on 16th February 2011 organized by Kuwait Konknni Kendr
Colvenchea igorjeant iedanik Fr. Diago-n mis sompoilea uprant, Tiatrists Osvi Viegas, Premanand Lotlikar, Joaquim D’Costa, hannim tachi kudd nikipunk vortanam, tanchea khaxeavank khand marlolem fotu amcam pauleat! Teach vellar, teach somoair, teach disa! Tachea mornachea ugdassik mis tachea bhavan Fidelis Fernandes ani familint bhettoilolem, Goeant thaun porot ailea uprant, Kuwait-chea Holy Family Cathedral-ant
igorjeant. Sabar Kristi ani ani he’rr lokam moddem jitlea tiatrists asleat titlea kednach ektaim ami pollounk nam! Tiatr Academy of Goa- hannim ek bhuzvonneachi sobha Goeant ghoddun haddli fattlea sumanant. Hem eka pordhesant vosti korpi Konkani kolakarak, RosaryFerns-ak, tachea Konkani palkachea vavrak, ek kheritponnim dinvasnim, vakand ani tust, Goenchea tiatristanchea nanvant, taka ek vhodd xrodhanjali (tribute) favo zali.
Rosary Ferns-anchi kantaram, VCD, CD ani Cassettin-im Konkani palkacho vavr sodanch omor urtolo, oso Kuwait Goa Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS)-acho odheox udgarla, jem Fr. Lionel Mascarenhas-an Holy Family Cathedral-ant mis bhettoitana kolit kelam.
Kheritponnim, Kuwait dhesacho RosaryFerns-ak apurbai ani mog aslo, hanga ektoulolea soggleam porrim. Zaitim tanchim kantaram, tiatr, Kuwait-acher vo Kuwait-ak/Pordhesant vosti korpi familincher, Goenkarancher attaplolim asat – Udaronnank Kuwaitchea Dinar, Sukh Khuim Asam?, Rag, Mojem Dusrem Ghor, Ami Chuklim, Tumcam Lagon Jielom, Bhurgim Mai Paichem Sukh, Ghor Bandlem Ghorabo Moddlo, Kuwait Soddun Vetanam! Ani Nimannim VCD passun ‘Thank You Kuwait’ mhunn nanv dilolem asa! Vakannim ani xebaski diupachi kantaram tanchi ekdom borim compose, boroulolim aslint, gailolim asat. Alfred Rose-achea morna uprant RosaryFerns-an khudd gailolem git, khorench ugdassik zaun asa. Internet-ar goa-world.com tem tumcam soggleank aikunk melta. Tossench Sanny de Quepem, tancho sangati kolakar-achea morna uprant, ek git gailolem tachi utram….. amcam soggleank moron ravta, tumchea fattlean, ami etoleat, voir Sorgar mevum-ia. Ugdass kadlear sontap bhogtat! Dolleanim dukham eitat. Mornachi khobor ti, amcam soggleank khont zata. Ami bhuzvonn divunk fuddem sortat, Hi ek bori karia, ek bori somvoim.
Zaitea pauttim ami xhordanjali (tributes) toxench dukest bhuxvonnim Condolence messages internet-ar ani potranim porgot’t kortat, xhapun hadtat. Ek-ek pauttim dista ki ami ek spordhant/competition poddlea mhunn. Meleleche otmeak ek lhan rozar kelear chodd folladik! Thoddea gupitponnim aplo dhol-kas vazoupachi sovoimoicho gunn dakhunk fattim ravonant. Zaitea pauttim kaim xhordanjali vorim tea tea family-cher ami vhoddik dukh ghaltat! Tedna decentkaien, moriadin ani Netettiquette rakhun tannim xhobdancho utrancho somzikaien, uzvaddik ginenant upeog korcho. Kalcho, porcho mhunn kebadam korun, oslo toslo mhunn boglatam ghallun, ani apunn chodd zannar mhunn somzunk favo nam! Kavllo Rodlo Lozen hem kantarant RosaryFerns-an favo ti xikhon ani marga-dorxonn dilam!
Amchi nimannim email RosaryFerns-ak apleak Kuwait Goan Association logo dadpak Salvador Dias-an maglolem tedna “Thank you Kuwait” heach RosaryFerns-chea VCD-k lagun! Uprant tea Goem vhopachea asleat. Regards and Goodbye. Rosary- him zaun aslim amchim nimannim utram, amcho adeus! Zaitench somazak upeogi poddtat tem nodreak hadlam, ani somazak lagtat tea viseasancher RosaryFerns’ machier dakhoulam. Tannim konnakuch kikont kelea mhunn ami aiz passum aikunk nam. Sabar vorsancho amcho ho on’nubhov (observations) zaun asa. Aiz passun konnuch Rosary Ferns-an konnacheruch vaitt uloilam, boroilam vo prochar kelam mhunn sangtolo nam! Hech gun’n tanchea amcam avoddleat.
Goa-World.com website-n ek International Konkani Music Station internet-acher stapit kelolem 2000 vorsa thaun asa Ulysses Menezes ani aven. Fattlea dha vorsanim, sounsar bhor borench lovkik zalam ani Konkani kantaram aikupeank ek fukott sondhi meulea. Kuwait-ak, Gulf-ak, Canada-k vosti korpi toxench her Konkani kantoristanchim gitat xemboranim aikunk meltat. RosaryFerns-achim kaim kantaram asan, dis-ak ek-don torui thuim aikunk melta. Hea Radio Station-acho ek bhag Tornnateank ani Suvadik Konkani gaupeank dovorlolo asa, To ami aiz RosaryFerns-achea omor ugddasak bhetoitat. In a message forwarded to me by goa-world.com founder Ulysses Menezes, which he requested me to relay today at this Meeting, he wrote “In fond remembrance of your contribution as a Goan Konkani singer, actor, writer, director and composer, we dedicate this radio station’s “Glorious Singers’ section to you RosaryFerns today 16th February 2011”. Kuwait-chea sonvsthanim, tanchea vangddeanim khup mog-moipas RosaryFerns dakhoila. Tanchea tiatr ani songit sanz kariavolli ghoddun hadleat, tacho palkacho vavrant mozot kelea. Hea sonvstha modem aichi bhoska ghoddun hadpi Kuwait Konknni Kendr, Konkani Heritage Kuwait, Colva United Centre, Kuwait Goan Association, U.G. Centre, New Goans Overseas Association, Mangalorean sonvstha KCWA ani Konkan Kala Samithi, zannim Rosarychea tiatr ‘Kuwait Soddun Vetana’ machier hadlo.
Ek voros ani ek mhoinno fattim, tarik 16 Janier 2010, amcho Indian Ambassador, Shri Ajai Malhotra, amchea sangatak kaim promanink Goenkar machier ubea ravunn RosaryFerns’-ak tachea Kuwait Konkani palkar sumar 20 vorsam odik kelolea vavrachi thoknai korun Kala Mogui Kuwait-chea Odheox, Domingos Araujo torfen sotkar kelolo. Ek Shawl, Ugdassik Memento tankam bhettoilolem. Aplea thoddeach utranim RosaryFerns-an KMK dinvsasun khaltikaien suivkar kelo. Tankam anink zaitinch inama favo aslim, punn Devacho gutt Dev zanam. Nimannem, sopoitanam, Amchi dukhest bhuzvonn tachea familik, KKK-chea membrank toxench sogglea tiatristanchea fraternitik.
Amchi chodd vorsanchi vollokh, Fidelis Fernandes-achi ani toxench Agnelo Alcacoas, tanchea khunead-achi, jea KIFF-achea odheox ani up-odheox mhunn vinchun kadlolea mhunn itihasant urleat, Hea vellar tanchea dukhant, ami vantto ghetanam, Devan tankam, tanchea familik bol’l, kurpa dinvunk maguia. Ek avaz amcam porot aikunk melcho nam, eka tornatteacho rupkar, ek hanstem mukamol pollounk meuchem nam.Sorginchem raj Rosary Ferns-achea otmeank favo zaum. Devan amcher soggleancher bhesanv ghalum. Rest in peace, dear RosaryFerns. God bless us all.
[The above was the inaugural speech given by Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter moderator,
Gaspar Almeida, http://www.goa-world.com/, who was the guest speaker at this Condolence Meeting, organized by Kuwait Konknni Kendr on 16th February 2011 at the Village Inn Restuarant, Kuwait City].
English translation follows:
It is said that Death follows us from the time of birth. But suddenly from amongst our midst, a loved one, a famous Goan’s demise, at a very tender stage, it saddens our heart more. Mario Rebello, on behalf of Kuwait Konkani Kendr, invited me to attend this Condolence Meet, amongst your midst. Many a Goan, Mangalorean, Tiatrists, Konkani associations came to the fore to express their condolences, sympathies and prayers. In a very special way, in Goa, hundreds attended the last religious funeral rites.
After Fr. Diago ended the Holy Eucharistic celebrations in Colva Church, Tiatrists Osvi Viegas, Premanand Lotlikar, Joaquim D’Costa, lend a hand to carry the coffin to the graveyard for the burial. We received these photos at the same time, on the same day! After returning from Goa, his brother Fidelis Fernandes and family offered the Death Remembrance Mass at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City. Among the many Christians and non-Christians attending the prayers, we witnessed the largest number among the Tiatrists Faternity, for the very first time. Tiatr Academy of Goa organized a Condolence Meet last week. This is the first time such a prayer meet was organized for an expat Goan Konkani artiste, Rosary Ferns, and offering their thanks and acknowledgement and tribute for his contributions towards the Konkani stage.
Rosary Ferns’ Konkani songs, VCD, CD and cassettes will be remembered for a long time, Fr. Lionel Mascarenhas quoted Kuwait Goa-Tiatristanchi Sonvstha (KGTS) president, at the Eucharistic Celebrations at Kuwait Church.
Rosary Ferns had a fond liking and love for Kuwait, like all those who are present here. Several of his songs/dramas were based on Kuwait’s lifestyle and Goans as the expatriate community or their families. Example: Kuwaitchea Dinar, Sukh Khuim Asam?, Rag, Mojem Dusrem Ghor, Ami Chuklim, Tumcam Lagon Jielom, Bhurgim Mai Paichem Sukh, Ghor Bandlem Ghorabo Moddlo, Kuwait Soddun Vetanam! Ani his final VCD presentation yet to be released is titled ‘Thank You Kuwait’!
Some of the songs which highlighted the tributes of many have been well composed, written and sung by him. After Alfred Rose’ demise, Rosary Ferns’ song is among the best to pay homage and tribute. This song can be heard via the Internet-ar and goa-world.com radio station. When his fellow artiste, Sanny de Quepem, bade goodbye to this world, in his song dedicated to him, the words in Konkani ….. amcam soggleank moron ravta, tumchea fattlean, ami etoleat, voir Sorgar mevum-ia. [Death awaits us all, we will soon join you, let’s meet us in Heaven above]. These touching words brings tears to our eyes!
The news about someone’s death brings us great sadness. We rush to express our sorrow, our condolences. This is a good gesture, a good habit.
Many a times, when one offers tributes and forwards condolence messages on the internet or the print media, we get the feeling that we are into some kind of competition. A small prayer offered for the departed soul would be ideal and more effective. Some who have the habit of drumming up their habitual ways of writing a few lines to express their hidden motives. It has been observed that through such messages and tributes some of the family’s members are torn into disputes and we force on them more sadness. That’s why, we have to be decent, honest and observe net etiquette and use the right words and feelings to express ourselves, using our minds properly.
He is too young, he is not knowledgeable – such remarks are more abusive and tarnishes the image! I am always more knowledgeable than others, one should not think. Rosary Ferns sang a Konkani song titled ‘kavllo rodlo lozen’ (the crow cried in shame) and he has given a lesson and focus to us all.
My last email to RosaryFerns was when Salvador Dias requested me to forward the newly designed logo of Kuwait Goan Association, it was for “Thank you Kuwait” VCD! Thereafter he was to proceed to Goa on holidays. Regards and Goodbye. Rosary- these were my final words, my last farewell!
Through his dramas, he has managed to highlight several social issues which can be of essence. A special attributed which we liked about RosaryFerns is, todate no one would say that he has enraged or talked bad about anyone. These are our observations. RosaryFerns had the unique distinction of not propogating and expressing ill about anyone. Atleast we have not heard such a thing from anyone, any time.
Goa-World.com website-n established an international Konkani Music Station in 2000 by Ulysses Menezes and myself. In the last 10 years, this has become a much liked and famous Konkani radio outlet, and you can hear hundreds of Konkani songs, at no charge to anyone. One will be able to hear Rosary Ferns songs, atleast one or two, every day!
In a message forwarded to me by goa-world.com founder Ulysses Menezes, which he requested me to relay today at this Meeting, he wrote “In fond remembrance of your contribution as a Goan Konkani singer, actor, writer, director and composer, we dedicate this radio station’s “Glorious Singers’ section to you RosaryFerns today 16th February 2011”.
Kuwait’s associations and their members have always expressed their willingness to Rosary Ferns to organize and assist in his dramas or musical shows. Among these include the organization which has put us this Condolence Meet today, Kuwait Konknni Kendr, Konkani Heritage Kuwait, Colva United Centre, Kuwait Goan Association, U.G. Centre, YRC, New Goans Overseas Association, and Mangalorean organizations KCWA and Konkan Kala Samithi, which staged RosaryFerns’ tiatr ‘Kuwait Soddun Vetana’.
A year and a month ago, on 16th January 2010, our Indian Ambassador, Ajai Malhotra, in my presence as well as with prominent Goans on the podium, in in appreciation with the Konkani stage works Rosary Ferns has undertaken in Kuwait for almost over 20 years, on behalf of Kala Mogui Kuwait President, Domingos Araujo honoured him by presenting a Shawl and a Memento. In his few words, he gladly thanked KMK and accepted this honour. He was capable of earning many much laurels and accolades, but God’s only knows about our destiny.
Lastly, while concluding, our deepest condolences to the family once again, and also to KKK members and the tiatrists fraternity. Our long friendship with Fideis Fernandes and his brother-in-law Agnelo Alcacoas, who are on record to be elected KIFF president and Vice president respectively. At this juncture, while we share in their grief, let us pray to the Almighty to give them the solace and strength to bear this great loss. A voice will not be heard anymore, a smiling face will never be seen! May God grant RosaryFerns’ soul eternal rest. May God bless us all. Rest in peace, dear RosaryFerns.
Photos by Rewon Gomes, http://www.goa-world.com/
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