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Doha MCC Talent Search-2022 gets overwhelming response

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Doha: Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC), a renowned Konkani community conducted its 11th Annual Talent competition at Skills Development Centre, where more than 100 children participated and showcased their talents in fancy dress, storytelling, singing and dance competitions along with adults who participated in a cookery competition. The Annual Talent competition was open to all MCC members and to the Konkani speaking Mangalorean Community in Qatar.

The evening began with a warm welcome from the amazing duo MCs of the evening Seema Gonsalves and Renzil D’Souza.  Seema, a teacher by profession and Renzil, a youth icon, Past ICYM President and is an active MCC cultural committee member. They then invited Delita D’Souza, a Cultural sub-committee member who led the audience in a short prayer to invoke God’s blessings on all participants and for the success of the event.

MCC President Naveen D’Souza in his address welcomed the gathering and expressed his joy in meeting all members at this physical event after a long gap due to the pandemic.  He expressed his gratitude to the parents and children for an enormous and encouraging response to the Talents Competition. Further in his address, he mentioned that the main reason behind organizing these competitions is to endorse our mother tongue Konkani and nurture the intrinsic qualities of children and remove the fear of stage among them. He encouraged all to make use of these opportunities and use this platform to showcase their talents and urged them to continue the rich legacy so that the younger generation can take pride to promote our culture. He specifically thanked the Cultural Committee led by MCC Cultural Secretary Amith Mathias and the MCC Executive committee members for organizing the event.

Seema and Renzil introduced all the judges as per the contest and explained the rules of the competition, welcomed them with a rose and escorted them to their tables with the judging sheets.

The talent competitions kicked off with the Fancy Dress competition. The judges for the Fancy Dress competition were Mishal Lobo and Jason Menezes. Mishal is a multi-talented person who is a passionate dancer, enjoys singing, is a teacher by profession and is an active member of MCC and has been a part of the MCC cultural committee.  Jason Menezes is a dramatist and director of short drama Galfaso Novro, founder of Kushail Qatar Comedy group in Qatar. The children entertained the audience with their creativity, innocence and scintillating performances and gave a tough time to judges to decide the winners.

“Cooking is an expression that crosses boundaries and brings happiness”. The cookery contest was held simultaneously where in each participant had to present one traditional Mangalorean snacks or sweet dish. The beautiful array of snacks like Goli Bajje, Podi, Pathrade, Kube Mutlim, Buns-Chutney, Jeegujje podi and sweets like Ananas Sheera, were on display. The presentations of their dishes on the tables were very creative and eye-catching. The judges were Danutte Dsouza and Benedict Dsouza were very experienced chefs with 18 years and 23 years of experience in the food industry in the Middle East. Both are employed at IFS-Qatar. They had a tough time judging the presented dishes.

This was followed by Konkani Story Telling and Elocution competition for children in different age groups. The judges for this competition were Riana Pinto and Alwyn D’Souza.  Riana has served MCC Executive Committee for many years and currently serve as Advisor of MCC and also has been a Toastmaster serving in different leadership roles. Alwyn has served MCC Committee in various positions and also as Past President, and is a good MC, actor, comedian and writer. Children of 9-12 yrs category spoke on “Mai Gavanth Muji Raza” and children of 12-15 yrs age group spoke on “Istagaath” topic, All participants amazed all audience and judges with their fluency in Konkani language, confident delivery and expressiveness of thoughts and kept all wonder-struck and was a delight to see all children speaking Konkani and keeping our language alive.  They indeed made judges’ job difficult.

The next competition was the Solo Singing competition for children in various age groups. Judges for the singing competition were Carol D’Souza and Clement Fernandes both well-known singers from Qatar. Carol hails from Udupi and has won “Voice of Udupi in 2012”, runner up of “Gulf Voice of Mangalore” 2016 season and winner of “Muzo Thalo Gaithalo”- Gulf Edition in 2021 while Clement hailing from Thakode is a winner of “Gulf Voice of Mangalore” in 2018, “Muzo Thalo Gaithalo” Gulf Edition 2021. The children at their young age surprised the audience with their beautiful voices and fluency in the Konkani language. The melodious voices transported the audience to another realm.

The most awaited last and final competition of the evening was the Solo Dance competition. The judges for the solo dance competition were Sean Fernandes and Sanjana Jeevan. Sean is a young talented dancer and budding choreographer who has performed on various stage dance programs and Sanjana is a passionate dancer and has been professionally trained in various dance forms like Bharatanatyam and Kathak, a teacher by profession and an active member of cultural events in Karnataka Sangha Qatar and has been performing as a participant and choreographer. The children displayed their dancing talents by swaying to entertaining music which left the audience mesmerized. The audience took it upon themselves to wholeheartedly cheer up the participants all along and keep their spirits up. It was a feast to the eyes with their entertaining dance performances.

The hall was jam-packed with encouraging parents and enthusiastic children dressed in colourful dresses, full of confidence prior to their performances. The response to the competitions was overwhelming and it was heartening to see the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants.

The judges in their comments were all praised for the quality and professionalism of the items that were presented and were of special praise for the children. They congratulated MCC for their efforts at promoting the mother tongue Konkani and for providing the Konkani speaking Catholic community of Qatar, especially the children, a platform to showcase their talents.

Membership Secretary Meena Mascarenhas proposed the vote of thanks thanking everyone who made this evening so successful with their contributions and support. Veronica and Chris Baretto manned the timer’s desk.  Wendy D’Silva, Shaila Menezes, Riona Gonsalves and Shown Fernandes manned the registration desk and lots. Overall coordination was managed by MCC General Secretary Kavita Tauro.

Cultural Secretary Amith Mathias announced the much-awaited results in his own humorous style and congratulated all winners and participants for a spectacular evening of talent display. He mentioned that all winners will be honoured at the upcoming Nativity Feast in September 2022.

Enthusiastic MCs Seema and Renzil conducted the whole event in their indomitable style in their maiden appearance at the MCC event.

Mangalore Cricket Club takes this opportunity to congratulate the winners and thank the participants, supporters, the judges, timekeepers and all the well-wishers for their support and encouragement in realizing its motto, ‘Yeya, Ek Kutam Bhandyan.’

The results of the various competitions are as follows:

Fancy Dress Solo:
Children 0 to 6 years:

Boys:

1st place: Ryan Luke Saldanha
2nd place: Eshaan Neev D’Cunha

Girls:

1st place: Jaelyn Claire D’Cunha
2nd place: Sienna Machado
3rd place: Kiara Crasta

Children 6 to 9 years:


Boys:

1st place: Melshan Pinto
2nd place: shared by:  Reuben Harsh Fernandes and Ariston Johan D’Souza
3rd place: Nealon Aurel D’Souza

Girls:

1st place: Sasha Sarah Sandeep
2nd place: Rebecca Ann D’Silva

Children 9 to 12 years:

Boys:

1st place: Melrin Pinto

Girls:

1st place: Nathania Viona D’Souza
2nd place: Sandria Rihanna Loovis

Konkani Speaking/Elocution:

Children 6 to 9 years:

Boys:

1st place: Melshan Pinto

Girls:

1st place: Claressa D’Souza

2nd place: Prenia Adel Pinto

Children 9 to 12 years:

Boys:

1st place: Ethan Johan Gonsalves
2nd place: Winson Chris Baretto

Girls:

1st place: Rowina Lobo
2nd place: Sandria Rihanna Loovis
3rd place: shared by 3 – Princia Annie Pinto, Leona Merlyn Saldanha and Nathania Viona D’Souza

Children 12 to 15 years:

Boys/Girls:

1st place: Michelle Loovis

Singing:

Children 0 to 6 years:

Boys:

1st place: Keith Lawrence Menezes
2nd place: Eshaan Neev D’Cunha

Girls:

1st place: Kyrah Melwyn Pereira

Children 6 to 9 years:

Boys:

1st place – Reuben Harsh Fernandes
2nd place Melshan  Pinto

Girls:

1st place: Sasha Sarah Sandeep
2nd place: shared by two – Raizel Wilona Lasrado & Francia Menezes
3rd place: Prenia Adel Pinto

Children 9 to 12 years:

Boys:

1st place: Jayden Cletus D’Cunha

Girls:

1st place: Sandria Rihanna Loovis
2nd place: Nathania Viona D’Souza
3rd place: Natalie Anna Madtha

Children 12 to 15 years:

Boys:

1st place: Rishon Hasten Fernandes

Dance Solo:

 Children 0 to 6 years:

Boys:

1st place: Ryan Luke Saldanha

Girls:

1st place: Leora Pinto

Children 6 to 9 years:

Boys:

1st place: Ethan Sequeira

Girls:

1st place: Raizel Wilona Lasrado
2nd place – Eshal Niya D’Cunha

Children 9 to 12 years:

Boys:

1st place: Maverick Norbert Mascarenhas

Girls:

1st place: Nathania Viona D’Souza
2nd place: Leona Merlyn Saldanha
3rd place: Rowina Lobo

 Children 12 to 15 years:

1st place: Verina Adeline Mascarenhas

 Children 15 to 18 years:

1st place: Herleen Nicole D’Souza

Cookery (above 18 years):

Male/Female:

1st place: Merlyn Seema
2nd place: Vijaya D’Souza
3rd place: Fiola Fernandes

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