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Victor Martins - Goan Music Workshop (cont...):

single music competition/festival in sight. Victor finished his post-graduate studies in California, before returning to India and becoming a most sought-after virtuoso artist, resulting in his performing in all of India's most exclusive venues from the Delhi Hyatt Regency in the North to the Royal Chamundi Vilas in the deep South.

With the backing of his Italian agent, Victor then moved abroad to a generally acclaimed international performing career. Today, Victor is an extremely successful businessman making his home in Toronto, Canada. Still performing ferociously, he has just come off a multi-year contract at the starred Toronto Grand.

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks
Fashion & Design Workshop Leader:

Wendell Rodricks began his career in fashion after a successful tenure in hotel management. Trained in Los Angeles and Paris, he returned to India in 1988. After a brief span of two years, designing and styling for reputed companies such as Garden Vareli, cosmetic giant Lakme and diamond corporate DeBeers, Wendell Rodricks established his own label in 1990. He moved to his ancestral village in Goa in 1993, creating memorable collections each season inspired by many emotions : Tibetan Monasteries Tribal symbols of Shiva and Vishnu, the Harem at Istanbul, Tattoos of the Lambadi tribe, Clothing the Soul and the internationally unique VISIONNAIRE collection transferring Braille onto fabric for the visually challenged.

The first Indian designer invited to display his garments at the world’s largest garment fair in the world at IGEDO, Dusseldorf, Wendell Rodricks has been actively involved in all areas of fashion : lecturing on World Costume History, writing for the country’s leading women's magazine, Chairman of the courses committee at the Board of Technical Education appointed by the Government of Goa and member Advisory Board of Fashion Institutes and Lakme Fashion Week. Patron of the Kasturba Gandhi Memorial Trust, Goa to promote hand spun Khadi and retailing at the country’s best stores including the celebrated Wendell Rodricks Design Space in Panjim.

A keen art patron and promoter of Goan talent, Wendell Rodricks has lent his support to local education, cultural associations, the Red Cross, the Alliance Francaise in Goa and the fashion industry. He has designed uniforms for the Goa State Traffic Police, the Four Seasons, the Goa Marriott Resort, the Vasco Sports Club football team and the staff of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, besides styling the international advertisements for Wellspun, Delsey, SWATCH Bijoux, Breguet and Raymond Weil.

Wendell Rodricks has put the tiny Indian state of Goa firmly on the fashion map. He researched the history of Goan costume as part of a programme that has involved interning at the National Costume Museum in Lisbon and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The designer is presently writing a book based on this research, to document Goa’s clothing tradition.

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Some of the celebrated Goans who will be addressing the 2008 Goan Convention:

GNAT President's Message:
We've got a world-class team! You'll get a world-class event. Welcome!

GNAT President: Francis Rodrigues

Convention Director's Message:
On behalf of the 2008 Convention Committee, welcome to the beautiful city of Toronto. Our GIANT theme: 'Goan Identity And Networking Today.'

Convention Director: Dr. Kevin Saldanha

Event Coordinator's Message:
We've assembled the finest group of international celebrities, to give you an unforgettable event. Welcome!

Event Coordinator: Lisette Saldanha

Ben Antao Marinella Proença Cecil Pinto Cornel Dacosta Victor Rangel-Ribeiro Ethel Da Costa Fred Noronha Walter Tavares Silviano Barbosa Tony Fernandes Wendell Rodricks Bosco D'Mello Helga R. Gomes George Pinto Roland Francis Ruth De Souza Mervyn Lobo Rene Barreto Filomena Giese Rajan Parrikar Alex Fernandes John J. D'Souza Zulema De Souza Herman Carneiro Tony D'Souza Troy De Souza Dean D'Cruz Victor Martins Jr. Menezes Joaquim Goes