Friday, 8 July 2016

Herald Goencho Avaz 2016 - Konkani Solo / Duet Singing Contest

HeraldGroup's Goencho Avaz 2016
 Konkani Solo / Duet Singing Contest
for 15-25 age group.
Singing, preferably  songs of pre - 1990s

Audition Rounds
Panaj - 7th July 2016  at TAG Conference hall
Margao - 10th July 2016 at Ravindra Bhavan Black Box  at 2 - 5.30pm
Finals 26th July Panaji  10 AM
Repeat Margao 31st July 10 AM
Note: Finals dates postponed, new dates likely on 31st July and 6th Aug

There were about 25 solos  and about 6 Duet contestants in the first audition round at Panaji

Judges: Anthony San and Fr. Domnic Alvares
Compere: Agnelo de Borim

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Finalists list

Meet young Finalist - Jatin Chari

Pics - Young Jatin

Margao audition
There were over 85 solo and 12 duets singing contestants
However, I missed some in the beginning as I arrived 30 mins late (my bus arrived late :-))
So, I witnessed about 78 solos only, watch long video..

Here is a selection of solo singing
Video1 Solo singing:  A selection

Video 2:  1hr 15min long
Covering about 78 singers

Video 1: Margao Auditions - Duets all
Longer (16.5mins)
Video 2: Shorter 12.5 duets all

Following are the Duet singers

Movin Fernandes and Reza Fernandes

Avina Furtado and Colin Furtado

Lopes and Simran Mascarenhas
 Franky Oliveiro and  Clarina Fernandes
Jason Fernandes and

Lester Baretto and Fernandes
Hazel Fernandes and

Valery Da Costa and Jude Silveira

Jolrence  Pereira and Krisann Fernandes

Wilma Dias and Anson Gomes

Pricy da Gama and Lloyd Jose Camilo

Elaine Pinto and Pierson D'Costa

Video: 1
Panaji Audition
Duets  all

Video 2 - Solos Panaji

Version 1 (Shorter 17mins)

Version 2 ( Longer 23 mins)


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Celina ?

Senozel ?

Muriel Fernandes

Synora Gonsalves

Cipriano D’Souza

Canvell Braganza

Alrica Fernandes

Alina Nazareth

Stefny Pedroso

Steffi Pereira

Shenaya Pereira

Lindsay Angelo Fernandes

Myron Dias

Clarisa Camilo

Cyder Dias

Neville Cardozo and Reina Azavedo

Melicia Lobo


Josiah Rebello

Karen Fernandes

Dancia Pires
Shenaya Pereira and Cameron Fernandes

Elton Dias and Alina Nazareth
Neville Cardozo and Reina Azavedo

Maria Afonso and Myron Dias

Ralph Mascarenhas and Fernandes

Josiah Rebello and Tancia Pires

Compere: Agnelo de Borim

Judge Anthony San

Judge Fr. Domnic Alvares


Others flyers etc

Previous years contests
Year  2015

Year 2014

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Goan springs (North Goa) Pics and videos

North Goa
Some springs from North Goa
(for South Goa see link in the end)

Massordem, Valpoi
about a kilometre away from the main centre
About 10 minutes walking involved including crossing of riverlet / Stream
Watch video for details

Video - Massorde zor

The spring

 this way to the spring
Covered Passage, plants
Temple - Mahadev, Ralloba
Ladies changing room

Boca de Vaca

Near Mahalaxmi Temple

PIC Feb 2013


New / Latest Pics and Video Boc de Vaca 15.6.16

Video - 16.6.16
Salmona Spring, Saligao
From the main road,  take inside very narrow road about 1.5km.
The road ends at the spring. You will see some old houses as well as new bungalows of non-Goans may be of bollywood actors etc
Locals say they don't come here to have bath (Except for washing clothes and vehicles) as they fear that the spring is polluted due to  the huge garbage dump uphill (like sonsodo, where new garbage treatment plant has come up now?) about 300mts away from the spring.
However, it seems some picnickers do visit here as can be seen from the garbage heap including beer, whisky bottles etc

Pic March 2006

Video: Salmona Spring - 14.6.16

Pomburpa Spring
Pics June 2008
Video 2010
Another video 2008
with villagers, Parish priest etc

Merces Spring

Magsaysay award winner Dr. Rajendra Singh has said that Merces
natural spring is one of the best natural water springs in Goa and
should not be spoiled at any cost (April 2003)

In his touching speech Dr. Rajendra Singh urged the Goans and local
people to save this type of natural water resources. The yatra meeting
concluded by shouting slogans like amkam zai, amkam zai, amchi zhor
amkam zai, sodchena re sodchena, sarki kelea xivai sodchena.
Pics - 16.6.2016

Video: Merces Spring 16.6.16

Maina Spring
Maina is in Batim Village (local name / pronunciation Mainne Batti or Battyer zor)
From Pilar Goa-Velha Road take Curca/Bambolim Road then after about 2 minutes drive take road right at the cross roads to Batim, you will then come across Batim Church, Batim Lake and soon the Spring to the left.  The road leading to Santana Church  which joins Curca-Bambolim-Merces Road
Same road leads to St. Simao Church uphill, which is after the spring

Video Maina Spring  16.6.16

Curca spring
There are two springs close to each other
One can get here either Panaji -Bambolim - Siridao Road
or Panaji - Merces - Bambolim - Curca road
Then take road going towards Curca Church and ask anyone 'Curca Spring' or 'Curca Zor' (sound Curca = KURKA)
There is a Temple of Mahadev and from the end of the road about 5 minutes uphill walking involved, Spring 2 is about 2 minutes  away from Spring 1
In the vicinity, we spotted several ancient structures or stone walls remains, don't know what existed here in the past. Check out various pics
Pics and Video 20.6.2016

This way to the springs

Spring I

Spring II


arecanut plantation, beetle nuts
Main Road view from the spring

Madhev Temple near spring, way to

Another Temple at Curca

Video - 2in1 springs

opp Church
Pics / Video 16 June 2016

Pic Nov 2015
Aug. 2008

Video: 16.6.16

Savlem Spring
Pilerne, Goa
Pics and Video 14.6.16

Video- Savle Zor  14.6.16

There is another spring at Maina Pilerne in pvt property of Hindu Bhatji?
We attempted to visit there but were discouraged by the Bhat house saying there is nothing left to see or polluted due to industrial waste etc.  It is located deep inside the Areca nuts plantations. 
Next to the Bhat house there is a Dhobi / Laundry, saw lot of hospital linen / uniform on the clothes line , also saw ironing

Reis Magos, Verem
Near Church
Pic April 2014

Pilar Spring
Below Pilar Seminary / Church
Same road to Chruch but take left after Fr. Agnelo School etc
There is a new Jr Seminary near the spring.
I first visited this spring about 25 years ago
Pics/Video 16.6.16

Video Pilar Spring  / Pilarchi Zor

More updates soon

Some recommendation recvd:  1 in asagao Bairo Alto, Kuntla in Kuchelim, 2 in Naroa, Spring at Mottant, Baga, and one near church Azossim
More suggestions welcome
South Goa springs visit here