Mangalorean United Konkani Association (MUKA), Nottingham, UK celebrates Easter
By: Team MUKA | Pics: Team MUKA
24 April, 2017: Mangalorean United Konkani Association celebrated Easter on April 16th, 2017, at Bramcote Memorial Hall in Nottingham, UK. The event was graced by MUKA members along with mangaloreans from various parts of the UK, predominantly from Manchester and London. All in all, 250 guests were present.

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This auspicious day started off with a Solemn Mass, offered by Rev. Fr Charles Menezes, who is currently serving at the International Young Catholic Students Movement as the International Chaplain, in Paris, France. He preached an inspiring homily based on the importance of the resurrection of Christ on the theme Feel the scent of Resurrection and how we as Christians should interpret and live this significant moment witnessing Christ.

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Deepak Alvares, alongside Lavita Fernandes, were at the heart of leading the harmonic choir, which was supported by Jeevan Menezes, on various percussion instruments. To sustain this support, we had our young members of MUKA: Jesvita Menezes, Hailey Fernandes, Averil Alvares and Alrica Sequeira.

Once again, the offertory collection received was donated to the charity Snehalaya, Mangalore.

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The exuberant emcees, Melroy Rasquinha and Lavita Fernandes, extended their warm and hearty welcome to the joyous audience. MUKA president Vincent Dsouza, formally welcomed the esteemed gathering. Followed by this, Rev. Fr Charles Menezes, was invited on to the stage along with MUKA vice-president Lydia Lewis, secretary Pius Rasquinha and treasurer Naveen Lobo. Pius Rasquinha informed the audience regarding the CD of Tulu hymns, which was kindly released by Rev. Fr Charles Menezes. Subsequently, Rev. Fr Charles briefly addressed the gathering and appreciated the efforts of MUKA in organizing this event successfully.

The cultural programme began with a welcome dance by our elegant Junior Girls Of MUKA: Jennifer Menezes, Sandrea Lobo, Alrica Sequeira, Erica D’Souza, Meghan D’Souza and Jaelyn Noronha. They danced passionately to the song `Sonthos Pawya’.

The next performance was a very entertaining dance, to Tamil, Hindi and Konkani songs, performed by the Little Stars of MUKA: Aiden Menezes, Alroy Sequeira, Ethan Alvares, Aaron Aranha, Freya Fernandes, Sophia Lobo and Daisy D’Souza.

Prior to the start of the next act, MUKA cultural secretary Anitha Sequeira was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token of our appreciation for her hard work and investment in the upcoming children of MUKA, in particular, by choreographing their dances.

Followed by this a hilarious skit ‘futelehn nashib’ was performed by the lively Pius Rasquinha, Julian Noronha and John Fernandes.

After the skit, Shelwyn Mathias and Neveah Mendonca, danced energetically to ‘chitiyaan kalaiyaan ve’ and ‘break up song’ which was well received by the audience.

To finish off for lunch, Deepak Alvares and Lavita Fernandes sang phenomenally ‘Uzwad Chandremacho’ which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our Jovial emcees of the day announced the break for the mouth-watering meals. Various traditional Mangalorean dishes were served such as: Mutton green masala, Pork bafat, dahl, rice, chanasukka and pickle. To add to this delicious set of Mangalorean dishes, ‘vorn’ was served for dessert. These dishes were prepared by: Anitha Alvares, Sunitha D’Souza, Nympha Alvares, Harry D’Souza, Anitha D’Souza, Flossy Fernandes, Lydia Lewis, Anitha Menezes, Irene Rasquinha, Cynthia Noronha.

To start the afternoon session, a lively spectacular dance was performed by Melvia D’Souza and Jessica Aranha to various Bollywood songs, which had the audience on their feet.

Straight after, Vincent D’souza and Lydia Lewis put on a marvellous performance; a skit by the name of: ‘Doctorachi guspod’.

Deepak Alvares, Anitha Sequeira, Julian Noronha, Cynthia Noronha, Naveen Lobo, Prescilla Lobo, Roopa D’Souza, Nympha Alvares and John Fernandes performed an impressive dance performance to ‘pavsa’ and ‘whistle maar’ that had the audience on their feet cheering and whistling.

‘Mage Vishwasane’ was then sung beautifully by Ancita D’Souza which was admired by all. Not long after this another Bollywood dance was brilliantly performed to ‘Jai ho’ and ‘Kala chashma’ by Swathi and Nikitha D’Souza.

The final performance of the day, an energetic dance to various bollywood songs, performed dynamically by: Lavita Fernandes, Jesvita Menezes, Hailey Fernandes, Shimona Pinto, Melrina Pereira, Earlyn Lewis and Averil Alvares. An incredible performance to conclude the successful cultural programme.

Not long after, the vice president of MUKA Lydia Lewis delivered the vote of thanks to all. This was followed by a fun game of Housie-Housie conducted by Edmund D’Souza and Pius Rasquinha.

To round up the day, the traditional Latin hymn ‘Laudate Dominum’ was sung, followed by the traditional Baila dance.

All in all it was a successful event, which gave the opportunity for us mangaloreans to come together on this auspicious day. MUKA would like to offer their thanks to the generous sponsors for the event.

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