Wilson Olivera Enthralls Full House Audience in Dubai.

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Dubai, Nov 24 : Wilson Olivera, young composer and singer hailing from Padukone, Kundapur, regarded as a promising musician from the coastal region, entertained the Konkani music lovers of UAE who gathered in large numbers from across the Emirates to witness the musical show.

The event was held on Friday November 23 evening at Sheikh Rashid Auditorium of Indian High School, Karama Dubai.

It was the first mega show presented by St Michael’s Mangalorean Konkani Community (SMMKC), ever since its inception a couple of years ago. Uttam Menezes was the main co-ordinator of the Wilson Olivera Nite, under whose leadership the show saw tremendous success, with the audience being entertained to the maximum.

Ronald Olivera, brother of Wilson Olivera, an equally talented person in the public speaking domain, took charge of show and kept the audience attention alive throughout with his class compering.

The event started at around 7 pm with lighting of the lamp. Padmashree Dr B R Shetty and Walter Nandalike of Daijiworld.com were the guests of honour.

"Wilson Olivera has been performing consistantly in the Konkani music world, and promises to be one of the top singers in Konkani’s history. He is not only the undisputed leader in Konkani music in the Udupi dioicese, but is also spreading his presence all over the world, specially in the Gulf through his musical nites," said Walter Nandalike in his address. He congratulated SMMKC for putting up the houseful show.

Dr B R Shetty remembered ’Wilfy Nite’ of bygone days when he used to support the shows initially in the UAE. He appreciated the efforts of SMMKC in organizing the event that was witnessed by such a huge crowd.

Mark Denis D’Souza, noted entrepreneur from Sharjah who has won the prestigious Rachana NRI of the Year Award was honoured for his service to the Konkani community in the UAE, and Sharjah in particular.

"Though Sharjah parish has existed since 1971, only in 2010 was the Konkani community association for Mangaloreans formed, under the leadership of young Uttam Menezes. I am grateful to the honour from SMMKC," said Mark Denis D’Souza in ackowledgement of the felicition.

Roshan D’Silva ably compered the stage programme.

The entertainment was top-notch with some of the prominent singers from India, Kuwait and Dubai rendering peppy as well as soulful numbers. Rony Dcunha from Kuwait, Zeena Pereira from Mangalore, Preema D’Souza, Ratan Castelino, Joseph Mathias, Pradeep Pinto, Nisha Lobo, Prashant Pinto and others from Dubai supported Wilson Olivera in the singing.

Me-Mo-Ri (Mellu-Moras-Richa) trio from Mangalore, supported by Lavina Fernandes from Dubai had the audience roaring with laughter with fillers in the form of skits and jokes.

Two prominent dance groups of Dubai - Ocean Kids headed by Vinod Sequiera and Feat Beat led by Arun Lobo - rendered spectacular performances.

Wilson Olivera was felicitated by the SMMKC for his contribution to Konkani music. Mark Denis D’Souza did the honours

In his thanksgiving note, Wilson said it was for the fourth time he was presenting musical nite in the last 10 years. He remembered and thanked all the organisers for their support in bringing him here, and specially to SMMKC for hosting his 32nd musical nite.

During the event Wilson’s ’Six - Mix’ containing all his six albums in one pack was released. by Lawrence D’Souza, president of SMMKC. The entry song ’Punvecho Chandrem’ by Wilson Olivera was welcomed by the audience with a thunderous applause, as it was the perfect begining for the musical nite.

’Mhojea Jivant’ by Rony D’Cunha, ’Yo re Tu Yo’ by Zeena, ’Motonth Ek Asha - Nisha’ by Ratan Castelino, ’Pauxillea Dissacho Vell’ by Preema, ’Chandnem Udelam’ by Joseph Mathias, ’Sahayak Vigar’ by Nsha Lobo, ’Ashmitha’ by Pradeep Pinto were some of the songs presented during the show, all of which received much appreciation from the audience.

’Mamma’ song rendered by Pradeep-Prashant Pinto brothers, with fine lyrics of Wislon Olivera touched the audience.

At the end a non-stop medly by the entire Olivera team enticed the audience to dance along in their seats.

Adrian Gomes Kuwait arranged the music for the entire show with support from Rameiro Mascarenhas. The music and sound were excellent throughout the show.

Earlier, the organisers announced that the tickets for the show were sold out a few hours before the show.

The packed audience thoroughly enjoyed the musical nite which concluded at around 11 pm.

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