London, Jun 8 : Konkani Kutam London, a non-profit association organised a ‘Konkan Dabazo’ on Sunday, June 2, for over 300 people at the Harrow Arts Centre. Six singers from Mangalore and Mumbai, India flew down to perform for the audience. It was a great way to get the Konkani people, people from the state of Karnataka India together in the United Kingdom and what better way than music, to unite people.
British Asia News Ltd (www.britishasianews.com) the emerging web portal for Asians in UK, being the official media partner for the event has sponsored a raffle draw that attracted participation from all attendees. It was heartening to see the support from the audience for the portal which was initiated by veteran community business leader Aloysius Richard Lobo. Though, Lobo finds it is little late, he had a desire to united Asians especially Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankans under one umbrella, promoting the art, culture and tradition of respective countries and sharing the news and information from UK and back home.
In a statement, Lobo says "It is my dream to unite everyone under one roof. Britishasianews.com should be a good communication tool, we all must make use of it freely"
During the same event, The vibrant community organisation Konkani Kutam London, the organizers have recognized the support and service rendered by British Asia founder Aloysius Lobo and his better half, and power behind his success, Christine Lobo were honored. 'Londoncho Konkani Veer' (The Brave Konkani personality of London). Last year Aloysius Lobo was crowned with prestigious Rachana Entrepreneur of the Year award for recognizing his success in business, role in charity back home and his community leadership.
After receiving award, Lobo addressed the gathering, “This time, this association has blended three generations of Konkani celebrities- of 70’s, 90’s and the present budding artists. Some have performed on our stage earlier and some are coming here for the first time. With gratitude, I acknowledge the support of British Konkani Community spread over the UK and we owe a lot to this organisation to give us such an opportunity.”
Regarding the event, Konkani music’s living legend, Henry D’Souza who is now almost 76 years of age seemed unstoppable with his evergreen melodies and energy. On speaking closely with him he told us, “I want to work till I am 100. There is no reason for me to stop.” His very famous song ‘Ye Ye Cathrina’ which the audience went crazy for opened the second act of the show. This song has been translated into seven languages like Spanish, Portuguese, English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. Other eminent singer, also known as the ‘King of Melody’, Melwyn Peris performed beautifully on stage. Apart from singing all over the world, Melwyn does a lot of charity work and sings for cancer patients whilst also donating a generous amount of money in their aid.
Henry Dsouza (Katrina):
Melwyn Peris (Yodling King)
Ancita, London (Singer)
Asha Correa, Dubai (Singer, Actor)
Prajoth D’sa, the new favorite of many got people singing to his tunes and so did Kevin Misquith, Jeevan Vas and Ancita who were very happy to be in London, performing for the ever excited crowd on the day. We have had exclusive access to them and have had the privilege to interview some of them. Have a look at the videos posted below.
One of the organizers of the show, Lloyd, tells us how these events get the people of the community together and people have traveled from far to be here on the day. Two women drove all the way from Manchester to see their favourite Prajoth D’sa perform. “We have these events all the time. We celebrate Mother Mary’s feast in September and even Christmas parties. It is lovely to see everyone come together.”
The British Asia News Portal (www.britishasianews.com) Raffle Draw winners:
1st £.100/- No: 00832nd £50/- No: 00603rd & 4th Consolation prize : £. 25/ each Nos : 0068 AND 0193
Congratulations to the winners.Lucky winners are requested to contact the following:
Richard Lobo on 07970842205 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org with their flyer.