Priyanka Mendonca: The Young Girl With Bundle of Talents and Dreams

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By Dr. Eugene D’Souza
Bellevision Media Network

Muscat, 13 April 2010: Children can be moulded into doing something in which they are talented. In this respect, parents and teachers play an important role in shaping the personality and career of the young children. Here is the story of ten year young Priyanka. She is intelligent, dynamic and talented. Her parents, Edward Mendonca of Thokoli, Kuntalnagar and mother, Philomena originally from Pernal, have been nurturing the multifarious talents of Priyanka. Though she has proved her mettle as a dancer, she is also good in drawing, singing, playing the key-board, swimming and even playing cricket! Moreover, she is an ardent animal lover, especially cats and dogs.

Priyanka was born on 28th March 2000 and ever since she is in Al-Khuwair in Muscat with her mother, Philomena and father, Edward Mendonca who has been working in the city of dreams since 1983. She has been attending the Indian School at Ghubra, Muscat since her Kindergarten class and is presently in 5th standard.

Philomena says that, she noticed the dancing talent in Priyanka right from her childhood. When she was just two years old, Priyanka would move her feet and hands to the tune of the music either from television or music system. Realising that their daughter has the gift of dancing, both Edward and Philomena began to encourage her to develop her skills. Priyanka gave her first dancing performance during the school annual day when she was just in the first year KG. She also gave her dancing performance during the first function organised by the Bellevision-Muscat in 2005.

In order to promote Priyanka’s dancing skills, her parents enrolled her in the Dance Academy run by Mrs. Seema for three months in 2006. She manifested her talent in dancing during dance festival known as ‘Indradhanush’ organised by Mrs. Seema.

Besides dancing to the tune of popular Hindi and English tunes, Priyanka also developed a skill to dance in line with the tunes of devotional hymns and Konkani songs. She used be an integral part of the dance group that would perform during the charity programmes for the poor organised by the Holy Spirit Church, Ghala, Muscat during Christmas (Christmas Love) and Easter (Easter Joy). The Goan community in Muscat had invited Priyanka for two years (2007-08) to give dance performances on the occasion of the celebrations of the feast of St. Francis Xavier during the month of December.

Priyanka has been a familiar face during the dance competitions held in various occasions and venues. She secured the first position in the Summer Camp Dance Competition held by the Ghala Church in 2007. She was a regular member of the group that has been participating in the dance competitions and winning first position in ‘Dance Mania-Oman’ since the last three years (2007-09). She even received prizes from the hands of the Indian Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr. Anil Wadhwa. Priyanka also had the privilege of being a member of the group of dancers who performed during the Indian Republic Day celebrations held in the Indian Embassy in Muscat in 2009. In the dance competition that was held by the Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP) during 2009-10, Priyanka secured the second position.


Since three years, Priyanka has been trained by Master Rajesh and Renjini at the Centre for Performing Arts at Al-Khuwair. She has been taking part in the ‘Spark’-Fusion of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Al-Falaj Hotel since three years. During the Volleyball Tournament of the Petroleum Development Organisation (PDO), Priyanka has been a regular member of the group of dancers who perform during these tournaments.

Besides dancing, Priyanka is also interested in singing and has been a part of the Catechism Choir in the Holy Spirit Church, Ghala. She is also an altar server. Her other interests include key-board playing, drawing, swimming and even playing cricket. She was also chosen as a child model for the Thursday Magazine centrefold article on fashion titled ‘Costume Party’. Priyanka is an ardent animal lover. She has been very fond of dogs and cats. She had a pretty white dog which her father, Edward advised her to give away as it would have been be difficult to take care of animals in the house. In spite of this, Priyanka has been befriending a cat whom she feeds everyday outside her house.

Both Edward and Philomena are very proud of her daughter Priyanka  for whatever talents she has, support and encourage her in all her endeavours and provide her the necessary training. They said that she has been very good in her studies. When asked what she would like to be in future, Priyanka without hesitation said that she would like to be a doctor. Priyanka has a dream, intelligence, talents and strong parental love, guidance and support. These will definitely help Priyanka in realising her dreams.


Comments on this Article
john ambrose, madras now living in australia Mon, November-4-2013, 11:21
Congrats priyanka keep it up tell dad to email us
savious crasta, kavoor / Qatar Sun, September-22-2013, 1:32
Hi priyanka, congratulation. It is really nice to read about you. You are true inspiration to young generation. Keep it up. all the very best.:)
IVAN, KINNIGOLI/united arab emirates Sat, December-25-2010, 12:39
what to say.verry great achivement.our elders saying success dosen t comes to anybudy.Every budy should go for it.hard work is a main weapon to achive something in life every mankind.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi India/Muscat Fri, September-24-2010, 11:19
Dear Priyanka, Congratulations.Glimpses of your childhood days reveal that you are a great talented child, can be a very great artist and win laurels.Keep it up, do not neglect studies. May God bless you with all requirments for developing you as a great Lady.Good luck and lots of love and regards to you,Mum and Dad.
chethan shetty, moodubelle Tue, July-27-2010, 12:45
great!! glad to know your achiements.
Molly Pinto, Badyar/Muscat Wed, April-21-2010, 4:44
Congratulations dear Eddu and Philu on the great achievement by Priya! Dear Priya, you have a great future ahead. All the very best in your future endeavors. May God bless you.
nancy mathias, mumbai Tue, April-20-2010, 3:14
Congrats Priyanka, also Eddi philo. I am so happy excited to see your talents. May God bless u abundantly
Michael/Nirmala Goveas, Bendur / Muscat Mon, April-19-2010, 3:38
Congratulations dear Eddu and Philu on the great achievement by Priya! Darling Priya, you have a great future ahead………All the very best in your studies and endeavors. May God bless you with his wisdom, knowledge and strength. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ALWAYS!
dear priyanka happy to read your talents .we highlight in shirva rotary
John J. Lobo, Moodubelle Sun, April-18-2010, 2:04
Very telented and energetic child. Will grow up with parents love, encouragement and become a star of attraction witthin the community. Priyanka, I wish you all the best in your future endaveour.
Felcy/Dolphy Frank, Belle/Muscat Sat, April-17-2010, 3:41
Dear Priyanka, Congratulations on your achievements. Your hard work proven that you are the true star. dont look back...! Keep up the good work. God bless you. Our special wishes to your proud parents.
Lawrance Santhosh Sequeira, Madanthyar/UAE Fri, April-16-2010, 3:10
Really great...i wish you all the success in her future life.
ROBERT COUTINHO, PERNAL, QATAR Fri, April-16-2010, 8:27
Congrats to Philoo and Eddy on her daughters success at such a young age and proves hardwork and dedication pays off handsomely. Best of Luck Priya.
Dr Maxim D Costa, Kinnigoli/Aberdeen, UK Fri, April-16-2010, 6:48
Congratulations Priya, great achievements at young age! Having known you since you were a toddler, its great feeling to read about your talents, and success in nurturing them. Hats off to your mum and dad, who have been struggling hard to keep up with your busy training schedule and performances. Hope and pray you continue to develop your talents and fulfil their dreams. God bless. Loving wishes from Leston, Jeston, Julie and Maxim
Dina Mendonca Correa, Thokoli/Bahrain Thu, April-15-2010, 3:08
Congratulations dear Priya on the achievements and hearty congratulations to uncle and aunty for having been gifted with a talented daughter. Priya, keep the Mendonca flag flying high...God Bless you dear sis. Love and blessings from the entire family
suzy, mangalore Wed, April-14-2010, 10:02
congratulations eddu and phillu. priya, keep up the good work, proud of u!
Victor D Souza, Moodubelle / Doha Wed, April-14-2010, 8:59
Congratulations Priyanka on your achievements and best wishes for the future. Also, congratulations to Mr. Edward and Mrs. Philomena who recognized and nurtured the giftedness of their daughter Priyanka from the young age itself, which played an important role in developing the talent to the full potential. Very well written article by Dr. Eugene.
prince, podikambla/dubai Wed, April-14-2010, 2:45
Dear Priyanka, happy to read your talents and you make us proud.You are the multi talented pearl of your parents.Wish you all the best for your future endevours.God bless you.
valerian and judith Lobo, Belle/Muscat Wed, April-14-2010, 1:04
Congratulations priya and to her parents. Keep up your intrest and dreams and develop your talents . Wish you a very bright future.
Alban D souza, kunthal nagar/moodubelle Tue, April-13-2010, 11:04
Its nice to read the talents achivements of Priyanka...appriciate the talent i wish her a bright future...congrats to Mr.Edward
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