Christopher DSouza - The multi-talented little young boy

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Report and Pictures by Dr. Eugene D’Souza, Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 15 March 2010: Since the end of January 2010, those who have been attending Saturday evening or Sunday morning Masses in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle were accustomed to hear the melodious music played on the key board during the singing of the Parish Choir. The sound of the music leads one to imagine that the hands that play the key board should be those of a matured and experienced person in music. However, if one peeks over the key board stand, he or she  is surprised to notice a little young boy barely 13 years old,  moving his fingers skilfully over the key board with his eyes fixed on the notation of the music. This little young multi-talented boy is Christopher D’Souza, fondly called by his parents and sister as ‘Chris’.

Christopher (Chris) is the second child of Victor and Connie D’Souza of Gud-dottu in Moodubelle. Victor D’Souza works in Doha-Qatar and has been a regular contributor to Bellevision. Connie works for an Insurance Company in Kundapur. Their elder daughter, Carol is presently doing Engineering course in St. Joseph’s Engineering College at Vamanjoor, Mangalore.

Chris was born on 12th July 1997 and is presently in the 13th year of his age. Right form his childhood, Chris has been an active and inquisitive child. Realising his potential, his parents decided to provide a better educational environment to Chris and enrolled him in St. Mary’s English School in the Mother of Sorrows Church Compound in Udupi for Lower KG. Presently Chris studies in the 7th standard.

The hidden talents of Chris began to manifest themselves while he was in the primary section of the school. While he was in the fourth standard, Chris developed an interest in drawing and acquired considerable proficiency winning prizes in the school drawing competition. He also began to participate in skits during the school annual day celebrations and once even partly compeered the programme.

When asked about his interest and proficiency in music, Mrs. Connie said that as her elder daughter Carol was good in singing and music she used to attend a music class in Udupi and would practice on key board at home. Young Chris, who was just nine years old at that time, developed an interest in music along with his sister and he too wanted to join the music class at Udupi. Though initially the music teacher refused to accept him as a student as he was too young to learn the fine aspects of music, later she relented and agreed to teach him. Thus, Chris would accompany his sister during her vacation music classes and in the course of one month completed 10 preliminary classes of music and grasped the essence of basic western music. Due to problems associated with travelling the long distances and his preoccupation with school studies, Chris could not continue attending music classes.

In spite of the above difficulties Chris carried on his interest in music practicing at home by playing on the key board and asking his mother Connie to sing hymns and Konkani or Hindi film songs while he provided the background music.

As Carol, the elder sister of Chris has been a member of the Parish Choir, he too was keen to join the choir group.  Realising the potential of Chris to play the key board, Fr. Naveen Pinto who was the assistant parish priest and also the Choir Master admitted him as the member of the choir.

Fr. Naveen wanted to prepare some young boys to play the key board and offered to train anyone who was interested in learning to play the instrument. Nearly 15 young boys volunteered, but at the end only two-Chris and Clive Quadros remained to learn playing on the key board from Fr. Naveen.

When Fr. Naveen was selected to go for B.Ed. studies from January 2010, Fr. Joswey Fernandes, the parish priest suggested Fr. Naveen that it would be better if he trained someone to play the key board during the choir singing for the Saturday and Sunday Masses. Naturally, the choice of Fr. Naveen was Chris whom he had been training for quite some time and Chris had shown his proficiency in playing the instrument. Even Fr. Joswey encouraged Chris to play music of some hymns and gain confidence.

Since the last week of January 2010, after Fr. Naveen went for his B.Ed. studies at Udupi, staying at Kemmannu parish, Chris has been handling the key board during the weekend and Sunday Masses. He attends all three Masses so that he can play the key board for the singing of the choir. He has a fairly good knowledge of the music notations and is presently keen to learn playing guitar. Chris is also interested in singing and attempts to write poems.

In spite of these multi-talents, Chris is quite good in studies. Presently, he attends the National Talent Search (NTS) Classes  and will appear for the NTS examination in November 2010. Chris is very much interested in science and is the leader of the Science Club in his school. He has been interested in preparing different science models. In one of the science exhibitions that was held in his school he had prepared a model of Kaleidoscope. He got consolation prize for his model ‘Metal Tester’ in the recently held science exhibition.

Chris says that it was his parents, Victor and Connie as well as his sister Carol who have been a great source of support and encouragement in developing his hidden talents, especially his love for music. He is also interested in cricket and waits eagerly for the summer vacation after the final examinations so that he could gather his friends and play cricket.

When asked about his future interest, Chris said without hesitation that his aim is to become a doctor. However, he will continue his interest in drawing, but he would give first preference to achieve proficiency in music.

Bellevision wishes Christopher good luck and success in his future endeavours.


Comments on this Article
Dr.Kordcal, moodubelle Wed, February-8-2012, 12:08
Dear Chris wishing you the BEST in life always.
Ashok Shetty, Mangalore/ Mumbai Fri, April-8-2011, 7:59
Hi Chris. First of all congratulations for all your best efforts. My neighbout is given a scholarship of Rs.5000/- to prepare for a model. Can you please suggest some, which you have already done. we would love to repeat the models in our presentation. Can you help chris
Koshy, Bnagalore Mon, January-10-2011, 2:54
ramesh moolya, udupi/bhopal Sat, April-10-2010, 5:11
Congratulation Chrisy Goodluck keep it up.
Robert Monica D Souza, M"Belle / UAE Fri, March-19-2010, 10:35
Congratulations Dear Chris, Glad To See Your Achievements. May The Almighty God Bless And Guide You Always. Wish You All The Best To Your Future.
Renwil W. Menezes, Moodubelle/Dubai Fri, March-19-2010, 9:20
Dear Chris, Happy to read about your talents and proud of you. Remembered playing with us when we come for vacations. See you soon and all the best for your best future.
Richard Menezes, Belle/Dubai Fri, March-19-2010, 5:09
Our Sweetie Chris, We are proud of you and your outstanding accomplishments at such a tender age. Both Chris Carol are gifted, talented and creative children. Congratulations to their proud parents and God bless your lovely family. With love and best wishes: Richard-Vandana Claudia Menezes
Hey Chris, Congrats. good luck to you in everything. God bless you. Hi and congrats for you dear Connie bai, Baoji and Carol nice to read the article.
Vijay, Kemmannu Thu, March-18-2010, 3:13
Congratulation dear Christy. It’s nice to see you in bellevision.You have multi-facited personality. Do more achievements in future. We wish you all the best for a great future, and God s blessings to your studies and future. Keep it up. Thanks to Dr. Eugene for publishing this wonderful article. Vijay, Roshani, Ruben Branston Saldanha
Fr. Richie Quadros SVD, Moodubelle/Mumbai-Maharastra Thu, March-18-2010, 3:07
Wonderfull dear Chris. Keep it up.
Alfred Martis, Gududottu-Muscat Thu, March-18-2010, 2:13
Congrats ! Multi-talented Chris .Its God-Gift.Parents Please support and encourage him
Sunil, Kemmannu Wed, March-17-2010, 2:27
Crissy Congratulations on your achivements and wish you all the best for your NTS .... From Sunil,Pramilla and Sherol
John L., Moodubelle Wed, March-17-2010, 8:08
Waaaaw!!! What a talented boy!! We Belleans are proud to have like this boy. Keep up the good work dear and contiue. Your sister along with Father Mother supports you and our blessings are always with you.
congratulation chris i am feeling very very happy after reading this article, i wish you all success, so take this opportunity dude, don t waste your time, good luck god bless you.
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Wed, March-17-2010, 4:25
Congrats Chris!!! Wish u all the very best for ur future... Keep it up and God Bless u...
Avil D almeida, Moodubelle - Dubai Wed, March-17-2010, 3:57
Dear Christopher , Very happy to read about your talent. Keep it up, we wish you all the best for a great future. God Bless !!! Thanks to Dr. Eugene for publishing this wonderful article.
prince, podikambla/dubai Tue, March-16-2010, 9:28
Congratulatins to you cristy for your achivement. Beleyuva siri molakeyalle Wish you good luck for your future.Keep going.....
Donald, Kemmannu/Dubai Tue, March-16-2010, 6:26
Congratulations Christy, we are very proud of you. Keep it up, we wish you all the best for a great future. Congratualtions to Carol, Connie Victor too. A big thanks to Dr.Eugene D souza for this article. God bless you all. Donald, Reshma Ria
Sunilla D souza, Muscat Tue, March-16-2010, 3:49
Congratulation dear Chris. Keep it up and God bless you. From, Sunil, Sunilla, Snehal and Sahil.
Fr Francis Crasta, Nityadarnagar Mon, March-15-2010, 11:38
i really congratulate the belle vision for starting this kids corner. my special congratulations to Christopher a very good boy i am sure he will be a shining star to belle church. May God bless christi. my special thanks to victor and connie for giving us such a devout and talented pearl.
Jennifer, Bantakal/Doha Mon, March-15-2010, 1:41
Congratulations to Bellevision Team and Dr. Eugene for starting Kids Corner in Bellevision. I am sure there are lot of talented kids in Belle who need such exposure and a pat on the back. Congratualtions to Mr. Victor and Mrs. Connie, Carol and all those who are responisble for identifying and nurturing Chris s talents. Keep up the good work Chris
Mable Martis, Pangala / Doha Mon, March-15-2010, 1:01
I am very proud to hear our neighbour Christy is a multi-talented boy.Congratulations! keep it up and all the best.Lov from Aunty Mable.
Wilfred Menezes, Moodubelle/Dubai Mon, March-15-2010, 11:11
Dear Christopher (Kistu) Congratulations...!!!, we all are very happy delighted to read your profile on Bellevision on your all round performance; We wish you all the best to achieve higher success in the days to come..!!!. We have witnessed your active performance in live singing during the last New Year party really touched with your musical depth
veera fernandes, bahrain Mon, March-15-2010, 10:49
dear chris congratulations for your present achivement good luck for future endevours. hai to connie
Avith Lobo, Moodubelle/Doha Mon, March-15-2010, 10:40
Chris,Keep it up..God Bless
Marwin, moodubelle/dubai Mon, March-15-2010, 5:26
Hi Chris, Good Luck and God Bless
Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Mon, March-15-2010, 2:13
Very happy to read about Chris. This is the result of good upbringing and parental support towards the talent. Wishing him a great future.
Alwyn Mathias, belle / mumbai Mon, March-15-2010, 12:35
Hi Chris Its great to read all about you. I never knew such genius resides in our neighbourhood. There is no doubt that your pa n ma shall leave no stone unturned for your progress. You need to show your generation that along with bookworm there is much more can be done as a student. All the best and good luck Krish / chris he he he …
Ivan Menezes, Moodubelle/Dubai Mon, March-15-2010, 12:30
Upcoming star of Belle …Chris tusi Great ho…Good Luck and God Bless
Priya Castelino, Shankerpura/ Moodubelle Mon, March-15-2010, 12:27
Congratulations dear Christy. Wish you God s choicest blessings always. Feeling very happy after reading the article. Thanks to Dr. Eugene Dsouza for publishing this article.
JOY LOBO, MOODUBELLE Sun, March-14-2010, 11:27
congratulation dear chrisy... its nice to see you in bellevision. you are a pearl to our belle parish. you have multi-facited personality. do more achievements in future. i wish you all success, good luck, and God s blessings to your studies and future. with good wishes, Joy Lobo, Moodubelle.
simon.castelino, devaragudde /jeddaha/ksa Sun, March-14-2010, 8:02
dear chris goodluck@success in your life
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