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Goan essence displayed at World Goa Day
November 23, 2017, 4:58 pm

World Goa Day, which was held this year on 17 November in Doha, Qatar, was an enchanting and absorbing event that allowed Goans to focus, take pride and celebrate Goa’s culture, language, traditions, music and much more.

Organized by the Goan Welfare Association (GWA) in Qatar under the leadership of their dynamic president, Simon D’Silva, the World Goa Day lived up to its primary objective of uniting Goans in a day of celebration and solidarity. This year’s theme of ‘Goem, Goenkar, Goenkarponn’, captured the essence of hosting the annual World Goa Day — to be Goans first, to build goodwill among Goans and, as the GWA President put it, “to promote love, affection, friendship and ‘Goenkarponn’ among the community”.

One of the main highlights of this year’s event was a colorful musical evening, which opened with a theme song presented by a contingent of singers and performed by various artistes in traditional Goan costumes. The singers were Joyce Mascarenhas, Natcey Barretto, Agnelo Rodrigues while artistes involved in the stunning presentation included members of the Good Shepherd choir and GWA Committee members.

Famed musical pair of Johny Araujo and Bushka D’Souza, who flew in from Goa specifically for the show, were welcomed by warm applause. They reciprocated in grand style providing the jam-packed gathering with a world of rocking Goan music and songs.

Agnelo Rodrigues and Joyce Mascarenhas from Qatar held a delightful session of music and song, while DJ Glorio Fernandes provided two sessions of scintillating music of sound waves catering to the new generation.

Kuwait-based Gasper Crasto was the Master Compere of the event and was at his best creating ripples, goose bumps and amusement with his interactions with the crowd right from the start.

There were other amazing performances by individual artistes as well. Camilo Colaco, John De Sa and Vincy D’Costa sang to great applause, while Qatar-based Goan artistes performed with ease and precision. Artistes from Dubai and Kuwait were also eyebrow raisers with their performances. Well-known Dubai-based star singer Manuxin Fernandes sang two popular oldies that brought cheer and sweet memories of Goa to the audience, while Esparansa and Gasper Crasto sang two outstanding duets – one on Goa, the other on ‘fashion’ which were well applauded. Kuwait’s popular music maestro Succor de Melo complemented the event with a solo performance on box guitar that touched the chords of everyone’s heart.

On the sidelines of the event, an attractively decorated booth displayed items of Goan culture and traditions. The friendly crowd that attended relished every moment of the event taking ‘selfies’ and family portraits of the wonderful backdrop. Ghumott, the heartbeat of Goans beating worldwide was one of the items on exhibit among other notable artefacts.

Carmo Santos, President of Goan Cultural Centre – Kuwait, was chief guest at the function. Known as the ‘Airlift’ man for the help he rendered to thousands of Goans during Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, Mr. Santos was all praise for the GWA on the well-organized event and wished the association all success in taking up future events for the Goan community in Qatar. Another dynamic Goan from Kuwait, Agnello A.S. Fernandes, who was the Guest of Honor, also applauded GWA and its team for their organization of the event.

Selvaraj Arockiam, former Parish Priest of Our Lady of Rosary Church, Doha, one of the greatest priests ever to have served in Doha, much admired for his humility and simplicity, was felicitated during a special ceremony.  Simon D’Silva presented Selvaraj with a special memento as a token of love and affection from the Goan community.

In his speech, President Simon D’Silva acknowledged the support of sponsors and well-wishers in organizing the historic event. “I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support rendered to me by the GWA Committee, well-wishers and sponsors to turn the World Goa Day – 2017 into a global event. We hope to continue enriching Goan culture, language and traditions in Qatar with the assistance of every Goan living here.”


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