Abu Dhabi: The spectacular musical extravaganza “Fiesta 2019”, held at the Abu Dhabi Country Club on Friday, November 22, broke all records, as the Konkani Cultural Organization (KCO) celebrated its 24th anniversary with much fun and gaiety.
The brilliant artistes captured the hearts and minds of the audience with their unique musical talents and charm. The Country Club’s ambience, the illuminated dance floor and stage setup added to the glamour to the event.
Year after year, the KCO has earned the reputation for organizing successful events and this year’s Fiesta 2019 no different. The event showcased KCO’s organizational capabilities and expertise in putting together an entertaining event of unparalleled caliber. The efforts put in by the KCO members paid off as the show was a remarkable success. The fusion of multi-lingual musical pieces and amazing dances were thoroughly entertaining and magical, attracting a houseful audience.
Fr. Derick D'Souza kicked-off the evening by invoking God’s blessings on the event. He also implored the Almighty’sblessings on the artistes, performers, KCO members and the audience. He also mentioned the benevolent work that the KCO does to brighten the lives the less fortunate.
Vivek Serrao introduced the entertaining and multi-talented Master of Ceremonies Roshan D’Silva, who took over the evening and carried out the proceedings in a very interactive manner engaging the audience with entertaining spot games and humour. He held the programme together, making sure that the audience had an enjoyable time, and brought it to a successful end.
Top Mangalurean singers, the versatile multi-lingual nightingale Anita Serrao and Lavita Lobo stole the hearts of the audience with their melodious voice. The charming Mohamad Iqbal and Adolph Jayathilak performed wonderfully, to the delight of the audience. The first session, led by these four singers, attracted the audience to the floor with some popular and groovy songs like “Gavn go Chedva”, “Ide Naadu Ide Bhashe”, “Kambakth Dil”, “Ye Raja”, “Gazab Ka”, and “Baki Sab First Class Hai”.
The highly acclaimed Goan band “Alcatrazz” powered up the audience with their mesmerizing accompaniment and songs throughout the show. They became an instant hit and during the course of the evening, a strong rapport was seen developing between them and the audience. Every bit of their music was thoroughly enjoyed and the crowd had a rocking time on the floor, swinging away to their tunes.
The programme was split into three sessions, providing a balanced and wholesome entertainment. Music maestro Adrian Gomes played a pivotal role in providing music to all Mangalorean performances while Alcatrazz took charge of the Goan pieces.
In a brief presidential address, CA Valerian Dalmaida thanked the sponsors, well-wishers and audience for their support. He made a special mention of the support of sponsors like Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty, Ronald Pinto, Michael D’Souza, Leo Rodrigues, Richard Castelino, Walter D’Almeida, Michael Moras and Benedict Pinto, most of whom were present at the event. He also stated that the funds raised through this event would be utilized in UAE and India through the KCO Trust®, Mangaluru, established in the year 2000 for education, by providing scholarship to deserving students in various disciplines, medical assistance to patients of critical illness, dialysis, heart transplants, brain and liver surgeries, contribution to several NGOs like, CEDDE-Child Care Cancer, White Doves, Jeevadaan, Snehasadan, Saanidhya etc. He also requested the support of all sponsors towards KCO’s silver jubilee celebration next year.
On the occasion, the sponsors, well-wishers, media personnel and artistes were introduced and felicitated.
The Baila dance contest was another special attraction of the night, which was in line with the KCO’s motto of keeping Konkani culture alive and passing on our rich traditions to the future generations. The contest had two rounds of performances and the first place was won by Teena Periera and Arwin Dias. Benson Nazareth and Akshatha Mascarenhas were the runners-up. Both the winners and the runners-up were awarded with a trophy, cash prize and gift vouchers. Bennette Demello, Sandhya Vas and Vinay Vas were the judges.
The second and third session by Mangalurean singers witnessed songs that captivated the hearts of the audience. Anitha, Lavita, Adolph and Iqbal rendered soulful and enjoyable numbers like “Hey Shona”, “Yeh Jawani”, “Uzwad Chandremacho”, “Pehla Nasha”, “Sooriyanchi Kirna”, “Angelina”, “Maza Mar”, “Dingri Dingha”.
The dance troupe V-Dynamites, led by Vinod Siqueira, performed some excellent dance numbers that aroused a lot of interest and left the audience clinching their seats. A raffle draw was also held towards the later part of the show where a lot of audience members won amazing prizes like laptops, mobile phones, gold coins, gift vouchers and perfumes.
The entire show was organized and meticulously planned under the able leadership of Valerian Dalmaida and the unity and solidarity among the KCO members was evident throughout the event. Bennet D'Mello, the entertainment secretary, and the members succeeded in executing the event in an exemplary manner. Sound system, lighting and stage effects by Broadway Events added vibrance to the show.
All those in attendance had a word of praise for KCO's efforts in providing quality entertainment with a sumptuous dinner. The programme concluded with the traditional “Laudate” led by Roshan and all KCO members on stage.
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