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.