By Roydon D’Souza
Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
“For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheers.” ~W.J. Ronald Tucker
Mangalore, December 25, 2009: The above saying is true with respect to the people of Surathkal also. From recent years Christmas has been a time wherein people from various communities come together and become a part of the X’Mas Fete Celebrations here in Surathkal representing brotherhood, fraternity and peace. People from all age groups eagerly await throughout the year for the X’Mas Fete here in Surathkal Church.
X-MAS FETE ’09 was organized by the Sacred Heart Yuvak Sangh (SHYS / ICYM) of Sacred Heart Church, Surathkal today at 6:00 P.M. in the Church Premises.
In the formal inaugural function, Chris Misquith welcomed the gathering. Deacon Manoj was the Guest of Honour and Fr. Antony Lobo, Parish Priest presided over the function.
Chris Misquith, President – SHYS and Lionel D’Souza, Secretary – SHYS were present on the dais along with the guests. A floral welcome was given to all the dignitaries on the dais.
Addressing the gathering in the inaugural speech Deacon Manoj gave a call to the youth to actively participate in the church activities and help SHYS grow stronger. He also said “No matter what gifts we get from God, ultimately we want God himself”. He concluded wishing the entire gathering – “Let this Christmas season bring peace and happiness to all of us”.
Later in his presidential speech Fr. Antony Lobo, Parish Priest congratulated Sacred Heart Yuvak Sangh for organizing such a meaningful event. He also said that it is the hard work of the energetic members of SHYS that has made this event a reality. He concluded by wishing the gathering the blessings of the new born Jesus.
A famous writer once said “The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young” this was proved by the hilarious dance performances. “Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop” ~W.H. Auden; this was clearly identifiable in each of the performances by Flavia & Group, Leander & Lionel, Antony, Teena & Shifali, Shiney-Nikitha-Suzan, Stafny-Lisha-Dafney who performed for the dance famous numbers like ‘Jesus Come Again’, ‘Urvasi’ & ‘Poishe’, ‘Jinke Marina’, ‘Lattu’, rock remixes of ‘Ishq Vish and Bebo’ and ‘Mei Naachungi Saari Raath’ respectively.
The audience was taken in a musical journey by the melodious performances blending Konkani, English and Kannada Songs perfectly. Primal & Shailesh Pereira, Peter & Shalet D’Souza, Marita & Lizzy D’Souza, Ashwin & Kevin Misquith, Rubina D’Souza, Chris Misquith, Stafny D’Souza, Desmond D’Souza sang ‘Kaalok Maandthana’, ‘Shirandariso Paavs Votha’, ‘Darya Kushin’, ‘Neelya Gaganaar’, ‘Sanjechya Velar’, ‘Paapa Kehte Hai’, ‘Mohobbath Aapse’ and ‘Its My Life’
The stalls put up next to the audience housed many games which kept the audience entertained and helped them win many Christmas gifts. The much enjoyed game ‘Housie – Housie’ saw a good participation in the first round; a second round was organized following the increasing requests.
- The distribution of prizes for various activities of the year was done by Fr. Antony Lobo and Deocon Manoj.
- The formal inaugural was compeered by Stafney D’Souza.
- The cultural and entertainment programs were compeered by Dafny D’Souza, Rubina D’Souza, Lisha Pereira and Teena D’Sa
The event saw a huge number of people mostly youth, couples and families. What else do people want on Christmas? Absolute entertainment – X’Mas Fete ’09 was a huge success; the pleasant memories have already made place in everyone’s mind who attended this event.
Music by the famous Music Group – ‘Milestone’ and DJ Brittz with his rocking remixes and foot tapping numbers made the crowd go gaga. The crowd danced to his tunes on the dance floor and enjoyed thoroughly.
The program concluded with the dance floor open to the audience. “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month” said one of the organizers.
Mangalorean.com was the proud Media Partner and Pattern Advertising Co. was the Print Partner of X’Mas Fete ’09.
MileStone Music Concert Announced
On this occasion Kevin Misquith, a well known and talented Composer-Musician-Singer of Sacred Heart Church and the Co-founder, MiLeStoNe Music Group announced his forthcoming Musical Night – “MileStone Music Concert” scheduled to be held on 7th February 2010.
Kevin Misquith released his first Konkani Debut Album ‘Rupnem’ in 2004. Following the huge response of his debut album he released yet another Konakni hit album ‘Tuji Yaad’ in 2007. His latest Konkani Rock album ‘He Jeen’ in 2008 had a good response among Konkani and Non-Konkani Music Lovers.
The organisers of X’Mas Fete ’09 would like to thank all their Sponsors and Partners who supported the event right from its planning stage and were responsible for the grand success of the event.