God will make a Way, sang the members of the AICUF and the Youth Cell, invoking God’s blessings, before the ceremonial lighting of the Lamp, to mark the inauguration of yet another year of Cultural Events, on the 27th of July, 2018.
In his welcome address, Fr. Zeferino D’souza, the Administrator of St. Xavier’s college, Mapusa, highlighting the importance of the propagation and preservation of our culture, lauded the institution for promoting co-curricular activities alongside its academic programme. Quoting Malcolm X- the famous American human rights activist, he said, ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’ He added that the hallmark of a good education is the all- round development of the student: personal, social and cultural.
Quoting the Biblical truism, ‘Nobody lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel,’ Fr. Dr. Jeronimo D’silva, Principal and keynote speaker for the day, appealed to the young audience to shine and share the light of their various talents with others, by participating actively in the various cultural events held through the year.
Introducing the Chief Guest for the function, Dr. Eulalia Fernandes placed before the gathering the myriad achievements of the award winning Konkani playwright and director, Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, ranging from his exemplary contributions to the state in the field of Politics, Art and Culture, education, sports, and social achievements.
In his address, Mr. Cardozo stressed on the need to maintain a balance in ones mental, physical and emotional spheres of life. A true Goan at heart, he underscored the importance of inculcating and nurturing and speaking with pride and confidence, our mother tongue- Konkani. He appreciated the efforts made by the management to preserve our identity through its cultural activities- making a special mention of the folk dance the Kolshi Fugdi presented by the college Goenchi Asmitai and Bharatiya Sanskruti Manch.
Mr. Cardozo was pleased to release three newsletters; Photon, of the Department of Physics, Manovigyan– of the Department of Psychology and Xavier’s Post, of the Dept. of Journalism. The chief Guest was presented with a copy of each of the publications by the respective editors, and a potted plant as a token of appreciation for his gracious presence.
The highlight of the first half of the programme was the formal induction of the 62 members of the St.Xavier’s college Students’ Council body for the current Academic Year, led by the General Secretary- Mr. Akif Agha, the Joint Secretary- Ms. Komal Bodke and the cultural Secretary- Mr. Aryton Menezes. The team presented themselves as a team of smart, enthusiastic and determined young men and women, in whose hands the rest of the student community could place their confidence. On taking the formal oath- a promise to pursue Virtue and Knowledge and be guided by the vision and mission of the institution, the Principal presented the members with attractive badges designating their positions.
The Cultural Inaugural is a day we at Xavier’s all look forward to as it is the curtain raiser to the host of cultural programs that will follow through the academic year. This year the event was a truly delectable foretaste of what to expect of the various cultural clubs in the coming months.
The Community Care Club and the Global Village club set the tone with a mellifluous bilingual musical piece –A Cancao Anglo-Portuguesa.
An audio-visual treat in Stop Motion, titled My Heart Skips a Beat was presented by the Visual Arts Cell of the Dept. of Mass Communications and Videography.
The Meeting of Beautiful Minds was a collaborative comedy enacted by the Science for a Purpose and the Well Being Cells.
The Child, Women and Consumer Welfare Cells put up a spirited dramatic rendition of a poem highlighting various issues of social concern.
The Go Green Club took the initiative to foreground the crying need to preserve and protect our forests, through a powerfully convincing mime show.
As the programme neared its close, it seemed the best was left for the last, as the Xavier’s Center for Performing Arts pulled out all the stops in their superbly harmonised A Capella presentation of the theme song from Walt Disney’s The Lion King.
The success of a programme like the Annual Cultural Inaugural largely depends on the hard work and determination of all the coordinators who pool in their creative resources under the able guidance of the Cultural Co-ordinator, to make it all happen. This year, the three young comperes for the program, Ms. Priti Parab, Mr. Wesley D’Souza and Ms. Lynessa Linson made a commendable effort to keep the audience riveted to the stage, both with their witty comments and entertaining asides.
Mr. Caje Pinto, the ever energetic Cultural Co-ordinator wrapped up the morning with a generous and warm vote of thanks, closing with the apt observation, ‘Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress and working together is success.’