A letter from Mr. Dominic Gonsalves to Menin Rodrigues.
Regarding information not being accurately recorded in a few published articles.
January 4, 2012
Hi Menin! First of all I would like to wish you Happy New Year 2012. I had great pleasure reading about the Goans in Pakistan and their contribution to the country. It is indeed an awesome effort on your part to research the vast areas in which Goans have made a contribution and to honour them by making mention of their names on your site.
My email in particular refers to the section music and bands as I have made note of a few discrepancies that I came across. My aim is for you to have the correct information irrespective of whether it gets corrected or not.
Firstly, that my good friend the late Alex Rodrigues a great musician was never associated with either Alamgir or Sheikhi.
I first started playing with Alamgir in the early 70’s and featured regularly on PTV’s Sunday Ke Sunday and Jhankar. Later on I decided to play for Sheikhi too on a regular basis helping him out with a few compositions. If you would like to confirm that fact I would be more than happy to provide you with the contact numbers of both those artists.
Secondly, the late Felix Carvalho also a good friend of mine and a brilliant musician was never associated with Alamgir. The fact of the matter is that Felix who also played in my band was not into eastern music. For your information I was the first Goan to be employed (full time) by Radio Pakistan as Music Director (worked for 35 years) and Pakistan Television as a session musician as I am well versed in both Western and Eastern music.
I was also the first Goan to appear in a feature film “Dhamaka” in 1974 (opening scene with band on stage) starring Javed Sheikh. I also had the pleasure of playing along with Paul Gonsalves and The Duke Ellington Orchestra and Dave Brubeck Quartet. This was also misreported in Kaleem Omar’s article (Nobody in Karachi whistles anymore) published in 2006.
I was employed by Metropole Hotel at the time. I am now 84 years old and my memory is as good as ever. I migrated to Australia in 2005 and was a bit disappointed when I read that article online. I have tried to get the contact details of Kaleem Omar but have been unsuccessful. If by any chance you have his contact details please forward that to me so that I can clarify the matter.
I still play the sax with the U3A (University of the Third Age) in Melbourne and jammed up with Don Burrows in Sydney a few years ago. I hope the information that I have provided you gives you more insight into the musical history of Pakistan.
If I can be of any help and if you need further clarification on the above matters please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or Facebook (Don Gonsalves)