Bengaluru: KONCAB celebrates signature annual event, Christmas Tree with great pomp


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Bengaluru, 24 Dec 2021: Konkani Catholic Association, Bangalore (KONCAB) brought along the Christmas spirit with the Annual Christmas Tree event that was organized at Konkan Samudai Bhavan, here on December 19.

 

The members started trotting in around 6.30pm and were seen eagerly meeting and greeting fellow members after a hiatus of 2 years, since the previous programme had to be canceled during the last Christmas season owing to Covid restrictions.

 

Mangalore based band ‘Winds and Keys’ led by Dolwin Kolalagiri, Sandesh Babanna  and Reuben Machado kept the early birds among the audience entertained with their musical talent.

 

The formal program began at 7.15pm with a short prayer led by Jhonas D’Souza.

 

 

The Koncab kids got into a jig as they sang the carols melodiously, to the music played by Sharel Pinto. Following this, the youngsters and young at heart from Koncab got into a beautifully presented medley with Kevin playing the keyboard. The tots too joined in to conclude the carol singing, by wishing Feliz-navi-dad, to all present. Steven Vaz, a member from Kuwait who arrived as Santa Claus, entertained the children and distributed chocolates to them. Next in line was a group dance performed by the Koncab kids to the beats of Christmas songs which was enjoyed by the audience and received a thunderous applause by everyone present. The dance was choreographed by Sharmila D’Souza.

 

KONCAB president Vincent D’Souza welcomed everyone and gave a glimpse of the events planned and thanked the Executive Committee and all the participants for their support during his Christmas message.

 

The Christmas Hamper, loaded with goodies, was seen doing the rounds, with members having to guess its weight. Finally, Sheryl D’Silva came out as a lucky winner, by not only guessing the correct weight but also beating 3 other members who had also guessed the correct weight of the hamper.

 

The Grand Christmas Tambola was rolled out next with much enthusiasm and Col. Alexis Pereira won the full house and took home the big prize money. There were spot games organized, that were fun to watch and many prizes to take home. The members were also seen patronizing the stalls that were selling Christmas delicacies.

 

 

The band ‘Winds and Keys’ mesmerized the audience with their wonderful talents on wind instruments like a collection of flutes, sax, harmonica and the melodica. In the end the band brought the members to their toes and many were seen swaying to the music with their best steps and to the rhythm of baila music and other dance numbers. Sumptuous Mangalorean cuisine was served by Reliable Caterers. Well known compere Kiran D’Souza known for his compering skills, unfolded the series of events lined up for the evening, for the members. 

 

As the Christmas Tree event was concluding, KONCAB secretary Navya Monteiro proposed the vote of thanks and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the KONCAB committee to all those who supported and contributed to making the event a grand success, especially the cultural committee lead by Koncab cultural secretary Sunil D’Cunha.

 

The programme was attended by KONCAB members and guests, who took home fond memories of a spirited and memorable evening to celebrate the coming of the Lord.

 

 

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