1st Goan woman NRI of the year

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It will be a proud moment for Goa as acclaimed soprano, Patricia Rosario, the first Goan NRI will receive the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2013, from the President of India, at the 11th NRI Convention award function at New Delhi, Wednesday.

The award is the highest honour bestowed on overseas Indians as part of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Conventions organized annually since 2003.

Rosario’s name was selected by a committee headed by Dr Wilfred Mesquita, Commissioner for NRI Affairs from a list of 15 eminent NRIs/PIOs of Goan origin including advocates, IT professionals, professors from Portugal, Austria, Kenya, Canada, UK, USA and Uganda.

Rosario, originally from Assagao was born in Mumbai, where she won a series of competitions that led her to the Guildhall of Music in London where she completed her classical musical training in Opera, singing as a Soprano.

She is also set to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. Her nomination was cleared by the Prince of Wales and she will be conferred the title this spring and will join distinguished persons of national and international renown such as Sir Thomas Beecham, Pasblo Casals, Artur Rubninstein, Arturo Toscanini and Zubin Mehta.

NRI commissioner, Dr Wilfred Misquita, director, U D Kamat and secretary, Mathew Samuels will be present at the function.

Overseas Indians eligible for the award include Non-Resident Indian, Person of Indian Origin or an organization or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin who have made significant contributions. [H]


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