Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Goenchim Noketram" in Bahrain


"Goenchim Noketram" in Bahrain

‘Goenchim Noketram’ the cultural and folk group from Goa led by Gina Mascarenhas provided lively entertainment for Goans in Bahrain. The Goan Cultural Traditions of song and dance filled the air at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant Auditorium Bahrain, on October 22, 2009 where the show was held under the patronage of Young Goans Club.

The group comprising of musicians, singers and dancers presented a three hour cultural fiesta of Goan song and dance. The items included Goan Dekni and Fugdi dance. The audience applauded every item presented by the group and the opera musicals in mime and movements on the life style of Xethkamti (farmer), kharvi (fisherfolk) and render (toddytaper) were cheered throughout. The presentations brought back the nostalgic memories of bygone era of Goa.

The group electrified the performances by their originality and depicting the culture old tools relevant to the trade. It was wondrous to see the entire audience joining the singing as the group played some old Goan instrumentals using instruments like ghumot, mandolin, bongos and cymbals. A medley of Hindi, Portuguese, English and Konkani favourites of yester years got many in the crowd on to their feet and were seen dancing and swaying to the beat. The show culminated with traditional mando and dulpods. The group not only won laurels for their song and dance but for the costumes and jewellery they showcased relevant to each presentation.

‘Goenchim Noketram’ the cultural and folk group from South Goa are the award winners at Mando Festivals held all over Goa in 2008 and 2009. The group has also performed at the inaugural ceremony of International Film Festival in November 2008 and at the concluding ceremony of Asia Pacific Conference in October 2008. Goenchim Noketram have toured different parts of India to present their shows and were the main attractions for Goa Day celebrations in Dubai in June 2008.


The show in Bahrain was sponsored by Jet Airways. GR Crasto compered the show and kept the audience spellbound with witty questions on Goan culture, songs and personalities that carried prizes donated by the group ‘Goenchim Noketram’.



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30/10/2009

‘Wonder Boy’: CAMERON FERNANDES


::Kherit Lekh ::
‘Wonder Boy’: CAMERON FERNANDES

Kandollecho famad sangoddak hozaramni lok zomta. Ani hea hozar sonkhe samkara ubo ravun kantar gavop, ani tem-ui zalear eka lhan sat vorsam pirayechea bhurgean? Sobit- sundor, zhadda-peddamni nettoilolo, Mandovi nodik khori suropay diupi ganv mhollear Brittona. Hea ganvchea Cameron-bab Fernandesak 'Wonder Boy' nanvan vollkhotat. Sat vorsanche pirayer thaun Kandollechea sangddak kantaram gavun tannem thoim hajir aslolea lokachea tonddantlean “ho konn lhan bhurgo? Tannem borem kantar gailam!” oxim utram bhair kaddleant.

Hea vorsa, Serula Art and Culture Academy Porvorim, Penha de Franca pongddan Derrick D'Mellocho 'Kallokhi Uzvadd' tiatr spordhek ubo kelo. Hea tiatrant ‘Wonder Boy’ Cameron hannem git gavun 'Best Male Child Singer' inam’ zoddlem.
Punn Cameronak 'Wonder Boy' nanv koxem poddlem? “Hanv sat vorsancho aslom tednam ganvchea eka borea mon’xan mhaka Kandolle sangoddak kantar gavpak vhelo. Thoim Gõyche famad kantorist hajir asle. Hanvem mhojem kantar gavun zatoch, thoim hajir aslolea sogllea lokamni mhaka xabaski dili, ani dusrea disa 'Herald' potrar hanv ‘Wonder Boy’ mhunn chhapun haddlem,” oxem Cameron-baban fattlo ugddas kaddun umedin sanglem.

Camronan aplea jivitachi fuddarachi survat 2007 vorsa tiatr sopordhentlean keli. Cyril Almeidachea 'Utor' tiatrant tannem kantar gailem. Ani tea uprant tannem khubxea tiatramni zoxe porim 'Pavsa... asor kor', 'Hanv porot ietelim'kantaram gailim. Milagres de Chandor-an taka aplea 'Talliyo Marat' hea tiatrant kantar gavpachi sondi dili. Hea tiatrant tannem don kantaram 'Uddta to Buddta' ani 'Gõykar cum foreigner' gailim. 'Gõykar cum foreigner' kantar tannem ek ‘foreigner’ cheddum koxem nhesun gailem. Tachem nhesop sarkem cheddvachem aslem. Tachea kantra khatir taka inam’ diunk pordea fattlean ietale te Cameronak polleun hanstale.

‘Wonder Boy’ xikpant-ui khub huxar. Tachea monak kitem-i ugddas dovorpachi tank bhouch darechi asa. Ek pavtt Milagres de Chandor-an taka aplea 'Sot’tor Vorsanchem Bhurgem' tiatrant, tiatr suru zauncho thoddo vell kantar vachunk dilem. Tannem tem ek pavtt vachlem ani vell yetoch matui chukonastana gailem.
Cameron Jr. Chico apli sfurthi mhunn sozmota. Jr. Chico kantaram korta toso apnnem-i kantaram gavchim oxem taka dista.Cameron-bab Ponnjechea Don Bosco iskolant chovthi xikta. To xikpant toso khellant-ui huxar asa ani te khatir hea mollancher taka sabar inamam favo zaleant. ‘Wonder Boy’-acho Rosefern ho avddicho tiatrist ani Lawry Travasso ho avddicho kantorist. To vhodd zatoch Accountant zaupachi khuxi ugtaita.

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Konkani Seminar followed by Condolence Meeting

Konkani Seminar followed by Condolence Meeting

Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) the cultural body of the Konkani English
periodical The Goan Review will conduct a Konkani Seminar on 1st. November
2009 (Sunday) at St. Sebastian Goan High School meeting room, Dabul, at 3.45
p.m.

The topics to be covered in this seminar are:-
Unity of the Konkani speaking people of Mumbai and
Work of the Konkani Associations in Mumbai.
Besides the follow up of the progress of the registration of the Goan Clubs
in Mumbai.

Resource Persons: Shri Lawrence D'Souza, Gen. Secretary KBM, Shri John
D'Silva Management Consultant & Banker and Shri Felix Dias President of the
proposed club Federation.

This will be followed by A Condolence Meeting to pay tributes to the well
known Konkani Stage artiste Late H. Britton.
Prominent Persons from Konkani field will address the gathering.

There is no fee to attend this seminar however those interested to
attend the same will have to enroll their names in advance. For enrolment
kindly contact: GRAF office: 22630139 or 9821228684 (President) or Gen.
Secretary Gable D'Souza.

Sd/-
Fausto V. Da Costa
President
GRAF

Konkani Seminar & Condolence Meeting in Dabul, Mumbai


Konkani Seminar followed by Condolence Meeting

Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) the cultural body of the Konkani English
periodical The Goan Review will conduct a Konkani Seminar on 1st. November
2009 (Sunday) at St. Sebastian Goan High School meeting room, Dabul, at 3.45
p.m.

The topics to be covered in this seminar are:-
Unity of the Konkani speaking people of Mumbai and
Work of the Konkani Associations in Mumbai.
Besides the follow up of the progress of the registration of the Goan Clubs
in Mumbai.

Resource Persons: Shri Lawrence D'Souza, Gen. Secretary KBM, Shri John
D'Silva Management Consultant & Banker and Shri Felix Dias President of the
proposed club Federation.

This will be followed by A Condolence Meeting to pay tributes to the well
known Konkani Stage artiste Late H. Britton.
Prominent Persons from Konkani field will address the gathering.

There is no fee to attend this seminar however those interested to
attend the same will have to enroll their names in advance. For enrolment
kindly contact: GRAF office: 22630139 or 9821228684 (President) or Gen.
Secretary Gable D'Souza.

Sd/-
Fausto V. Da Costa
President
GRAF

Congratulations to Oscar Lobo



"Oscar Lobo"

Chuk Konnachi - Konkani Tiatro in Toronto - A Review


Chuk Konnachi - Konkani Tiatro in Toronto - A Review

by Silviano Barbosa
Toronto, Canada




Director Marshal Fernandes came out with flying colours with a mind-blowing presentation of his terrific Konkani Tiatr, which was held on October 24th, 2009 at

Etobicoke’s Michael Power High School Hall in Toronto.



With a sold-out audience of over 550, the hall was packed with Konkani aficionados savouring this Konkani Tiatro with heavy doses of Goan Salcete accent and nostalgic moments, and the audience was left with nothing but pure joy, hangama and satisfaction witnessing the beautiful dialogues and comedic delivery of their Konkani language and culture, which fortunately still thrives in this part of the world.


This is the first time that a Konkani Tiatro in Toronto has seen a full house. Incidentally director Marshal Fernandes had another Konkani sold-out show couple years ago. This could be credited to his unique marketing and organization skills that he puts in place keeping a good rapport with the actors as well as the prospective audience.




Toronto being home to more than 20,000 Goans of which at least more than a 1000 speak Konkani at home and claim it as their mother-tongue on the recent census, can very easily deliver 300 hard-core Konkani Goans to attend any Konkani Tiatr. The rest have to be cajoled into it by other means. But this audience loved this Tiatr so much that I can predict they are likely to come back the next time around.


The audience in Toronto this time was very knowledgeable about their Konkani wordage and grammar and were heard to correct the Konkani gender suffixes in a couple of instances. The ticket price of $20 was reasonable and affordable as compared to the 50$ sale price of professional English plays in the city which have variable ticket prices ranging from 50$-100$.


The following list of actors and singers (not in any particular order) gave their best performances to make this Tiatro quite memorable:

Dr. Lucina Pinto (Oh Canada! National Anthem translated into Konkani by Marshal), popular and talented singer/actor JoeVaz, upcoming young singer Rhio Gracias and director/actor/comedian/singer/composer/CD producer Marshal Fernandes (in an ode to Padma Shri M. Boyer), Rhiza Gracias (fantastic acting and singing (canto) performance), Agnelo Gracias as Mama in his best first time comedy performance and as play editor, Marshal as Leitao in his inimitable simple Lollo comedy role, actor/singer Olympio Fernandes, popular guest-singer Jack Fernandes, enthusiastic actor/singer Olavio Da Costa, actor/singer/comedian Tony Da Silva, the impressive personality of character actor/singer Chris Gomes, the free-spirited Bohemian role of Grace Almeida, the imposing fine role of father by Bonfilio Pereira,


the impressive matriarchal role of Yolanda Gracias, the dedicated and tireless Producer/actress/singer Sandra Menezes with her beautiful teenage daughter with a minor acting role, singer Stephanie Menezes, (who sang in a quartet), the sultry and racy performance in comedy by radiant Serah Barbosa in her typical Saxtti Assolna accent, the most popular song “Jinga-Mummy” composed by Marshal and performed with an encore by the duo team of Rhiza Gracias and her petite sister-in-law Sylda Gracias whose debut as an impressive singer on Konkani stage with her dressed-to-kill wardrobe thoroughly jolted the audience, professional singer Ruth Kumar with her gyrating dancing personality and powerful voice almost challenging Lorna's, accomplished beautiful voiced singer Hazel Jacob, actor Benny Pereira and singer Clema, cross-dresser/singer Auggie Pereira, and all the musicians from the Band “Crescendo” - Tony Da Costa, Tony (Organ), Lawry and Manuel, all helpers on and off the stage, stage director AC Pereira(with special award), ticket sellers, Sound with Aggie Rodrigues and of course the prompter Josie Carrasco, complete this merit list.




As an author, I would be remiss if I did not compliment the unknown author of the play.

This year the Audience Applause Metre which rated this Tiatro a '9 out of 10', generated three very dedicated and committed Stars of the Show. My special parabens (congratulations) are extended to all the people involved in this play and especially to these Stars of the Show: Serah Barbosa (as Consu), who was undoubtedly the darling of the audience as witnessed from the whistles, whispers and comments from the audience, Agnelo Gracias for his superb delivery of impeccable Konkani idioms in his slapstick (Mama) comedy and director Marshal Fernandes for his passive and sinister (Leitao) comedy and for putting up a fine overall theatrical performance that will be remembered for years to come.




Finally the audience was just great! I am sure they went home fully pleased with this fine performance! An evening well spent with lots of Goans in a purely Goan ambience in a sussegad sort of way! Thanks all Tiatrists and helpers for making our Day!

Pott-bhor hansun jivak borem dislem! Porot melche fuddlea Tiatrak!



Silviano Barbosa,
Author of the Canadian/Goan novel, “The Sixth Night”
Producer of Konkani CD album “Classic Goa”


October 24th, 2009, Toronto, Canada!

The Best Home Away from Home!
PROUD TO LIVE IN NEW GOA WEST!
VIVA GOA!

[Photos as forwarded by Silviano Barbosa
to http://www.goa-world.com/]



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Konkani play brings the house down with laughter
( Oct 30 2009 )




by Silviano Barbosa



Toronto: Director Marshal Fernandes came out with flying colours with a mind-blowing presentation of his terrific Konkani play Chuk Konnachi? (Whose fault?)

The packed audience enjoyed it thoroughly. The play (called tiatr in the native Konkani language) was rich in dialogues and its delivery in the peculiar Salcette accent Konkani made it comedic.

This is the first time that a Konkani in Toronto has seen a full house. Incidentally, director Marshal Fernandes had another Konkani sold-out show couple years ago. This could be credited to his unique marketing and organizational skills.

Toronto, which is home to more than 20,000 Goans, out of which at least more than a 1000 speak Konkani at home and claim it as their mother-tongue as per the recent census, can very easily deliver 300 Konkani-speaking and Konkani-knowing Goans to attend any Konkani tiatr. The audience in Toronto this time was very knowledgeable

The following list of actors and singers (not in any particular order) gave their best performances to make this tiatr quite memorable:

Dr. Lucina Pinto (O Canada! National Anthem translated into Konkani by Marshal), popular and talented singer/actor JoeVaz, upcoming young singer Rhio Gracias and director/actor/comedian/singer/composer/CD producer Marshal Fernandes (in an ode to Padma Shri M. Boyer), Rhiza Gracias (fantastic acting and singing (canto) performance), Agnelo Gracias as Mama in his best first time comedy performance and as play editor, Marshal as Leitao in his inimitable simple Lollo comedy role, actor/singer Olympio Fernandes, popular guest-singer Jack Fernandes, enthusiastic actor/singer Olavio Da Costa, actor/singer/comedian Tony Da Silva, the impressive personality of character actor/singer Chris Gomes, the free-spirited Bohemian role of Grace Almeida, the imposing fine role of father by Bonfilio Pereira, the impressive matriarchal role of Yolanda Gracias, the dedicated and tireless Producer/actress/singer Sandra Menezes with her beautiful teenage daughter with a minor acting role, singer Stephanie Menezes, (who sang in a quartet), the sultry and racy performance in comedy by radiant Serah Barbosa in her typical Assolna-village accent, the most popular song “Jinga-Mummy” composed by Marshal and performed by the duo team of Rhiza Gracias and her petite sister-in-law Sylda Gracias whose debut as an impressive singer on Konkani stage with her dressed-to-kill wardrobe thoroughly jolted the audience, professional singer Ruth Kumar with her gyrating body movements and powerful voice, accomplished singer Hazel Jacob, actor Benny Pereira and singer Clema, cross-dresser/singer Auggie Pereira, and all the musicians from the Band “Crescendo” - Tony Da Costa, Tony (Organ), Lawry and Manuel.

As an reviewer, I would be remiss if I did not compliment the unknown author of the play.

The actors for their exceptional showing are Serah Barbosa (as Consu), who was undoubtedly the darling of the audience as witnessed from the wolf-whistles, whispers and comments from the audience; Agnelo Gracias, for his superb delivery of impeccable Konkani idioms; and director Marshal Fernandes, for his passive and sinister comic role and for putting up a fine overall theatrical performance that will be remembered for years to come.

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