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World Goa Day 2018 attended by jubilant Goans
October 23, 2018, 5:07 pm

Goan Welfare Association (GWA), Qatar under the leadership of its President Simon D’Silva, organized World Goa Day 2018 on 19 October at Mercure Grand Hotel, Doha, Qatar.  It was a day for Goans to focus, take pride and celebrate Goa’s culture, language, traditions, music, and more, the World Goa Day at Mercure Grand Hotel, Doha Qatar turned out to be a riveting evening.

Kuwait-based Goan delegates and artists, who visited Doha for the event, were in the limelight and applauded their presence, presentations and speeches. Lively comperes Perina and Peroz Pereira showed the ideal essence of hosting the event to be Goans first, to build goodwill among fellow Goans, and as GWA President Simon D’Silva put it: to promote love, affection, friendship and ‘Goenkarponn’ among the community.

The two comperes, especially Peroz, was a livewire all throughout and energized everyone with his witty phrases and interactions with the crowd right from the start. A number of gift vouchers and prizes were disbursed by Peroz who answered his quiz questions on Goa and Konkani language.

The celebration was neatly punctuated by little known Noronha Brothers from Goa - specially flown in for the event. The talented brothers provided the crowd with a world of rocking, comprehensive music and a rhythmic masala of Goan songs and deknnis.

The Noronhas’ performance and presentation can be easily rated as one of the best seen among Goans in recent times – their splendid combination in singing, especially Neevan’s lovely voice and crooning, and the number of musical instruments the boys played wove sheer magic.

Kuwait’s Music Maestro Succor de Melo performed solo on his lead guitar aided by pulsating beats; his unique strumming touched the chords of everyone’s hearts. Succor de Melo is a professional musician, who had played for the celebrated Goan band ‘Wings’ and Kuwait’s ‘Top Ranks’ before settling down to play full time for Kuwait Television.

Carmo Santos, a businessman, shipping tycoon, social worker, and Chairman of Goan Cultural Centre – Kuwait, was chief guest at the function. Known as the ‘Airlift’ man for helping thousands of Goans, Indians and other nationals during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, Mr. Carmo was all praise for Goan Welfare Association (GWA) for the well-organized event.

Mr. Carmo is well-known for organizing the First International Goan Food and Mando Festival in Kuwait through Art & Culture, Government of Goa. He also holds the credit of organizing the First International Konkani Film Festival, and the Global Goans Convention in Kuwait.

In his speech, Carmo wished GWA President and friend Simon D’Silva all success in taking up future events for the Goan community of Qatar.

Dynamic Goan from Kuwait, Agnello A.S. Fernandes, was Guest of Honor.

Agnello, a Sr. Vice President of Gulf Custody Company, and Board Member of Indian Community Schools in Kuwait, applauded GWA and its team in his speech. In his brief speech, Agnello made everyone’s hearts to melt.

Stressing upon the current state affairs and happenings in Goa, Mr. Agnello shared the feelings of Kuwait Goans saying, “Goa does not deserve the mess going on in the state. It is time for Goans around the world to leave aside differences and unite to bring about a permanent change.”

Speaking his heart during the presentation ceremony, stylish GWA President Simon D’Silva acknowledged the support of sponsors and well-wishers in organizing the event.

“We hope to continue enriching Goan culture, language and traditions in Qatar with the assistance of every Goan and like-minded people residing in Qatar,” said the flamboyant President. Simon further added, “I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support given by the GWA Committee, well-wishers and sponsors to turn the World Goa Day – 2018 into a global event.”

One of the highlights of the evening was a choreographed group dance presented by young dancers, who donned identical FC Goa jerseys and performed to a contemporary version of popular song ‘Tum mhojem sukh’. The group had a couple of more sways dancing to ‘Bangarachen Goa’ and ‘Tiki Taka’.

Participants of the group comprised of Sean Fernandes, Shawn Fernandes, Lavin Tauro, Carol D'Souza, Andrea D'Souza, Elena Noronha, Danica Rodrigues and Chynara Rodrigues. The kids were trained and choreographed by Effie Noronha.

There were amazing performances by individual artists. While Qatar-based artists performed to their full potential, visiting artists from Kuwait were entertaining as well. Young Figo Rodrigues played the keyboard and sang a couple of songs to great applause.

Kuwait’s Esparansa and Gasper Crasto sang two remarkable dancing duets – one on Goa, other a high-octave song called ‘Rock Star’. Both songs were well acknowledged and admired by Qatar Goans.

Popular Goan John De Sa sang a solo song which impressed everyone in the audience and proved how popular the star is in Qatar. DJ Nelson played the final session of sound waves catering to the new generation.

An attractively decorated booth on Goan culture and traditions was on display to mark the World Goa Day. The friendly crowd that attended the function 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.

Special invitees present at the event included William Aranha, Prakash Noronha, Alloysius D’Souza, Morgan Fernandes and Vivian D’Souza. Nancy D’Silva, the first lady of GWA, was all smiles among a number of invitees, GWA members, guests and patrons.

The Noronha Brothers -- Nikhil and Neevan Noronha were honored for their excellence in music, and presence at the event. A book entitled ‘A Rose is Not Just a Rose’ written by Gasper Crasto and launched by was released on the occasion at the hands of Agnello Fernandes in presence of GWA President Simon D’Silva, Carmo Santos among others.

The book, which was earlier released in Bahrain and Kuwait, can be ordered online (paperback) on

Main sponsor of the event was Joaquim Vincent Pinto, Co-sponsors were Milton Pimenta and Allan De Souza and other sponsors were Mercure Grand Hotel, Peroz Pereira and Shimmers Beauty Parlour. Media partners were Gulf Times, and

The event was coordinated by ORBIT Events and Marketing.

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