Daijiworld Media Network – Bahrain
Bahrain, Mar 22: The fifth season of the Gulf's first and only Konkani singing talent hunt show, the most awaited 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' (GVOM), popular among music loving and Konkani speaking people residing in the Gulf countries will be jointly hosted by Konkani Kutam Bahrain and Aangann Konknnechem Riyadh, with the grand finale to be held in the Kingdom of Bahrain at The Bahrain Cultural Hall on November 11, 2016 (Friday).
The preliminary and the semi-final rounds will be held in all the six GCC countries by the Konkani organizations of the respective countries.
The fifth edition of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' is jointly headed by Henry D'Almeida, convenor of Konkani Kutam Bahrain and a prominent member of the Konkani community of Bahrain, and Arun D'Souza, fondly known as Arun Palimar, founder, ex-president and present advisor of Aangann Konknnechem Riyadh.
Gulf Voice of Mangalore seasons I, II, III and IV had created sensation among Mangalureans worldwide and a sense of pride among Mangalureans in the Gulf region. This season too, GVOM will not only give the best male and female singers from the Gulf region but will also give an opportunity and great platform for budding singers to showcase their talent.
Louis Rodrigues and Lawrence Pinto
Gulf Voice of Mangalore was conceptualized and initiated by Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues, Konkani loving Mangalureans from Kuwait, under the banner of Youth Recreation Center, Kuwait with a vision to provide a platform to budding talents and bring together the Konkani speaking Mangalureans in the Gulf region. For Gulf Voice of Mangalore to be a genuine talent hunt contest, its guidelines were formulated by Youth Recreation Center, Kuwait with consultation from many talented music professionals from Mangaluru including the Konkani singing legend fondly known as Konkani Kogull, the late Wilfy Rebimbus. From the time of its inception, Gulf Voice of Mangalore has come a long way giving opportunities to many young Mangalurean talents across the Middle East.
The first season finale was hosted in Kuwait by Youth Recreation Center, Kuwait in 2008, the second season finale was hosted in Dubai by Mangalore Konkans Dubai in 2010, the finale of the third season in Doha was hosted by Mangalore Cultural Association, Doha-Qatar in 2012 and the fourth season finale in Muscat by Mangalurean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP Oman) in 2014.
During the grand finale of Gulf Voice of Mangalore Season 4 in Muscat, it was announced that the next season finale would be held in Bahrain and would jointly be hosted by Konkani Kutam Bahrain and Aangan Konknnechem Riyadh. Accordingly, the organizers of season 5 have proudly announced the commencement of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore - Season 5'.
Daijiworld is the official media partner for the event.
1. The competition is open to all Mangalurean Konkani singers residing in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
2. The competition is restricted to Konkani songs chosen only from the released Mangalurean original albums (DVD/CD/cassette).
3. Religious hymns are not allowed. Any song which devalues moral values or is any kind of attack on religion, person or country is not permitted and such entry will be disqualified.
1. Preliminary and semi-final rounds will be held in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by the respective nominated organizations.
2. Interested contestants should submit their applications to the nominated local organizers of the respective countries in prescribed form along with their passport copies and the residence permit copies, as proof of their age and residency.
3. The contestant should be 18 years of age as on, or before, the respective preliminary round of the competition.
4. Visit visa holders are not eligible for the competition.
5. Title holders of the previous FOUR GVOMs will be restricted from participating in this season. The runners-up of the previous four seasons are permitted to try for the title this year.
6. Application form provided in Daijiworld should be duly filled and submitted.
7. The song can be of three minutes or more as per the discretion of the local organizers.
8. Only box guitar will be allowed during the preliminary rounds. Electronic instruments sequence / minus track will NOT be allowed.
9. All songs should be sung in Konkani and from memory.
10. Judging criteria: The judges will take into account the special characteristics of song recital as an artistic partnership between singers and will consider:
• Musicianship (rhythm and control over the song) - 15 points
• Technical competence (clarity of words, pitch quality and voice culture) – 20 points
• Rapport with the audience– 5 points
• Versatility in programme (expression, general presentation, understanding the Genre) – 10 points
1. Selected 12 best voices of the preliminary rounds will receive an official invitation from the organizing committees of the respective countries for the semi-final rounds specifying date, time and venue in order to register personally in the respective country of origin.
2. Semi-final will be held in the respective country by the nominated organizing committee or organization on or before September 30, 2016.
3. The candidates should confirm that they are free of all professional obligations during the competitions and that they can travel and stay in the country where the finale will be held. Passport and resident/work visa should be valid for a minimum of 6 months as on November 2016.
4. A draw will be taken prior to the competition to determine the order of the contestants' participation in the competition.
5. Selection of songs
a. The 12 selected semi-finalists must submit to the organizers the names of five Mangalurean Konkani songs (only from the released albums), immediately after the preliminary rounds competition. The list should include the name of the album / composer/lyricist/singer of the song in the order of their preference.
b. The first song will be chosen for the contestants to perform at the semi-finals. If a song gets repeated (that is, if the same song is selected by two or more contestants) the contestant will be given the next song from the list of songs provided. This is decided against the constestant's marks in the preliminary round (PR) - one who has got more marks in preliminary round will be given the chance to sing the selected song.
c. In addition to the above, list of soundtracks should be submitted in a CD.
d. The selected song should not be over 6 minutes including the music.
e. Once a song is selected for the first round and is informed by the local organizer, the contestants must submit the lyrics of the songs in Baraha script. Any type of modification or alteration of any original songs is strictly not allowed. The song will be sung exactly as per the released original track.
f. For the selected song, the participant should get the written permission from the CD / album producer, within 15 days from the allotment of the song.
6. A formal meeting of the contestants will be called prior to the competition by the local organizers and clear explanation of rules will be given by the organizing committee to all semi-final contestants.
7. If one or more selected voices of the preliminary rounds cannot contest in the semi-final rounds, then the next best voices of the preliminary round (as per the marks awarded in the preliminary round) will be given the chance to compete.
8. Live music as accompaniment for semi-finals will be provided by the local organizers. Minus tracks will not be allowed. All participants will sing only to the live music provided by the local organizers.
9. 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.
10. The judging criteria for selection will be the same as preliminary rounds of the competition.
11. The judges will select two finalists from each participating country, one male and one female, from the 12 semi-finalists.
1. Gulf Voice of Mangalore – Season 5 grand finale will be held in Bahrain at The Bahrain Cultural Hall on November 11, 2016.
2. The participant's arrival date in the host country for the grand finale which includes rehearsal will be informed at a later date to the local organizers of the respective countries.
3. Visa, accommodation and food for three days in the host country for the finalists will be arranged by the organizers.
4. The format of the grand finale will be as follows:
The chosen finalists from each participating country will provide the list of their five songs to the host country coordinator through their local coordinator. The list can be revised from the previous list submitted for semi-finals, provided that the song sung for semi-finals will not be repeated. For every song provided in the list, the participant will get a written permission from the CD/album producers along with the lyrics and audio tracks of all the listed songs. The songs will not be altered or modified and will be sung exactly in the same pattern as in the original track.
First round: The song of his/her choice supported by the live band has to be sung from memory - (the song which is approved/agreed upon by the organizers to avoid duplication of song by any other singer/s)
Second round: The song has to be performed without music accompaniment by the live band; 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 semi-final round. Only one verse and chorus to be sung:
If the song starts with the chorus then the pattern will be chorus-verse-chorus.
If the song starts with verse then the pattern will be verse-chorus
Third round: The "common song” in the third round will be as selected by the main organizers. The contestant can sing the 'common song' either from memory or can refer the lyrics provided by the organizers.
5. Three prizes will be awarded for both the categories (male and female)
First prize: Rs 1,00,000
Second prize: Rs 50,000
Third prize: Rs 25,000
The prizes will be awarded at the end of the finale.
6. The decision of the jury will be final and incontestable.
7. The selected candidates have the responsibility to arrange a health and accident insurance policy for the duration of their stay in Kingdom of Bahrain. It is not a must for the competition.