Sunday, July 12, 2009

Little known fact: BJP cell staged 20 khells to woo South

BJP cell staged 20 khells to woo South - 2009 Elections:

Tiatr and khells was once the medium employed by the Congress and political leaders from Salcete to reach out to the electorate, so to say. The BJP's Cultural Cell staged as many as 20 khells during the just concluded Carnival festivities in South Goa. Parrikar even attended a khell show as the chief guest at Nuvem and appreciated attempts to resurrect the khell. [H]



By Daniel F De Souza

FAUSTO V DA Costa needs no formal introduction to Goans. The same applies to his music company “Dinfa Productions” which, till now, has given some memorable hit audio CDs and cassettes to Konkani music lovers. The most recent gems that have been produced by Dinfa Productions are Goenchim Mannkam Motiam a re-mix of old Konkani hits, and hit songs of the late Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa’s award-winning play Niz Mog.

Goenchim Mannkam Motiam is a remix CD of hits of renowned composers and singers of yesteryear. Selected hits of Minguel Rod, Kid Boxer, Young Menezes, M. Boyer, Remmie Colaco, C. Alvares, H. Briton, Alfred Rose, Frank Fernand, Shailendra Singh, Bhupendra, Amit Kumar and Antonette are included in the CD.

Goenchim Mannkam Motiam: A remix CD of golden Konkani hits.
Among the several unforgettable hits, one gets to listen to the original version of hits such as Ghovachem Ghor by C. Alvares and Antonette, Girl Friend by H. Briton, Mhaka Poun Hanstai by Alfred and Rita Rose. The CD begins with an old hit solo of M. Boyer, Bhurguim Vo Baulim, rendered by Michael M. and Aitar Kela a fast rap song of Young Menezes sung by Philip T follows. Ghovachem Ghor, in the original voice of the King of Duets late C. Alvares and Antonette, is a delight. Melodious Mumbai-based singer Nephie Rod belts out Amit Kumar’s Noman Tuka Goa.

Philip T and Michael M. combine well to bring you ‘Kid-Young-Rod’ a hit combination of the early sixties. M. Kumar follows next with a romantic solo ‘Kallzachem Sukh’ which was originally sung by Shailendra Singh. H. Briton’s ‘Pandu Lampianv’ is rendered by Michael M. Remmie Colaco’s all time hit song “Ghorachem Sukh” is sung by Francis, but the singer fails to come anywhere close to veteran singer Remmie Colaco either in style or depth. ‘Lawrie Io’ set to the pop beat is rendered well by Anthony San and Jennifer, Anthony San follows later with yet another hit ‘Nixeani Fulam’ originally of Bhupender. It must be said to the credit of the singer Anthony San that in both the above songs he sings far better than the original version. His melodious voice makes pleasant listening.

‘Sopnantle Tiatr’ is a well composed song sung by Peter de Benaulim, this is followed by another duet ‘Sobhit Amchem Goem’ by Jennifer and Allan. Veteran singer Antonette Mendes adds flavour to the CD by her splendid voice singing ‘Mog’, a touching Mando. “Mhaka Poun Hanstai” is yet another original gem coming from the melody king, late Alfred Rose and his wife Rita. “Bobor” a comedy hit song of late Minguel Rod is the last track on the CD sung by Michael M.

This Re-mix version CD has music composed by some great music composers in the likes of Johny Rodrigues, Frank Fernand, Joe Perry, Luis Martins, Alfred Rose, Cruz Jazzwala, and Manuel Alphonso. The CD priced at Rs.200/- comes with a free sing-along lyrics booklet. ‘Goenchim Mannkam Motiam’ with music by Tony Dias, will certainly add variety to your Konkani Music collection. Go ahead pick your copy from the nearest dealer. ‘Niz Mog’ the other CD released by Dinfa Productions contains all the hit songs from Fr. Freddy J. Costa’s tiatr with the same name, which was released in 1985. The CD contains all the hits songs sung by the original artists from the play. All the songs from the tiatr are composed by late Fr. Freddy J. Costa and have rich lyrics with a true Goan flavour. Set to some really soulful music by Fr. Tony Cotta, it is makes some pleasant listening. ‘Niz Mog’, Mogan Hanv Poddon’ ‘Mogan Zaleam Pixim’ and ‘Magtam Upkar’ are some memorable solos rendered by Laura with her crystal clear voice. Melodious voiced singer Young Chico sings ‘Koxtt Dukh Kaddun’ and ‘Maim Ugddas Tuzo’. Young Chico combines once again with Laura to sing a duet ‘Mogan Zaleam Pixim’. He follows once again with Agnela to sing a duet ‘Kalliz Mhojem Kadd’. ‘Mog Tuzo re Cliff’ is another solo rendered by Agnela. All the ten songs are directly related to the main plot of ‘Niz Mog’ and Fr. Freddy Costa himself narrates the story in between the songs.

NIZ MOG: A must buy collection for Konkani music lovers.
The CD contains five bonus tracks ‘Doth Dennem” by Laura and Agnela, ‘Sangati’ by Young Chico, ‘Doxea’ By Laura, ‘Madar Teresa’ by Young Chico and ‘Konknni Bhas’ by Laura. All these five tracks have some really meaningful lyrics. Since these songs were original recorded in the mid-eighties, Young Chico is at the peak of his singing career. His singing is exceptionally good and so are the other female voices too. The music score is written by Fr. Tony Cotta, who also plays the Saxaphone. He is accompanied by Agnelo Dias on the trumpet and the Syndicate Band provides the music. ‘Niz Mog’ was earlier released in the eighties by Dinfa Production on audio cassettes, whereas the same is now released on a CD format.At a time when good Konkani songs with meaningful lyrics and ethnic goan music are scarce to come by, “Niz Mog” provides the much needed relief. The CD is moderately priced at Rs. 150 and is available at all leading music stores in Goa , Mumbai and in the Gulf . ‘Niz Mog’ is certainly a priceless CD of quality songs and original goan music. Make sure you add the same to your ‘must buy’ list.

New Release in August: In the meantime Ace comedian John D’ Silva joins the bandwagon of tiatrists with his latest release ‘UGDDAS” scheduled for release from 1 st August 2004 in all the main cities of Goa. The premier show will be held in Mapusa. Departing from his usual format of non-stop shows, ‘UGDDAS’ is a full fledged tiatr. Seems like John has followed in the footsteps of Roseferns and Prince Jacob in switching over to the tiatr format for a change during the off-season slot. Speaking to John D’Silva I gathered that this is not his first step in producing a tiatr. He had earlier staged his first tiatr entitled “Chukele Roste” some years back. When asked why he preferred to produce a tiatr, John replied “Tiatrs have made a phenomenal comeback and they are very popular in recent times, hence I decided to try something different.” The show boasts of a varied cast with some big names from the Konkani stage. The writer promises the tiatr is an intriguing story with many twists. He has brought together four other top comedians of the Konkani stage apart from himself to provide the comic relief. So comedian Agostinho, Selvy, Luis Bachchan and Joanna will combine with John to produce side-splitting comedy states the writer/director. Some of the topmost and established singers of the Konkani stage are also lined up to strengthen the singing department. I wish John D’Silva all the very best in his new venture.

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