Bahrain: Budding Konkani talents shine at Konkani Kutam Annual Competitions

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By Steven DSouza
Pics by Ruben DSouza

Bahrain, 01 Feb 2016: Konkani Kutam Bahrain in its endeavor to promote and keep Konkani language and culture alive in the heart and minds of people from the costal Karnataka hosted its annual Singing and Elocution Competition  for children on Friday the 29th January 2016 at the Papillion Restaurant Party Hall. The Konkani Kutam Bahrain annual Singing and Elocution Competition presently in its 15th Year saw participations from 62 Children and the participation has been increasing year after year.


The competition was spearheaded by Ronald Fernandes as the Event Coordinator and was ably compered by Popular Konkani writer Mr. Walter Dantis and was well supported by Avinash Fernandes and Nirmala Pinto. Henry D’Almeida the Convenor in his message mentioned that Konkani Kutam Bahrain was proud to promote Konkani language and culture in Bahrain and elsewhere through its involvement in various activities and praised the efforts of individuals and organizations that promote Konkani language and culture.


































Both the singing as well as Elocution competition comprised of three categories of 4 to 8 years, 8 to 12 years and 12 to 18 years.




Age group: 4 to 8 years

I prize - Delisha Joanna Fernandes
II prize – Sweeta V. Corda
III prize – Evan Alex Sequeira
Age group 8 to 12 years
I prize – Lareena Quadros
II prize – Nikitha Fernandes
III prize – Ayona Gloria Rodrigues


Age group 12 to 18 years

I prize - Melissa Martis
II prize – Orville Anthony Sequeira
III prize - Shreyal Vaz



Age group 4 to 8 years

I prize – Ziona Aptha Franco
II prize – Arline Magdalen Rodrigues
III prize – Delisha Joanna Fernandes


Age group 8 to 12 years

I prize - Sujal Vaz
II prize – Stafney Valentina Fernandes
III prize – Alston Shaun Fernandes
Age group 12 to 18 years
I prize – Rowyn Fernandes
II prize - Melissa Martis
III prize - Shreyal Vaz


Winners were given away Certificates of Merit, prizes and Medals. Certificates of participation and Consolation prizes were given to all participants. The singing competition was judged by popular chorister Mr. Richard Pais, and ace guitarist from Band Aryan Fame, Sheer Magic & Expat Mr. Swibert Mascarenhas. Whereas the elocution competition was Judged by popular public speaker and former District & Division Governor at the Indian Club Toastmaster Bahrain Mr. Philip D’Mello and another popular public speaker and former Area Governor at Karnataka Club Toastmaster Bahrain Mr. Joseph Andrade.


A stand-up comedy act was performed by Aeron Franco and a comedy skits was performed by Stany D’Souza, Sujay Pinto, Avinash Fernandes and Ajay Lobo during the intervals.


Ronald Fernandes proposed the vote of thanks followed by Sumptuous buffet dinner served by Papillion Restaurant to everyone present.



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