Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sahitya Academy (New Delhi) to organize 'Meet the Author – Bonaventure D’Pietro' Programme

Meet the Author – Bonaventure D’Pietro

Sahitya Academy, New Delhi will organize a special programme ‘Meet the Author’ to meet and hear Bonaventure D’Pietro, an eminent Konkani writer on Friday, 8th October 2010 at 5.30 p.m. at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim, Goa.

Right from his childhood Mr. D’Pietro was a keen observer of any happening that took place in the village or in his surroundings. He had the ability to analyze the incidents and also the capability to narrate them in a befitting manner. It was this attitude which compelled his tender mind in 1958 to write his first novelette “Soitanacho Ghutt” (The Mystery of Satan ) at a very young age of just 15 years. ‘Soitanacho Ghutt’ was published in parts in the Konkani section of the then Portuguese daily “O Heraldo”.

Since then he went on writing short stories and novelettes in the beginning but finally he excelled in writing novels. He has 14 publications to his credit out of which there are 8 bulky novels on various issues related to our society. ● Kallea Vistidachi Choli (1972) ● Clara (1972) ● Mhojea Paicho Fond (1974) ● From Goa With Love (1975) ● Ek Bhett Mungllurachea Xharak (1977) ● Jimmy (1986) ● Tichea Mornna Uprant (1990) ● Janya Celli (2000)

His other literary work consists of shrot stories and novelettes namely ● Tera Numbrachi Kottri (1976) ● Mog vo Patok (1976) and ● Mhaka Jiyonk Zai (1977). His other books include ● ‘Gupi’ (2009) for children, ●’Nazaretkat’ (2000) – his experiences; and ● Songit Doulot Goykaranchi (2004) – a research work in Goan music.

Bonaventure D’Pietro is not only a creative writer but also an excellent musician himself who plays numerous blowing instrumnents. Besides he is a journalist too who besides contributing to numerous dailies, weeklies, monthlies in Konkani in Roman script he has served as Asst. Editor of various newspapers and magazines in Konkani in Roman script.

This is for the first time that Sahitya Academy, New Delhi is organizing a programme of ‘Meet the Author’ for a writer in Konkani in Roman script.

Tomazinho Cardozo

[As forwarded to gaspar almeida, on October 3, 2010]

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