2003-10-12 16:59:40 UTC
Goa Day Celebration in Houston,
by Ligorio Soares
Thanks to the support and encouragement from Rene Baretto and the worldwide
Goan and non-Goan community, the TIPCA community from Houston, Texas was
treated to a taste of the Goan Fiesta.
Goa Day was celebrated in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, August 23 at
St. Laurence's Parish Hall, Sugarland, with great fervor and enthusiasm -
a first by TIPCA (The Texas India-Pakistan Christian Assocation) the
sponsors of the event. This being the 5th such annual event celebrated
worldwide. The Goan stalwart and founder of Goa Day, Mr. Rene
Barreto in his message on Goa Day from London to Houston Goans,
said " On Goa Day this year, thousands of Goans world-wide will join in
solidarity and will once again remind themselves of the need to
work together to preserve our Goan culture, music, history,
language, cuisine, and art for our children, for posterity and also for the
The well attended evening of almost 300 people, also included
Goans represented by Dr. Santosh Helekar, interspersed with goan
folk songs dances, duets and resounded with the famous Goa Masala.
The program commenced with a welcome speech by the TIPCA President Mr.
Michael Lobo, followed by a video presentation of last years Goa Convention
held by Dr. Helekar and his Goan associates at the Hilton Hotel in Houston.
The podium was then handed over to one of our senior Goan Houstonian, Luiza
Fernandes, to shed light on Goa and its culture. Two youngsters, Nancy (on
the keyboard)and Rachel Shenoi gave a solemn rendering of "Morning has
broken" which was followed by a nostalgic solo by Bestench Raagan
Chavonna and a duet "Hio Moga" from the renowned Frank movie Amche Noxibba
by Victor and Aleena Rodrigues. Their daughter Amora joined in to lend an
additional flavor of Goa by singing Don Calzama from the same movie.
During the dinner break James with his sister Michelle DSouza and Selwyn
DaCosta belted out some good old oldies from the sixties, seventies and
It wasnt long before the eagerly awaited taste of Goan cuisine
was laid out at the table. There was such authentic fare like
Sorpotel, Sausages, Xacuti, Sannas, Pork Vindaloo, Ambot Tik and of
course the dessert was topped with the the most sought after Bebbienca.
The post lunch spectacle saw the boat crew and dancing girls treat the eager
audience to the ever popular "Dakhni song and dance", which was executed to
a rapt attention and resounding applause from the audience, as the
performers danced and faded away. This was followed by the popular Goan
dance 'Manddo' trailed by the foot stomping Goan Masala which had the entire
house in an uproar and dancing and everyone participated with full vigor and
gusto. The dance sequences were ably directed by Terence D'Souza on the
guitar assisted by Selwyn da Costa on the keyboard. It was such a delight to
see everyone jubilant and in joyous spirits.
Reynold D'Souza, did a great job as the Emcee, by timing the various Events
to perfection and adding humor to his announcements.
The Soares clan came to the stage to invoke God's blessings on the
gathering for making Goa Day a great success with their participation in
various ways and also by singing the "Bessao" with a soaring Viva Goa.
The nostalgic Goan evening was drawn to a close with everyone joining in to
sing "God Bless America" and scout Matthew Mussenden proudly holding the
All this was made possible by the persevering efforts of Senor Ligorio
Soares and his family, ably assisted by Mrs Cressy & her son Selwyn DaCosta,
Victor Rodrigues, Terrence & his son James DSouza and also by the
persisting and continued support of a host of TIPCA members.
PHOTOGRAPHS of the occassion
TOGETHER we HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE !
posted by rene barreto
for WORLD GOA DAY