Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Cribs at Various places in Goa 2011

Christmas Cribs at Various places in Goa 2011

Panjim Church

at night

corte de Oiteiro, Panjim

Star of Arossim

Christmas Father riding on a bullock Cart in a lake

Monteiro Vaddo – Utorda

Mauli or Cobweb – Adao Vado Majorda

Mungul in the Lake

Arossim Falvado

Tonttem youth – Cansaulim - Castles

Mexico Boys – Costa Vaddo, Cansaulim – Amballo – with Ship of the Desert

Wise men or kings



Bacardi Boys, Cottar Wado, Cansaulim

Your of Belem, Veslao-Pale


Snow falling

A castle

Sancoale Castle

Agxi Mechanical Crib

Heaven and heaven’s gate with ‘Bap Putr andi Ispisanto’

Video 1 ( Panjim Day & Night)

Video 2 (Agassaim Mechanical)

Update: 28.12.11

Cribs from Margao, Raia etc

Star with it’s own reflection - Rachol

Santa on a bicycle - Postman

Santas’ Rock band – Agalli Margao
on the Main road leading to Gogol Bigfoot junction
Location for St. Anthony boys of Agalli crib
see map (Wikimapia) here



Crowd puller – Agalli Margao

about 100M gong Qs


Bom Jesus Basilica Replica

Same area, little further..


Another, same area wtih mechanical audio show etc

updated: 29th Dec. 2011

Reminds me of Babush

Santa on his mission (modified bike)


Arlem Margao,  Cycling Santa

Santa on an old scooter

Boys of Agalli (main road/ bypass leading to bigfoot juction Gogol)


Serenading Santas (on a truck)

traditional Goa

Se cathedral – Replica

Bom Jesus Basilica

two in one (above)

King’s castle

Star of MMC (Margao)

with Municipality building

A castle in the crib (MMC garden)

Video 3  (Margao Crib)

Video 4

Updated 3/1/2012

Santo Estêvão (Jua)

Santo Estêvão (Jua)

St. Estevam , Jua

Crib Location


Star of St. Estevam

Church Crib

 Some angels in the air

Jingle Bell in the trees

Santa Claus riding on a chariot

The Crib at 3 Roste

 At Cupa

 Video with slide show in the end - St. Estevam

updated on 6th Jan. 2012

As appeared in Herald today

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Tuem Goa (10.12.11)

Today,  we went to Tuem for the first time (?)

Believe me or not, I thought Tivim and Tuem is one and the same. Tuem being Konkani for Tivim, it was only few months ago, I found out Tivim and Tuem are two different villages former being in Bardez and the later (Tuem) in Pernem Taluka.

Tuem is about 16 kms from Mapusa via Dhargal.
All buses going to Dhargal (Sports City), Mandrem go via Tuem. Bus takes about 30 minutes and the fare is Rs.12

The little church is located uphill on a hillock very next to it is Don Bosco Boys School and boarding.

It takes about 10 minutes (Walking) to reach there from the main road. On the way, you first come across a small cemetery (See pic). New cemetery getting ready next tot he church (se slides)  Tuem has about 500 Catholics

Guess what? The moment I saw the school, I realised that I had been here some 5-6 years ago with someone but I did not know it was Tuem.  Infact, we even went inside the school/boarding and even had tea with the priest.  There (in the dining hall)  I spotted a ‘Gurgureth’ and I immediately took photo of it.

This one

I even saw the church from outside but honestly did not know it was Tuem Church.

For us, I guess, Tuem is more popular because of the famous tiatrist /Cantorist  Francis de Tuem hailing from the village (he now stays at Mapusa, I am told)

more on FDT (Francis de Tuem)

FTD singing video including in the end

I was hoping to see him at least in the feast procession
Sadly, I have not spotted him there anywhere but saw his nephew Conception de Tuem making trips on his bike though.

It was 10 priests concelebrated feast mass with priests from Pernem, Kerim etc
Main celebrant was Fr. Diogo.

The Church was beautifully decorated

Sadly, there was no customary ‘Pursanv’ nor ‘Festa Muzg’ at the end of the feast mass.
However, there was a ‘Festa Tiatr’  titled ‘Pirai’ by Maxcy Pereira

 Some pics below, watch video in the end

The Church

St. Francis Xavier

Main Altar

with priests

Fr. Diogo

Feast Mass

School / Boarding – Don Bosco


Tuem cemetery

Video 1

Video 2 (Photo show)

Video 3 Francis de Tuem singing

Sunday, November 27, 2011

St. Francis Xavier (Feast) Old Goa 3.12.11

Today's feast pics and video (3.12.11)

The apostolic nuncio and ambassador of the Vatican in India, archbishop Salvatore Pennachio

Archbishop of Singapore Mgr Nicholas Chia and archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao
Archbishop emeritus Blasco Colaco, Archbishop emeritus Raul Gonsalves,
Bishop of Sindudhurg Allwyn Barretto, Fr. Jose Remedious Fernandes Vicar General of Goa, Basilica Rector  etc

Feast mass


 Feri crowd

Video (Feast Mass etc 3.12.11)

below is dated 27the Nov. 2011

Main Altar with theme

With Priests

 Mass /Devotees

Q for the SFX veneration

St. Francis Xavier Statue
From Bom Jesus Balilica

 Mass just got over

Twin Churches



 Feast fair, giant wheel Papuji (Gandhi Circle)

Colourful balls

Empty watch towers
Where is everybody?

Old Goa Police Station

Beggars menace

Video 1

Vidoe 2 (Photo show)

Monday, November 21, 2011

A musical tribute to Chris Perry and Alfred Rose

A beautiful Konkani Musical show presented by A Ferns Music to pay tribute to  Goa's great music legends - Chris Perry and Alfred Rose

Chris Perry and Alfred Rose – A musical Tribute

What a show it was!
A fitting tribute to Goa’s two great Music Legends -
Chris Perry and the Melody King Alfred Rose.

Thanks to A Ferns Music (Agustine Fernandes, the producer of this show). 

It started with little Deeksha who sang so beautifully and with confidence the popular Rita Rose song –  ‘Tin Kallzam' then again ‘Gagreachem Mana' (Rita Rose).

 Then comes a Melody Princess – Nephie Rod with sweet voice. This is the first time I watched Nephie singing Live, although I heard or read about her a lot in the past. I always wanted to meet this young lady even if I had to go to Bombay to watch her singing live.  (..and I even said that on Facebook)  and within weeks time, there she is performing Live in Goa  at Kala Academy.  Her first song ‘ANKVARPONN’  (Chris Perry/Lorna) nearly 8 minutes long, sung so beautifully that it really made my day.
Other songs were ‘Sorga Rajeant’, ‘Calangute’, ‘Red Rose’, ‘Pisso’ besides, a duet with Minino Mario 'Goem Euchinam'(Alfred Rose/Rita Rose).

There comes O’Luv  - Goa’s Pop Sensation.
Finally, I met this young guy at Panjim show. Heard or read a lot about him too but never seen performing live.  Yes, Olavo did rock the show and I am sure he can do even lot more better than that  (Rocking potentials,  I mean) as he is young and energetic. He says Chris Perry was his Guru and sung mostly Chris Perry’s songs some of which we never heard before. Poilo Kiss, Amig, O Goa, Carolina (Portuguese), Rock Rock, Cucurucu etc

 Then  there was a young Hindu duo – Rituja and Siddesh who sung a duet of Alfred Rose/Krishna Kalle/Luiza – 'Vokol Koxi Dista Ayi (Logn Zatam)- which reminded me the time I used to spend infront of Akashwani (All India Radio, Panjim).

Elvis and his brother Francis Marcarenhas sang Alfy’s song ‘Apreciacao’ or ‘Vakanni’ the song we never heard of before. It was a lovely song.
Elvis again sung very beautifully 'Fottoun Gelem'  (Alfred Rose)

A Ferns or Agustine Fernandes, the producer of the show himself sang a Alfred Rose song ‘Kochreache Dobeant’.
I must mention here that Mr. Agustine is a physically handicapped person with both his legs affected by Polio since birth. He uses his hands to walk (legs are not even touching the ground - sorry if I shouldn't have mentioned this here) something I never seen before, yet very energetic in the field of Music which, I am sure,  made him to come out with this beautiful show. He has his own Music Academy where he trains others on Keyboards etc. Infact,  young Caine who handled the show almost single handedly is  his one of the trained students. Agustine also produced an Audio CD entitled “Baby, You’re My love” under the banner of A Ferns Music, artistes include Sudesh Bhosle, Sadhana Sargam, Olavo Rodriguez (O’luv) etc. He also sang in the album.

 Other artistes who sang in the show..

Young Sharon sang ‘Kalliz Ostorechem’ (Rita Rose), Minino Mario ‘Pornem Volter' (Alfred Rose), George Gonsalves ‘Gozali’ (Alfred Rose),  Bushan & Lajja ‘Zolmacho Gaun Goa’ (jivit Goenkaramchem) and ‘Fottkire Agent’ (Alfred Rose/Rita Rose), Elick ‘Sukh ailem lotton’ (Alfred Rose/Boglantt), Clarissa d/o  Anthony San beautifully sang ‘Bhuerantlo Munis’ (Asha Bhosle).

 Young 13 year old Caine provided music to most of the songs on his Keyboards as said, he is trained by A Ferns.

Where as for Olavo and Nephie Rod, Live Music provided by Joaquim d’Souza (Calrinet/Sax), Victor on Guitar, Mark on Bass, Sancho on Keyboards and Carlos on Drums.

In-between, there were some comedy skits provided by
Com. Ambe, Aurelio and Master Win s/o of Minino Mario

It was a memorable evening with good selection of artistes and musicians who performed to the satisfactions of all.

Sadly, I am told that the show did not get any govt support nor any politicians sponsorships.

Hats off to Mr. Agustne, the show was excellent and will be remembered in the years to come.

Those of you who missed it, pl watch the short video clippings and Pictures.
some pics

Nephie Rod

A Ferns (Agostine Fernandes –The producer of the show)

Elvis Mascarenhas

Young  Deeksha

another young one

Young Caine (13) on Keyboards – Trained by A ferns Music

Bushan & Lajja

Elvis and Francis (brothers)

Comedy by Com Ambe, Aurelio and Mater Win

Elick –  Music writer/composer

Rituja and Siddesh


The artistes

Video 1 - Nephie Rod

Video 2 - O'Luv

Video 3  (all)