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London, Jun 7: Konkani Kutam London, headed by Matilda D’Souza and four enthusiastic team members comprising Melwin Rodrigues, Ceaser Fernandes, Santhosh D’souza and Lloyd D’Sa put up tremendous efforts in organising ‘Konkan Dabazo’, the musical concert hosting renowned stars from the Konkani music world who performed on a single platform in London at Harrow Arts Centre.
Aloysius Richard Lobo, founder of fast-growing news portal for Asians in the United Kingdom www.britishasianews.com, a well known community leader and entrepenuer in London for over three decades, was awarded the 'Londoncho Konkan Veer' for his dedication, professionalism and excellence in business and community service. It can be recalled that, Lobo was awarded Rachana NRI Entrepenuer of the year 2018 award in India last year. Lobo,along with his wife Christine Lobo was felicitated by the KKL for their service and contribution to the community. The Lobo couple had recently appeared in TV chat show in India which was received with thunderous appreciation from around the world.
Konkani Kutam London expressed its gratitude to the couple for their vital contributions to most of Mangalurean community members in the United Kingdom.
Melwyn Peris, veteran Konkani singer from Mangalore, India was honoured with the 2019 'Sangeeth Gharacho Sangeethghar' Award for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Konkani music industry. Peris who has presented over 100 musical nites and released several musical albums was felicitated along with his wife Neeta Peris.
'Ye Ye Katrina' fame, the song once ruled Radio Cylone, 76-year-old Henry Dsouza was honored with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution and dedication to the Konkani music industry. The veteran singer has several hit songs to his credit and has received several Life Time Achievement awards in the past in India and abroad.
The audience were mesmerized by a nonstop entertainment for 5 hours through most popular Konkani songs, skits and mind blowing compering. There was a roaring response by the audience to the whole event and proved that there is a great future for Konkani in the United Kingdom.
Pramila Crasta, Arun Crasta, Vincent Pinto, Flora Fernandes, Sunil D’souza and Robin Rodrigues worked as a team of volunteers before the start of the event who offered their helping hand on the day with the distributions of passes at the entrance.
The show started with a short stage programme led by John Fernandes.
The opening ceremony done by chief guest Aloysius Richard Lobo and Christine Lobo by lighting of candles.
The curtains were raised with the theme song ‘Dabazo’ composed and led by Melwyn Peris.
'Sangeeth Samrat' Henry D’souza mesmerized the audience with his most popular songs ‘Ye Ye Katrina’, ‘Ami Dogi Sezara’, ‘Chondrem Udevn Ailo’, ‘Kalzanth Ullas Borla’ and the audience was unstoppable who even jumped on to the stage and started dancing to his tunes. 'Yodelling King' Melwyn Peris added a unique flavour to the programme through his wonderful presentation of ‘Jane’, ‘Sobith Xoli’ (Chakka), and ‘Soro Khaiso’.
Francis Roy, Prajoth D’sa, Kevin Misquith, Jeevan Vas, Ancita D’souza, Praveen Costa and Asha Correa mesmerised the audience with their melodious voices.
Great songs like ‘Tujo Mog Maka Zala’, ‘Kenna Kenna’, ‘Mariola’, ‘Udi Udi’, ‘Kalza Thar’, ‘Anjelina’ etc swayed the audience into a magical music world. ‘Konkan Kalakaran’ song composed by Melwyn Peris was presented by all artistes at the end. Jolly Boys Band from UK were the main reason to keep the audience busy with their foot tapping music. The entertaining music band group were appreciated by everyone for the amazing music that was provided for the famous Konkani songs.
Ace anchor Dony Correa who was invited all the way from Dubai, energised the whole audience by his witty humour, awesome stage presentation and excellent command over Konkani. He kept the audience engaged with his unique style and commanding voice and proved, why he was the most sought-after compere these days. The audience was kept engaged in the whole programme by Dony and he did not leave a stone unturned to make this event a grand success. There was a huge roaring response from the audience for Dony Correa. His energy and echoing voice created waves of joy in the hall.
Konkani Kutam London has proved their love towards Konkani by organizing a lot of high profile events for Konkani speaking people in the past years. The credit of getting legendary singers and young talents under one roof this time exclusively goes to Konkani Kutam London. This was another great event in London for Mangalurean families as audiences did not move till the end of the show and wanted more. Local teams performed hilarious skits and entertained the audience. An amazing team of UK Konkans and MUKA performed the skits.
Matilda D’Souza, Tom D’Souza and Thomas D’Souza gave a brief speech on the achievements of the awardees respectively.
All the artistes and presidents of various Mangalurean organisations were presented with a bouquet as gift of appreciation.
After the felicitation, the artistes continued to entertain the audience with famous songs, which made the audience dance to the tunes and enjoy to the fullest during the programme. The stage turned out to be a dance floor while the audience rushed and jumped in joy during the show.
The main sponsors of the show were Aloysius Richard Lobo, managing director/CEO of British Asia and Lobo Seafood & Poultry Ltd, London and Martin J Aranha, managing director/CEO of Seamark Shipping LLC, Dubai.
Konkani Kutam London did an exceptional job by organising one of the greatest events that was enjoyed thoroughly by each one who attended it. The quality of the show which testified the organising capacity of Konkani Kutam London was highly admired by the audience, as they enjoyed each and every moment all through the event.
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