Monday, February 22, 2010

2nd Konkani (Roman Script) Literary and Cultural Convention

2nd Konkani (Roman Script) Literary and Cultural Convention held at Kudchodem

News and Pics by Ancy Paladka

"Only Konkani language in all script and not in a particular script,
can save Goan culture and Goan identity." - Tomazinho Cardozo.

Goa, Feb 22: 2nd Konkani (Roman Script) Literary and Cultural
Convention held at Kudchodem was held at Frank Fernands Nagar,
Ravindra Bhavan, Kudchodem, Goa on 20th and 21st February. The
programme was organised by the Dalgado Konkani Akademy of Goa.

A colourful venue was setup for the programme and the venue was named
after welknown Konkani film personality Late Frank Fernand and the
main stage was named after Late Albert S Carvalho.

The programme started with the procession lead by the traditional
music. Welcome committee president Fr. Manuel Gomes, Working President
of the organizing committee Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, main speaker Fr.
Bonaventure D'Pietro, MLA of Kudchodem Mr. Shyam Satardekar, MLA of
Kepem Mr. Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar, Dalgado Konkani Akademy President
Premanand A Lotlikar and the programme secretary Mr Walter Menezes
were present at the dais.

Former Goa Assembly speaker and the first president of newly formed
Tiatr Akademy of Goa Mr Tomazinho Cardozo explained the confusion of
language and scripts in Goa. "All Konkani people of Goa with whole
mind and soul worked for the cause of Konkani. They fought united
during the opinion poll and also to make Konkani a state language. But
unfortunately someone with a evil agenda inserted a phrase "Konkani in
Devnagiri" in a official language act of Goa. This phrase divided
Goans and thus started a controversy" he said. He explained the
importance of preserving Konkani written in all sects and all scripts,
there by making it to flourish it in all angles and directions. "Only
Konkani language in all script and not in a particular script, can
save Goan culture and Goan identity. " he affirmed. He also stressed
the need of uniting the broken society by uniting all scripts of
Konkani and giving equal importance to all."

Dalgado Konkani Akademy President Premnand A Lotlikar said that "We
extend our full support to Devnagiri script as we also give equal
importance to Roman script, Kannada script and other scripts of
Konkani. Thus our work strategy is very clear. But the intention of
the people who insist on 'One Language, One script and One society' to
destroy the Konkani of the people of other scripts, dialects and
sects. This is nothing but a fascist idea. These people need to accept
this fact for the healthy growth of the Konkani language even if it is
bitter to them to digest." he advised

"The light of Konkani language needs to be lead by the youngsters"
said Fr. Manuel Gomes in his welcome speech. "The taste of milk and
honey of Konkani language was first tasted in seventeen century
because of the hard work of European missionaries. They had brought
out several Konkani books in Roman script. But later on the Konkani
had a deep sleep. There were several reasons for this sleep and the
key one was the mad order given by Mr. Conde De Alvor prohibiting
people to speak, read and write Konkani. Konkani in Roman script has
the history of more than five hundred (500) years and this is the
major yardstick for Konkani language to get the state language
status." he informed.

Fr. Bonaventure D'Pietro said that "There is a vast history of the
contribution of Roman script in the development of Konkani language.
When I was in Mumbai in 1963 there were atleast 6 Konkani weeklies in
Roman script. Konkani people used to work selflessly even sacrifying
their basic needs of food and shelter. But when the grant came from
the Govt the Devnagiri lobby was shrewd enough to corner it only to
their people. They did not want the real workers to get the funds.
They pre-decided the awardees and then published their books and
managed to gather all the funds only for themselves. But Fr Freddy
D'Costa and others stood like a pillar to fight against this
injustice. Unfortunately he met with an accident. This was a major
setback. But once again Tomazinho and others have come together to
fight this injustice." he said.

The following dignitaries were honoured for their contribution for the
development of Konkani.
01. Mathews Antonio Pereira - Theatre Personality
02. Mr Anthony Menezes - Konkani Writer
03. Mrs Assumption Martinha Rodrigues e Pereira - Radio Artist, Singer, Dancer
04. Abdanio Rodrigues - Musician, Composer, Singer
05. Fr. Nixon DSilva - Musician
06. Dr Jayanti Nayak - Folklore Schollar
07. Fr. Planton Faria - Journalist, Founder Editor of Gonychim Kirna
Konkani Fortnightly
08. Luciano Dias - Singer and Tiatr Artist
09. Merlin Rosaria Fernandes - Young Poetess
10. Milton Rodrigues - Young Poet, Story Writer
11. Venisha Fernandes - Young Poetess
12. Vincy Quadros - Journalist, Konkani Activist

MLA of Kudchodem Mr Shyam Satardekar said that "The outsiders come to
Goa, teach us their language. But we Goans blend to them and forget
our language." He also supported the noble cause of Dalgado Konkani
Akademy in giving due respect to the Konkani in Roman script.

MLA of Kepem Mr Chandrakant Babu Kavlekar praised the organisers for
galvanising a large crowd for the cause of Roman script Konkani.
Preserving Goan identity is the need of the hour he said. The
secretary of the organising committee Mr. Walter Menezes gave vote of

Two sessions were held on 21st. The theme of the morning session was
"Youngsters and their future" which was moderated by Fr. Kyriel
D'Souza. Mr. Vincy Quadros, Mr. Titus Noronha and Mr. Pandarinat D
Lotlikar presented their papers.

The theme of the evening session was "Development of Konkani
literature through the Roman script. The session was moderated by Dr.
Rafael Fernandes. Fr. Louis Alvares, Mr. Anil Kumar and Fr. Pratap
Naik presented their papers.

Three resolutions were passed during the convention. 1. Demanding the
Govt to give equal status to Roman script Konkani in the language act.
2. The stopped Kala Akademy awards for Roman script Konkani to be
revoked. 3. To urge Govt to build a full fledged auditorium in Panaji
for the Tiatr and other Konkani activities.

Kudchodem-Kakoda Muncipal Corporation President Mr Paresh Bhende was
the chief guest of the concluding ceremony. In his speach he said that
while coming to the venue he was instructed by someone not to praise
the cause of Roman script of Konkani. But he said that he extends his
wholehearted support for this cause taken by Dalgado Konkani Akademy.
He himself believe that one particular script or dialect can not
preserve the identity of Goan culture. Sahity Akademy Award winner Mr.
Jess Fernandes, organising committee working president Tomazinho
Cardozo, Dalgado Konkani Akademy President Mr Premanand A Lotlikar
also spoke during this occasion. Organising committe tresurer Mr.
Thomas C Fernandes welcomed the gathering, Dalgado Konkani Akademy
secretary Mr Jose Salvadore Fernandes gave Vote of thanks.

"Zayat Zage" Tiatr by Prince Jacob and other cultural items were also
presented during this occasion.

For report please click
also attached a Report in Konkani Kannada script in baraha format
More photographs
Also attached photographs along with this
with regards

Ancy S. D'Souza, Paladka
E2-139 Diwan Apt III, Vasai Road East, Thane Dist - 401 210
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