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If anyone was at the Albion cinemas on Sunday April 10, 2016 at 10:30 am they would have been wondering what was being given away. Packed to a sold out crowd of over 650 people the theatre was all a buzz for the showing of “Nachom-ia Kumpasar”.
I was asked to do a photo shoot of the event so I showed up early to take pictures of the vibrant theatre to capture the venue. I then headed towards the entrance and was shocked at the throngs of people who were lining up outside excitedly waiting for the doors to open. At first I wondered if these were the right people assembling for the right event because of the numbers. There was a definite thrill in the air as enthusiasm spread through the crowd. I began capturing the smiles on people’s faces as they waited for the movie to start. Everyone wanted to stand besides the giant movie poster to have their picture taken and I was amazed at the interest and eagerness.
The G.O.A proudly presented Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let’s dance to the rhythm), an internationally acclaimed movie for all to come out and be entertained. This film won two awards and a special mention at the 62nd National Film Awards and was also included in the shortlist for the 2016 Oscars. Such high acclaim indeed!
This Konkani film showcases the turbulent relationship between a young singer (Dona) and her mentor (Lawry) which is set against a backdrop of jazz clubs in Bombay during the 60’s. They fall deeply in love and the emotional rollercoaster of their love story unfortunately is designed for tragedy. What makes this film so captivating is the story done through 20 timeless Goan songs paying tribute to musicians who shaped the music of that time and capturing the nostalgia of those lives.
Before the movie splayed across the giant screen, everyone was treated to a live performance of Dona and Lawry performed by Serah Barbosa and Samson Santimano. They certainly got the crowd going with their brilliant re-enactment.
Under the keen direction of the new president Selwyn Collaco, these are the types of events the G.O.A are making available to their patrons. With a long list of tickling activities and fresh ideas in the pipeline, the committee is working arduously to making it happen.
If you missed this amazing tribute do not fret. There will be another showing coming this fall. So keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement.