Bahrain, Jan 30: The annual Konkani singing and elocution competitions by Konkani Kutam, Bahrain, were held the Papillion Restaurant party hall on January 26.
In its endeavor to promote the Konkani language and culture, and to keep them alive in the heart and minds of the people of coastal Karnataka, Konkani Kutam, Bahrain, in 17th year now, saw 34 children taking part in the competition held for them. The participation has been increasing year after year.
The competition was spearheaded by Ronald Fernandes, Stany D’Souza and Sanjay Sequeira as the event coordinators and was ably compered by Rufus Baretto. In the absence of Henry D’Almeida, the convenor, Ronald Fernandes, the event coordinator, in his message, mentioned that Konkani Kutam Bahrain, since inception, has been promoting the Konkani language and culture in Bahrain.
The competitions had three categories of 4 to 8 years, 8 to 12 years and 12 to 18 years.
Winners: Singing: Age Group 4-8 years:
Winner - Crystal D’ Souza. 1st Runner up - Ries D’ Souza. 2nd Runner up - Reeve D’ Souza
Age Group 8-12 years:
Winner - Delisha Fernandes. 1st Runner up - Reuben Lobo. 2nd Runner up - Alston Fernandes
Age Group 12-18 years:
Winner - Orville Sequeira. 1st Runner up - Ayona Rodrigues. 2nd Runner up - Lareena Quadros
Elocution: Age Group 4-8 Years:
Winner - Reshel D’Souza. 1st Runner up - Alvia Veigas. 2nd Runner up - Ruth D’Mello
Age Group 8-12 Years:
Winner - Ziona Franco. 1st Runner up - Delisha Fernandes. 2nd Runner up - Alston Fernandes
Age Group 12-18 Years:
Winner - Sujal Vaz. 1st Runner up - Rowyn Fernandes. 2nd Runner up - Reevan D’Mello
Cash prizes and trophies were given away to the winners and consolation prizes to all the participants.
The singing competition was judged by popular chorister and singer, Richard Pais, popular Violinist, Guitarist and singer, Menino Fernandes and popular compere of live shows, dancer and singer, Renita Pinto.
The elocution competition was judged by popular public speaker and former area governor at Karnataka Club Toastmaster Bahrain, Joseph Andrade, popular public speaker of toastmasters and a long resident of Bahrain, Philomena D’Souza and another popular public speaker of toastmasters and president of WMC Toastmasters, Roshini Pinto.
Sanjay Sequeira rendered the vote of thanks. A sumptuous buffet dinner was served by Papillion Restaurant to everyone present.