(MENAFN - Arab Times) 'Goencho Avaz' par excellence – Kuwait Konkani Community…
Avaz', The Konkani musical show held at Kuwait Boys
Scouts Association Auditorium, Near Ministry of Communication, Hawally –
Kuwait, on Friday, April 26th
2019, received a thunderous applause from Kuwait Konkani community. The show
was organized by Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait, in aid of less fortunate
children, under the theme 'Essence of Positive Living'
and 'Be Smart – Carry on Safe' for a humanitarian NGO 'Udant' based in Goa. Udant
is a registered organization working in the fields of HIV/AIDS and related
issues with youth in educational institutions and workers in hotels and other
industries. Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait, shouldered the responsibilities
to enhance the lives of children with multifaceted needs such as care,
education, treatment as well as general support.
next stars of Konkani world left no stone unturned to entertain Kuwait Konkani
community. In simple words, they promised, they delivered, and in fact they
delivered much more to the expectations of enthusiastic audience. A big shout-out
to these amazing talented young artists, most of them privileged to perform on
international stage for the first time. The star performer of the evening was
'Goencho Avaz' Season – 1 winner and playback singer of the famed Konkani film,
'NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR' Cielda Pereira, Cielda lived up to the expectations with
her four solos and in-between teaming up with medley, specially composed for
the event by music director Lenoy Gomendes. Others who enthralled the evening
with their melodious voices were, Avina Furtado, Elaine Pinto, Everleigh
Mascarenhas, Stacey Mesquita, Cyrus Fernandes and Frenzie Vito Rodrigues. They
were the seven star performer winners/finalists of 'Goencho Avaz' over the
years initiated in Goa by Herald publications since 2015.
Also others who sparkled
the evening were, Holly Rodrigues, the winner of Nightingale of Goa 2017, Florinda
Cardozo, Winner, Goencho Tallo – 2019, (Abu-Dhabi, U.A.E), Romeo Braganza, Winner,
Gulf Voice of Goa – 2019, (Kuwait), Baltazar Pontes, Bernie Vaz, Olinda &
Simon Dias. Among young guns and future stars of 'Goencho Avaz' Adela &
Gaynelle as Morias Sisters and another pair of siblings, Valentina &
Valentino Pinto, as Kuwait based talents weighed on bigger scale.
Kudos to the organizers for
the surprised addition to the show, for the first time in the history of
Konkani musical, a Sri Lankan female singer 'Disna Lakmini' honored to sing
creation of Late Chris Perry, originally sung by the legend 'Usha Uthup', 'Meu
Amor' a fitting tribute to a legendary musician. Music director, Lenoy Gomendes
praised for his scintillating music, he was accompanied by Tony Fernandes on
drums and Sri Lankan band 'Sunrage' under the leadership of Lalith Prasanna.
taste buds, newfound on political horizon & special invitee; Alison Gomes, junior
political singer ignited the stage with his imitating style of seasoned
political singer. Alison will definitely fill the void as the first political
singer in Salcete since the bygone era of late William de Curtorim.
of Goan Pop, also a special invitee; made his grand entry with his signature
emblem, traditional Goan baker's horn and kankonn, his first song was a tribute
to the victims of bomb blast in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday 2019, the song was presented
with a fitting images on graphic presentation sent the audience to tears. Later
he switched to his regular Konkani pop songs and entertained for the rest of
WAVES Events – Kuwait, the
pioneer in event management lit-up the sparkling stage with colorful led lights,
laser beams and led screen backdrop, nowadays it is a trend for events and
every stage performance, but making a best use of it is an art, and WAVES technicians
did justice mastering every department surely to next level.
prominent personalities, patrons, ministry officials & commercial vendors witnessed
'Goencho Avaz' organized by Indian Arts & Culture – Kuwait. The organizers
would like to thanks whole heartily to one n all for their contribution and
support in their endeavors.
The man of the
evening was none other than 'Agnelo Borim', an all-time Konkani compere in Goa,
well stocked, flawless, humorous and sometimes humble too, marked his bench in
overseas as well. A worthy addition to any Konkani events, our desk news
reporter calls to Global Goans to taste the thunder through our Maim bhas
Konkani. Agnelo was energetic throughout the five hours non-stop entertainment
where audience glued to their seats even after the end of the show. 'Goencho
Avaz' to be remembered until we see something different from generation next, till
then savour 'Goencho Avaz'.
A gratitude to Chief Guest,
Mr. Robert Kimbrough, Regional Security Officer, American Embassy Kuwait, and
Guest of Honor, Mrs. Kristina Kimbrough, for their time and generosity, they
were introduced to the audience on stage during the show, Mr. Robert praised
the organizers for a wonderful show for the cause, he said 'I don't understand
what's going on here, the music was good, it's an honor to be here for an
important worthy cause, wonderful to enjoy the amazing talents of the artistes
performing today', Mr. Robert thanked the audience for their presence and
support. Mrs. Kimbrough in her few words thanked the organizers for their
efforts and cause, she also thanked for inviting her along with her husband.
All the artistes were given mementos as a token of appreciation through the
hands of distinguished guests Mr. & Mrs. Kimbrough. The ceremony compered
by Remus James.
Continental Hotels Group, Air Arabia, BEC Exchange, Al Fajr Al Jadid, United
Steel Factory, Martin Machine Shop – Auto Garage, IFAtech Solutions, Joyalukkas
Jeweller, Smart Solutions Co., Mass Express – International Freight Forwarders,
Family Baker's Salmiya, Eng. Ashutosh Panchal, Mr. Agnelo D'Costa –
Panchwadi/Kuwait, Mr. Francisco Almeida (Shahu), Mr. Luis N Connie Mesquita –
Candolim, Mr. Gasper Almeida – Goa-World Team, Mr. Derrick Gomindes –
President-KIFF & Mr. Albino Lourenco – Santa Cruz/Kuwait.
El-Din Hussain, Allen Pereira, Ramdas Nair, Simon Dias (ImagEnation), Prakash
L. Gonsalves – Mangalore, Anand Devadiga – Mangalore, Jeffery Lawrence
Fernandes – Mangalore, Lawry Pinto – Mangalore (Rising Stars), Bernard Rubin
D'Souza & Fly. – Chickmagalur/Kuwait, Flavio Fernandes – Santa Cruz, John
Fernandes – Arab Times, Holy Spirit Margao – Kuwait, Miracles sports Club –
Kuwait, Goa Football Club – Kuwait, Nuwara & Sourjah – Sri Lanka
Prasanna – Sunrange/Kuwait, John Cardoz – Mandur, Julie D'Souza – Anjuna, Marcos
D'Costa – Navelim, Fidelis Fernandes – Ex-President-KIFF, Agnello Fernandes –
Navelim, Alex Mascarenhas – Mumbai, Peter D'Costa – Quepem, Julio Cardozo &
Fly. – Canacona, Rodolf & Maria Rodrigues – Mumbai, Joseph A. Rebello &
Fly. – Maina Curtorim, Jones & Celine Fernandes- Anjuna, Johnsy &
Marianinha D'Mello – Anjuna, Peter & Esmy Mendonca, Reji Rodrigues (Jackie),
Raaj Go – Saligao-Goa, Charles Fee & Heather Ward, Maurice D'Costa – Navelim,
Braz Rodrigues – Parra, Agnelo Fernandes – Fatorda, Rosario Luis – Chandor
& Ram Mohan – Suntech.
Araujo – President, Kala Mogui Kuwait, Agnelo Rebello, Agnelo Fernandes (Raia),
Melvin Lavina Fernandes, Nazi Azavedo – SFX Boys, Gaudencio Gomendes, Braz
Rodrigues, Alex Mascarenhas & Shahu Almeida.
Borim (Compere), Lenoy Gomendes (Music Director), Frenzie Vito Rodrigues, Cyrus
Fernandes, Alison Gomes, Holly Rodrigues, O'luv Rodrigues, Cielda Pereira, Avina
Furtado, Elaine Pinto, Everleigh Mascarenhas, Stacey Mesquita & Florinda
Braganza, Baltazar Pontes, Bernie Vaz, Olinda & Simon Dias, Adela Morias, Gaynelle
Morias, Valentine & Valentino Pinto & Tony Fernandes (Drummer), and Sri
Lankan band 'Sunrange'.
Menezes, Carmen Menezes, Tony Dias, Shirley Dias, John Noronha, Cynthia Noronha
& Norraine Mendes.
Arts & Culture – Kuwait, Agnelo Fernandes, Jesarico Dias, Armando Mergulhao,
Mervin Nunes, Arun Pinto, Henry Fernandes & Pascoal Filipe.
Gomes (Goa-world Team) & Stacy Araujo (Digital World Enthusiastic)
Momin, Lestino Jake, Yadab Shrestha, Anil Rai, Hegazy Ibrahim, Mhod. Basha, Imran
Burud, Robert D'Souza & Abraham Lijo.
Times, The Times, Kuwait Times, indiansinkuwait.com, daijiworld.com & goa-world.com
Social Media Buzz:
Many among the audience went
LIVE using advance media technology, a distant viewer and the father of one of
the star singer, Luis Mesquita from Candolim – Goa, mentioned in his comment to
Dominic Araujo, 'you picked the cream of 'Goencho Avaz'. This was an
opportunity for the young talented singers to showcase themselves. And you and
this organizing committee gave them a chance to do that in Kuwait. Many doors
will open for all of the graceful singers to perform internationally in the
Julio Cardozo, a legend
and a multi-talented personality, the best critic too, updated his status on
facebook, 'Let me emphasize in the very beginning of this little post…. Konkani
music is alive and kicking and the next generation is
ensuring that all is not lost…., I was a little apprehensive wondering
if a musical in Kuwait without the usual so called popular super stars of the
Konkani stage would succeed…. And boy, am I glad I was so wrong!!!' he
lamented. 'If I was forced to find one tiny fault, it would be the length of
the show. Maybe it should have only included the overseas artistes, with no
dis-respect to the locals who performed extremely well too. Having said that….
We enjoyed every bit of it' he concluded. Dominic Araujo, a devote to Goan culture &
mother tongue Konkani language, and a strong supporter of 'Goencho Avaz' updated
his status on facebook, 'Over the years many shows were held in this part of
the world… but nothing like "Goencho Avaz"… personally huge
respect to you all', Mr. Araujo's earlier facebook post soon after the show, it
was in Konkani language, he said 'there were no kings, nor queens, only the
pleasant music and melodious voices'.