Dance to Konkani Rhythms


Goans love to dance and it will be with greater exuberance when the competition focuses on only Konkani songs. ‘ Yaya Ind- ya Mayaya’, the first All India Konkani Dance Contest is being organized by four leading Konkani organizations, ‘ Jagotik Konknni Songhotton’, ‘ Konkani Prachar Sanchalan’, ‘ Nach Sobhann’ and ‘ Mandd Sobhann’. The auditions for the contest will be held in four states of India in seven centres – Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, Honnavar, Kasaragod, Udipi and Mangalore. “ The contest is open for boys and girls, men and women between the age of 15 to 35 years irrespective of region and religion. The contestants have to only dance to Konkani songs for the competition.
There will be two categories for the competition, group which can comprise up to 10 participants and duet. There will be prizes up to Rs 5 lakhs for the winners of the different categories. The semi- finals and finals will be held on May 18 and 19 respectively at Kalaangann, Mangalore,” said Eric Ozario, Convener of the ‘ Jagotik Konknni Songhotton’. “ The participants will have to practice a total of four songs, one for the audition round, one for the semi- final round and two for the finals, one Konkani song and one Konkani folk song. The auditions will be held in the month of January and February, 2013 and the participants will have a break of two months to practise on their songs. Those who will head for the semi- finals and finals round will be reimbursed for their traveling to Mangalore and will be provided with food, boarding and lodging up to 60 hours,” added Eric.
“ There will be a Goa launching ceremony which will be held to get the participants acquainted with the rules of the competition.
The registration forms will be available at the venue. On submission of the forms, we will check the song details as the mix of songs have to be based on 4- 5 Konkani songs instead of English or Hindi songs. We will stick to the rules, while there might be exceptions, we are scared of compromising on the quality of the competition,” concluded Eric ( The Goa launching ceremony of ‘ Yaya Ind- ya Mayaya’ will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4pm at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.) Yaya Ind- ya Mayaya , the first All India Konkani Dance Contest, will be held in seven centres across India. Eric Ozario, convener of the J agotik Konknni Songhotton sheds some light on the contest that is strictly based on Konkani songs [H]