Wilfy Rebimbus - The voice is still-but the legend lives on......

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Dr. Eugene D’Souza, Moodubelle

A Tribute From bellevision

Moodubelle, 10 March 2010: On 9th March 2010 a legend passed into eternity and era of the ‘Golden Voice’ of the Konkani music entered into posterity and made home in the conscience of thousands of Konkani lovers and connoisseurs of melodious music that has been popularised by the ‘Nightingale of Konkani’, the versatile Wilfy Rebimbus, who was suddenly snatched away from the adoring fans both at home abroad. With the passing away of Wilfy Rebimbus, the Golden Era of Konkani music and singing has sadly come to an end. And it may take many more years for another great son of Konkani to take his place in the future and fill the void created by the untimely demise of this great legend in his own life time.

Wilfred Gerald "Wilfy" Rebimbus was born on 2nd April 1942 to late late Landeline Rebimbus and late Magdeline Mendonca.

Right from his childhood, Wilfy began to manifest the signs of becoming a great lyricist, composer and singer. It is said that he started composing and singing his own songs right from the tender age of 14. He was also keen in writing dramas and in 1957, while he was just 15 years old, Wilfy tried his hand at writing his first ever drama titles ‘Poishyancho Sansar’ (The World of Money) which was presented by St. Joseph’s Natak Sangh. Being encouraged by the positive response that he got to his very first play, Wilfy continued writing dramas intermittently and wrote additional play which was quite educative and successful. Some of his notable plays include: Dhot Maka Naka, Thisri Chit, Mai Maka Adainaka, Bebdyachi Dhuv, Beshto Dhubahv, Modern Novro and others.

In order to streamline his talents and encourage other youngsters to exhibit their dramatic and other abilities, in 1959, while he was seventeen years old, Wilfy launched a cultural group named “United Youngsters Cultural Association”, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee last year.

Young Wilfy had his mentors right from his young age, especially the Jesuit priests. Realising the potential of Wilfy for music and singing, the Manager of St. Joseph’s Workshop, Fr. Ambrose D’Mello S.J. persuaded Wilfy to join music classes. Another Jesuit Priest, Fr. Oswald Mascarenhas, who himself was a good musician gave lessons to both Wilfy and his wife Meena in musical notations. Fr. Walter Albuquerque S.J. who was impressed by the lyrics of Wilfy provided music to a number of songs that were sung by both Wilfy and Meena and rooted them in sound musical foundation. During a period of twelve years from 1958 to 1970 Wilfy composed around 1500 songs for 500 Konkani plays.

As Wilfy and Meena began to improve their art of composing and singing their own songs, they were given the first break by Late Mr.Gabriel D’Souza, popularly known as Shri Gabbu a prolific Konkani fiction writer, by organising the first ever ‘Wilfy Nite’ promoted by the association called ‘Roop Raag’ in 1970. Thereafter, Wilfy Rebimbus never looked back. During his signing career Wilfy Rebimbus had performed in Mangalore and many of the places in the West Coast region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, Delhi and even abroad in the Middle East cities and countries such as - Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait and Doha Qatar and in the American Continent in Canada.

On 15th August 2009, the United Youngsters as part of their Golden Jubilee Celebrations presented 247th Wilfy Nite. Prior to that on 2nd August 2009, the Fourth Wilfy Rebimbus Golden Sentimental Nite commemorating the 5o years of the United Youngsters founded by Wilfy proved to be emotional as a large number of fans of Wilfy had thronged the TMA Pai Auditorium in Mangalore. During this occasion, as if having a premonition of the fate that he would face, he poured his heart out to his fans in tearful voice after an apparent recovery from the dreaded disease. He thanked everyone for their support and prayers and all those who stood by him in good and bad times.

When the girl that had been rendering female voice to the duet songs discontinued her singing career joined the religious congregation, Wilfy was in search of an appropriate voice and found it in Mural Pinto from Jeppu, who was later renamed as Meena. Though there was initial resistance from her family, ultimately they relented and allowed Meena to be part of the group. After six years both Wilfy and Meena got married on 25th January 1970. Thereafter, the Wilfy-Meena couple became the toast of the audience by their melodious singing and excellent team work.

Wilfy and Meena were blessed with two wonderfully gifted children-Veena, born on 17th January 1971 who started singing right from the age of four and had been an integral part of the singing family during many of the Wilfy Nites and Music cassettes. The second child Vishwas was born on 20th February 1978 and started singing from the age of six. Both Veena and Vishwas have inherited the musical and singing talents of their parents and both of them have learnt Hindustani Classical Music from renowned music teacher-Kamalakar Shet. Both Veena and Vishwas worked hard and have brought out the entire collection of Wilfy-Meena’s over 3000 songs in CD format.

The contribution of Wilfy Rebimbus to the Konkani cultural heritage is phenomenal. Besides composing over 3000 songs, he had presented 247 ‘Wilfy Nites’, 500 stage shows, 40 volumes of Audio Cassettes, 6 volumes of devotional songs, 37 Compact Discs, 9 Volumes of selected songs and the monumental book ‘Kogul Gaitha’ that contains songs from his compositions. Wilfy Rebimbus had also written stories and composed songs for some of the Konkani films which include: Mog Ani Maipas (Story, lyrics, music)-1977; Kazara Upranth (lyrics and music)-1988; Bogsanne (lyrics and music)-1996, Padri (lyrics and music)-2005; Thisri chit (story).

Recognition, awards and honours came on the way of Wilfy who neither aspired nor lobbied for them. The grateful fans and associations including government came forward to bestow the titles and honours on Wilfy which he richly deserved. The first and foremost of the titles that was conferred on Wilfy by which he came to be recognised till the end was the title of ‘Konkan Kogul’ that was bestowed on him by the Bishop of Mangalore late Rt. Rev. Dr. Basil S. D’Souza in 1971. In 1991, the Karnataka State Government honoured Wilfy by conferring on his the ‘Rajyotsava Award’. Other awards include: ‘Sangeeth Chakravarthi’(1992)- by Konkani Talents Group, Abu Dhabi; Award for service in music presented by ‘Karnataka Konkani Sahithya Academy’ (1996); ‘Tulunada Kogile’ (1998) by ’Tuluver’ - Dubai, UAE; ‘Konkani Podancho Rai’ (1996) by Broadview Kala Sampath Lions Club, Illinois, USA; ‘Konakni Kalaratn’ (1999) by KCWA Kuwait;’Shatamanacho Vyakthi’(1999) by Chinthpyanchi Manchi Kuwait; Life Time Achievement Award (1999)by MCC Doha-Qatar; Millennium Konkani Artist Award (1999) by ’Indian Catholic Association of America’ represented by Mr. Austin D’Souza Prabhu during the 200th Wilfy Nite at St. Agnes Special School Grounds; Community and Leadership Award (2005) presented to Wilfy and Meena by Mr. Max Rasquinha on behalf of ’Toastmasters’ - Houston, USA during the historical "Wify Nite Canada -2005.

The passing away of this multi-talented son of Konkani on 9th march 2010 is a great loss that cannot be compensated so easily. Wilfy Rebimbus has left the footprints on the sand of Konkani cultural history that would be a reminder to all Konkani lovers in general and the music fans in particular that here was the person who rose from humble beginning to the greatest height in terms of accomplishment and contribution to his mother language that may not be paralleled by any other person for many more years. Long live Wilfy Rebimbus in the hearts and minds of Konkani lovers.

Bellevision extends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of late Wilfy Rebimbus-Meena, Veena, Vishwas and their families.

’Konkan Kogul’ Wilfy Remimbus (67) - No More, Funeral on 11th March

Mangalore, 09 March 2010: The Legendry Konkani Singer- Father of Modern Konkani Music Wilfy Rebimbus passed away on March 9, 2010 at 11.15am, IST at Fr. Muller’s Hospital, MAngalore.

The news has come as a rude shock to the entire konkani speaking community. Wilfy was suffering from Lung Cancer. His health deteriorated last week and was then admitted to the hospital.

Wilfy had composed songs and written stories for Konkani movies as well.

He was showered with several awards including the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy Award, Karnataka Government’s prestigious Rajyotsava Award, Sandesha and DaijiDubai Puraskar Awards.

Bangalore’s FKCA Award was the last award conferred on him, which was bestowed on him on Jan 31, 2010.

Wilfy Remimbeus is survived by his wife - Meena Rebimbus, Son - Vishwas, Daughter - Veena and thier families.

Bellevision family offers a respectful tribute to this legendry singer. May God give strength to bear this irreparable loss to the entire Rebimbus family and May his Soul rest in Peace.

The Funeral ceremony of Wilfy Rebimbus will take place on Thursday 11, March 2010, Evening at St Joseph Curch, Jeppu.


Comments on this Article
Rajesh Fernandes, MILAGRES MANGALORE Thu, March-11-2010, 5:05
We lost the great personality in konkani world singer/writer/poet/composer biggest pride of Konkani world. he entertained the konknni people and lived and died in "konkann sher" which he loved so much. His konknni was so beautiful that his songs made it even more beautiful. The ever humble man on this earth has been called by the lord to be with him for ever. I am even up there he will never stop singing to the almighty in heaven. Singing was his life,Our heartfelt condolences to Meena,Vishwas,Veena and rest of the family.May his soul rest in peace.God give you strength and courage to bear this great loss with grief Rajesh Fernandes Family Raja Rani Villa Attavar Mangalore
vally, Edmer Wed, March-10-2010, 12:19
shocking news difficult to believe we lost a great singer great loss to konkani world may his soul rest in peace. Vally famly/admer/dubai
Avith Lobo, moodubelle/Qatar Wed, March-10-2010, 12:01
Great loss,The man who gave coastal konkani music an identity is no more.May his soul rest in peace.
ronald casmir, belle-arbi Wed, March-10-2010, 10:02
We lost the great personality in konkani world.... singer/writer/poet/composer etc... etc..... etc..... biggest pride of Konkani world. May his soul rest in peace
Alban D souza, Kunthalnagar Wed, March-10-2010, 9:00
i felt its a great loss for konkani Music lovers like me.I am Big fan of Mr.Wilfy rebimbus late Micmax.So we can say that we lost two great lengends in Konkani Music world.Only thing we can say that"Wilfy Tu Porthun Jolmon Ye" May God grant eternal rest to the departed soul.
Mario, Shirva/Moodubelle Wed, March-10-2010, 8:32
It is really sad that our dear WILFY is not with us any more. We will always remember his songs Plays. May the departed soul rest in Peace. "AADHLO THO UGDAS KELYAR DEVNTHELIM DUKHAM DOLYAR ZOLMON YE PORTUN PAUTIM DEV TUKA DHADTHA ZALYAR"
Franky, Podikambla /Vapi Wed, March-10-2010, 5:06
Very very shocking news to hear the sudden demise of Wilfy Rebimbus.May God grant eternal rest to the departed soul.
Carol Martis, Kuwait Wed, March-10-2010, 2:41
We lost the great personality in konkani world.... singer/writer/poet/composer etc... etc..... etc..... biggest pride of Konkani world. May his soul rest in peace.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Wed, March-10-2010, 12:23
I admire his services in the filed of Konkani Music and strongly feel that his death has caused a Great Void in our Catholic community. May good God give courage and strength to his family and all is lovers and admirers to bear this grief. May God Bless him with Eternal Rest in His abode.
Ancy S DSouza, Paladka, Vasai, Mumbai Tue, March-9-2010, 8:23
When Wilfy Rebimbus came to Mumbai to perform in 2004 November it was my previlege to give him the publicity. He performed at Vileparle and Vikroli on 12th, Malad on 13th, Matunga and Mira Road on 14th and Thane on 15th. I witnessed all his shows. But I did not know that it was my last chance in Mumbai. Wilfy was so happy that he specially invited me to his house and gave all his collection. I just can not forget his gesture. May his soul rest in peace
Therese Dalmeida, Moodubelle,Doha Tue, March-9-2010, 2:22
It is a big loss for konkani community.may his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to rebimbus family.
Victor Castelino, Moodubelle/Dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 11:57
Wify is the man who permeated every aspect of a human being with his lyrics and songs. His song "Konknni amchi bhas, konkann amso gaum, konkanna sheranth ami konknne zaun asaum" was the basis for his love for the language and the place. He spoke konknni, composed and sang konknni songs, entertained the konknni people and lived and died in "konkann sher" which he loved so much. His konknni was so beautiful that his songs made it even more beautiful. He was a "konknno" to the core! Any one in his place would have gone up the ladder only if he wanted to move to Bollywood. But Wilfy remained a hardcore "konknno". Any national recognition for his service to the language may not be too late. Bye Wilfy! You made us all proud.
Suraj-Belle, Moodubelle/Dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 11:47
It is hard to accept the fact and great loss to the Konkani Community. He served his whole life to the Konkani world. No one expected that he would leave us so early. He is the man of principles, simplicity, humble and down to earth. I still can not believe it that he is no more with us. After suffering from a long battle with cancer, he gave up himself. The loss of a great man and the great son of Mangalore a big sadness for us. We miss him, his songs and voice. His memories will always remain in our hearts. May his soul rest in Peace. Our hearty condolences to his Meenabai, Vishwas Veena and all friends and family members. Wilfyaba, thuve Konkani basheso, Kokani Lokaso mog keloy hya moganth thuve thujo akreso uswas sodloy. Bejar jatha, Kalij Radtha , tuka adevs magthana Rithey jalan jivan konkneche aj thu nastana… “Sasnaso vishev di thaka sarvespora…ani niranthar parkas thacher fankovdi ani tho samadanenth vishev gevdtih ..Amen”
Robert Castelino, Moodubelle/Bahrain Tue, March-9-2010, 11:32
It was a sad shocking news to the Konkani community about the passing away of a great singer Mr.Wilfy Rebimbus.May God grant eternal rest to the departed soul.
Victor D almeida, Moodubelle/Bahrain Tue, March-9-2010, 11:10
It is a great loss to our konkani song lovers,he had blessed with beautiful voice, it is a Gods big gift to him. He is no more with us but his memory lives in our heart forever, I will never forget his sentimental song Mog Tuzo Kitlo Ashelon it reminds me everyday in my life. May his soul rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolence to his entire family
joel d sa, Moodubelle, Bahrain Tue, March-9-2010, 10:39
This is the darkest day for all Konkani speaking community. we have lost one of the Legends of Konkani. The ever humble man on this earth has been called by the lord to be with him for ever. I am even up there he will never stop singing to the almighty in heaven. Singing was his life, I was one of the most fortunate person to be his friend. When he was in Bahrain , I had the opportunity to intaract and spend such quality time with him and his family members, I still see his ever smiling face, that humming sound and always caring like as if we are his own children. He is blessed to have Minabhai as wife, she too was soo caring and humble. I know for sure there is no one like him anywhere in this world. I pray to almighty to grant his soul eternal peace. Wilfybab will remain with us forever with his music and beautiful lyric. He has given a rich identity to Konkani language and culture, songs for all season and cultures made wifybab a unique personality never to be forgotten. I MISS YOU WIFYBAB. My heartfelt condolences to Minabhai, Vishwas Charleen.
Francis J. Saldanha, Moodubelle / Bahrain Tue, March-9-2010, 8:49
Very sad to learn about the sudden demise of " Konkan Kogul " Wilfy. Our deepest condolences to his family members. May The Almighty God give them the fortitude to bear his loss and may his soul rest in peace.
francis sequeira, pamboor/dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 7:08
shocking news difficult to believe we lost a great singer great loss to konkani world may his soul rest in peace francis sequeira dubai
Oliver, Moodubelle Tue, March-9-2010, 7:04
A man who lives in every Konkan’s Life. this gentleman has blended every occasion, every essence and every aspect of an ordinary Mangalorean’s life in his songs. There is a song called Adi nachlo aso atan zalan piso…. A situation where husband and wife fights and baby child expresses her feelings by saying Hai hai suroo zali hai amgelya gharantli sodanchi lodai. There is another song called Moinyachi Poili taarik where he expresses the feelings of the monthly Pay day He composed romance and pure love songs like Roopa, Zeena, Sezarachya Ghara, Havn tuze Mog karthan, illo illo, Chedu kon and many more this man has recorded every day of an ordinary man’s life. The Masterpiece which I feel that no composer has created is” Ani Dudhanth Dhuton Teeche Paai” Where he expressed Son’s feelings to his Mother after she passes away. No one would have ever written a song like this. Over and above his classics Maria, Mog tuzo kitlo ashellon, saanz Zali, Raat Zalia Jeevana, Mother Theresa, Mogachen Ghar and so on…. He had composed a song for every occasion, and every season. His music and his songs itself expresses his richness; he is a King who united all of us through his Music. Being a s
joel mendonca, moodubelle Tue, March-9-2010, 6:50
Shocking news. May his soul Rest In Peace.
John Peter Fernandes, Moodubelle/Nottingham U.K Tue, March-9-2010, 6:16
That’s so sad to hear. He is a wonderful and Talented Singer. I offer my condolences to family. Rest in Peace
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Tue, March-9-2010, 5:01
A great loss to Konkani Music World. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Rebimbus family.
our hertfelt condolences to wilfy\'s family members great loss to konkani world .May his soul rest in peace From Rtn Michael Mathias Shirva Rotary
prince, podikambla/dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 4:22
Very shocking news!!!Great loss to konkani community.Al might god give strength to bare this loss to his family.May his soul rest in peace.
Victor D Souza, Moodubelle / Doha Tue, March-9-2010, 4:19
Shocking news. Great Loss for Konkani World, May his soul Rest In Peace.
Godwin D Souza, Moodublle / Dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 3:43
Still can t believe that Wilfy Rebimbus, composer of some of the greatest konkani songs we ever had is no more amongst us. He will remain in our memories for ever. Heartfelt condolences to Rebimbus family!
Simon Francis Lasrado, sullia/Bangalore Tue, March-9-2010, 3:03
Very very shocking news to hear the sudden demise of Wilfy Rebimbus.It is a great loss to the entire konkani community worldwide.Our heartfelt condolences to Meena,Vishwas,Veena and rest of the family.May his soul rest in peace.God give you strength and courage to bear this great loss. with grief, Simon Lasrado family Bangalore
Ronald D souza, Moodubelle/Sharjah Tue, March-9-2010, 3:02
Shocking news and great loss to konkani music. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to Rebimbus family.
Thomas D Sa, Moodubelle/ Dubai Tue, March-9-2010, 2:49
It was a shocking news and difficult to belive. We lost a great singer, composer and great legend. May his roul rest in peace and let god give power to tolerate this sorrow to his family members.
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