Saturday, December 5, 2009

YGC to mark 56th anniversary

Goans set to mark anniversary

MEMBERS of the Young Goans Club (YGC) will mark its 56th anniversary next weekend during a celebration at the Baan Saeng Thai restaurant auditorium, Adliya.

The event coincides with the feast of the club's patron St Francis Xavier and will take place at 8pm on December 3.

It will feature live music from Bahrain-based cover band the Nightshades, who will present a range of popular tunes and old favourites.

Guests will also have a chance to win spot prizes during the event.

Entry is free to members, but they must collect entry and dinner coupons from the club office at the Konkan Singers Club in Manama from 8.30pm to 9.30pm tonight until Saturday.

Meanwhile, daily Konkani Novena prayer sessions, led by visiting priest Reverend Fr Rico Fernandes, will continue from 6.30pm tonight at the Sacred Heart Church in Manama until December 2.

The prayer sessions precede a Feast Mass offered by the club at 7pm on December 3 at the church's multi-purpose hall. Contact president Francis Correia on 39659539 or vice-president Gerard Fernandes on 39939654 for more information.

(Gulf Daily News - Bahrain)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Novena & Feast of St. Francis Xavier

Novena & Feast of St. Francis Xavier - Bahrain

The Goan Community of Bahrain will have the opportunity to attend and pray togather in Konkani as the Sacred Heart Church, Bahrain has made arrengements to conduct the Novenas and feast of St. Francis Xavier (Geoncho Saib) with a priest from Goa.

Fr. Rico Fernandes, will arrive into Bahrain to preach during the Novenas begining on November 24. There will be Rosary and singing of litany in Latin, half an hour before the mass everyday. The mass on Tuesday, November 24 will be at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Hall. For the timings and full schedule of 9 days, parishioners may refer the church notice board.

Those who intend to offer masses during the Novenas may contact Francis Correia
(39659539), GR Crasto (39083239) or Hilary Tellis (39222348). The feast mass on December 3, will be at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Hall and is offered by Young Goans Club. St. Francis Xavier is the patron saint of the club, and the club has been celebrating this feast coinciding with the Annual Day of the Club for the past 55 years.

The club has also announced a get togather of members and their families as a part of this celebrtation, soon after the feast mass on December 3. The event takes place at Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant auditorium, in Adliya and live band 'Night Shades' will be in attendance.

(GR Crasto)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009



Goan Overseas Association (G.O.A Maroons) who were recently crowned the KIFF League Champions for season 2008-2009 for the (late) J.P. D’Mello Memorial Rolling Trophy in the KIFF Silver Jubilee anniversary year, will be traveling to Bahrain to participate in an Exhibition Soccer Match with a Goan Selection on the 12th of November 2009, the match has been organized by the Bahrain Goans League Committee (under the patronage of Young Goans Club) and will be played at the Al Wehda Club, Gudaibiya at 9:00 pm.

G.O.A is one of the oldest Goan association in Kuwait, and recently celebrated their annual Thanksgiving mass at the Holy Family Cathedral in honor of Blessed Jose Vaz followed by a get-together at the residence of the President, Raymond D’Sa.

The Association has also announced the annual X’Mas Tree Program (Let's be Friends) to be held at the Asia Asia Restaurant (Kuwait city) on the 4th of December 2009. As always, the day time program will include the grand entry of Santa Claus, gifts for children, buffet and Novelty dance. For reservations and more details please check the website :

Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Goenchim Noketram" in Bahrain

"Goenchim Noketram" in Bahrain

‘Goenchim Noketram’ the cultural and folk group from Goa led by Gina Mascarenhas provided lively entertainment for Goans in Bahrain. The Goan Cultural Traditions of song and dance filled the air at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant Auditorium Bahrain, on October 22, 2009 where the show was held under the patronage of Young Goans Club.

The group comprising of musicians, singers and dancers presented a three hour cultural fiesta of Goan song and dance. The items included Goan Dekni and Fugdi dance. The audience applauded every item presented by the group and the opera musicals in mime and movements on the life style of Xethkamti (farmer), kharvi (fisherfolk) and render (toddytaper) were cheered throughout. The presentations brought back the nostalgic memories of bygone era of Goa.

The group electrified the performances by their originality and depicting the culture old tools relevant to the trade. It was wondrous to see the entire audience joining the singing as the group played some old Goan instrumentals using instruments like ghumot, mandolin, bongos and cymbals. A medley of Hindi, Portuguese, English and Konkani favourites of yester years got many in the crowd on to their feet and were seen dancing and swaying to the beat. The show culminated with traditional mando and dulpods. The group not only won laurels for their song and dance but for the costumes and jewellery they showcased relevant to each presentation.

‘Goenchim Noketram’ the cultural and folk group from South Goa are the award winners at Mando Festivals held all over Goa in 2008 and 2009. The group has also performed at the inaugural ceremony of International Film Festival in November 2008 and at the concluding ceremony of Asia Pacific Conference in October 2008. Goenchim Noketram have toured different parts of India to present their shows and were the main attractions for Goa Day celebrations in Dubai in June 2008.

The show in Bahrain was sponsored by Jet Airways. GR Crasto compered the show and kept the audience spellbound with witty questions on Goan culture, songs and personalities that carried prizes donated by the group ‘Goenchim Noketram’.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Silver Anniversary of the Priesthood of Rev. Fr. Felicio Diniz

Silver Anniversary of the Priesthood of Rev. Fr. Felicio Diniz

The Catholic Community of Awali is organizing a celebration to mark the Silver Anniversary of the Priesthood of Rev. Fr. Felicio Diniz, who is the Parish Priest of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Visitation, at Awali. The celebrations will be held on Friday, 30th October, 2009 at the Church grounds in Awali.

Fr. Felicio had the special privilege of being ordained priest by His Holiness, the late Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome on 31st May, 1984. He served as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Manama, for 15 years from 1989. During this period, he undertook major improvements of the facilities and infrastructure of Sacred Heart Church for the benefit of parishioners by building the Multipurpose Hall, the Tirnanzi Auditorium and the Byrnes Youth Hall, in addition to refurbishing the original small church.

While serving as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, he also gave regular services at Awali Church, a facility owned by the Bahrain Petroleum Company that has been existing for almost as many years as the Sacred Heart Church, to meet the spiritual needs of many Catholics residing at Awali, Riffa and surrounding districts.

In October 2004, he relinquished his responsibilities as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church and went on sabbatical leave for about three years. After his return to Bahrain in 2007, H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Arabia, appointed him as resident Parish Priest of the Awali Church dedicated to Our Lady of the Visitation to pastor the growing Christian community in the area.

The ceremony on 30th October will commence with Thanksgiving Concelebrated Solemn Mass at 5.00 PM, the main celebrant being H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder, who will be present for the occasion. The felicitation program will soon follow, with colorful cultural program lined up.

The organizing committee welcomes all parishioners both from Manama, Awali, Riffa and elsewhere to attend in large numbers. Transport will be available for parishioners coming from Manama.

Info source:
G.R. Crasto


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Goan cultural fiesta

Goan cultural fiesta

Gulf Daily News-Bahrain/October 21, 2009

BAHRAIN'S Goan community will enjoy a three-hour cultural fiesta at a musical event being organised by the Young Goans Club (YGC) tomorrow night.

Goan cultural traditions of song and dance are expected to come alive at the show that will take place from 8pm at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant auditorium, Adliya.

The event is being organised in association with the Bahrain-based Folk Theatre and will see award-winning Goan cultural and folk group Goenchim Noketram take the stage.

The group comprising musicians, singers and dancers will present a three-hour cultural show including Goan Mando Dancing, Goan Dekhni and Fugdi Dances as well as songs in Konkani, Hindi, Portuguese and English.

The stage show will highlight different aspects of the lifestyles of Xethkamti (farmer), Kharvi (fisherfolk) and Kunbi (the labour community) in the form of opera musicals, mime acts and movements.

"It's an opportunity for Bahrain based Goans to witness traditional Goan music played on instruments like ghumot, mandolin, bongos and cymbals," organisers told the GDN.

Goenchim Noketram have won numerous awards at Mando Festivals across Goa in recent months and have performed at international high profile events.

They were also the headline act at the Goa Day celebrations in Dubai in June last year.

The show is being sponsored by Jet Airways and will also feature comedy skits by the group.

Tickets cost BD3, BD4 and BD5 and are available at the YGC office and at World Greetings, both in Manama.

Contact 39659539, 39455207, 39048046 or 39939654 for more information.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Upcoming Events in Bahrain

The Young Goans Club - Bahrain


Qatar Airways

O2BN Bandra

Fun Day of Music / Games / Food for Young & Old

Venue: Baeng Sang Thai (Auditorium), Manama, Bahrain

Date: Friday, October 16th, 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m. onwards

Sponsor: Qatar Airways.

Jam Session
Bandra Dandya
Cooking Contest
Jive Competition.

Goan Mouth Watering Delicacies.
Mumbai Traditional Sweets
Planned Cuisine.
Food Stalls.
Games Stalls.
Test Your Skills & Patience.

Cooking competition
Goan/East Indian Delicacies only.

For more details, contact Francis C - 3965939
Francis Vaz - 39455207
Noel - 39048046
Gerald - 39939654
or Young Goans Club Committee Memebers.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

My ‘tiatristponn’ in Bahrain - Domnic Fernandes

My ‘tiatristponn’ in Bahrain

My ‘tiatristponn’ lay dormant in me for over two decades. Just like Kuwait
tiatrists, I began my ‘tiatristponn’ in Bahrain, as a ‘Partist’, from 1973
to 1980. I had saved some handbills of tiatros I acted in and left them at
home but my wife doesn’t seem to find them; perhaps, they got misplaced.
I got my first break through Zefferino Silveira (from Calangute) in his
tiatr “SIRVIDOR.” Actually, I was assigned a prompter’s job but suddenly
the main ‘partist’ who was doing bhattkar’s/father’s role backed out. This
is where Zefferino asked me to do the role which I did with great

Zefferino used to be the make-up man for Bombay tiatrists until he came to
Bahrain. He is also the person who presented a “Zagor-cum-tiatr” with
gumttam-madhiim-kansaiim on the stage in Mapusa in the early 1980’s. I
learned through Jessie Dias, the stage actress from Anjuna, last May that
Zefferino is now in England. Zefferino, if you read this message and if you
remember any names of the tiatros I acted in Bahrain, please let me know or
you may post them on Goanet.

I was next booked by the late Vincent de Saligao for the hero’s role in one
of his dramas in which his daughter, Luiza de Saligao, was the heroine; she
also acted with me as a heroine in one more tiatro – sorry I can’t remember
the names. Luiza, if you read this message in Singapore, please let me know
the names of the tiatros we acted together or you may post them on Goanet.

I played a variety of roles in dozens of tiatros in Bahrain during the
above-mentioned period. Miss Santana from Candolim acted with me as heroine
in most of the tiatros. Mrs. Santana Nunes (w/o Joaquim Nunes - St. Inez –
he was one of the best hockey goalkeepers of the YGSC in the 1970’s,) if you
read this message, please let me know the names of all the tiatros we acted
together in Bahrain or you may post them on Goanet. Martha D’Souza, Maria
Fonseca, Jessie (Mangalorean), Mrs. Blanche Goveia (w/o Jimmy Goveia –
Mangalorean), Lancy Sequeira (Mangalorean singer), John Mendonsa, Luis Frois
of the Gulf Daily News – if you read this message please let me know the
names of tiatros we acted in or you may post them on Goanet.

I was mainly associated with the late Peter-de-Morjim (Peter Mascarenhas,
originally from Morjim but resident of Bandra, Bombay) and Mario Alphonso
from Salcette who I believe is still in Bahrain. Both these gentlemen are
very good actors, comedians, singers, writers, composers and directors.
They presented 2-3 dramas/year under the banner “MM Production” (Mario &
Morjim Production); I acted in all their tiatros. I could recall only two
names “MHOZO PUT” and “VISVAS GHATH” by Peter-de-Morjim. Mario, if you read
this message please let me know the names of all “MM Production” tiatros
that we acted in or you may post them on Goanet.

During my tenure as the General Secretary of the Young Goans Sports Club
(YGSC) - now Young Goans Club (YGC), we brought Bombay professional
tiatrists to Bahrain for the first time. They were: The late Jacinto Vaz,
Mary Vaz, C. Alvares, Betty Fernandes and Remie Colaco; Cyriaco Dias was
already employed in Bahrain. Altogether, we staged 5 tiatros: (1) KEDNAM
UDETOLO TO DIS by C. Alvares, (2) GHORACHEM SUKH by Remie Colaco, (3)
GHOVACHEM GHOR by Jacinto Vaz, (4) FARIKPONN by Cyriaco Dias and (5) another
tiatr by Cyriaco Dias - I don’t remember the name. I played lead roles in
all these dramas.

I also acted in two more professional tiatros in Bahrain - sorry, cannot
recall their names - (1) by the late Bab Peter and (2) by Rico Rod. The
following actors/actresses participated in both the tiatros: Alfred Rose,
Bab Peter, M. Boyer, Ophelia (Babli was just six months old), Antonette,
Fatima, Rico Rod, Titta Pretto, Joe Rose and Seby Coutinho. If I meet any
of these actors barring the first three (M. Boyer cannot speak,) I will find
out the names of those tiatros and post them on Goanet. The late Chris
Perry provided music for both tiatros. Chris was then employed with the
Moon Plaza Hotel in Juffair.

I acted only once in M. Boyer’s tiatr in Mapusa; it was a small role - that
of a doctor. Here again, I cannot recall the name, but surely Joe Rose will
remember it because both of us exchanged dialogues in the scene.

While in Bahrain, I was also closely associated with the Mangalorean
community through the Karnataka Sports Club. The Goan tiatrist fraternity
in Bahrain at the time succeeded in bringing the two communities closer by
staging specially written tiatros with Goan and Mangalorean cast. We
successfully staged four such joint-ventures. In one of the tiatros, the
story was based on Goan-Mangalorean families. The late Baptist Mendonsa
(Mangalorean – was employed with the Gulf Hotel) and the late
Peter-de-Morjim jointly wrote and directed the tiatros. Peter-de-Morjim,
Mario Alphonso and I are the founder members of the Konkan Singers’ Club
(KSC) which was founded by raising funds through tiatros. Cyril D’Souza, a
Mangalorean, was the brain behind the formation of the KSC. He and several
others brought many advertisements which helped us raise funds for the new

Tiatr band players in those days came from the Bahrain Police Band. The
band was headed by the late Custodio Fernandes (rhythm guitarist), late
Cajetan or Cajie Fernandes (drummer & solfist - he wrote solfas for our
tiatros; he played for Bombay professional tiatrists before he came to
Bahrain), Raposo Fernandes (sexaphone), Carlito Fernandes (trumpet; I
believe he still plays for tiatros in Goa and gives music to cassettes/CDs)
and there was another guy who played clarinet – sorry I cannot recall his
name. I will try and visit Carlito when I am in Goa next; I think he lives
in Benaulim. He played music for all the tiatros I acted in; he might
remember some of the names of tiatros.

The entrance fee for a tiatr in Bahrain in the 1970’s was Fils 800 and 500
respectively. The fee of Fils 800 was later raised to BD.1.000.

It was quite difficult in those days to stage tiatros in Bahrain. We mostly
suffered losses but we didn’t give up; we continued to stage tiatros for the
love of Konkani and Goans there. Every time we staged a drama, we had to
pay BD.5.000 as hire charges for “pod’de” (drops.) We came across an artist
- Domnic Viegas from Tivim who painted four drops for us free of charge.
The painting job was carried out on the terrace of late Seby D’Souza’s
residence in Manama. Seby hailed from Navelim. He also was a tiatrist,
writer and director. I acted in one of his dramas.

All tiatros that we staged in Bahrain in the 1970’s were a one-time event.
As such, one had to give his/her best and prove his/her ability in one

It is my desire to give some tiatr performances after I retire my job in two
years time!

Domnic Fernandes
Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA

July 30, 2005


FOTKIRI AXEA - Konkani Song by Antonette Mendes





Sunday, June 28, 2009



The social group Bahrain Goans in association with The Folk Theatre are flying in a group of 11 Konkani stage artistes from Goa. The group will present a Konkani musical drama under the direction of Goa’s trendy Comedian Janet and her husband Filipe Almeida. The show titled ‘Soglim Khuxeal’ meaning ‘Happiness to All’ will be staged at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant Auditorium in Adliya at 8 p.m on July 9th, 2009.

The show just released in Goa is scheduled to perform in Dubai, Kuwait and London as well. Comedian Janet who has acted for topmost Konkani stage directors is the most sort comedian of late and has several Konkani video films to her credit. Among the topmost actors accompanying the group is C.D.Silva, known as ‘the man of thousand faces’ for his variety of character roles in Konkani dramas. Shruthi, the child artiste who captured the hearts of the audience during her last visit to Bahrain is once again playing the main role in this drama. The other well known actors in the group are Comedian Ambe, Pascoal Rodrigues, Marcus Vaz, Tari, Aldair and Tony de Ribandar. Lenoy Gomendes has directed the musical scores.

Tickets for the show priced at BD: 5, 4 and 3 are now available at World Greetings and Young Goans Club in Manama. For details contact the organisers on 39083239/39672776 or 39251103

- As forwarded to by G.R. Crasto.

Comic treat for theatre fans
Posted on » Wednesday, July 01, 2009

KONKANI theatre fans will be treated to a comedy performance in Bahrain next weekend.

The Konkani musical drama, Soglim Khuxeal (Happiness to all), will be staged at the Baan Saeng Thai Restaurant auditorium, Adliya, at 8pm on July 9.

It is being organised by Bahrain-based social group the Bahrain Goans in association with the Folk Theatre and will see 11 Goan stage personalities take the stage.

Directed by Filipe Almeida, the play features the talents of his wife Janet, who is amongst the most sought-after Goan comediennes of recent times.

The play that opened in Goan theatres last month will also be staged in Dubai, Kuwait and London in coming weeks, said organisers.

Soglim Khuxeal also features the talents of C D'Silva, who is also known as "the man of a thousand faces" for the variety of character roles he has taken on in Konkani plays, as well as child star Shruthi.

This will be the youngster's second visit to Bahrain this year and will see her play the lead role in the comedy.

Comedians Ambe, Pascoal, Marcus, Tari, Aldair and Tony De Ribandar will also perform, while Lenoy Gomendes will be the musical director.

Tickets, costing BD5, BD4 and BD3, are now available at World Greetings and at the Young Goans Club office, both in Manama. Contact the organisers on 39083239, 39672776or 39251103 for more information.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A star is born - Chiquitita Darlin Da Cruz

A star is born

I would like to congratulate Ms Chiquitita Darlin Da Cruz for her excellent performance in the Konkani musical show (solo song with full action) at the Pakistan Club on June 5.

A young and talented Chiqui took part for the first time and it was great to watch her on the Konkani stage with perfect solo dressing with a smiling face.
Well done Chiqui girl, you won the hearts of the audience.
Bravo. One day you will become a Konkani star.

Tony Ferns

June 18, 2009

Picture added: archives

Show to remember

Show to remember

A musical treasure of unforgettable songs from many Konkani dramatists of yesteryears entitled 'Do this in remembrance of them' was organised by G R Crasto.
This musical show, which was held at the Pakistan Club hall on June 5, was houseful.
All the artists put in their very best, not to forget the young artists who were nothing less than professionals.
In the present day, we rush to watch dramas or any other shows only if there are professional actors.
But for this show, new and young actors did an excellent job and looked very comfortable on stage.
I wish to congratulate Mr Crasto on this success and also request him to give a chance to budding actors.
The comedy skit by Jr. Luis, Bai Elsy and others was outstanding.
All the very best to them.
Songs of Bai Flenzita, Lucy, Chris, Lourdin, Valanka, Chiqitita, Norita, Bab Pequino, Anthony, Ceaser, Lorvin, Menin, Santan, Claude, Benny, etc. were very good.
Valanka's duo and trio was a wonderful song.
This definitely won the hearts of the audience.
Keep it up!
Chiqitita deserves praise for a solo sung with full action.
You have a bright future on the Konkani stage.
And our youngest star Bai Frenzita's song was good too.
The musicians put in a tremendous effort to make us feel like we were in our hometown Goa, not forgetting the stage setting and the lighting.
Everything was perfect.
Bravo to Trio Kings who kept the flag flying high for so many years - Conception-Nelson-Anthony.
Last but not the least, comperes Pio Fernandes and Cindy Crasto who kept the show alive need special mention.
Bai Cindy, you too have a good future on the Konkani stage, so keep shining like a star.

Claude Fernandes

[Gulf Daily News /14 June 2009]

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fr. Felicio Diniz Rolling Trophy

Baga held Navelim to a 1 – 1 draw in the Basma Bahrain Goans Football league match played at Al Qadisiya football ground in Salmaniya.

The result took Baga to the top of the league table with 11 points. Navelim were leading by a goal from Henry Fernandes until 5 minutes to go for the final whistle when Terence Coelho equalised for Baga following a free kick. The draw left Navelim on 8 points with one match on hand.

In another match Anthony Fernandes returning from his vacation scored the first hatrick of the league to give his team Nuvem a convincing 5 – 0 victory over Benaulim. Pratap Sawant and Beta Sequeira were the other scorers. Nuvem are on 9 points with a match to play against Navelim. Benaulim are on 3 points.

The standing of the other teams in the league is Tivim 10 points with a match on hand, Canacona 5 points with 2 matches to go and Calangute are yet to open their account with a match to play against Canacona.

Meanwhile the league committee in consultation with the participating teams has decided to take a summer break until September. The league is played for the Fr. Felicio Diniz Rolling Trophy under the patronage of Young Goans Club.

click crastos photoAlbum

FOTKIRI AXEA - Konkani Song by Antonette Mendes

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A tribute to top Konkani singers

A tribute to top Konkani singers
Posted on » Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Bahrain-based singers will present some of the most beloved Konkani songs at a show at the Pakistan Club, Manama, this weekend.

Organised by the social group Bahrain Goans, the show 'Hem Tanchea Ugddassak Korat' or Do This in Their Memory, will be held under the patronage of the Young Goans Club (YGC).

Guests will enjoy renditions of songs written by popular Konkani singers from the last few decades, including hits from the 1950s, said organisers.

"The show will feature songs by admired Konkani artistes of yesteryear such as Alfred Rose, M Boyer, Remmie Colaco, Jacinto Vaz, H Britton, the Mendes Bros, Wilmix, Bab Peter, S Lemos, Rita Rose, Ophelia, Antonetta and Lorna," said the show's organiser G R Crasto.

"Most of the popular old songs of favourite Konkani stage artistes are hardly heard these days, as they are not available in CD or DVD formats.

"Konkani music lovers in Bahrain will have a chance to enjoy these songs rendered by local artistes with re-creation of original music by local musicians.

"The show is a tribute to artistes who have left their indelible mark on Konkani music and are credited for making the Konkani language known around the world through their contributions."

Meanwhile, comedian Luis Junior will entertain guests with comedy skits between songs.

The show will start at 6.30pm on Friday at the Pakistan Club's indoor auditorium in Manama.

Tickets, costing BD2 each, are available at World Greetings and Mangalore Store, both located in Manama. Contact 39083239, 36280107 or 39659539 for more information.

Congratulations to G.R. Crasto for a Super Show

Congratulations to G.R. Crasto for a Super Show

“Hem Tanchea Ugdassak Korat!” – the Konkani Musical nite, a Tribute to our Old Tiatrist, was a wonderful show put up by Bahrain Goans at the Pakistan Club on 5th June 2009. People who came in late didn’t mind to stand and watch the 4 hours musical entertainment as the auditorium was a full house.

We are sure this show was possible due to the hard work of Bahrain Goans Chairman who was bestowed the Gulab Review Award & the Goa Government Award last year. He is none other than the most famous Master of Ceremonies for all occasions, a dynamic toastmaster, etc. etc, among the Goans in Bahrain - Mr. G.R. Crasto.

His work for Goans in Bahrain is endless and cannot be put up here in mere words. He was rightly presented by a memento by his Bahrain Goans committee to appreciate his good work towards the Goan community.

I would like to Congratulate Mr. G. R. Crasto for putting up this great show and am sure all the goans in Bahrain wil want to wish him success & God Bless.

With Best Wishes,
David D'Costa
Bahrain (Siolim)


KONKANI MUSICAL FIESTA 'Hem Tanchea Ugddassak Korat’

'Hem Tanchea Ugddassak Korat’ on June 5

Bahrain: Bahrain Goans, promoting football and konkani programmes among the Goan community of Bahrain are all set to create a musical fiesta at the indoor auditorium of Pakistan Club on June 5. Their forthcoming event titled ‘Hem Tanchea Ugddassak Korat’ (Do this in memory of them) is a musical show of songs of admired konkani artistes of yesteryears such as Alfred Rose, M.Boyer, Remmie Colaco, Jacinto Vaz, H.Britton, Mendes Bros, Wilmix, Bab Peter, S.Lemos, Rita Rose, Ophelia, Antonetta, Lorna, etc.

The show is arranged and produced by G. R.Crasto.
Crasto, a freelance journalist is a popular figure in the cultural and social fields among the Goan community of Bahrain. Crasto is a regular contributor for several years to the Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter as well as Konkani publications in Goa.
He has won several awards for his works in Bahrain as well as back home in India.

‘Hem Tanchea Ugddassak Korat’ is a collection of Konkani songs, some dating back to 1953. "Most of the popular old songs of topmost konkani stage artistes are hardly to be heard these days, as they are not available in CD or DVD formats," said Mr. Crasto, who has put up an enormous effort in compiling the lyrics and music of these songs. There are inquiries from konkani music lovers all over the world for many of the super songs of bygone years. Konkani music lovers in Bahrain will have a chance to enjoy these songs rendered by local artistes with recreation of original music by the local musicians. The show is a tribute to konkani artistes who have left their indelible mark on konkani music and are credited for taking konkani language around the world by their contributions.

Comedian Jr. Luis will provide comedy skits inbetween the songs. The show at Pakistan club begins at 8.00 pm and tickets priced at BD: 2/= are available at World Greetings and Mangalore Store.
For reservation of seats contact the organisers on 39083239/36280107/39659539 or the artistes. This event is organised under the patronage of Young Goans Club. Team wishes G.R. Crasto and Young Goans Club all
the very best in their endeavour.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Navelim Win 4-A-Side Football 2002

Navelim Win 4-A-Side Football

Sep 6, 2002

Navelim lead by former MPT player Henry Fernandes, won
the 4-a-Side inter village football tournament
organized by Young Goans Club (YGC), Bahrain.

In the finals played at the courtyard of the club on
Thursday night, Navelim defeated Canacona by 4 goals
to 1. The Canacona team were reduced to 3 men with
referee Alex Pereira having red-carded Marshall in the
first half of the match. Canacona boys held on to a
1-1 draw till the lemon-break, but the Navelim lads
taking advantage of the situation pumped in 3 goals
with Canacona boys falling back to defend during the
entire 10 minutes of the second half.

Earlier in the semi-finals, Navelim defeated
Chinchinim 3-1, and Canacona got the better off
Siolim with a thumping 7-2 victory. In all 12 teams
participated in this tournament that was played on a
league cum knock-out basis over the last two weeks, at
the YGC courtyard in the evenings.



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