The fourth day of World Konkani Cultural Convention currently underway at Mangalore, was dedicated to the youth with various activities held by and for youth. The highlight was the unfurling of the Konkani Flag and 19 groups from different regions participated in the competitions. The human pyramid prepared by youngsters from the Kudumi community of Yedapadav was truly fascinating.
A 20 minute slot was allotted to each participating group during which they had to perform anything they wanted which included singing, dancing and even skits. The participating groups were: Konkani Salkam, Konkani Noketram, Munglur Sanskruti, Sheetal Tras, Yuva de Goa, Balehonnur, ICYM Narampady, Jivit Goa, Munglurchi Taram, Madgaoncho Jagor, Mumbai Group, FJCA Bangalore, Chikmagalur Group, Earth Production, Udent Goyem from Goa, Kasargod Group, Honnavar Group, Bridgitine Friends and Moodbidri Group.
11 boys and 13 girls participated in the Mr World Konkani and Miss World Konkani competition that was held on Sunday where the participants had to appear in western and traditional attire and they were also judged on replies to the questions asked by fashion designer Shanti Mohan, Vice Principal of Sri Devi Fasion Designing College Kasturi Shetty and MIFT Lecturer Juven Lobo who were the jury members for this competition.
The winners of the various competitions are as follows:
Solo Singing: First place – Clement Fernandes (Brigitine Friends), Second place – Darshitha Chari (Madgaoncho Zagor) and Third place – Priya D’Souza (FKCA Bangalore).
Group Singing: First place — Jivit Goa, Second place – FKCA Bangalore, Third place – Munglurchim Taram.
Group Dance: First place – Yuva de Goa, Second place – Konkani Noketram, Third place – FKCA Bangalore.
Skit: First place – Konkani Noketram, Second place – Arth Production, Third place – Honnavar Group.
Best MC: First place – Bavesh Zambaulikar (Yuva de Goa), Second place – Vernon D’Souza (Konkani Sallkam), Third place – Lionel D’Souza (FKCA Bangalore)
Miss Konkani Photogenic: Winner – Melita Jean, first runners-up – Rashmi Rebello, second runners-up – Teena Sharal D’Sa
Mr Konkani Photogenic: Winner – Ashwin Preetham D’Costa, first runners-up Clement Fernandes, second runners-up – Prince Jason D’Almeida
Mr Konkani World: Winner – Clement Fernandes, first runners-up – Vernon D’Souza, second runners-up – Vikas Concessao.
Miss Konkani World: Winner – Elaine D’Souza, first runners-up – Jolita Rebello, second runners-up – Snehal Lobo.
While FKCA Bangalore walked away with the Best World Konkani Youth Group trophy, Konkani Noketram and Yuva de Goa bagged the second and third place respectively.