Mumbai: Konkani Poetess Sheela Khambadkone Passes Away

Mumbai: Konkani Poetess Sheela Khambadkone Passes Away

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Mumbai, Sep 5: Konkani poetess Sheela Khambadkone died at a city hospital following a brief illness on Monday September 5. She was in her late 70s. Her husband Keshav Rao and son Anil were with her when she passed away.

Khambadkone had been very active until recently and had participated in various Konkani poetry sessions held in Mangalore and Mumbai. She had recited poems during the World Konkani Cultural Convention held at Kalangann last year.

Khambadkone did her schooling from Mangalore and passed her Matric (SSLC) in 1948. She was brought up by her aunt who was a retired teacher and social worker.

Since her schooldays she wrote songs, poems, and small skits. Khambadone had a small group of friends and neighbors who used to sing and enact these with her.

She shifted to Bombay (Mumbai) in late 1948 after the demise of her aunt. She pursued her interests and continued to write poems and read them on All India Radio and at social gatherings.

Khambadkone also joined college and completed her graduation in English Literature and German with encouragement from her husband. She used to write in the college magazine also.

She has written two Konkani dramas. A two-act play ‘Haas Ajje Haas’ was enacted in 1984 at the Konkani Natya Mahotsav and the one-act play at Santa Cruz Colony during Diwali in 1983. She had also read a few poems at the World Konkani Sammelan in Mangalore in 1995.

Her main object in writing was to make people laugh and be happy. She wrote in a light vein and tried to bring out the beauty of Konkani language which she loved very much.

In March 2008, Khambadkone received the ‘Lekhana Puraskar’ from Saraswat Mahila Samaj, Mumbai.

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  • Milind Sheorey, Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 9 2011

    I knew aunty since last 3 years .Apart from a great poetess she was a true classical music lover and had athorough knoledge.I recieved lot of couragementfrom her.I pay my sicere homage to a great musical being

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Thu, Sep 8 2011

    Respectful farewell to Konkani Poetess Sheela Khambadkone.

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  • Fr. Roshan, Capuchin, AGRAR, St. Anne's Friary, Mangalore 575003

    Tue, Sep 6 2011

    We miss Sheela as a person and as a poet. I appreciated her poems for two unique qualities: genuineness and optimism. They were her personal qualities too. As her body gets united with panchabhutas, may her soul be united with Paramathma. My hearty condolences and prayers to her bereaved family.

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  • Guru Baliga, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 6 2011

    I have known Sheela Mai only through her poetry. The warmth reflects through her Konkani verses truly renders readers' heart. I thank god for such a poet lived who wrote in Konkani.

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  • H M Pernal, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 6 2011

    Very Compassionate person as Poet Melvyn Rodrigues always says. I had the privilege to share the platform on more than one occasions with Sheelabai. Thanks to Kavita Trust. My heartfelt sympathies. Sheelabai you will remain in konkani poetry.

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