pics by Edgar Martis- Canada
Canada, July 17: On a sweltering July afternoon music fans from across some provinces of Canada and neighbouring states of America gathered at the Meadowvale Theatre to witness the first ever musical nite of Melwyn Peris in Canara Kala Saanz 2010 recently.
The musical show started bang on time with the singing of the National anthem of India and Canada by the little children. Flavian Pinto in his opening address welcomed the guests and gave a precursor of the 6 years of the musical journey of Canara World Foundation, right from its inception. He was filled with pride when he mentioned that Canara World Foundation was the only Organisation outside India and gulf countries, who had succeeded in bringing so many Mangloarean performing artists to North America. He also introduced the Anchor Host of the evening’s show Mr. Donald Alva, who ably conducted the show in a gracious manner.
The curtain raiser was the famous song ‘Konkani Kalakaram” sung by Melwyn and the local talented singers Gerry D’Mello, Wilson D’Souza, Lara Rebello, Sonia Monteiro, Lawrence Pinto & Manorah, they were well complemented by Joyson D’Souza’s music. The songs “Jane” “Chintham” “Dabazo” “Konn Tho Xolo”“Mhataro Ghov” “Sobith Xoli” “Mogachem Mol” “ Soro Koincho” “Ek free” “Sophia” “Dadbad Naach” & “Hein Mangler Amche” went on rolling by and so did the time. The fans did not want to leave the auditorium as they were looking forward to more songs and jokes. The Yodelling king yodelled his way into the hearts of all Mangalorean’s in Canada. As the fans departed from the theatre there was nostalgic feeling in the hearts of all the audience that had either heard him before or were there to hear him first time. The stupendous display of dances by Oliver Mathias, Crystal Lobo, Vinisha & Clarissa D’Souza, Samantha & Savanna Goveas, Melden & Meghan Pereira, Bhavana & Sid Pereira, Clementina & Lawrentina D’souza, Joylin Pinto, Natasha D’Souza, Larsen & Lloyd Pinto, Nishant D’Mello & Priston Monteiro added glitter and glamour to the show. The audiences were in splits of laughter by the ace performance of local comedians -Flavian Pinto, Max Mendes, Rony Monteiro, Wilson D’Souza, Prescilla D’Souza and Nancy Mendes. The jokes were ably directed by Flavian Pinto and Fr. Henry Alva.
Miriam Pinto in her superbly addressed speech briefed the audience on the works of Rev. Fr. Edwin D’Souza a native of Modubelle, Mangalore and currently serving at the Saints Martha & Mary Parish, Mississauga and has been residing in Canada for the past three decades. He was honoured by Paul Mathias with the “Community Leader award” for his guidance and selfless acts to the Konkani community in Canada.
Sandra Alva spoke about the institution of the Henry & Rose Castelino Excellence in Education Awards. This year’s awards were bagged by Aaron Pinto in the Sr. Category presented by Irene Mathias and Anishka Saldanha in the Junior Category presented by Ingrid Pereira.
Nancy Mendes addressed the gathering during her felicitation speech about Canara World Foundation’s endeavour to recognise the outstanding contribution to music, culture and art by conferring on artists the prestigious “Canara Kala Sanketh” award. This year’s award was presented to Melwyn Peris by Max Mendes, for his outstanding contribution to the music industry. Avitas Adolphus Coutinho (Dolla) was also presented with the “Canara Kala Sanketh- life time achievement award” by Martin Menezes for his life time contribution to Konkani drama and music. Flavian Pinto received the award on behalf of Dolla.
Melwyn Peris addressed his fans and thanked the organiser’s and the Konkani community of Canada, for giving him an opportunity to perform in North America. He also thanked his family and his wife for supporting him in his musical career. Melwyn requested the audience to observe a minute of silence and dedicated a soul stirring song as a tribute to late Konkan Kogul, Wilfy Rebimbus.
There was no stone left unturned to make this musical nite a super duper hit by the hard work and efforts put in by the organisers, musicians, artists, participants and volunteers. Max Mendes in his vote of thanks, thanked all those involved including the generous contribution of the sponsors for making the show a memorable one.
This mega event was supported by the generous sponsorship of:
MAX MENDES – Max Mendes Group
FLAVIAN PINTO - Sunlife Financials
MARTIN MENEZES - Mortgage & Business consultant
NANCY MENDES- Canadian Immigration www.visatube.com
UAE EXCHANGE- World’s Trusted Money Transferrer
AYOUB ALI - Barrister & Solicitor
WILSON D’SOUZA - Bank of Montreal- Mortgage Consultant
VIJAY DANTE - Udupi Madras Cafe
KEVIN D’SOUZA – StateFarm Insurnce
MAX PINTO - Co-operators Insurance
RAVI FERNANDES - Trinity Auto Garage
DIWAKAR KAMATH- Chartered Accountant.
HARISH RAO- Risk Management & Insurance
JOYSON D’SOUZA- Casual Encounters.
MAXIM D’MELLO- Max Press Financial Solutions Inc.
NICHOLAS D’SOUZA – Heating and cooling services
DELLA SCIUCCA, ANTONIO- TD Canada Trust
NORBERT LOBO- Inprint Digital copy.