Amidst the numerous associations founded and run by Mangaloreans all around the world, one such association which has not only become identity of Mangaloreans but has also played its role in preserving, promoting and enhancing the culture, language and traditions of Mangaloreans in the State of Qatar, the jewel of the Arab world is the Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC).
Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC) Qatar, the premier forum in Qatar, which was the dream baby of a few like-minded people who were working and living in Qatar, has now completed its glorious 24 years of existence in Qatar and is in its 25th year on its silver jubilee celebrations.
Founded in 1992, MCC though started as a small group with a humble beginning the journey thereafter has been nothing short of being termed as spectacular and has grown up into a big family. MCC is the first club from Karnataka to get affiliation from the Indian Embassy in Qatar. While the beginning was humble, the journey thereafter has been nothing short of being termed spectacular.
While the beginning was humble, Over the years MCC has grown from strength to strength, from a handful of good-hearted people to the current registered membership of around 500 (both families and individuals). Today, MCC takes pride in itself for being one of the oldest and most dynamic socio-cultural clubs not only in Qatar but also in the entire Gulf region and is very popular throughout the world for its many activities.
As MCC is completing 25 fruitful and successful years of its existence, it would not be an exaggeration to state that MCC has been Mangaloreans’ identity in Qatar. It is in and through MCC that Mangalorean expats in Qatar have discovered their own identity, spotted their talents, exhibited them for the good of the community. MCC is a perfect ‘home away from home’ wherein everyone is duly reached out, taken care and made feel at home.
The inauguration of this milestone year celebrations was done during the recently held Monthi Fest celebrations by Rev. Bishop Gerald Lobo of Udupi diocese on 9th September 2016. To commemorate this historic occasion of 25 years of glorious existence in Qatar, Mangalore Cricket Club will be organizing the first ever “Gulf Baila Naach” in all the Gulf capitals as a symbol of our cultural heritage. We have staged numerous quality programmes efficiently in this part of the Gulf to promote our beloved Konkanni Language. “Soad 3 International” a world class singing TV reality show on the international level in association with premier organization “Mandd Sobhann” was successfully organized in Doha Qatar in the year 2012.
“Gulf Baila Naach” is a Baila dance competition on Konkani songs open to all Konkani speaking people of Mangalorean origin, residing in GCC countries - Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, holding a valid GCC visa. This contest is a platform to showcase the dancing talents of our Mangaloreans spread out in Gulf countries.
The contest is organized to select the best Mangalorean dancing pair from Kuwait, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar selected from 2 rounds Qualifier round and the Finals round. The GCC clubs who have joined hands together with Mangalore Cricket Club, Qatar to organize “Gulf Baila Naach” are UAE Chapter-Dubai, MCCP Oman, Kuwait Canara Welfare Association, Aangann Konknnechem – Riyadh and Konkani Kutam -Bahrain.
The contest is open to all Konkani speaking people of Mangalorean origin or married to Mangaloreans above the age of 18 years for both males and females in a duet performance.
The prequalifying round of Baila Dance will be held in their respective countries and the first place winners of each country will be directly eligible to compete in the finale of “Gulf Baila Naach” to be held in Qatar in April 2017. The winners will be conferred with the title “Baila Jodi” and will receive prize money of Rs 1 lakh while first runners-up pair will get Rs. 50,000 and 2nd runners-up will get Rs. 25,000.
1. The contestant should be Eighteen (18) years of age on or before the Qualifier round competition date.
2. It will be a mixed duet performance type hence there should be one male and one female. The couple need not to be necessarily married couple.
3. Visit visa holders are not eligible for the competition
4. There will be 2 rounds in this competition namely,
• Qualifier Round – Held in respective GCC Countries
• Grand Finale in Doha Qatar in the month of April 2017
5. The dance should be based on Baila beats only
6. Religious hymns are not allowed. Any song or performances which devalues the moral or any kind of attack on religion, person or country is not permitted and such entry will be disqualified.
7. Registration/entry fees as per respective GCC country
8. Application forms to be filled and submitted to the respective organizers.
Following are the organization details in GCC countries to contact:
Konkani Kutam Bahrain
Mr. Henry Almeida firstname.lastname@example.org
MR. Walter Dantis Walter.email@example.com
UAE Chapter, Dubai
MR. Arun Lobo firstname.lastname@example.org
Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish MCCP Oman)
Mr. Dilip Correa email@example.com
Kuwait Canara Welfare Association
Mr. Albert Praveen Menezes firstname.lastname@example.org
Aangann Konknnechem Riyadh
Mr. Arun Dsouza email@example.com;
Mangalore Cricket Club, Qatar
Prakash Noronha firstname.lastname@example.org
Prabha Rego email@example.com
More details along with rules and regulations will be published soon.
The organizers Mangalore Cricket Club (MCC) requests all the talented Mangaloreans in the Gulf to participate in this reality dancing talent hunt show and to make it a successful event.
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