(Gomantak Times News)
Mathew Araujo receiving the best Actor award from Mathany Saldanha
archbishop Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao was awarded the prestigious ‘Gulab Man of the Year’ award at a mesmerising programme held in Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao on November 26, 2004. The programme had a note of sombriety as it was held for the first time in the absence of Gulab founder Fr. Freddy J da Costa.
Yet another priest, Fr. Moreno D’Souza S.J., bagged the Gulab award for best writer in Roman Konkani. Fr D’Souza, besides contributing regularly to Gulab, also edits the monthly magazine, Dor Mhoineachi Roti. He has also written a number of books particularly on the history of the various churches in Goa.
The sportsperson of the year award was conferred upon Robert Fernandes of Salgaoncar Sports Club. Sports Minister Mathany Saldanha who announced the winner and also presented the trophy eulogised Fr. Freddy and pointed out his great vision. Referring to a Mando written by Fr. Freddy years back wherein he had cautioned about tourists taking over Goa, Saldanha, who is also the Tourism Minister, rued that those words were proving to be prophetic.
Ben Evangelisto’s Devak Zai Zalear and Mario Menezes’ Tiatr Somplo Cholat Ghora dominated the Gulab awards for tiatrs bagging two awards each.
Ben Evangelisto himself won the award for the best tiatr writer winning over Roseferns for Maim, Tuzo Put Hanv and Jose Rod for Devan Dilem Devcharan Vhelem who were nominated in this category.
Marthew Araujo created history by bagging the award for Best Actor for the second consecutive year. He won the Gulab award for his portrayal of the doctor’s role in Ben Evangelisto’s Devak Zai Zalear.
Mathew Araujo announced the winner of this year’s Best Actress award which went to Sabina for her role of the wicked mother-in-law in Mario Menezes’ tiatr Somplo Cholat Ghora.
This is the second year in running that the female artiste from Mario Menezes’ troupe bagged the Gulab award for best actress as last year Rosy Alvares had walked away with it.
The best director award was bagged by Mario Menezes for his tiatr Somplo, Cholat Ghora. The other directors nominated for this award were Jose Rod for Devan Dilem Devcharan Vhelem and Ben Evangelisto for Devak Zai Zalear.
Noted music composer Josinho walked away with the trophy for the Best Musician. He won the award for the music composed by him for Jose Rod’s Devan Dilem Devcharan Vhelem. He beat his contemporary Juju who had won two nominations for producing the music for Ben Evangelisto’s Devak Zai Zalear and Roseferns’ Maim Tuzo Put Hanv.
Noted singer Anthony D’Souza who is part of the famous Trio Kings announced the winner of the new award for Best Comedian which was bagged by Agostinho. Mr D’Souza also presented the award.
With the institution of this new award, the total Gulab awards have gone up to nine of which six are dedicated to tiatrs and tiatrists.
Gulab Editor Fausto V Da Costa thanked the audience and also his family members for helping to organise the function. He urged tiatrists to work hand in hand with Gulab for the preservation and promotion of Konkani language.
Julio D’Silva, who compered the show with aplomb, requested the tiatrists to patronise Gulab with advertisements so that the magazine can survive. The awards were presented amidst an entertainment programme which included a playlet written and directed by Lawry Travasso based on the vocation to be a priest and nun. Mario Menezes, Rosy Alvares, Lawry, Agnes, Mathew, Ulhas Tari, Agostinho and Ambe acted in this playlet which also included two comedy scenes through which Agostinho and Ambe had the audience rolling in laughter.
Osvy Viegas sang a soulful song paying tribute to the good work done by Fr. Freddy. Ben Evangelisto delighted the crowd with his comedy song during which he appeared on stage in drag.
Lawry wrote a special song on Gulab which started the show rolling and later sang another which had been a hit during the last tiatr season. The second song paid tribute to Fr. Freddy and Felicio Cardoso.
Mabel Da Costa trained a group of amateurs to render two mandos written by Fr. Freddy. Both the mandos – Altarachea Panvddear Re Pavoinu and Soglleo Romasi Vachunu – were very well received by the audience.
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