Pics by : Joy Roshan DSilva & Prem Crasto

Kuwait, Sept 30: Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA) organized Gulf Voice of Mangalore (GVOM) Season 6 Semifinals on Friday, 28th September 2018 at the Sabah Al-Salem Theater, Khaldiya from 3:00 pm onwards. GVOM is considered as the most popular and biggest Konkani reality show in the Middle East.

In a professionally organized Kuwait segment of Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 6, Shelton Pinto from Bondel and Gloria D’Souza from Angelore have entered into the finals in male and female category respectively. The winners will contest for coveted title of Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 6 to be held in Kuwait itself on November 9 this year.

As the clock struck 3:30 pm program started with prayer song by GVOM3 winner Orson D’Souza followed by GVOM theme song. Audience was excited to see the glittering stage when curtain opened with live music from “Muzik Collective” led by Kiran Gonsalves. After formal introduction and welcome by MC Deepak Andrade, KCWA President Stevan Rego delivered the welcome speech. Once the compere of the evening Dr. Vincent Alva took over the stage, the atmosphere turned into competition mood. He conducted the event in a very professional manner, which perfectly suits to any international standard competition.

GVOM Semifinalists and Judges Ashith Pinto, Shilpa Cutinha and Wilfred Fernandes were called to the dais, were introduced and judging sheets were handed over by Stevan Rego, Linette D’souza and Steevan Misquith. Trophies were brought to stage and displayed. It was followed by inviting contestants to stage with short introduction and the first round of competition for the 12 participants Shelton Pinto, Sanjay Martis, Kevin D’Souza, Glen Vas, Glanny Lopies, Collin Vas, Shaila Arathi Lobo, Gloria D’Souza, Irene Santhumayor, Patricia Alphonso, Cynthia Pinto and Raina D’Mello. Linette D’Souza announced the judging criteria for both rounds.

In between the competition, musicians John Kiran Gonsalves (Lead Keyboard), Alwyn Fernandes (Lead Guitar), Joy Fernandes (Rhythm Guitar), Jackson D’souza(Bass Guitar), Ronald Rodrigues(Acoustic Drums), Ethan Fernandes (Keyboard), Joyston D’souza (Congo & percussions), Aaron Gonsalves (percussions) were introduced.

After a nine- year long break, Konkani’s ‘Angelina’ fame Gratian D’Souza’s fourth musical album ‘Salam Tuka Kuwaita’ consisting of nine compositions dedicated to prominent Konkani personalities Louis Rodriguez and Johnny Suratkal was released by GVOM Founder Lawrence Pinto along with Ashith Pinto, Rocky D’Souza, Ranjith D’Souza, Steevan Misquith and Russel Rodrigues. Gratian has written the lyrics and rendered the tunes. The album is produced under the banner of Alita Creations. Music director Dolwin Kolalgiri has composed the music while mixing and mastering has been done by Srikanth from Daijiworld Audio Visual Studio. Along with Konkani well-known singers Ivan Sequeira, Babita Pinto and Prajoth D’Sa, young singing sensations Nihal Tauro, Jaison Lobo, Cavin Canan D’souza, Lolita Rodrigues, Nisha Fernandes have rendered their melodious voices for the album.

The second round of audition had cord round without music. Contestants of both male and female singers were allowed to choose one of two common songs in each category. Guest of Honor Arun Almeida, Wilson Kateel and Loyd Rego were honored for their contribution to Konkani by Fr. Noel D.Almeida. Semifinalists, Musicians, judges and audition round judges were honored with momentoes. Guest of Honor Arun Almeida, Spiritual director Fr. Noel D’Almeida and Ashith Pinto (on behalf of judges) spoke few words appreciating the event and some guidance to contestants.

After the interval, lucky draw were held for the audience present and 2 couples won air tickets to Kuwait – Bahrain – Kuwait trip sponsored by KLM. In the entertainment part, audience thoroughly enjoyed foot-tapping dance by Jhankaar dancy group, rib-tickling jokes by Lancy Rodrigues, Rajesh Fernandes and Anil Menezes, Live Konkani Band by Soul Stirrers and Konkani Retro musical performance by past GVOM semifinalists and participants that was trained by Konkani’s Golden voice Rony D’Cunha and Jasmine D’Cunha. Music was arranged by Jason Misquith. Solo songs by Judges Shilpa Cutinha (Kaliz Gaytha Gana) and Wilfred Fernandes (Adhuri Jini) was an added attraction. Rajesh Aranha proposed vote of thanks.

The most awaited time then arrived with the announcement of Shelton Pinto and Gloria D’Souza as the finalists by Compere Vincent Alva was welcomed with a huge round of applause and cheer from the audience. The winners were presented with flowers, decorated with sashes and trophies by Fr. Noel D’Almeida, Fr. Blany Pinto and Naveen Ranjith D’Souza.

The audiences were glued to their seat with the nonstop entertained of music, dance and jokes. The sound, lightings and stage with giant LED was eye catching effort by Waves Event Engineering (Anand D’Souza). Music by Muzik Collective was excellent and worth complementing which took the show to a professional standard. The addition of popular music composer and guitarist Allwyn Fernandes Dubai was added flavor to the show. Joy Roshan D’Silva and Prem Crasto captured the whole event through their lens. Videography was done by Blue Ray Digitals – Alban D’Souza and SB media. Allen Pinto and Inish D’Souza managed the LED presentations. The program was co-compered by Deepak Andrade, Nishitha Andrade and Reena Rego. The entire event was coordinated by Orson D’Souza with the support from managing committee members and GVOM Season 6 Core committee members.
Land Trades Builders & Developers, Mangalore and Keentech Electrical & Contracting Co. Kuwait sponsored the event. Main Sponsor of the event was Vermont Builders & Promoters and Bliss Signature Professional Unisex Salon. Caesars Group of Restaurants, Al-Rathat Est., and Crown Business Group were the Gold Sponsors and United Steel Factory was the Pearl Sponsor. Khorafi Plastic Industries Co., Al-Habshi Est., Diyab Mohd. Haji Est., Golden Line Construction Materials Co., Khalil Bahman & Partners and Royaltech Electrical & Contracting Co. were the Silver Sponsors. Daijiworld is the media partner & Radio Daijiworld is the Radio partner of the event.

KCWA managing committee would like to thank the management of Kuwait University, Khaldiya for providing the auditorium, volunteers and all those supported in making this event a grand success.