Abhudabi: ‘Mothiam Porob’ showcases young talent and regales the enthusiastic audience

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Abudhabi, 03 December 2011: The ‘Mothiam Porob’, the mega-show of talent galore presented by  Pearls of Mangalore was held  in the Auditorium of Abu Dhabi Indian School on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 3.30 pm. This programme was held to provide a platform for the new and the talented artists which has been one of the professed purposes of this forum. This time the ‘Mothiam Porob’ offered a combo presentation of events -Pearl Voice-Junior(mega event for  children), release of maiden music CD “Amchem Sopon” from the house of POM, exhibition of new talents and entertainment by veteran singers, artists and musicians.


The entire programme was conducted in well-planned six parts. The show was anchored by  three eminent Emceess-Uttam Menezes, Anil Pinto and Prem (Annu Bantwal).


The first part of the programme began with the prayer dance by Florence Pinto followed by UAE National Anthem which was presented through music and video. All children who had participated in the audition presented a group song after which they proceeded to the back of the auditorium on order to arrive in a grand procession.


Team leader of  the POM, Alphonse Mendonsa, in his opening address, welcomed the guests and participants of the grand programme and requested parents of participants not to loose hope even if their child is not won.  It is not winning or loosing that matters but participating and he thanked the parents for their dedication to encourage and train them over the last few months and made them enroll in this singing contest.  He also thanked the main sponsors Mr. Richard Castelino, Ronald Pinto, Richard D’Souza who have supported them from the beginning of Pearls existence and that is from 2007 when Mothiam was formed.   He was grateful for all other sponsors, well-wishers and Konkani community for attending this great grand finale of Pearl voice Junior contest and Mothiam Porob.  This was  followed by theme song sung by all Mothiam  members. Thereafter,  H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder’s’s message to Pearls of Mangalore was read by Mr. Anil Pinto in the absence of  the Bishop  for the programme. The names of the sponsors were readout.. Melvern Rickey Moras sang ‘Iskalacho Burgo’While on the back drop video was played.


Thereafter all the contestants approached the stage in a grand procession to the loud cheers of the audience. The procession had the glory of the Mangalorean trumpet band. The procession was led by the POM flag held by Ralph Pereira and Joshal Lobo.


After the preliminaries in the first part, the second part of the programme was quite interesting as children between the age groups of 8-10 years (sub Juniors) and 11-13 years (Juniors) exhibited their singing talent. Prior to the singing, each of the contestants was introduced and after their presentation, the Chief Judges gave his message. The Judges panel consisted of three, Mr.Henry D’Souza (Chief Judge), Maxim Pereira & Mrs. Cyrilla Sebastain. Mr.Henry D’Souza & Maxim Pereira had specially flown from India for this occasion.


Meanwhile, in between the contest, the main sponsors of the programme-Richard Castelino and Ronald Pinto were felicitated. Similarly, the judges were also honoured by offering them flowers and mementos. Participation Certificates were awarded to the participants.


At the end of the part two programme, Mr.Henry (Sangeeth Samrat) and Lolita Pinto sang the ever-green song of Mr. Henry D’Souza-“Ye Ye Katrina” while Adelle and Dion danced to the tune of the song adding spice to the song. Thereafter a skit by Rock Band  titled “Boskambegar Special” was presented by Manoj Menezes and team. It was great exhibition of talent by the team. The team really rocked the audience.



Part three of the programme was devoted for felicitating the sponsors, support sponsors, well wishers and artists and musicians. Francis Fernandes  of  Cascia and Henry D’Souza were  honored on the stage. At the end Maxim Pereira was felicitated and was crowned  “Melody Star” by Pearls of Mangalore for his contribution to Konkani in the talent he was gifted with.


In part four of the programme, two songs-both duets- “Ami Dogi Sezari” sung by Henry and Maxim and “Margai” video presentation on the back drop duet  while singers Ida and Maxim of POM  kept the audience spell-bound.


Wholesome entertainment was reserved in the fifth part of the programme. Following the unveiling of the CD “Amchem Sopann”, four live songs from the CD were presented on the stage. These included “Ago Baye” by Rony Lobo, “Poilya Pausacho Suvaad” by Dony Pinto accompanied by a dance to the music of the song by Clarissa Fernandes and Karren Viegas, “Mog Amchoo Niskal” by felix and Lolita and “Ghadyen Ghadi” by Rony D’Souza.


The sixth and penultimate part of the programme started with the vote of thanks by Ronald Lobo. The exciting part of the programme was the declaration of the results and award presentation ceremony. Here the heartbeat of the contestants was felt.


The winner of the Award “Pearl Voice- Sub-junior 2011 Sheldon Fernandes(chest No 4)
The winner of the  Award “Pearl Voice-junior 2011  Nichole Pinto(chest No. 3)
2011 Runner-up –Ryan Vas (junior), Mclean Fernandes(sub-junior)


Apart from the prize money, on the floor Mr. Richard Castelino (Patron of POM) & family offered additional equal amount to the Winner from both categories. This announcement came as a surprise.



On the whole the ‘Mothiam Porob’ was an exciting evening which kept the houseful of audience in high spirit. It presented a platform to young singers to showcase their talents and make their parents and friends proud. The entertainment dished out by veteran singers, artists and musicians provided a wholesome entertainment to the audience.  The music was provided by Prashant Sequeira and Team and Sound System was arranged by Broadway Team Abu Dhabi.


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