The evening commenced with the blessing of Novem by Fr. Sunny Joseph OSH and the community partaking in the blessed Novem.
Sheryl & Roschelle D’Souza welcomed the members and guests in Konkani. The kids from Woodlands performed an entertaining dance arranged by Nikita D’Souza & Sian Lobo. They were followed by another group of energetic dancers from all over Houston. Mariet Coutinho choreographed and trained these kids.
HKCA members from Sugar Land, led by Denver Pinto on guitar, sang a number of traditional Konkani songs like “Hanv Saiba Polthodi Vetam”, “Ami Doghi Sezara”, “Ye Ye Katrina”, etc. which brought back nostalgic memories from Mangaluru and Mumbai. Their rendition was so melodious that the audience joined in. The singing was accompanied with entertaining enactments by Sheryl Machado, Blendon Sequeira, Basil Kenny, Frank Saldanha, Valerian & Shalini Lobo. Commentary provided by Anand Pinto. Song selection by Lidwin Machado and Denver Pinto
The Pinto family (Anand, Meryl and kids) performed a surprise Family Sing & Dance act.
President Vivian Madtha updated the HKCA members and guests about how this Association is growing and upcoming events. This was followed by Grace Before Meals and dinner was served.
After a hearty meal, the entire community stood and sang Laudate Dominum led by Lawrence Mascarenhas.
Denver Pinto and Leslie Mathias enacted an original Konkani skit called “Souza’s Mobile”. The acting and dialogue was hilarious and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it.
HKCA Event Director Leslie Mathias gave the vote of thanks and expressed appreciation and gratitude to the various members who participated to make this event such a great success.
The evening was compered by Denver Pinto and assisted by Leslie Mathias. They kept the audience entertained and engaged the entire evening.
DJ Aaron Mathias provided feet tapping music and had a lot of people dancing.
Maxi Pereira provided home grown sugar cane to take home, as people left after an enjoyable evening together.
The event was covered by photographers Katelyn Lobo and Roshan D’Souza.
Kudos to the organizers and participants is pouring in on the Whatsapp group. Indeed it was a delightful celebration of the birthday of our Mother Mary.