Dubai: Geet Gazaal 2.0 is buzzing around UAE

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Dubai, 09 Oct: UAE’s most awaited Konkani literature and musical extravaganza Geet Gazaal 2.0 is buzzing around UAE and creating new sensation of excitement in Konkani music & poem lovers.


Patronized by Karnataka’s most promising media portal, Geet Gazaal 2.0 tied its presentation with Konkani’s ace poet Melvyn Rodrigues on November 1st, 2019 at Emirates Theatre Dubai. Poet Melvyn is well known name in Indian poetic field, and he won several honors including international felicitations and prestigious Sahitya academy award for his exceptional writing abilities.



Geet Gazaal – 2.0 comprises of interaction session with Poet Melvyn, live singing of songs where the lyrics of the song are penned by poet Melvyn, artistic fusion of drama & dance for his poems.


Many prestigious businessmen of UAE are joined their hands for Geet Gazaal 2.0 and extended their support towards Konkani literature and culture. The organizers of the event are like minded executives working in UAE who came together to work in one aim to make Geet Gazaal 2.0 a huge success and promote their intention of spreading the beauty of Konkani poetry among Konkani speaking of UAE.


The show will be commencing at sharp 5.30PM on Nov 1st and expected to attract around 600 music lovers of UAE. As per organizers, many of the tickets are booked by people and expected the increase of demand in coming days.


Team Geet Gazaal is grateful to their sponsors and following generous people are helped wholeheartedly to show case Geet Gazaal 2.0. All performance is presented by UAE resident local artists. Band Open High will present music and Broad Way events are taken the responsibility of providing lights & sounds.


Profile of Poet Melvyn Rodrigues



Melvyn Rodrigues is the most prominent and well-known name in Konkani literature world which is spread across the globe. His mesmerizing writing skills in various fields of literature such as poems, stories, articles, Essays and as lyricist for music album songs has created sensation in Konkani literary world as well as music.


Born on 8th July 1962, in the coastal belt of Mangaluru, Melvyn perused his Masters in Arts and served in Middle East for more than 15 years. Being a busy person due to his professional life, he never missed spending his time writing for Konkani and his write ups given him several appreciation and honors for his work which is par excellence.


The Literature Journey

•  Bhesam Zallim Kalliz (Novelite-1983)
• Moga Pello (Collection of Love Poems-1989)
• Kanni Zali Choli (Translation of Kannada Short Stories of Yashwanta Chittala, Publisher: Central Sahitya Akademi-1995)
• Fintam (Collection of Poetry-1996)
• Shabdulim (Collection of Essays-2003)
• Vaatt (Collection of Poems-2004)
• Prikriticho Paas (Collection of Poems-2008)
• Vinchnnar Kavita (Collection of Selected Poems-2012)
• Devi Ninkasi (Collection of Poems-2015)
• Ugtem Mon (Collection of Essays-2016)
• Ugtem Daar (Translation of K S Narasimhaswamy’s Kannada poetry into Konkani, Publisher: Sahitya Akademi)(2018)
• Jivatallo (Translation of Chennaveera Kanavi’s Kannada poetry into Konkani – Awaiting Publication).


Music Album:
• Dini Dini (Lyricist & Producer of music audio album-2006)


Edited Works:
• Kupam Pondlim Mukham (Anthology of Poems by Konkani’s 50 Poets-2003)
• Kalllokantlim Kantaram (Anthology of Poems by Konkani’s 44 Poets-2005)
• 20 vea Shekddeachyo Konknni Kavita (Anthology of Poems by Konkani’s 107 poets, Publisher: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi-2007)
• Kovll’llea Pavlamchim Novlam (Anthology of Poems by Konkani’s 45 poets-2008)
• Gi:t ani Kavit (Songs and Lyrics by the late Wilfy Rebimbus, Publisher: Goa Konkani Akademi-2011)
• A T Lobo –Ek Kavyall Poinn (Songs and Poems by the late A.T.Lobo-2015)


•,  a Palace of Konkani Poetry on the web.


• ’Mithr’, ’Jhelo’ (1983-84)
• ’Jivit’ (1985-87)
• ’Udev’ (1988-89)


Serialised Articles:
• Godd’decho Gaanv (Travelogue -Published in ’Umallo’)
• 365 Dis (College Life - Published in ’Jivit’)
• Zapi Hixileo Tixileo (Essays on ‘Naman Ballok Jezu’ – Monthly Magazine)
• Utram-Vichitram (
• Sobda-Goonn (Arso Konkani Monthly).


• Zage Kavi
• Kavita Trust. (Being the founder of Kavita Trust has organized more than 175 programmes on poetry and published 27 books till date)


• Daiji Dubai
• Mandd Sobhann.


Awards & Honors: (in brief)
• President – 24th All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan, February 2-3, 2019, Canacona, Goa.
• Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Poetry Award for ‘Devi Ninkasi’ (2016)
• Daiji Literary Award (2015)
• Pandurang Bhangui Puroskar from Bimb Prakashan, Goa (2015)
• FKCA (Federation of Konkani Catholics Association), Bangalore, Award on Jan 27, 2013 bestowed upon by Dr G Parameshwar, president, KPCC.
• Honour from Mandd Sobhann by organising 124 Monthly Theatre on April 1, 2012 and presenting Melvyn’s songs.
• Felicitated by Bishop Rt Rev Aloysius Paul D’Souza on March 25, 2012 at Lourdes School Grounds.
• Felicitation by over 20 Konkani organizations (lead: Daiji Literary Organisation) at Milagres Jubilee Hall, Mangalore on March 3, 2012. Presided by Pundalik Narayan Naik. Guests: Fr Walter DMello, Madhavi Sardessai.
• Felicitation by 28th All India Konkani Parishad held at Veer Savarkar Sabha Graha in Dadar, Mumbai on Feb 17, 2012.
• Felicitation by Delhi Karnataka Sangha on February 15, 2012.
• Sahitya Akademi Award (2011) - Presented on February 14, 2012 by Sunil Gangopadhyaya, President of Sahitya Akademi at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
• Felicitation by SDM College Business Management on February 6, 2012 at the College grounds in the hands of Swami Shantatmanandaji, Ramakrishna Mission, New Delhi.
• Dr T M A Pai Foundation `Best Konkani Book Award - 2009’ for the book `Prikriticho Paas’. (Presented on March 26, 2011 at Valley View, Manipal)
• Central Sahitya Akademi and Raknno Konkani Weekly organized `Kavi Sandhi’ programme on September 25, 2010 at Bishop’s House, Mangalore
• Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy Honourary Award for Literature - 2006 (April 2007, Shimoga)
• Konkani Kuttam, Bahrain Award (July 2006)
• Award for the book `Mogapello’ by the Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa (1989)


Major Poetry Sessions & Literary Events: (in brief)
• Participant in the ‘Abhivyakti’ programme by Sahitya Akademi at Agartala, Tripura in June 2019.
• Participant at the ’All India Poetry Festival’ on the occasion of ’World Poetry Day’ in March 2018 at Sahitya Akademi Conference Hall, New Delhi.
• Presided Poetry Session during 23rd All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan held in March 2017 in New Delhi.
• Chaired the panel discussion during 22nd All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan held in February 2015 in Kozhikode, Kerala.
• Presided youth poetry session during 16th Youth Literary Conference, Canacona and guided the poetry workshop - December 2014.
• Panelist for Goa Literary Festival held in Goa, December 2014.
• Panelist for India Language Festival, Samanvay, held in New Delhi, November 2014.
• Invited as observer for the World Poetry Festival organised by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi in Delhi (2014).
• Participated in the multi-lingual poetry session at Town Hall, Mangalore on Nov 5, 2013 orgnaised by Shanti Prakashana on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
• Presented paper on the subject `New Trends in Post 1985 Konkani Poetry’ at Goa State Museum Hall on November 10, 2012. Organiser: Sahitya Akademi. Chair: Laxman Gaikwad
• Presided Poetry Session during 2nd P G Kamath Commemorative Conference held at Ernakulam, Kerala on May 17, 2012.
• Recited Hindi and English translations of Konkani Poems in Rabindra Bhavan, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi on May 7, 2012 at Bharatiya Kavita Utsav.
• Presided Konkani Poetry Session `Kavanamrut’ at Kshemadhama, Narayana Guru Complex, Kundapura on March 24, 2012. Organiser: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy. Felicitated by the Academy during the occasion.
• Presided Konkani Poetry Session held on Feb 19, 2012 during 28th All India Konkani Parishad, in Dadar, Mumbai.
• Presided Konkani-Marati Poetry Session at Chowgule College of Arts and Science, Margao on the occasion of Asmitai Day held on Jan 16, 2012. Organiser: Rabindra Bhavan and SPC College.
• Participant of multi-lingual poetry session held at Don Bosco Hall, Mangalore on Jan 13, 2012. Organizer: Prastuta Kannada Fortnightly. Moderator: B A Mohammed Ali.
• Participated in mulit-lingual poetry session during Ninasam Samskriti Shibira at Heggodu, Sagara on October 5, 2011.
• Presented paper on the subject `Prosody Aspects as Depicted in Konkani Poetry of Karnataka’ on October 30, 2011 at the Black Box, Kala Akademy, Goa. Chair: Nagesh Karmali. Organizer: Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
• Participated in multi-lingual poetry session organized by PG Kamath Foundation on March 13, 2011 in Kochi.
• Participated in multi-lingual poetry session organized by IGNOU Tagore Chair on November 20, 2010 at Yavanika, Bangalore.
• Participated in the Abhivyakti Programme at Black Box, Kala Academy, Goa organized by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi on 22 August 2010 and recited poems. Chair: Chandrakant Patil.
• Participated in the Multi-Lingual Poetry Session on the occasion of All India Bhasha Souharda Divas organised by Dept of Kannada and Culture at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore on Augsut 13, 2010.
• Participated in the Poets’ Meet on the occasion of Birth Centenary of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, Panaji, Mar 21, 2010.
• Participated in the Multi-Lingual Poetry Session, 16th DK District Sahitya Sammelan, Town Hall, Mar 16, 2010
• Participated in All India Poetry Meet held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, Jan 16, 2010
• Presented Paper on `Contemporary Konkani Poetry of Karnataka’ to the MA Konkani Students of University of Goa on Dec 7, 2009, which later got published in the magazine `Zag’.
• Participated in the National Poet Meet during All India Mappilla Kala Mela, at Kasargod Municipal Conference Hall, on February 21, 2009.
• President - Konkani Poetry Session, 19th All India Konkani Sahitya Parishat held at Kundapur (February 2009)
• Director of the poetry workshop conducted by Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi (August 2005)
• Presided over the Pancha Bhasha Kavi Sammelan in Dubai in 2000.
• Visited West Bengal on a travel grant given by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi (1989)


• Member of the Konkani Language Selection Committee for the Jnanpith Award (2014-18).
• Jury member for selecting Best Konkani Book by Youth - 2015 for Sahitya Akademi Award.
• Jury member for selecting Goa Konkani Akademi’s Best Poetry Book Award for the year 2013.
• Jury member for selecting Sahitya Akademi’s Best Konkani Book Award for the year 2013.
• Jury member to select Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahithya Puraskar- (2010-2018)
• Jury member for selecting Best Konkani Book on Childrens Literature - 2012 for Sahitya Akademi Award. (August 13, 2012)
• Jury member to select best translated Konkani book for 2010 and 2014 for Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.



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