Kuwait, Jul 23: Goenche Online Superstars, premiered on YouTube has done over 15,000 views in just 4 days since its launch on July 17.
Experiences like this are certainly where the future of Konkani online entertainment is heading. It is a pinnacle of making online shows feel engaging.
The premiere drew a sizeable global audience – with a maximum of 935 concurrent viewers reaching the peak; the actual number could be certainly high given the fact that families nowadays hook up YouTube to TVs and watch together.
In the age of social media, anyone can pass their opinion and judgement on the show, however, it is hard to see the wonder and amazement in the efforts, and the purpose behind it.
Navelim Stars, a small group of people from Navelim village based in Kuwait, tried to bring that sense of excitement, and intention. One has to see the show, it cannot be recommended more highly.
Navelim Stars Core Committee:
Navelim Stars, with the support of many other like-minded friends and Goans from all around, came up with the idea. Those who made the show a reality include Bab Katty de Navelim, Eusebio Fernandes, Tase Crasto, Norman Noronha, Britto Pereira, Simon Dias, Avelino Dias & Gasper Crasto.
All artwork of the show was designed by Simon Dias while Rivon Gomes was the official photographer.
Tribute, awards and special guest:
The show saw a tribute paid to Konkani stage artiste Cajetan de Sanvordem who died in November last year. The legendary artiste worked in Kuwait for a number of years before he left for Goa. Veteran actress Querobina Carvalho was honored with an award for her service and dedication towards the Konkani stage and art. She was presented with a commemorative shawl and a special award at the hands of Fr Franco Pereira who was a special guest. All the artistes were later presented with a memento trophy in remembrance of the event.
Artistes, Songs and Comedy:
The show entitled 'Goenche Online Superstars' has some familiar Goan artistes based in Kuwait. The musical consists of a variety of 14 songs, and some simple comedy.
Artistes that feature in Goenche Online Superstars include Katty de Navelim, Joseph Rodrigues, Baltazar Pontes, Agnelo Fernandes, EsparansaBarretto, Gasper Crasto, Olinda Fernandes, Simon Dias, Valanka Fernandes, Seby Dsilva, Seby Mascarenhas, Querobina Carvalho, Braz de Parra & Maxima D’Costa.
Tase Crasto is the main compere of the show along with Gasper Crasto.
Kuwait's budding video & film producers Rythm & Poetry comprising of Jeff & Dwane Almeida have done their best to exhibit the show in the finest possible light. Anand Sound Waves provided the sound.
Music for the show is provided by Maestro Shahu Almeida (keyboards) & his band comprising of Lennon BlascoDsilva (Lead & Rhythm), Dennis Gonsalves (Bass) and upcoming drummer-boy Aerosmith Almeida.
Proceeds from the show:
Navelim Stars were able to raise some funds through the show and distribute them towards a cause, mainly:
- Sanitization of Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City
- Fr Wilson Paul – Chandgad, Maharashtra (for the treatment of Covid patients of the parish)
Destitute and Deserving Individuals:
- Rita Maria Pereira – AquemBaixo, Navelim
- Rony Rodrigues – Colmorod, Navelim
- Kavita Andrade – Bellem, Navelim
- Ana Piexeto – Ravora, Navelim
- Joslitha Fernandes, Dongorim, Navelim (student at Rosary College)
- Manuelina Pereira – AquemBaixo, Navelim
- Shakir Bepari – Dramapur, Navelim
- Luisa Costa, Santan Gomes, Marekin Rebello, Nikela Fernandes/Inacina Dias, Anna Carvalho, Rosa Costa (all from Gantamorrod, Navelim)
- Fees for class Xth (5 students at Rosary High School, Navelim)
- 2 nos Kuwait-Goa One-way air-tickets reserved for Goans in distress
Watch here: https://youtu.be/wK2VgEIBMlI