Mangaluru, Aug 09, 2018: The 200th episode of monthly theater was a historic celebration for the leading Konkani cultural organization Mandd Sobhann, held at Kalaangann, Shakthinagar. A mile stone for Konkani.
Titled ’Aput’ meaning pure, enthralled the music lovers with singing from various singers and musicians led by Eric Ozario, Gurkar Mandd Sobhann.
Speaking on the occasion, Baab Michael Lobo, deputy speaker, government of Goa, who was chief guest said, “The musical presentation by musicians and singers, is proof of Kalaangann being a great treasure of Konkani music and art. Few days ago, Eric Ozario Baab came to me with the invite; I did not expect this caliber of magical music. This musical programme was on par with artistes of international fame. I am impressed, and inviting the same team to Goa. If Eric’s team comes to Goa, it will help our youth to know about the originality of Konkani music. It can help us to divert our youth to Konkani music from the western and modern stuff,”
“The dedication of Mandd Sobhann establishing a platform to nurture new and fresh talents has no words to describe, and a lofty effort. But Eric Baab and his team are doing a wonderful service. I praise the dedication and love for our mother language Konkani,” he added.
Later, Michael Lobo unveiled the picture of late Lawrence Pinto, a social worker popularly known as Lawry, and also released the souvenir book written by Vithori Karkal which contains details the history of ‘Moinyali Manchi’.
Louis J Pinto, Eric Ozario, Roy Castelino, Loy Noronha and Leena Pinto, wife of Lawrence Pinto were present on the dais.
As many as 16 lively compositions of Eric Ozario written by Chafra, Melvyn Rodrigues, Shridhar Kamath, Fred Kumar, Uday Mbembre, Aruna V Kamath, Lloyd Rego, Yusuf Sheikh, and Jossy Pinto were presented during the event.
Along with Eric Ozario, Konkani’s well-known singers Joyce Ozario, Prakash D’Souza, Zeena Pereira Shilpa Cutinha, Prajoth D’Sa, Robin Sequeira, Adolf Jayathilake and Jacqueline Fernandes entertained the audience with their melodious numbers. Konkani’s upcoming singers Nihal Tauro, Sonal, Jason Lobo, Dealle, Gia and Aman also gave a musical treat to the gathering. The songs sung by Annada Prasanna, Alwyn Fernandes and Cajetan Dias also got a huge applause from the crowd.
The monthly diverse cultural programme ‘Moinyali Manchi’ by Mandd Sobhann was started with the purpose to encourage Konkani art and artistes. The first monthly theatre was held on January 6, 2002 and ever since, programmes have been held every month for sixteen full years and and nearing 17 without break. The effort is being lauded in all quarters.