Bangalore, Nov 11: Kalanjali 2018 – The annual talent show of All Konkani Catholic Associations of Bangalore was organized by Konkani Catholic Association, Bangalore (KON-CAB) this year too, at the main auditorium of Konkan Samudai Bhavan, Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore, on Sunday November 11, 2018.
Kalanjali 2018 was sponsored by Main Sponsors Mr. Ronald Colaco and family and M/s Honoria Studios, the makers of the new Kannada Film “Rangamandira” to be released in February 2019.
The program began at 10.00 a.m. on a pious note with the prayer led by Mrs.Sylvia Rodrigues along with the Executive Committee of KON-CAB, and the intercession prayer to St Anthony, the patron saint of KON-CAB.
KON-CAB president Mr.Jhonas D’Souza inaugurated the program by lighting the lamp, accompanied by FKCA chairman Dr. Anand Edward D’Souza, Koncab secretary Mrs.Nora Menezes, cultural secretary Mr.Steven D’Silva, Vice president Mr.Arun Fernandes and Treasurer Mr.Sunil D’Cunha.
The event started with Konkani singing competition. Old and new melodies sung by the contestants of all age groups took the delighted audience into the nostalgic grand era of the immortal Konkani singers of the past. Competitions were held in solo and group singing categories for various age groups. The Singing competition was followed by Fancy Dress competition where participants from tiny tots to the grey haired showcased various costumes, innovative ideas and social messages through their mesmerizing get-ups. This was followed by Dance for above 35 years category wherein, the thrity, forty and fifty-somethings performed to Konkani songs which is a mandatory criterion in this age group. Soon after, it was the much awaited short Konkani Comedy Skit competition which got the audience into splits and the punch lines were thoroughly enjoyed by the packed crowd in the auditorium.
Then came the much awaited, icing on the cake for all the Kalanjali programs organized by KON-CAB from the past 23 years – The Inter-Association dance competitions for various age groups which charged up the mood of everyone in the packed auditorium. The young dance talents were on par with some of the talent shows that we watch on television now-a-days.
Kalanjali has been improving over the years, in which children, the young and young and heart perform to the awe of everyone in the audience. This year too the performances were a class par excellence and the audience enjoyed every bit of the competitions. The competitions were so nip & tuck that our esteemed panel of judges, found it difficult to declare the winners.
As every year, this year too, the competitions were judged by well qualified, professional and experienced judges, who were masters in their respective categories. This year the panel of judges included:
Singing Judges: Mr.Norbert Albert, Mr.Reynold Joshua and Mr.Royston Pinto (of the Konkani Album “Tuje Khatir” fame)
Fancy Dress & Comedy Skit Judges : Mrs.Diana S, Mrs.Joyce Mascarenhas and Mrs.Priscilla Pinto.
Inter Association Dance Judges : Miss Clarina Serrao (Miss South India Queen 2018), Miss Seema Buthello (Model and Actress in Konkani and Kannada films and Mrs. Poojitha Acharya (famed Bhartanatyam Artist)
The Chief guest for the program was Mr. Anil Rego, a renowned entrepreneur who is the Managing Director of Brilliant Printers (the largest press in Karnataka) – a publication press that has won many accolades including the Best press in India and Printweek awards to name a few. He is the past President of Kanara Entrepreneurs and has served at the helm of many organizations. Anil Rego was accompanied by the Guest of honour, FKCA Chairman Dr. Anand Edward D’Souza at the dais, along with KON-CAB President Mr.Jhonas D’Souza, Secretary Mrs.Nora Menezes. The Presidents of all Konkani Associations of Bangalore were present on the dais for the final leg of the function. KON-CAB President welcomed and honored the Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour and all the Presidents of other Konkani Catholic Associations of Bangalore, present on the dais.
The Chief Guest in his speech lauded the efforts of KON-CAB in arranging such a mega event, for the past 23 years. He also appreciated the performance of the participants and observed that the quality of program was getting better year after year. He emphasized on the need to promote talent and specially the love for Konkani our mother tongue to be instilled into our children from a young age.
FKCA Chairman Dr. Anand Edward D’Souza said that he was touched by the competitions and specially the Konkani singing which brought nostalgia and left him teary eyed. He said that such a connect and sense of belonging could be received only from the Konkani language. He appreciated the efforts of KON-CAB in promoting Konkani language and our culture in a big way.
The Producer of the new Kannada Film “Rangamandira”, Mrs. Amitha Henry D’Souza and Executive Producer Mr.Rony Fernandes who were one of the Main sponsors of Kalanjali 2018, were honored by the KON-CAB President on this occasion.
The Chief Guest, FKCA Chairman and the Presidents of all Associations distributed the prizes to the winners of the cultural competitions. About 16 Associations from Bangalore took part in Kalanjali 2018. The auditorium was packed with more than 200 competitors and about 800 people in the audience.
BKCS Koramangala bagged the “Most Talented Association 2018” trophy by winning the highest number of points. Hosts KON-CAB were runners up, on the points table followed by Sezari, Bommanhalli at the third place.
The program was compeered by Mr.Neri D’Silva with support from Navya Monteiro, Arun Sequeira and Sladen D’Silva.
KON-CAB Secretary, Mrs. Nora Menezes proposed the vote of thanks and thanked everyone for their support and cooperation, as the curtains came down on the full house entertainment program at 6.30 pm. The wait has started in anticipation to gather again next year with more participants along with lots of entertainment and extravaganza.
The Winners of the various competitions held at Kalanjali 2018 are as follows:
|Konkani Singing Solo upto 4th Std||I||Calvin Gomes||Ekvot, Bellandur|
|II||Rachel Abigail Pereira||KONCAB|
|III||Sherwin Monteiro||IJKCA, Viveknagar|
|Konkani Singing Solo 5th to 7th Std||I||Siana Lobo||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Shaun Monteiro||IJKCA, Viveknagar|
|III||Tanisha Dsouza||BKCS, Koramangala|
|Konkani Singing Solo 8th to 12th Std||I||Joette D’Souza||KONCAB|
|II||Jewel Rhea Lasrado||K Samudai, Jayanagar|
|III||Rhea Rodrigues||K Samudai, Jayanagar|
|Konkani Singing Solo College & Above||I||Avin D’Costa||Sezari, Bommanahalli|
|II||Lavita Rodrigues||BKCS, Koramangala|
|Konkani Singing Group upto 7th Std||I||Tanisha and Group||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Carol Shreya Serrao and Grp||Sezari, Bommanahalli|
|Konkani Singing Group 8th Std n above||I||Princeton and Group||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Jackson Mendonca and Grp||Sezari, Bommanahalli|
|Fancy Dress Solo upto UKG||I||Eva Albuquerque||Sezari, Bommanahalli|
|III||Riyon Lobo||Carmel Kutam|
|Fancy Dress Solo 1st to 4th Std||I||Ankit Nathan Aranha||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Chriselle Menezes||BKCS, Koramangala|
|III||Cleon Furtado||K Samudai, Jayanagar|
|Fancy Dress Solo 5th to 7th Std||I||Alrisha Rasquinha||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Anoshka Fiona Aranha||BKCS, Koramangala|
|III||Tanisha Dsouza||BKCS, Koramangala|
|Fancy Dress Solo 8th to 12th Std||I||Sweezal Furtado||K Samudai, Jayanagar|
|III||Alric Rasquinha||BKCS, Koramangala|
|Fancy Dress Solo College and Above||I||Vivan Dsouza||BKCS, Koramangala|
|II||Nathalia Williams||BKCS, Koramangala|
|III||Sunil Tauro||Carmel Kutam|
|Inter-Association Dance above 35yrs||I||Naach-go Baye Group||KONCAB|
|II||Jyothi and Group||BKCS,Koramangala|
|Inter-Association Comedy Skit||I||Jackson Mendonca and Group||Sezari, Bommanahalli|
|II||Dennis Fernandes and Group||CKA, Dasarahalli|
|Inter-Association Dance upto 7th Std||I||Spice Girls from Kengeri||KCA, Kengeri|
|Inter-Association Dance 8th Std and above||I||Royston Colaco and Group||KCA, Kengeri|
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