The Goenkarponn Awards
Transform Goa in association with Goa ForGiving launched the 'Goenkarponn Awards' on the 23rd of June 2018, marking the end of the Goa Revolution Week. The aim was to honour Goans who have contributed towards the betterment of Goa in the fields of Art, Music,Culture, Heritage, Environment etc. Posthumous awards were also given out to people who are no longer in our midst, remembering them for their great work for Goa. One fo the Posthomous awards went to Dr. Juliao Menezes, who led the 18 June Revolution of Goa.
After the successful 'Goenarponn Awards' in Goa, where we honoured Goans who have contributed in the fields of Art, culture, environment, heritage, music etc. we are soon launching the Goenkarponn UK Awards in London. We recently participated at the UK Goan Festival in London where we asked people to nominate a person they think deserves to be honored. The nomination form is also available online. To nominate click on the link: Nominate here
The concept of 'Goenkarponn' was launched on the 15th of July 2016, on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the Goa ForGiving Trust and the Birthday of our Founder Chairman Mr. Armando Gonsalves. The concept was launched amidst general public including college and school students. We can an array of speakers who spoke on various topics like Politics, Environment, Education etc. The speakers included the current Minister of Art & Culture Shri. Govind Gaude, Dr. Bossuet Afonso, Arch. Tallulah D'Silva, Owner of The King's School Mr. Melvin Pereira, Dr. Freddy Fernandes, Historian Prajal Sakhardande, Former Union Law Minister Shri. Ramakhant Khalap, Housewife Vasanthi Mardolkar and Corporate Trainer Asok Miranda joined us from Singapore Via Skype.
The Golden Jubilee of the historic Opinion Poll of Goa was celebrated with great happiness
and brotherhood, as Goa ForGiving released the much talked of music single, “Goenkarponn…
The Goa Song”, powered by 40 singers and musicians in a first ever attempt at this level,
of bringing in so many artistes together on one project. The song is composed by Music
Director Ronnie Monsorate, a celebrated Goan who is based in Bombay. When on a casual
visit to Bombay with his colleague, Shaeen Gomes, Chairperson of Goa ForGiving, Armando
happened to bump into his old friend Ronnie Monsorate luckily on a Sunday morning, when
they had time to reminisce about the beautiful things they have done together. And in
that 3 hour conversation which was filled with brotherhood, camaraderie and love, they
sparked upon an idea of bringing forth a song whose motive would be to unite Goans Worldwide
via a song. Bringing 36 singers under one roof was a herculean task, and we were very
lucky to have creative lyricist Roque Lazarus who also jumped into the project without
much fuss. Miracles do happen, and all the work that went into it ended up into a stunning
song that has the music fraternity and others in a joyful tizzy.
In the backdrop of the fast paced economic, social and cultural change that is being witnessed in Goa, productive material has to be shared and debated, so that, the confusion, in the minds of the people is set to rest. It must be accepted that activism has played a very important role in curtailing large-scale rape of agricultural land, corruption and evil that has gripped society. This discussion proposed to bring to the fore the varied works of activists, cultural and musical ambassadors and others, and their role in safeguarding the interests of the public at large, and also to discuss the Future of Goa. Speakers who addressed the crowd were Filmaker Bardroy Barretto, Activist Dr. Claude Alvares, Jeroninio Almeida, Widely Published writer & Photographer Mr. Vivek Menezes, Founder Chairman of Goa ForGiving Armando Gonsalves and was moderated by the Editor of Prudent Media Mr. Pramod Acharya.
Goenkarponn, the Goa Song is now a wonderful video with captivating tune and lyrics. There has been great energy that has gone into it, and you can see it with the effort put in, in this shoot. Preparations were not even that long, but the commitment and love is what won the day. Tremendous energy all over!
We participated at the UK Goan Festival in London in August 2017, and this was our third year of participation. Our theme this ear at the Goa ForGiving stall was ‘Goenkarponn’. We had visitors throughout the day who loved the Goenkarponn song and expressed their love through generous words. A Goenkarponn photo booth was also part of the stall, which was a fun way for people to show their solidarity.
Goenkarponn… The Goa Song has touched Goan hearts across the World. The song is being sung at various Goan Festivals held internationally in Sydney, Qatar, Bangalore, California or London. The song is about the subtle Spirit of Goa, and has touched Goans and Goa lovers across the world with its melodious tune and captivating lyrics!