"Mog Tujo" fame Wilfy no more

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 09 March 2010 14:53 IST

“Mog Tujo Kitlo Ashillo…” has become a folk song by now in the Konkani world. Its composer and lyricist Wilfy Rebimbus is no more.

Wilfy expired today morning at the Fr. Muller's Hospital, Kankanady in Mangalore. He was 68.

Widely known as Konkan Kogul, Wilfy has 3000 compositions to his credit, 1500 among which are for 500 plays.

He had crossed the boundaries of Karnataka and even India to reach out the Konkani community all over the world.

Started in 1970, Wilfy Nights were staged over 500 times in various parts of Karnataka, Goa, Mumbai, Kerala, Delhi and even Middle East like Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait and Doha Qatar as well as Canada.

Born on 2 April 1942, Wilfy composed and sang his first Konkani song in 1956, at the age of 14.  In 1957, at the age of 15, he also wrote his first Konkani play  "Poishanso Sounsar" and staged it through St. Joseph's Natak Sangh.

He leaves behind his wife Meena, Son/Daughter in law, Vishwas and Charlene Rebimbus, Daughter/Son-in-law Veena and Arthur Pais and grandchildren Arvin and Anna.              

Wilfy received several honours, few of which are as follows:

KONKAN KOGUL (Nightingale of Konkani) - year 1971 - by Bishop of Mangalore Rt. Rev. Dr. B. S. D'Souza

"Rajyotsava Award" -Year 1991 - State Award.

Award of Recognition -Year 1991 - by The International Orientation Center, USA

"SANGEETH CHAKRAVARTHI" - 1992- By Konkani Talents Group, Abu Dhabi

Award for service in music presented by "Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy" -1996

"TULUNADA KOGILE" - year 1998 - By 'Tuluver' - Dubai, UAE
'KONKANI PODANCHO RAI' -Year 1996 by Broadview Kala Sampath Lions Club, Illinois, USA

'Life Membership' of Lions Club Illinois - year 1996

'KONKAN KALARATN' -Oct 1999 - By KCWA Kuwait

'SHATAMANACHO VYAKTHI' -Oct 1999 by Chinthpyanchi Manchi Kuwait

Life Time Achievement Award - Oct.1999 -by MCC Doha Qatar

MILLENNIUM KONKANI ARTIST AWARD by 'Indian Catholic Association of America'.

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