Dubai, Apr 13: The parishioners of St Sebastian’s Church, Bendore, Mangalore, will be organizing their first ever get-together on Friday April 23, 2010 at Dubai Grand Hotel, Pool Side, Al Qusais. The main objective of the event is to provide a platform for the Bendoreans residing in the UAE to unite and have a gala time.
It will be a day full of scintillating music, fun games, novelty dances, with the special attraction being ‘Koun Zatholo Bendoregar/garn’.
Several top rung performers from the Konkani world will be participating in the celebrations.
‘Konkan Kalashree’, noted singer, composer and dramatist, Claud D’souza will be the centre of attraction, as he will be performing in Dubai after a long gap. A multi-talented performer, Claud has already released 15 musical CDs. He has also done 46 musical nites in India and abroad. He had also participated in over 175 musical evenings of Konkan Kogul, the late Wilfy Rebimbus. He is also a lead singer of the ‘Cosmic Rays’ band for the past 30 years.
Joswin Pinto, ace music director and another renowned performer from the ’Wilfy Nite’ troupe will direct the music for the Bendoreans’ event. He has been the founder member of a leading band from Mangalore, ‘Cosmic Rays’, for the past 30 years. He plays the lead guitar and the key board. He joined ‘Wilfy Nite’ troupe in the year 1981 and remained a key member of the troupe since the 51st ‘Wilfy Nite’. He has directed music for over 25 of Wilfy’s albums. One of the milestones in his illustrious music career has been the music direction he provided along with Pappan for the Konkani Film, ‘Padri’ in the year 2005. He was the key musician for the first ever Konkani show, ‘Wilfy Nite’ in Canada in the year 2005. He has accompanied more than 200 musical programmes of Wilfy Rebimbus in India and abroad.
Leslie Rego, a leading compere from Mangalore, will host the Bendoreans’ event. He has compered more than 75 musical programmes under the banner, ‘Wilfy Nite’. He has also compered musical shows of Claud Dsouza, Melwyn Peris, Henry Dsouza and several other Konkani singers in India and in the GCC countries. He has acted in several social and historical plays in Konkani. He has also won awards as the Best Actor several times in regional, state, and all India level drama competitions.
Leslie Rego was instrumental in the success of the first edition of the ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore’ , having been its main coordinator from Mangalore. He will continue to be the compere and coordinator for the second edition of Gulf Voice of Mangalore too.
Claud Pias has written and directed the skits. He will be performing on stage after 25 years. Apart from these artistes, local talents, Roysten Fernandes, Ronsten Mascarenhas, Rachel Dsouza, Jason D’Souza, Uttam Menezes etc., will be performing at the event. This will be a day to be remembered, where there will be no dearth for fun and frolic.
For Invitations, please contact: Santhosh Nazreth 050 6443036, Uttam Menezes 050 1719001, Claud Fernandes 050 6614484, Roshan Sequeira 050 4439647.