Qatar: MCA Kala Puraskar awarded to 3 Stalwarts of Konkani Theater - Benna Ruzai, Charlie Sequer & M

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By Raj Maxim Rodrigues
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Doha/Qatar, 26 Oct 2013: The metro-based Mangalore Cultural Association (MCA) organized its fifth anniversary celebrations at Regency Halls, here on Friday October 25.


Dubai-based NRI and philanthropist Ronald Colaco was the key sponsor of this mega event.


As part of MCA’s fifth anniversary celebrations, ‘Aami Natlya Vellar’, Konkani social play was staged by the artistes of Daiji Rang Mandir to the packed audiences of Konkani speaking community here on Friday evening.


It’s the play translated into Konkani from Kannada by Ramanand Choorya who in turn translated the original Marathi play by playwright Madhusudan Kalekar.


This play is based on a true life story of a navy commander’s family, which became a big sensational case in Maharashtra state in 1959.The play was directed by Dayan D’Souza, who also played the role of retired school teacher, one of the central characters of the play.


Back stage co-ordinator was Sandeep D’Souza and Prasad of Dubai Sound System, stage setting and arrangements were by Chidananda Dubai.



During the interval, a brief stage programme was held with Qatar parish priest Fr Anand Castelino.


MCA president Arthur Pais, MCA advisory Committee members Gerald Pinto, Felix F Lobo, Joachim D’Souza and Wilfred Fernandes were present on the dais.


A souvenir to commemorate fifth anniversary of MCA was released during the programme.


The first ‘MCA Kala Puraskar’ was awarded to 3 stalwarts of Konkani theater who contributed significantly in sustaining Konkani and its distinct culture.


Three legendary Konkani stage artistes, Benedict Miranda popularly known as Benna Ruzai , Charles Sequeira – Charlie Sequer, both from Mangalore and Mable Fernandes Nee Baretto currently residing in Doha Qatar were the awardees of First ‘MCA Kala Puraskar’  The Puruskar comprised Rs 1 lac each, a memento each and a citation letter each.


Arthur Pais briefed about the MCA’s achievements in the past five years and shared the vision for the coming years.  He also thanked all Mangaloreans for their overwhelming support in this regard.


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Alfred, Urwa Mangalore Sun, October-27-2013, 1:13

Nice coverage and beautiful photos.

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