Doha: MCA Welcomes Gulf Voice Second Runner-up Roshan D’Souza
by Veena Rebimbus Pais
Doha, Oct 19: The Executive Committee members of the Mangalore Cultural Association, Doha Qatar extended a warm and a hearty welcome to Edward Roshan D’Souza and Mrs. Sunitha Tellis on 18th October 2008 at the Qatar International Airport. Both of them were the Finalist of Gulf Voice of Mangalore and represented Qatar for this remarkable event. Edward emerged as the 2nd runner up at the historic… first ever in Konkani... ‘The Gulf Voice of Mangalore’ held in Kuwait on the 17th Of October 2008. It was a very touching moment to see that many Mangaloreans from Qatar were present to greet both the finalists... Many people, who missed an opportunity to watch them sing live on the semifinals in Qatar, were eagerly waiting at the airport to congratulate Edward for placing the name of Qatar in the Konkani map.
Some of the executive committee members of MCA accompanied Edward and Sunitha to Kuwait to cheer and support them. They were Felix Lobo, Stephany Lobo, Harry Lobo, Leena Lobo, Arthur Pais and Veena Pais, along with the family members of Sunitha Tellis.
The event was well organized by the ‘Youth Recreation Centre’ Kuwait under the leadership of Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues. The most imperative point to be appreciated by all is that the program began sharp at 4.30 p.m as announced by them. The generosity and hospitality shown by the organizers will be treasured by all the participants and the organizations that accompanied them from each country. The bold step taken by Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues which created history in the Konkani world will always be cherished by one and all who witnessed this historic event.
Mangalore Cultural Association, Doha Qatar thank both these gentlemen for giving an opportunity to be a part of this Historic event ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore’. The confidence they placed on MCA was fruitful and was witnessed by the true Konkani lovers present on the semifinals at Qatar at the Al Ghazal Club. MCA salutes the true spirit of Qatar Mangaloreans who attended the Semifinals Inspite of other significant events taking place in Qatar on that day. The program was appreciated by all present and was a huge success which was the 2nd main event organized by Mangalore Cultural Association within 6 months of its existence. This proves that the productivity of any association is not counted by its years of existence but by the members’ urge to work for the benefit of the society, love for their mother tongue and the unity shared by them.
Mangalore Cultural Association specially congratulates Edward Roshan D’Souza for winning the 2nd runner up title, Mrs. Sunitha Tellis for representing Qatar for the finals and all 12 Semifinalists of Qatar for giving their best performance at the Semifinals. All of you have made the Qatar Mangaloreans Proud.
Mangalore Cultural Association wishes you Good luck for all your future endeavors.