GULF VOICE OF GOA CREATES HISTORY IN KUWAIT
Report - Gasper Crasto, Photographs - Pearl Vaz
The first ever Gulf Voice of Goa Konkani singing competition – a tribute to legendary Goan musician and lyricist Chris Perry, created history bringing together Goans of all diversity in a mega show of entertainment at Khaldiya University Auditorium - 22nd February 2019.
The event was the biggest singing competition outside Goa that offered the best platform for aspiring singers to showcase their talent on international stage.
The competition gathered some of the best Goan singers in the Gulf to demonstrate their vocal talent and prowess. This gave singers and the public a unique, high quality, and unforgettable experience.
The event was organized in aid of the Bahrain Cathedral.
Admirably, the program began with a hymn in honor of Our Lady of Arabia. Singers who took part in singing comprised of Trupti Marshall, Flavia Fernandes, Felia Alphonso, Neeta Fernandes, Jessie Leitao, Larissa Fernandes, Esparansa Barretto and Carrie Santos.
A minute’s silence was also observed at the onset of the program for police jawans killed in the terror attack at Pulwama, Kashmir.
ORGANIZERS & REPRESENTATIVES
Goan Cultural Centre President Carmo Santos, who in the past has organized events of substance such as Global Goans Convention and the first Konkani Film Festival (outside India) in Kuwait, was the chief coordinator of the show.
Mr. Santos was well supported by famous Goan NRIs in the Middle- East - Agnello Fernandes and Bosco Leitao (Kuwait), Simon D’Silva (Doha Qatar), Gabriel Crasto and Francis Correia (Bahrain), Gabby de Chandor (Dubai), and Anthony Lourenco (Muscat).
A number of celebrity artistes and delegates took part in the 5 and a half hour non-stop, pulsating and entertaining show.
Special invitees for the event included Mr. Gurudas Pilernekar
(Director – Art & Culture, Goa), Thomazinho Cardozo (Tiatr Academy
of Goa - TAG), Cezar D’Mello (TAG), Mr. Henry Fernandes (Dubai), etc.
THE MAIN COMPETITION
The main competition was classified for Gulf residents of Goan origin.
2 participants from each country, a male and a female, were shortlisted for the finals.
The contest consisted of 2 rounds – the first was normal singing of one complete song, the second round required singers to catch up with the tempo of music in a one verse-chorus song.
THE WINNERS & PRIZES
Melodious Goan voices from the Gulf countries along with a number of dignitaries and supporting fans made their way to the event.
Kuwait’s Romeo Braganza and Dubai’s Aviella D’Souza were adjudged best Gulf Goan Male and Female singers.
Romeo’s winning song ‘Maria’ received a thunderous applause from the home fans while Aviella demonstrated great vocal quality, stage presence and showmanship singing her award-winning number ‘Meu Amor’.
John Pereira (UAE) with ‘Sopnan Fottoilo’ and Slenzitta D'Cruz
(Bahrain) singing ‘Kalliz Velem Chorun’ finished as Runner-ups.
As well as receiving glittering crystal trophies, the winners and runners-up were awarded cash prizes and gift hampers.
Prizes were handed over by Carmo Santos, Martin Alphonso, Trupti Marshall and Felia Alphonso in presence of Mr. Gurudas Pilernekar – Art & Culture Director.
Other contestants who contested the final included Aeral Paul Fernandes (Bahrain), John De Sa and Natcey Barretto (Qatar), Maurice Rosario and Velriza Pereira (Oman), and Kuwait’s Zelia Rodrigues.
All the participants were felicitated with impressive mementos.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW
One of the highlights of the show was the return on stage of one of Konkani stage’s most respected loving son and star Jose Rod after a gap of over 10 years which brought a standing ovation from everyone.
Jose was welcomed by an especially arranged children’s kotti-fugdi dance and escorted on stage by little Kyle and Kiara Fernandes led by Agnello Fernandes.