PANAJI: Rohit Gavandi (song Bhui Majhi) and Silvia Fernandes (song Red Cherry) were declared best singer male and best singer female at the World Konkani Music Awards organised by the Transformatrix LLP and Adroit Fire Safety at Dr Shayam Prasad Mukherjee indoor stadium, Taleigao on Friday.
In a scintillating finish to the first ever World Konkani Music Awards, new stars were unveiled at the awards night at the grand finale. The entire indoor stadium reverberated to the Konkani beats, rhythms and catchy vocals of those who set the stage on fire. The award night saw the rise of nine talented artistes across categories and the winners were selected from across the Konkani speaking world.
The competition drew an overwhelming 150 entries from different parts of the world.
The other winners were as follows: Best song: Omkaray Namaha (Jana Ashilo Hanv); Best emerging talent male: Sanvil Parab (Goa Night Life); Best emerging talent female: Silvina Lopes - (I'm in Love); Best music director: Juje Fernandes (Tum Ani Hanv); Best music video: Sidney Soares (Nokre Tujhe); Best album: Darrel Mascarenhas (Mog Asom) and Best lyricist: Shiva Shirgaonkar and Preeti Gavandi (Bhui Majhi) and Rising Star: Victoria D’Costa.
The spotlights at the grand finale fell on the stunning acts by the singers and dance choreography by renowned choreographer Tobby Fernandes and his troupe of 24 who lent their creative interpretations to the songs. Konkani’s most loved nightingale Lorna sent the crowd crazy with her popular numbers, while Hema Sardessai, Merlyn D’Souza, Shine On Duo and others left everyone on a musical high.
The award announcements were interspersed with a quick talk about the importance of native language by training coach Jerry Almeida and illusionist Clifford Parakh left audiences spell bound with his tricks.
Founder Allan Vaz performed his hit single ‘Lojeanakai’.
On the occasion, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was the chief guest and gave away the awards. Lorna Cordeiro received the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Eric Ozario, founder of Mand Sobban was honoured for his contribution towards Konkani along with Alfred Rose and Chris Perry, who were offered the award posthumously.
Other celebrities included hit artiste Baba Sehgal and judge for the competition Atul Churamani. Hosts actor Luke Kenny and Nakita Fernandes kept everyone in good humour. The World Konkani Music Awards was conceptualised as a platform to boost talent from the Konkani music fraternity. It aims to building the community of singers and musicians across the world.
Speaking about the journey, founder Allan Vaz, said, “It has been a dream come true. I dreamt about this day since the time I worked in Zee. I would see other music industries boosting their own talents and I felt I needed to do something for Konkani. I thank all those who supported this dream to make it a reality.”
Allan Castellino, one of the promoters of the event said, “We are proud to be associated with this first of it’s kind event. Working to boost the Konkani music community has been an enriching experience.”