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Konkani Drama PDF Print
Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, 14 September 2017

3 DAYS TO GO... BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY

The ISC- Goan wing is all set to organize our next event- Konkani Tiatr- “POLICE OFFICER” written & directed by DYSP Sammy Tavares 
on 15th September 2017 at the Dream Resort, Ramee Seeb at 2.30pm.
The Stylish and Sleekly presented Tiatr has been running in Goa, to packed houses everywhere, ‘Police Officer’ is set to traverse the world and conquer new frontiers.

The cast comprises of brilliant individual talents comprising of Sammy Tavares, Franky Gosnalves, Janice Gracias, Lawry Travasso, Marcuz Vaz, Anceito Lourenco, Sonia Sirsat, comedians Sally, Joanna who are going to captivate the audience throughout the performance. The entire troupe consisting of 17 artistes will be specially flown from Goa to entertain the passionate tiatr lovers in Oman.

The Goan wing has put special efforts to invite the Dubai Trio, for the event. They will be with us for the event and entertain us with their best performances. The trio is well known for the meaningful songs and love for Konkani Langauge

The tickets are priced as RO 10/-, RO5/- and RO 3/- and are available with the following members
1. Herman- 99013135
2. Brunette- 95199650
3. Melzer- 99356748
4. Gayle- 98550032
5. Francis 99350280
6. Noel 99317299
7. Rocky 99382698

We look forward for your support as always.

 
SAVE THE DATE PDF Print
Written by Webmaster   
Monday, 27 February 2017
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Annual Day 2016 PDF Print
Written by Griselda K Araujo   
Saturday, 30 April 2016
 
Annual Day 2016 
 
The Goan wing is proud to organize our first Annual day to be held on Saturday, 7th May 2016 at 5.30pm at ISC hall Darsait.
 
It will be a day of cultural performances by some of our very own Goan prominent artiste.The talented Goan musicians will play instrumental music. The budding children will sing and Dance on Goan Music and our Goan wing youth will be performing a role playing act cum dance with more entertainment and music for the evening in the presence of distinguished guests and invitees.
 
The Goan wing will also acknowledge Goans who have excelled in various fields and award them for their outstanding achievements. The Event will also be witnessed by other dignities and ISC officials.
 
The Goan wing has put in special efforts to send invitations to eminent personalities, among the special invitees from Oman we are proud to inform you that H.E. Shri Indra Mani Pandey (Ambassador of India to Oman) has consented to be the chief guest for the evening and grace the event. The Event will also be witnessed by other dignities and ISC officials
 
We are also pleased to have the launch of the book 'Ubuntu: The Spirit of Humanity’. Written by Ms. Helen Sayers, based on an ancient African code of ethics.
Ms. Helen Sayers is lead trainer at Oasis Life-Skills Training Services, and director of the company's social responsibility programme - based in Oman. She is also a member of the international advisory committee of the Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE) and its focal point for Oman

 
Free invitation passes are available and you can collect the same from the following committee members.
Melzer 99356748
Gayle     98550032
Edwin   99381451
Savio     99336800
Herman 99013135
Islinda   92629219
Brunette 95199650

You can also reply back with your confirmation to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The Goan wing Cordially invites you all to come and witness an evening of Culture, music and awards.
Save the date Saturday,7th May 2016 

Warm Regards
Anthony Lourenco
Convenor

 
Fun Sports 2014 PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Trying to integrate fun into our  increasingly fast-paced, stressful lives that are filled with responsibilities can be a daunting task to many . But every once in a while we need to use our  reserves of energy for something more fun. Therefore, the Youth Wing of the Goan Community of Oman (GCO), organized the “FUN SPORTS 2014” on Friday 17th October 2014, in  Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ruwi at the Basketball Court.
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The focus of the event was pure entertainment, opportunity for enjoyment and socialization between all communities of our parish..

As the teams registered themselves, participants were given badges matching their team names. We had 5 mixed age group teams, comprising of 20 mem bers each, which were inspired by names of saints like St. Francis Xavier, Don Bosco, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Anthony.

To mark the beginning of the event we had a march past by all the participating teams, led by their chosen team captains holding team name plaque cards.  It was a delightful and disciplined spectacle as discipline is also the spirit of sports. Father Wilson Rumao, assistant parish priest, led us with an opening prayer and declared the Fun Sports open.
 
The highlights of the sports were the four games that suited all the age groups, teens, youth and adults who participated with great enthusiasm and energy. Our in-house DJ kept the crowd in a merry mood with great music during the games and teams were awarded points at the end of each game which led to their grand total.
 
St. Francis Xavier emerged winners of the event, the second place was bagged by St. Peter and the third place by St. Anthony.
 
All teams were treated to snacks and soft drinks courtesy GCO. At the end, the event was a success with wonderful sporting spirits and funniest moments captured; a great way to relieve stress. Everyone went away smiling having had an enjoyable evening

For further updates and photographs of all events, click on Photo Gallery http://www.goansinoman.com/photos/%20/ or check our Facebook Page - Goan Community of Oman

 
ISC Box Cricket PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
The first one day ISC ‘Box Cricket Tournament’ was organized on 5 September 2014 at the Al Bustan grounds in Wadi Kabir. The matches started at 7.30 am.
 
Goan Wing registered two teams - Goan Zuari and Goan Mandovi. Our teams had mixed luck. While Zuari team provided entertaining cricket until the knockout stages the Mandovi team was unfortunate to get knocked out in the semifinals.
 
The day was very hot with temperatures crossing 40 degrees but nothing deterred the supporters including the family members, small children, friends and Goan Wing committee members from giving boisterous encouragement to the players on the pitch. It was also an opportunity where a good number of new members were registered to the wing.
 
Bhal Joshi, the sports secretary of Goan Wing did a marvelous job. At a very short notice he managed to bring together two teams even though it was the first time that the Goan Wing participated in any cricket tournament. Well accomplished Bhal and best wishes for all future endeavours.
 
On behalf of Goan Wing the convener, Mr. Anthony Goes, would like to express his gratitude to all those who contributed to make the day a success and an enjoyable experience for everyone.
 
Independence Day Celebrations PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Indian Social Club Muscat organized the 68th Independence Day cultural extravaganza at the majestic Oman Auditorium, Bustan Palace – a Ritz Carlton Hotel, on 15th August 2014. A large gathering comprising the dignitaries, parents and all other invitees occupied the huge hall to its full capacity.
 
H.E. Shri J.S. Mukul (Ambassador of India to Oman) was the chief guest.
 
The different wings from ISC were invited to stage cultural items depicting the festivals of India and its diverse culture and traditions. It was a spectacular show of colorful folk dances accompanied by vibrant music and synchronized lighting.
 
The performance from the Goan Wing was class apart. It was an exhibition of the uniqueness of Goa, showcasing the East-West fusion of dance and music and which truly represents the evolving Goan culture. The talented youth team under the dynamic leadership of Gayle enthralled the crowd with their elegance, grace and flamboyance. The carnival style stage setting was impressive and set the tone for the performance. As the curtains were drawn there was a thunderous applause from the audience. Moreover, after the programme, the convenor Antonio Goes was commended by the dignitaries and ISC officials for the fine display by the Goan Wing. It was also an uplifting moment to all those Goans who got the opportunity to witness the celebrations.
 
The youth who participated deserves lots of praises and admiration. They put in a lot of hardwork, sacrifice and dedication to prepare themselves for such a splendid show. The Goan Wing would like to thank each and every one of them starting with the mastermind who took the responsibility of getting everything organized:
1.  Gayle Veronica Araujo
2.  Griselda Karen Araujo
3.  Alston Rodrigues
4.  Reia Desouza
5.  Karen Josephine Rangel
6.  Ryan Fernandes
7.  Amanda Rosario
8.  Pravin Ernest Coutinho
9.  Dean Chris D'souza
10.Praveen Divakar
 
The Goan Wing would also like to express their appreciation and gratitude to:
• Bhal Joshi, Diksha Joshi, Ida Lopes and Bernard Lopes for volunteering to represent the Goan Wing in the Goan traditional dress and be part of the welcoming team at the function.
• Savio Carvalho for the wonderful stage setup.
 
May Queen Ball 2014 PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
The May Queen Pageant 2014 hosted by the Indian Social Club – Goan Wing on 23rd May 2014 at Murjan Hall, Civil Aviation Club received an overwhelming response. The most anticipated event exceeded all expectations

The atmosphere was magical.  A26, Goa’s number one band, together with the most sought after compere of Goa, Updesh Swar, captivated the audience with some spectacular performances. In no time they build up a crescendo that got the dance floor jam-packed. The electrifying music set to earsplitting intensity sent the mercury levels rising. Such was the feisty combination between the band and the compere that the ambiance became potent and compelling bringing the audience to their feet in full numbers. Professional sound system was provided by sound partner TALENTZ and every corner of the hall had a display of variety of banners to publish this event and much more.

The highlight of the evening came in the form of the crowning of the May Queen 2014 which was meticulously carried out by a panel of respected judges, Fendofeliz Fernando,Carolann Philips,Dominic Hsieh and Mrs. Bridget Ganguly. There were 16 contestants. Each contestant was a winner in her own way with glamorous looks, a graceful walk and poise. They also responded with quick and intelligent answers to the thought provoking questions shot at them. The judges had a tough time to decide the winner. Mrs. Bridget Ganguly, Convenor,ISC –Charity wing and also one of the esteemed judges said, “The caliber of the young ladies who participated in the May Queen selection was very good, and it was amazing to see the confidence and wherewithal of the younger generation.”

But finally, it was Ms.Iantha Sequeira who was crowned the May Queen 2014. The first runner-up was awarded to Ms.Sanaz Reisi. The second runner-up went to Ms.Scully D’Souza .The other special titles winners were ‘Miss Best Dressed’ which was awarded to Ms.Sanaz Reisi , ‘Miss Best Smile’ was awarded to Miss Maruskha Desouza, ’Miss Photogenic’ was bagged by Ms.Iantha Sequeira and ‘Miss Best Hair’ was awarded to Miss Aigerim  Mia Barrett. All the winners walked away with certificates and gift hampers from our generous sponsors.

Earlier during the event, the convenor ,Mr.Antonio Ansalmo Goes gave a warm welcome to the Chief Guest, His Excellency J.S. Mukul, Indian Ambassador to Oman, the other dignitaries, distinguished guests and all those present for the occasion. This was followed by an address of the Ambassador, J. S. Mukul who heaped praises and best wishes to the Goan community in Oman. Savio Carvalho,Joint Treasurer  ISC-Goan Wing  proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the Goan wing committee  and in a special way acknowledged and appreciated the support of the sponsors.

A part of the proceeds from the event was presented in the form of a cheque to Madame Yuthar Al Rawahy, Founder & Chairperson, Oman Cancer Association.

All good things come to an end. It was well past midnight and even though the people were asking for more music, the curtains had to be drawn.
 
For all those who participated it will easily be one of the most memorable May Queen Pageant blended with enchanting music, dance and sumptuous dinner. A lot of people went home with valuable and attractive prizes which were given to the winners of the many exciting spot prizes, the traditional novelty dance and lucky entry coupons.

It was indeed an extraordinary festival of dance and thumping music. Indian Social Club – Goan Wing has raised the bar a notch higher for more showpiece events to follow.
 
ISC Ladies Wing Food & Fashion Fiesta PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014

The ISC-Goan Wing is swiftly gaining the recognition within the larger Indian community in Oman. During the Food & Fashion Fiesta organized by ISC-Charity Wing on 30 May 2014, they came out triumphant by securing the 2ndprize for the food stall. It was a proud moment for the Goans as it added another feather in the cap.

The location was Al Bhajha Hall at the Jungle Restaurant in Qurm with scores of mainly Indian community members participating in the event. There were stalls put by the different ISC – Wings all the across the spacious Hall. Food and Fashion items were up for display and sale.

Goan Wing  Memebers - Mrs Revati and  Mr Nirmal Sanzagiri and Miss Diksha Joshi  took part in the on-stage presentations where they beautifully displayed the unique Goan ethnic costumes and jewelry.

The credit for the success goes to the great effort and dedication of the team members. The achievement means a lot keeping in mind the very short span of time since we joined the Indian Social Club at the beginning of the year.

The participation in this event was special because it was for a worthy cause and the Goan community is proud to be associated with ISC-Charity Wing.

See photogallery for more details...

 
Launch of ISC Goan Wing PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Friday, 10 January 2014
Goans in Oman celebrated the official launch of ISC Goan wing on 10th January 2014. The ceremony was organized with pomp and grandeur. It was held at the Multipurpose Hall of ISC - Darsait and was well attended by many of the prominent members of the Goan Community in Oman.

The programme was anchored by young and dynamic Miss Serena Santimano. In her introduction, she welcomed the guests and presented a brief overview of Goa. The traditional ritual of the ‘Lighting of the Lamps’ was performed by Dr. Sathish Nambiar, (Hon'ble Chairman of ISC), Mr. Antonio Goes (Convenor – ISC Goan Wing) & Dr. Jagdish Naik (Co-Convenor ISC Goan Wing). This was followed by the unveiling of the logo of “ISC- Goan Wing in Oman”.

The Goan wing Convenor – Mr. Antonio Goes addressed the gathering by expressing his joy and success in registering the Goan Wing to the Indian Social Club of  Oman.  He gave credit for this to Dr. Sathish Nambiar, ISC members, the core founder members of GCO and the Executive Team of GCO. He said ISC Goan Wing is an identity to all Goans in Oman to enjoy communal activities and to be part of the bigger Indian Community in Oman. It is a platform to take part in the different ISC activities as a parent body, to find solutions to the general issues and problems faced by the Goan Community in Oman. He also emphasized that Goan wing will facilitate and promote the performances of the rich cultural festivals and traditions like Carnival, Tiatr and Musical Events which Goa is famous for. He sounded confident that his talented team will take up the challenge of achieving all the objectives and make all Goans in Oman proud. He summed up his speech by inviting all Goans in Oman to become members and contribute to the betterment of the Goan Community.
 
The Chief Guest, Honorable Chairman of Indian Social Club Muscat, Dr. Satish Nambiar addressed the audience and congratulated the very vibrant and sociable Goan community. He welcomed the Goan Wing to the ISC and remarked that this was the long awaited moment. He then elaborated on their commendable efforts. Over the course of the past several years, quite a few dedicated and prominent Goans took up the cause of linking up the existing Goan Community of Oman with ISC which finally happened.
 
In his portrayal, ‘All about Goa’ Master Samuel Alfonso paid glowing tributes to the beautiful state of Goa. This was followed by a short video presentation depicting Goa as an attractive tourist destination.
 
The rest of the evening was then set up for some fascinating cultural programme. The musicians were fabulous – Mr. Savio on the keyboards, Mr. Felix with the guitar and Mr. Melroy played the violin. They backed up the singing troupe to some delightful and heartwarming Goan music and mandos. A special song for the occasion was composed and sung by Mr. E Perry. And finally the audience was entertained to a mesmerizing dance performance by Master Nixon D’Souza, winner of the dance competition recently held by ISC.
 
In a fitting conclusion to the launch ceremony, the co-convener, Dr. Jagdish Naik thanked Dr. Sathish Nambiar and ISC Muscat.  He also expressed his appreciation for Antonio Goes, the Goan Wing committee members and all those who contributed to make the event a very grand success.
 
The newly appointed Official Committee members of the ISC- Goan Wing for the Calendar Year 2014-2015 is as under:
Convener: Ansalom Joao Antonio Goes
Co-Convener: Dr. Jadish Naik
Treasurer: Mr. Alan D’Costa
Jt. Treasurer: Mr. Savio  Carvalho
Cultural Secretary: Mr. Anthony Lourence
Sports Secretary: Mr. Balachandra Ramakant Joshi
Entertainment Secretary: Mr. Herman Estibeiro
Children's Coordinator: Ms. Gayle Araujo
Lady Co-ordinator: Mrs. Shweta Viegas
 
GCO Christmas Tree Party 2013 PDF Print
Written by Gayle Veronica Araujo   
Saturday, 14 December 2013
A kids' Christmas party always brings everyone together for a fun event and creates lasting memories for the little ones. In lieu of the same the Goan community of Oman(GCO) organized a Christmas tree party for goan kids of all religious groups between the ages of 5 to15 . The program was held at the Parish Hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Ruwi on Saturday, 14th December 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
We all know how children are very aware of Santa making that list to give children lots of presents if they have been on their best behavior.  So to ensure that  buzz of excitement and remind them all, that a visit from Santa is not far away, and that he only visits little children who are good ,as and when they arrived each boy and girl was given a tiny badge with their name on it saying they have been good girl and good boy this year.
The evening started off with the children being led with an opening prayer by our GCO member Mr.Clifford Alphonso invoking God’s blessings on all the little ones present and their families. This was followed with our compere asking some of the kids what they had asked Santa for this Christmas. Some of the requests were modest, some heartwarming and some downright hilarious.
The highlight for the evening was the presence of a Christmas band that kept the kids entertained with danceable Christmas music along with our DJ that helped celebrate the evening with great foot tapping beats. We had two games following a dance session that were Christmas themed as well, passing Santa’s hat and pinning the carrot on the snowman.
A really special finale was an early visit from Santa himself, to hand everyone chocolates and to cut a special Christmas cake along with all the children. But we didn’t make it that easy on them. The children were sent out on a hunt to find Santa and returned successfully finding him and came dancing into the hall to the tunes of the famous Christmas carols played by the band.
It’s natural for children to associate Christmas with receiving presents, so our festive evening ended with the presentation of gifts by Santa for all the children and gifts for the winners of both the games, followed with a group photograph with all the volunteers and GCO members.
The GCO would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one who made this evening a success and a special thank you, to all you parents, for lending us your constant support. May God bless each and every one of you and your families abundantly.
 
SFX Feast & GCO Members' Day 2013 PDF Print
Written by Griselda Araujo   
Friday, 06 December 2013
Today, we are overwhelmed to announce that Goan Community of Oman has successfully achieved its sincere desires, scheduled plans, dreams that came into reality, and various events that they were looking forward to put up across to GCO members in Year 2013. With thanks to Almighty God, GCO has received the end result of their team work, true dedication, sharing of ideas, concern for their fellow brethren and above all the leadership of core committee members that has always been encouraged by our true leader Mr. Anthony Goes.
 
Many of you might have been present for the nine days novenas as preparations for the feast that were recited by Rev. Fr. Boniface Furtado, Diocesan Judge, Archdiocese of Goa, who was flown in especially from Goa to concelebrate the  Eucharistic mass with all of us. Main topic taken by Father was “FAITH THROUGH FAMILY LIFE”. Those present were true witnesses of his message that was well received followed by numerous blessings. Our Youth were applauded for taking up the challenge and reading the Word of God during the Novenas.
 
As the feast day was approaching, this year GCO was blessed with the visit of His Lordship Bishop Alwyn, who accepted our invitation to concelebrate the feast of our Patron Saint Francis Xavier on the 6th of December in Ruwi and Ghala parish. Goans in large numbers were filled with joy and happiness hearing the news about His Lordship’s arrival.

Feast of St. Francis Xavier was celebrated in all its magnificence with the Eucharistic Service, led by His Lordship Bishop Alwyn Baretto. Bishop’s Homily touched the hearts of all the faithful present at the mass.

Blessed Sanctuary was decorated with flowers and supported by Lectors, altar servers, choir members, usher ministers, Eucharistic ministers as always playing their part to perfection.

Well, there was surprise for all after the feast mass at the church premises. All goans witnessed a joyous mood, with everyone wishing each other “Bon Festa” in a cheerful mood and to our surprise there was “A Feri” put up by our main leaders. We knew that it was something new that was not done in the previous years. But when we actually saw the Feri it was amazing guess what it was filled with kadio bodios, jelebi’s, ladoos, choris pav, chonne and so on. We actually experienced the ambience of Goan fest, where in our childhood days, we would spend time in the Feri and spend all our pocket money buying choris pav, grams, ringing the bottle and so on. Many were curious to know as how the kadio bodios were available in the Feri, until we were informed that Mr. Sebastian Almeida, offered his support to carry this parcel all the way from Goa to Muscat inspite of his personal luggage. We are grateful to our fellow goans who are always there to help us in need and hence this “Feri was a complete success”. I could elaborate on this for the sake of those who were not present.  I am sure those present were an eye witness of what is mentioned above.

As we all know that every year, GCO annually winds up every year with the annual feast celebration of our Beloved Patron Saint Francis Xavier with full enthusiasm and passion. Every Goan patronizes this day with love and devotion. This year’s celebration began as always with a live band show put up by our Goan brethren “Go Africa” who has always been a support pillar for our events even with short notice. Mr. Sebastian Almeida was very kind to make this personal visit to bring the live show into a reality. As normal, Goans swing to the tunes of the live band that keeps their feet dancing and listening to the Goan traditional songs and music. Pravin, our youth added to the dancing with his one man show that rocked the young crowd on the floor.

An appetizing buffet from Tawoos Catering was served topped with our Goan delicacy “Sorpatel” cooked by our well known cook “Mrs. Rosy”. We are proud of our own Goans who are talented.     

Distributions of the Academic Awards for the Year 2012-13 were distributed to our Children who brought pride to our homeland by their sincere hard work and dedication in their academic success for Year 2.

We are grateful to all the Goans who came in huge numbers to make this event a great success. Friends, as always this success is a combined show of united hands and above all God’s continued abundant blessings that keep showering on all our events.
 
We are incomplete with your input, your support and your contribution. Let there be always love and unity among us that will not only help to grow but build a strong community.
 
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