The Goan KOORS or Clubs of Karachi
When among the first batch of Goans arrived in Karachi in search of
jobs, accommodations were a problem and they wanted a place to live in.
This need was fulfilled by enterprising Goans who were already here and
who belonged to the various villages of Goa.
They started renting firstly, and later purchasing, small flats and or
houses, mostly in Saddar to fulfill their religious, social and living
needs. Since most who came here were bachelors, the camaraderie among
them was brotherly and they helped each other to settle down, sometimes
with their families.
The ‘Koors’ in Karachi could accommodate up to 10 – 15 persons, all one
could get was space for one trunk which also served as a bed at times.
The clubs were well managed, memberships and subscriptions taken care of
and activities organized on feast days, including the annual
My dad was a member of the Salcete Club, they organized the Feast of
Menino Jesus, the patron of the village in a befitting manner. It would
begin with a special Mass at 8.00 a.m. in the Cathedral to be followed
by a family-breakfast at the Boman Irani tea-shop in Saddar and later in
the evening to a sumptuous dinner at the club.
Every ‘koor’ had a magnificent wood-crafted altar, hand-made by one of
the many highly-skilled Goan carpenters at that time. One of my dad’s
best friends Peter Filip Diniz was a master carpenter! He hand-made the
main altar in our house in Depot Lines, and a bed and a cupboard as
dad’s wedding gift! The daily Rosary was important in the koors, hymns
in Konkani, music by seasoned violinists, and later after the services,
singing, socializing and arguments – all in Konkani!
Here are some names of the Clubs (Koors) which functioned in Saddar from
1940s onwards (1) Cancecares Club, Village: Canca, Tivim; Location: Off
Frere Street (now occupied by the Rotti Press); (2) Sircaimcares Club,
Location: Mansfield Street; (3) Salcete Club: Frere Street, near Bohri
Bazar/Preedy corner; (4) Portuguese Club: Baveja Building, Saddar,
Napier Street; and (5) the Anjuna Club.
If anyone remembers names of more ‘koors’ in Karachi and if you have
some pictures, please write/send to me at
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