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Fr. Walter Albuquerque release Music CD
Published Date: 09 Dec, 2008 (4:29 PM)

By Fr. Francis Almeida

Mangalore Dec 8: A Konkani CD "Shembor Kanthigo's Vinchnaar Mothiyaam" by Konkan Kogul Rev. Fr. Walter Albuquerque who celebrated his birthday today December 8th, also the feast of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Mary, was released after the mass at 6.45 a.m at the St Aloysius chapel in Mangalore.

Rev. Fr. Francis Serrao SJ, Rector of St. Aloysius Institutions, Fr. Valerian Mendonca, director Sandesha, Mangalore, Fr. Clement Mascharenhas, Principal St. Sebastian P.U.College, Permannur and Fr, Sweebert D'Silva SJ, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Scientist Fr. Leo D'Souza SJ and Fr. Denzil Lobo SJ, Fr. Melwyn Pinto SJ Headmaster St. Aloysius High School and Fr. Francis D'Almeida SJ Campus Minister, St. Aloysius College were too present on this occasion. There were more than 50 people who come for daily mass took part in this release ceremony.










The CD is a great master piece of music of 15 songs of the golden year of Christianity in Mangalore. There are 15 hymns in the CD. Some of the few songs are, "Fantyar Kombyacha sadari", "sakkad sangatha melya", "Uta uta praniya". Fr. Walter is the producer of this CD. The hymns have been sung by renowned singers like Fr. Valreian Mendonca, Fr. Clement Mascarenhas and a few others. The music has bee renedered by quite a few famous musicians, free of cost mainly out of love for Fr. Walter.  The CD has been recorded in the studios in Bangalore, Sandesha Mangalore and Chennai.

Speaking on this occasion Fr. Rector said. "Fr. Walter's life itself is a contribution to the society and especially to the church not only in Mangalore but the whole of India. Fr. Walter on his 85th birthday presents this CD to the people of Mangalore and India. Fr. Valerian Mendonca speaking on the occasion said, "Fr. Walter Albuquerque has been a great source of inspiration for many a musicians in Mangalore and other parts of India. He has a great devotion to Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ therefore he dedicates this CD to Mother Mary. May Fr. Walter continue to inspire many people and may he have a good health as he celebrates his 85th birthday".

CD will be available at St. Aloysius College Mangalore, Jerosa Company and St. Joseph's Art Printer Urwa Mangalore.

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Lancy Correa, Nagpur., India Aug 19, 2010
Dear Fr. Walter Albuquerque,

I am a fond listener of Hymns by Fr. Mendonca and Fr. Albuquerque since long time. I shall be grateful to have the recent CD's. Let me also know if the old hymns are converted into CD's and available for sale. KIndly mail me the contact details of authorized distributor. I have a big collection of hymns of both Fr. Mendonca and Fr. Albuquerque only in the form of audio cassette. Please help me.

My contact no.09767893065.
Stanley D Souza, Bejai, New York, USA Dec 9, 2008
Fr. Walter has inspired us with his selfless contribution to the people of Mangalore far and near. As we travel abroad to make a living for some reason our tradition remains back in Mangalore. But it is in the back of our memory every song, hyms we sang for many many years of our childhood. After many years of absence from Mangalore, I was able to sing many of them and enjoyed them very much. I wish good health and long life to Fr. Walter albuquerque and many more to come. May the hundreds become crore voices to sing together with one spirit.
Fr. Faustine L. Lobo, PRO - KRCBC, India Dec 9, 2008
I salute the tremendous contribution of Fr. Walter Albuquerque to the world of music all over India, Mangalore. Fr. Walter is an inspiration to thousands of budding musicians for several years now and a great guide at that. His gentle and humble nature has cast a spell of aura all around the world. Thank you Fr. Walter for your immense contribution and I pray that God may grant you enough graces to continue the same good work for the grater glory of God.
Ajay, India Dec 8, 2008
Dear Fr, Congratulations.

You have dedicated your life to sacred music and so many musicians and singers in Mangalore have learn't from you. You have taught them and inspired them.

I am waiting to buy this CD for myself and my family.
Silvia, India Dec 8, 2008
Thats a great deed of recording the hymns from "shembor Kanthigo" book. I wish that they will reprint this hymn book and start re-using it in the Churches in South Kanara.
This hymn book brings back my childhood memories, singing hymns with my mother and siblings everyday after the Rosary. Those were reallly the golden years of Christianity. There wasn't much to do than sing hymns under the kerosene lamp light.
george borromeo, India Dec 8, 2008
Fr.Walter Albuquerqe S.J., a great musician,was a mentor to many great konkani singers and musicians, like Wilfy Remimbus,the first cynthasise (electronic key board)player in Mangalore,has presented a master piece of 15 hymns the mangalorean christians on his 85th Birth Day.
all the best Fr.Walter Albuqerque,if you had been in USA, you would have bagged grammy award, for your life time contribution to the music.

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