Grand Monti Fest Celbrations held at VASAI

Report by Ancy DSouza Paladka
Photographs by Austin Fernandes Vasai

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Mumbai, Sep 19: VASAI KONKANI WELFARE ASSOCIAITON organised Monti Fest celebrations today. The programme started with the procession from Manickpur Parvati Cross at 9am. The Maria Bombina statue was taken on the horse cart was the special attraction. The traditional band playing Konkani marian hymns was leading the procession. The procession moved on the crowded state highways of VASAI to GONSALO GARCIA CHURCH near Bishops house.

Then the people gathered for a Novena at the grotto. The children sang hymns and showered flowers on the Maria Bombina statue. Fr. Joe OCD was the main celebrant of the Konkani mass. Fr Prashant Saldanha con-celebrated the mass.

Sanna Roce and Novem in pure glass of chilled milk was served to all the people.

Konkani entertainment programmes were held in the church hall. Kenny’s songs and dance was the main attraction. Konkani Skits Pokri Gibba written and directed by Agnes Menezes and Hema Menezes, Vyapari Skit by Pressy Pinto and Rosy D’Souza were the other main attractions. Miss Roylie and group presented the Konkani Dance Nach Monga Nach, Gonsalo Garcia Sodality Group presented the dance for the song "Undir Mama". Reshma Menezes enthralled the audience through her melodious voice. Konkani Group Song was presented by Clara Pinto and group with music accompaniment by Della Antonious. Programme started with the welcome song by the Blanch Alvares and Choir Members. President Stephen Fernandes welcomed the gathering. Secretary Ancy DSouza Paladka compered the programme..

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