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Oct 6 : The youth of Neermarga Parish under the proficient guidance of Rev Fr Anil D Mello , the Parish Priest , a leader, mentor, counsellor systematized Inter Ward ‘Voviyo Verse ‘ competition on 29th September,2019. The main purpose of this competition was to elevate the Konkani culture and traditions. YCS accorded a warm, cordial, thoughtful and hospitable welcome to the dignitaries and the participants through welcome dance -it was a magnificent performance out to create rhythmic thrills of sheer excellence.

The inauguration of the competition was made in a traditional way by breaking the coconut and cutting of the Ashpumkin by Rev Fr Anil D Mello with other dignitaries on the dais including Mr Prakash Pereira, Vice President, Parish Pastoral Council, Pawan Pinto -ICYM President, Lester Saldanha-YCS President, Mr Sunil Pereira-ICYM Animator, Mrs Cynthia Renjal-YCS Animator. The guests were welcomed with betel leaves and arecanut and pot of water. The energetic youth then ceremoniously in procession accompanied by brass band brought their gifts ‘Vojem’ (grains, vegetables, fruits) and the gifts were received with solemnity by the master of ceremonies Pawan.

The voviyo competition commenced by reading out the rules of the competition. 7 groups from different wards of the parish vied with each other to top position by presenting some of the best voviyos in their kitty. Each group was given 15 minutes to present their voviyos. In between the competition spot games, songs and dances were beautifully performed by the youth. Though it was the first time that a few of them were dancing, every step, every turn and every twist was in synch with the rhythm of the song that mesmerised the whole audience.

The competition was scrutinized by a distinguished panel of three judges namely-Mrs Irene Rebello, Mr Anil Simon D Cunha and Mrs Flavia Violet Mascarenhas. Mr Prasad Vas introduced the judges. Mrs Irene Rebello spoke a few words on behalf of the judges. She congratulated all the participants and applauded the indefatigable efforts of Fr Anil and the youth in conducting the competition. She urged the audience to form ‘voviyo groups’ in their own wards and take the centre stage during the various marriage programmes in their wards so that the tradition of the voviyos and verses will spread and continue.

The judges were felicitated with a token of love. Mr Melwyn Vas was honoured for having edited the script of ‘rocache zalak’. Fr Anil and Mr Prakash Pereira distributed prizes to the winners. Certificates of participation were given to all the participants. The competition saw a huge response from the Parishioners with as many as 145 participants. It was indeed a memorable event.


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