Mangaluru, Sep 27: Comedy Company Mangalore had organised a short play competition for invited teams, titled ‘Kar Natak’, on the May 27-28 earlier this year. The competition was the dream of their beloved companion, the late Sunil Crasta. As many as 11 theatre troupes from Mangaluru and Udupi had participated in the competition and 10 senior Konkani artistes were also felicitated on the occasion.
The grand closing ceremony of ‘Kar Natak’ was held on September 24, at the LCRI A/C Auditorium of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru. The programme began with Sunil Crasta’s children – Sian and Darren, along with his wife Linet Crasta, unveiling the ‘Kar Natak’. Before the stage programme, a comedy play ‘Jugari’ was presented by Astitva® Mangalore.
Fr Praveen Martis and Vijay Kumar Kodialbail were the chief guests, while Walter Nandalike, Santosh Sequeira, and CA Olvin Rodrigues were present as the guests of honour. The honourable jury Fr Francis Rodrigues, Joel Pereira and Denis Monteiro were also present on the dais. Sunil Crasta’s wife, Linet Crasta, was also present as a special guest.
List of the winners:
Best actor: Prakash K. (Varesdar)
Best actress: Sweedal D’Souza (Varesdar)
Best supporting actor: Donna D’Souza (Sorya Vyaparicho Duddu)
Best music: Clanwin Fernandes (Nan Laingika Tollilali)
Best direction: Christopher D’Souza Neenasam (Nan Laingika Tollilali)
Best story: Chafra D’Costa (Mhojya Putacho Kinnkullo)
Jury’s favourite role: Kiara Pereira (Mhojya Putacho Kinnkullo)
To encourage female writers, a special prize was awarded to the only female writer and director in the entire competition – Preeti Martha D’Souza (Matiyecho Sangh).
‘Logos Theatre’ won the first prize worth Rs 40,000 for the play ‘Nan Laingika Tollilali’, ‘Rang Thikam’ won the second prize worth Rs 30,000 for the play ‘Sorya Vyaparicho Duddu’ and ‘Utsahi Kalakar Gantalkatte’ won the third prize worth Rs 20,000 for the play ‘Mhojya Putacho Kinnkulo’.
A discussion was held with Ashwin D’Costa and Wencita Dias, the lead actors of ‘Osmitay’ movie and its entire cast. The organisers served jackfruit gariyo and kashaya to the audience.
Lancy Lobo Bantwal welcomed the gathering and Nellu Permannur proposed the vote of thanks. Alwyn Danthy Pernal and Titus Noronha Taccode compered the programme.
Kar Natak’s grand closing ceremony was a huge success due to the efforts of Comedy Company members Alwyn C Veigas, Raveen Martis and Maria Joyce D’Souza.