Daijiworld Media Network - Muscat
Muscat, Mar 18: One of the most popular among the Konkani speaking people residing in the Gulf countries and eagerly awaited Konkani singing talent hunt show, titled “Gulf Voice of Mangalore” will be presented in its fourth edition in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman by the Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman.) Preliminary and semi-final rounds will be held in the respective countries by the Konkani organizations of the respective countries and the Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman) will organize the grand finale at Grande Hall of Al Falaj Hotel – Ruwi on Friday, 7th November 2014.
Stanley Fernandes, past president and past chairman of the Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman) and an ardent supporter of the Konkani Cultural programs in Muscat and Mangalore, will be the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the forth-coming season of the Gulf Voice of Mangalore.
GVOM seasons I, II and III had created sensation among the Mangaloreans worldwide. This season too will definitely create waves and provide platform to the budding Mangalorean talents of the Gulf Region. Initiated by Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues from Kuwait, from the time of its inception, Gulf Voice of Mangalore has come a long way giving opportunities to many young Mangalorean talents across the Middle East.
Founder of GVOM : Louis Rodrigues and Lawrence Pinto, Kuwait
The first, second and third seasons were successfully organized by the Youth Recreation Center – Kuwait, Mangalore Konkans – Dubai and Mangalore Cultural Association - Doha Qatar respectively.
Now the ball is rolled to Oman…and the organizers The Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman.) are all set to host the prestigious event GVOM-4, of which preliminary details are as follows:
Applications will be online shortly on Daijiworld, the official website of this event.
The rules and regulations of the competition and the details of the coordinators / organizers of the participating countries are as mentioned below:
Rules and Regulations
1) Conditions of entry
The competition is open to singers of Mangalore origin with residence in any of the GCC countries and should complete 18 years when they participate in the preliminary rounds. Participants should hold valid country (GCC residing) residence. Visit Visa holders are not entitled for the competition. The title holders of the previous THREE GVOM’s will be restricted from participating in this season. The runners up of the previous three seasons are permitted to try for the title this year.
2) Format of the Competition
The competition will be held in two categories, as male and female category separately, in three stages:
• A preliminary round auditioned anonymously by local preliminary judging panel of respective country. 6 male and 6 female singers will be selected from each country for the semi-final round to be held in the same country.
• Semi-Finals for the chosen 12, which will be held in the respective countries on or before 30th September 2014. Judging panel either from the same country or from the participating countries or from India is at the discretion of the local organizers. One male and one female voice will be selected for the Final title.
• Grand finale will be held in Muscat on Friday, 7th November 2014 for both the categories from the participating six GCC nations, judged by the Jury as decided by MCCP Muscat – the organizers of the event.
There will be 3 prizes awarded in each category as Winner, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up
Winner : Rs 1, 00,000/- (Indian Rupees One Lakh only), Trophy and the title Gulf Voice of Mangalore in each category
1st Runners Up: Rs. 50,000/ (Indian Rupees Fifty Thousand only) and a Trophy in each category
2nd Runners Up: Rs. 25,000/- (Indian Rupees Twenty Five Thousand only) and a Trophy in each category
The decisions of the jury are final and incontestable.
The prizes will be awarded at the end of the finale.
Candidates must send to the address given on the official entry form to arrive no later than the deadline date as decided by their local organizers with the following
• Application form duly filled in Capital letters or typewritten
• Copy of the passport or identity card as a proof of residence and age.
• A nominal payment fixed by local organizers as registration fee at their respective countries.
• 2 recent photographs of good quality, free of rights (or CD ROM 300 dpi)
• A complete CV with short biography
The competition will only consider applications submitted with all requested supporting material. Applications can be filled and submitted personally, email to the local organizing committee of the respective country or through online form of www.daijiworld.com
5) Selection of songs
The competition is dedicated to Konkani Songs chosen only from the released Mangalorean albums (DVD/CD/Cassette). Religious hymns are not allowed. Any song which devalues the moral or any kind of attack on religion, person or country is not permitted and such entry will be disqualified.
6) Auditions: A preliminary drawing of lots will determine the order in which candidates will perform for the audition rounds which will be held in the respective country of residence. 12 Candidates (6 Male and 6 Female) will be selected by a panel of qualified local judges on the basis of the performance (6 from each category). Their decision will be communicated to each candidate at the end of the program. Only box guitar is allowed for audition during the preliminary rounds. No electronic instruments allowed. No sequence / minus track allowed for any rounds. All songs should be sung in Konkani and from memory. Selected applicants will receive an official invitation specifying date, time and venue in order to register personally in respective country of origin. The candidates confirm that they are free of all professional obligations during the competition and that they can travel and stay in Muscat for the grand Finale. If selected for semi- finals, the participant should give the organizers the names of five Mangalorean Konkani songs (only from the released albums) and the name of the album / composer of the song in their priority order.
7) Semifinals: A preliminary drawing of lots will determine the order in which candidates will perform for the semifinal rounds which will be held in the respective country of residence. The local organizers will provide the song to be sung for this round from the song list provided by the participants. The song should not cross 6 minutes including music. Live Music as accompaniment for semifinals will be provided by the local organizers or can be performed on minus tracks – as decided by the local organizers. (Local Organizers should note that either minus tracks or live band to be used for the full length of the competition and not the both. That means it can not be for some competitors given opportunity to sing with minus tracks and some with live music.). The competition can be one round or more than one round as per the local requirement and decision by the local organizers of the respective country. The judges will select the 2 finalists from each participating country, one male and one female, from the 12 Semifinalists. Semifinals should be held on or before 30th September 2014 and winners names and details should be forwarded to MCCP Muscat soon after the competition.
8) Grand Finale: Will be held in Muscat on Friday, 7th November 2014. Celebrity Judges as nominated by the Host country organizers, will select 2 best voices, one male and one female after the finalists go through interesting and challenging rounds. Live Music by professional musicians will be accompanied at the final event to be held in Muscat will be arranged by the Host country Main organizers. Grand finale will be conducted in THREE rounds.
First Round : The Song of his/her choice supported by the Live Band to be sung from Memory - (the song which is approved/agreed by the organizers to avoid duplication of song by any other singer/s)
Second Round: The singing of the Song without music accompaniment by the live band to be performed, only a chord will be given to commence the singing. The song for this round will be decided by one of the judges on the spot, out of the list of songs provided by the singer after the audition / preliminary round.
Third Round: The “Common Song” in the third Round shall be as selected by the organizers. The contestant can sing the ‘Common SONG’ either from Memory or can refer the Lyrics. Live Music will accompany.
The best voice in each category will win the title of Gulf Voice of Mangalore and will carry home the prestigious trophy and prize money as per the entitlement. There will also be First and Second Runners up trophy and the prize entitlement in each category. The judge’s decision will be final and incontestable, and shall be accepted respectfully by all participants and the organizers.
9) Judging Criteria: The Judges will take into account the special characteristics of Song Recital as an artistic partnership between singer and will consider:
- Understanding of the genre
- Choice of material
- Musicianship ( Rhythm and control over the song)
- Technical Competence (Clarity of words, pitch, quality and voice culture)
- Rapport with the audience
- Versatility in program (expression and general presentation)
- Every contestant will be encouraged with a suggestion by one of the jury member after their performance
10) Transport, accommodation, publicity and insurances
• The travel arrangement and insurance from the respective country to Muscat has to be arranged by the local organizers of the respective country.
• The arrangements of the local transport and accommodation in Muscat for the Grand Finale Participants will be provided by The Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman.)
The Competition reserves the right without payment of fees to record, televise, and film, video, broadcast or photograph all stages of the competition for media or archive purposes as well as to produce a publicity CD or DVD of all stages of the competition.
The Competition reserves the right to use photos and biographies of the candidates and is responsible for the conception of all communication media.
The selected candidates have responsibility to arrange a health and accident insurance policy for the duration of their stay in Muscat. It is not a must for the competition.
Should the competition be cancelled because of war, civil or political disturbance, epidemic, fire, national mourning, strikes, the Competition shall not be held responsible and will be cleared of all expenses.
The organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry without giving reasons. The jury has the right to stop any candidate’s performance at any stage of the competition. Prizes are awarded, and may be withheld, at the jury’s sole discretion. The jury’s decisions are final. The organizers reserve the right to record or broadcast any part of the semifinal or final without payment to the participants. Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or injury arising in connection with any candidate’s participation in the Competition howsoever caused. The details given herein are correct at the time of going to press but the organizers reserve the right to alter the arrangements as occasion demands.
Daijiworld will be the official media partner for this event.
Details of the local organizers are as follows :