Monday, September 28, 2009

H.Britton's funeral - "Randlelem sorta punn kelelem urta."

There is a Konkani proverb: "Randlelem sorta punn kelelem urta."
(Cooked food gets over but the deeds remain.)

We saw the effects of this proverb at H. Britton's (HB) funeral. The crowd that attended his funeral included not only his near and dear ones but also his audience who supported him throughout his career.

They gathered at his residence and at the Church to express their gratitude to the man who entertained us all with his meaningful songs, tiatros, Mandde, etc. and to bid him a final adieu; they came to repay him for the good deeds that he did in his lifetime.

Usually, funerals are a sad occasion where one comes across a lot of crying, wailing and sad faces. But at H. Britton's funeral, it was a different feeling and that difference was created by the brass band, which kept on playing H. Britton's famous songs non-stop at his home, during the procession and at the Church before and after the service.

I, among many, was sad at H. Britton's passing. Every time Cota's band played one of his songs, I was transported back to that time in HB's career, imagining HB singing on the stage - flashbacks of his performances rolled right before my eyes. Not only that, every time a song was played, I found myself quietly humming the tune along with the band; I am sure many others did the same.

HB worked and lived for us Goans in Goa and abroad. He had one thing in his mind - to entertain the public and he did just that until last year. An entertainer right to the end, even in death, he entertained all at his funeral through tunes of his songs!

We miss you H. Britton! You will always remain in our hearts! May God bless your soul!


Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna, Goa
Mob: 9420979201

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