artistes and the finest among the
Goan community here, popularly known as "Tiatrists"
this week. That was really kind of magical and
wonderful in itself as the mega musical show "Tiatr
Ani Tiatrist" unfolded to the audience, organized by
Kuwait-Goa Tiatristanchi Sonstha (KGTS) - the largest
premiere dramatists association of the Goans in Kuwait
in association with Goan Welfare Society (GWS). This
musical extravaganza -an abbreviated but always
humorously intended look back at tiatrs and tiatrists
(dramatists) art of the last hundred plus years- in
[just over] 4 hours 15 minutes. Showcasing young
talents with the versatile professional ones (all
members of KGTS) on a high priority with the best
combination of vocalists, singers, actors, actresses
and musicians to the stage, there were also comedy
skits and sketches, and of course, music by the 22 men
orchestra. Under the direction of Tony Coutinho,
Faustino (trumpet) and the ever popular Soccor D'Mello
(guitar), with Juju (saxophone), Agnelo Dias (trumpet)
and Luis Rodrigues (trumpet) – all flown from Goa.
Kuwait-based musicians Ben, Jhovy, Joel (guitar),
Denis (bass guitar), Agnelo (drums), Francis,
Flaviano, Menino (percussion), Chaminda (octopad),
Philip, Shahu, Syham (keyboard), Frederico, Marlinda
(piano), Mahadev (flute), David (violin); with digital
sound provided by Spiders added to the orchestra's
resounding effects. Lighting was used effectively and
the stage was utilized to the maximum. Among the
seniormost Goan artistes specially flown in from Goa
and Mumbai were illustrious Remmie Colaco, Anthony of
Trio Kings fame, together with Jr. Rod, Joe Rose and
Joa quim as well as Peter-Roshan and Comedian
Domnic. The show commenced at 3:45 p.m. with the
inauguration of the photo gallery of the famous
tiatrists of yesteryears in their fond rememberance at
the hands of Derrick Mendes (son of late Anthony
Mendes). A brief introduction of KGTS president
Francis de Verna followed, who highlighted KGTS
founder Marcus Vaz, and thanked all those who
contributed towards Rosario Rodigues for his medical
expenses. A cheque of Rs. 96,000/-. It would be worth
mentioning that this fund was collected from Konkani
lovers without organizing a show or a tiatr. The
inaugural group song by Junifer Rod, Marcus Vaz,
Francis de Verna, and Cajetan de Sanvordem with a
chorus by Clifford-Jonathan-Terence, Manuel de Santa
Cruz, Jose Rod, Sylvester Vaz, and Domnic Araujo. The
re-enactment of the age old carnival 'khell' (street
play) titled "Put Mumbai Voita" directed by Junifer
Rod caught the attention of the audience reminiscing
the now-extinct carnival tradition of South Goa. The
cast included Lucas Deniz, Comedian Nelson, Comedian
Philip, Anthony Carr, Martinho Martins, Mario de
Majorda, and Jose Anthony. Seniormost artiste, Remmie
Colaco, aged 79 years, from Sanvordem, received a
thunderous applause. In his inimitable style a song
entitled "Goenkarponn" was sung by him with the grace
and perfection. Laurente Pereira and Gracy Morais
were impressive in their 'duet' rendition. This was
followed by comedy skit by well known comedians
Nelson-Philip-Mario. Ketty de Navelim was his usual
best in his solo. Joe Rose's "Preparation-Separation"
was well received whereas Cajetan-Marcus-Mario trio's
song on the Almighty's might over mankind. Comedian
Domnic and Party has the audience in peels of laughter
in their comedy skit. Peter-Roshan's introduction to
the audience for the first time in Kuwait was a
welcome change and their duet "Maico-Paico" had a good
effect, well worded and rhymed. From Goa, the direct
relay of interviews of retired tiatrists, Rom Tony,
Master Vaz and M.Boyer was something novice to the
tiatr audience. Well done, Augusto Morias! So also
was the clipping on Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh
Khan, dubbed in Konkani with an interesting theme on
'Sour Ground'. And the crowd just loved it. The
play directed by Jose Rod, with Cajetan de Sanvordem,
Gracy Morais, Laurente Pereira, Domnic Araujo was very
well done. The trio kings – from the set of 9 artistes
specially flown from Goa - Anthony-Jr.Rod-Joaquim
reminded of the sacrifices made by "M.K. Gandhi" to
live in harmony. "Ami Touristam" by Joe Rose and
Peter-Roshan, duo by Slyvester Vaz and Laurente
Pereira, and solo by Comedian Domnic winded up the
first session of the musical with an innovative idea
of combining the same a la "Aiwa" advertisement. It
was pleasant to see the third generation youngsters
willingness to continue in the tradition for which
KGTS and other Konkani-promoting organizations. Kudos
to their parents as well as all those who compose
songs, train and give the youngsters a helping hand to
shine on the Konkani stage. During the break-time, a
game of bingo was conducted. Vincent D'Cunha was
declared the winner for the 25" Television set. The
second part continued with Mario de Colva and Joe
Frank's duo, followed by a duet by Slyvester Vaz and
Gracy Morais. The comedy skit by Domnic and Party
took away the strength of laughing more! Remmie
Colaco's "Mai Paichea Khoxt" had a good moral for the
youth. Bi-lingual "Love Song" by Jose Rod had the
ingredients of his trade mark composition and voice
modulation. The video clippings and jokes continued so
also the solos by Comedian Philip, Jr. Rod, Roshan,
and Joe Rose, in addition to Peter-Roshan's duet
titled "Fashion" and the trio kings traditional
hallmark of "xupatteo" songs. The houseful audience
could not believe when the concluding "The End" re-run
of the "Aiwa" advertisement was shown, as they
expected more! The proceeds of the musical show was
donated by KGTS to the welfare of the retired artistes
namely Rom Tony (Goa), Mary Vaz (Goa) - wife of late
Jacinto Vaz, Prem Kumar (Mumbai), Paul Romy (Mumbai)
and John Nazareth (Kuwait) as a tribute of love.
Other KGTS members under its fold include Milagres de
Benaulim, Santana Afonso, Remy Rebelo, and Zoro. The
concluding comedy item – the silent act – was a
delight to watch with Comedian Domnic, Mario de
Majorda and Comedian Philip.

At a separate dinner hosted in honour of the visiting
artistes and musicians , members of the orchestra and
families of KGTS members, KGTS felicitated Remmie
Colaco. Mementos were bestowed on the visiting
artistes as well as individual gifts presented to all
members of the orchestra. T-Bush, the silent
supporter of the tiatrist's faternity who specializes
in designing audio and CD artwork, publicity leaflets
as well as computer generated video clippings, was
also felicitated on the occasion. All said and done,
it's not too surprising to note that hundreds of hits
were recorded on the KGTS website after the show

http://www.geocities.com/kgts_10/Home.html . I will
not be astonished if the other artistes of the
tiatrist's faternity join the KGTS to make it one of
the biggest entities of like-minded association in the
history of "Tiatr Ani Tiatrist" not only in Kuwait,
but worldwide. Well done, KGTS. For more info,
email kgts_10 at hotmail.com (Ends)



Links to KGTS musical:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3816

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3808

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3806

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3804

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3795

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3789

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3786

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3770

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3767

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3760

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3755

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gulf-goans/message/3728

The Konkani film 'BLACK' as I saw it




The Konkani film 'BLACK' as I saw it
- by Gaspar Almeida, Associate,
www.goa-world.com


"BLACK Nhesop Atanchem Fashion" is a witty and
humorous story between a middle aged Goan couple and
their two sons who have just began their careers and
marital lives far away from home. Director T-Bush uses
wit and humour and gives the entire film a twist here
and a twist there, keeping the suspense of what's to
come next.

The twirl in the story comes in the form of two sons
based in Kuwait and the ploy they adopt to drive a
wedge between themselves, the sons with their spouses
and the parents back in Goa - the reason being not
appreciating and being ashamed of the traditional
family 'profession'. The screenplay relies heavily on
appealing dialogues and various 'comedy'
relationships in the film to put forth the basic
story, complete with appropriate song sequences. The
approach that the Director uses is different,
interesting and entertaining. It is an all and all out
comedy.

The film "BLACK" has been directed by the award
winning filmmaker, T-BUSH, and the star cast
comprises (listed in alphabetical order) of: Abby
Periera, Agnello A.S. Fernandes, Albino Lawrence,
Babit Dourado, Braz de Parra, Cajetan de Sanvordem,
Carl Rodrigues, Clara Rodrigues, Conchita Cardoz,
Carmo Santos, Diana Rodrigues, Dominic Araujo, Francis
de Verna, Francis Menezes, Gaspar Almeida, Gracy
Morais, Helen Pinto, Ignatius de Xelvon, Irene Vaz,
Jeremiah Vaz, Joe Fereira, Joseph Rodrigues, Julio
Cardozo, Kevin Vaz, Katty de Navelim, Laurent Periera,
Laurie Miranda, Luis D’Costa, Manuel de Santa Cruz,
Mabel, Marina D’Souza, Mario de Majorda, Nasser, Neeta
Fernandes, Nelson Colaco, Nicholas Rodrigues, Nitin
Castelino, Olinda Dias, Philip Periera, Philomena,
Qeurobina Carvalho, Riana Azavedo, Roullond Fernandes,
Rowla Lewis, Salu Faleiro, Sandra Fernandes, Sharon
Fernandes, Simon Dias, Simon Gonsalves, Cisco, Late
Sunny de Quepem, Sylvester Vaz, Vicky Vaz, and Zoro.

The film belongs to the comedy genre and is set in
Goa and Kuwait. The music composed by Norman Cardoz,
Goa's finest talented musician, and lyrics by Braz de
Parra. “BLACK” has an interesting script,
entertaining screenplay and T-BUSH's execution and
portrayal of the different characters and his choice
of the cast is really commendable and had deligently
carried the film on his shoulders with adequate flair.
T-BUSH has chosen an interesting setting and has
made use of wit and humour immensely well which
enlivens and enriches the film to a great extent.
It’s the first Indian film to be shoot in Kuwait. The
director has etched out the real life angle too within
the story with a unique flair lending it immense
dignity and maturity. The continuity sequences are a
treat to the eyes.

T-BUSH has managed to give the majority of the
first timers who have faced the camera the same edge
that the other characters of professional stage actors
would have. The film entertains its audiences to an
extent with its sharp and witty dialogues. The climax
is acceptable and the cinematography too is eye
pleasing, with English subtitles. Music is soft and
charming which matches the theme of "BLACK" and
performances are good, enhancing the film in a great
way.

At the commencement, the organizers at Friday's (30th
Nov.) show had a small introductory ceremony compered
by Gaspar Crasto during which Cajetan Pereira and
Querobina Carvalho - were introduced to the audience.
The guests of honour Rev. Fr. Lionel Braganza,
Principal of Don Bosco School (IEAS)-Kuwait and TV,
stage, Durdarshan and Zee TV personality Arif Kazi
paid glowing tributes to T-BUSH. A one minute silence
was observed in fond rememberance of late Sanny Vaz
(de Quepem). His presence in the 'BLACK' film will
forever keep his memory alive as in his audio albums.
A commemorative souvenir was released to mark the
occasion. 'BLACK' was premiered in Kuwait on 10th
August 2007 in the presence of H.E. The Ambassador of
India M.Ganapati in a glittering ceremony, and
Friday's was the third screening in Kuwait. According
to well-placed sources, plans are to have it screened
in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, U.A.E., Canada,
U.K. and U.S.A. and in India (Goa, Mumbai, Pune,
Mangalore, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore) in the
first quarter of 2008.

"BLACK" being a film which may be watched after a long
interval - as Konkani films are a rarity - I am
positive that the technique and the technologically
advanced systems incorporated in filming and
production as well as sound effects in 'BLACK' with
the e-cinema concept will have T-BUSH kept on the
pedestal of being the first for this achievement.

As T-BUSH at the commencement of the screening
emphasized in a two line statement, "As I have
mentioned at the premiere show, you have to view
'BLACK' with your heart. I hope you will do so this
time".
Indeed it had to be, and knowing the talented
resourceful T-BUSH - a man of few words, I did.

Kuwait, 3/12/2007
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A tribute to Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa


A tribute to Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa
- Gaspar Almeida


The unexpected death of Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa has
deprived the Goans and the Church of one of its most
gifted priests. He was a man of integrity and
transparency who was an exemplary parish priest at
several Goan parishes, a teacher at the Seminary and
an adviser to the die-hard Konkani enthusiasts.

Fr. Freddy had an easy manner and was at home with
people from every walk of life. He had the gift of
making you feel that you were the most important
person in the world when talking with him. A person
of great seriousness but at the same time extreme good
humour, Fr. Freddy was ever ready to defend his
strongly held Catholic beliefs but was also gracious
companion, a reconciler who believed in the 'dignity
of differences'. Those who worked with him found Fr.
Freddy a loyal and trusted colleague. He had an
incisive mind and the gift of clearly explaining
difficult concepts and issues of importance to the
community.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Fr.
Freddy. He was a generous, selfless and brilliant
man, who was one of the finest people I have had the
pleasure of knowing. He will be remembered for his 22
years of dedication to his much cherished 'GULAB' -
the only roman script Konkani family magazine. My
three page Konkani article "Politics of the Olympic
Games" in GULAB issue of April 1986 was published by
him without even editing a word. So also were my
reports on the sports, cultural and social activities
of the Goans in Kuwait.

Fr. Freddy had a great generosity of grace and
understanding. His deep pastoral sensitivity gave him
an insight into many people's lives, with whom he
developed strong and trustworthy friendships. The
Church has lost a much loved priest and, for so many
of us, Konkani lovers, the tiatrist faternity, the
musicians, the Konkani authors, a true and loyal
friend. We will miss him terribly, but in his great
works - GULAB, Konkani publications, audio cassettes,
etc., Fr. Freddy will always be remembered by all
Goans and Konkani lovers.


Gaspar Almeida
Associate, www.goa-world.com