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Panaji, Apr 17: Condolence messages poured in from all over the State condoling the death of noted Konkani singer Ulhas Buyao, who expired on Monday.

Condoling the death of Buyao, chief minister Pratapsingh Rane in his message said that the Konkani songs of Buyao were very popular and many of them created awareness on Goan identity.

Further, Rane stated that the contribution of Buyao in the field of art and culture and social field is noteworthy.

Deeply mourning the sad and untimely demise of Buyao, art and culture minister Digambar Kamat stated that with the death of Buyao the State had lost a great Konkani singer and musician.

His contribution to Goan music and Konkani stage was simply outstanding. His songs like “Chanyache Rati,” “Manglurachya Xharant” and “Hanv Baba Nauro” would be remembered by the people for years together, Kamat said in a press release.

Kamat further stated, "The void would remain void in the hearts of all Goan music lovers and artistes. On behalf of government and all the artistes of Goa, I extend heartfelt sympathies to the members of his bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace."

Condoling Buyao’s demise the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee has said that in his death, Goa had lost an artist-activist who has made significant contribution to Konkani theatre and music.

Ulhas served Goa in a special way by organizing a cultural troupe to spread awareness among the people about the need to preserve distinct identity of Goa during the Opinion Poll. He along with the young artistes and singers successfully organized the propaganda of Shahir Amar Sheikhs, Kala Pathak, which advocated masses of Goa with Maharashtra.

The committee has expressed grief at the death of Buyao and sent condolences to his bereaved family.

A meeting held under the chairmanship of GPCC President Ravi Naik at Congress Bhavan, passed a condolence resolution, states a press release.

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