Shri Henry D’Souza was born in Bassrikatte, a small town in Karnataka. He had his primary and secondary education in prestigious Catholic schools and colleges. After graduating from St. Aloysius College in Mangalore, he graduated in LLB from the University of Bombay. He is based in Mumbai and by profession a Financial Consultant. Initially he engaged in a career in journalism, but eventually landed in a promising music career after joining a western music group in 1964.
In 1964, he sang his first Konkani (spoken language in Goa) song on All India Radio. Since then he has sung more than 700 songs. In Mangalore he has been honoured with the title Sangeeth Samrat, and in Mumbai he has been honoured with the title of “Kala Ratna”.
In 1971, Henry made history when he recorded the song “Ye Ye Cathrina” with Helen D’Cruz on HMV label. The song became an instant hit on All India Radio, and also in Sri Lanka on SLBC (Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) popularized by the legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea. The song was later sung in Sinhalese by Desmond De Silva & Indrani Perera, and also another version by Luke Henricus. Cathrina also has been sung in Portuguese and Spanish.
Note : Pl. note that female artist in the video is not Helen D’Cruz. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a photo of Helen.