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Mangalore: Ronald Colaco launches Mandd Sobhann Konkani Museum project

Mangalore: Ronald Colaco launches Mandd Sobhann Konkani Museum project

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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VM)

Mangalore, Jun 16: Konkani Museum, the mega project undertaken by Mandd Sobhann, was launched by NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist Ronald Colaco at Hotel Ocean Pearl here on Saturday June 15.

Colaco launched the project by unveiling the museum logo, while chief guest James Mendonca, president of Mangalore Konkans, Dubai released the brochure.

Forest, environment and ecology minister Ramanath Rai, MLA J R Lobo, Stany Alvares, Mandd sobhan president, gurkar Eric Ozario shared the dais.

Addressing the gathering after launching the project, Colaco said, "If we go by the track record, any work undertaken by Mandd Sobhann will undoubtedly be successful. It has taken Konkani language to greater heights, and has the capability to produce everything from nothing."

He added, "The Konkani Museum project is a very good and bold step taken by Mandd Sobhann, through which the true beauty and essence of the culture can be showcased."

Lauding Konkani activist and Mandd Sobhann gurkar Eric Ozario and his team, Colaco said because of their selfless work, great personalities from former president of India to Bollywood stars have made their way to Kalaangann.

"Since 1991 I have been associated with the Mandd Sobhann; undoubtedly, they have rendered vast contribution to the Konkani community and I am sure they will not stop," said Colaco.

On the occasion, Colaco gifted Rs 80 lac (for 25 cents of land for the museum) to Mandd Sobhann. He also asked people to lend their support to the project.

James Mendonca in his address lauded Mandd Sobhann for all its good and productive work and said that it has made not only Konkani people but people of all sections of society proud.

"The 40 lac Konkani people should shower their blessings and render their support to this project. The museum will also act as a source of information. So far Mandd Sobhann has done very good work and shown its ability in all the tasks it has undertaken. I am sure that it will succeed in its new museum project too," he said.

"Konkani museum is one of the biggest gifts from Mandd Sobhann to the Konkani people," Mendonca added.

MLA J R Lobo said that it is a tough task to collect money and get items for museum. "All aspects of Konkani should be covered in the museum. When we visit the museum, we should get the feeling of being transported to another era. This project will definitely boost tourism in Mangalore. The most important thing is how to collect ancient artifacts - if this is done, a major part of the museum is done," he said.

Ramanath Rai said that Mandd Sobhann has undertaken a good and important project, and wishing that it gets good support from people, assured that the state government will always be ready to help.

Eric Ozario in his welcome address thanked Ronald Colaco, Jamed Mendonca and others who have rendered financial support to the project. Elaborating on the project, he said, "Mandd Sobhann has always strived hard to protect Konkani, promote it and pass it on to the next generation. One of the biggest project undertaken by Mandd Sobhann is the Konkani Museum, a world class project planned at an estimated of Rs 30 crore. In this museum all the aspects of Konkani like its history, migratory route of Konkani people, milestones, contributions, festivals, celebrations, art, food, instruments, utensils etc will be exhibted."

He added, "The main challenge is to buy one acre land next to Kalaangann in the next five months, that is by November. The land costs Rs 3.5 crore and another Rs 25 lac is needed for registration, so altogether it will cost nearly Rs 4 crore. We plan to seek funds from public, Unesco, and the government. The previous BJP government had assured Rs 2 crore for this project, but we have urged the present government to raise this amount to Rs 5 crore. Once these formalities are done, with the help of Unesco and others, research and documentation work relating to Konkani people across the country will be done at a cost of Rs 2 crore."

"We plan to complete and inaugurate the museum by November 30, 2016, the year Mandd Sobhann completes 30 years," he said.

He thanked everyone who has helped so far with the project. The one acre land of by Makale farms is being provided by the Basti family. Louis Pinto and Eric Correa have come forward to help bear the registration cost. So far, 55 percent of the land cost has been collected.

Ashok Mendonca, architect of of the project who also designed Kalaangann, said that the project will have two parts - an open space where exhibitions will be held, and a five floor building where the ground floor will consist of offices and conference rooms, and in each of the other floors there will be six galleries. The parking lot will have a capacity for 109 cars, he said.

Stany Alvares welcomed the gathering while Irene Rebello, secretary of Mandd Sobhann thanked. Arun Raj Rodrigues compered.

Louis J Pinto, Fr William Menezes, Fr Boniventure Nazareth, Naveen Lobo, Basti Vaman Shenoy, Raghunath Shet, Roy Castelino, Eric Correa and others were present.



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  • Henry J. pinto, Karkala/Bangalore/USA

    Mon, Jun 17 2013

    Congratulations Mandd Sobhann. Great work.I wish you all the best and success. Dear Eric you are capable of delivering things. Whenever you make up your mind you achieve. You are an achiever. God bless you and all those who support you in your endeavour.
    God bless and grant success for your work.
    Henry J. pinto

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  • Fr. Charles Menezes, Mangalore/ Chennai

    Mon, Jun 17 2013

    Congratulations. It is worth a venture for the existence of Konkani culture. We will be there with you in all your efforts

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  • Lancy Noronha, Bellore-Dubai

    Mon, Jun 17 2013

    Amchi pramukyatha-"Mahan Konkanik"

    Bunyaad Mand sobhanachi
    Konkaninth thirasenachi
    Saks az monglurgaranchi

    Colaco hath niranthari
    Raslen naav guinnesari
    Thachem vodmon bhovari
    Azooni haryeklo abhari

    Laamb jiom Ronald baab
    Aaz runi har konkangar
    Laamb jiom Mandsobhan
    Abhari thumcha vavraak

    Wish you all the best
    Lancy Noronha
    Dubai -UAE

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  • CGS, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 17 2013

    Another great and unique project by
    Mandd Sobhann.All the best to Mandd
    Sobhann Gurkar and its Team!

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  • Fr Peter Brank, KROSS, Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    All the best to all those involved in this mega Project which will be an asset to the generations to come. If Mr Ronald Colaco has joined hands with Mannd Sobann , it is 100% successful and will be achieved in a definite time frame. All the best and God bless your efforts.

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  • John DSilva, Karkala/Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Congratulations to Mandd Sobhann and its team of dedicated people on launching Konkani Museum Project at Mangalore. Konkani has great history. Its preservation is very important. Mandd Sobhann is the right Organisation which can fulfil the project of Museum. I wish all success in their venture.

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  • John DSilva, Karkala/Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Congratulations to Mandd Sobhann and its team of dedicated people on launching Konkani Museum Project at Mangalore. Konkani has great history. Its preservation is very important. Mandd Sobhann is the right Oeganisation which can fulfil the project of Museum. I wish all success in their venture.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Congratulations and All the BEST on Launching Mandd Sobhann Konkani Museum Project.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    This is a very good project.Congatulation and all the best.Thanq.

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  • Well-wisher, DUBAI.,, mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Dear Ronald Colaco sir, make one konkani channel please keep alive our mother tongue - Kerala people are having they own channel why we dont have

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  • Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Museum for Konkani culture, I am sure, will tell story to present n future generations of people, all around globe, in holistic spirit. Civilization, in the arrow of time leaves imprints through the creative aspect of man. Such imprints could be in the form of material shape (which can be perceived easily) or non-material form. Material-form such as artifacts, literature, day-to-day tools as part of work-living, or anything that found use in collective community living. Non-material form requires participation of members of community through social interaction, which can only be passed on to next generation through education. Food recipes, entertainment, rituals, etc. might be demonstrated. The persecutions, struggle for survival, monuments, ideas generated by innovation or through experience, all could become part of Museum. In essence, museum is a solid proof for achievements, falls, and the existence itself. Changes with time are bound to happen, and museum must also have to be expanded with time to include newer aspects of konkani culture. The journey of konkani culture is enthralling. Majority of the faiths are part of konkani culture and one can see wonderful new culture emanating when two different cultures come in close contact. Mangalorean culture has been a big experiment to understand harmony n peace achieved through diversity.

    Need of the hour is to do fact based research which will present history as it happened. I wish all best - Mandd Soban for taking up the leadership role, patrons who are responsible for financial support as well as providing encouragement.

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  • Mark Denis D'souza, niddodi/Sharjah-U.A.E.

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Congratulations and all the best for the Museum Project,wish Mandd Sobhann and every one supporting the Project blessings of Mother Konkani,good luck.
    Mark Denis D'souza

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  • Fr Franklin Dsouza, CBCI Office for Youth,ICYM -New Delhi

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Very happy to see
    Seed sown will grow with the help o generous hearted people
    I Knew if Baab Eric takes it up...he will see to that the project will be realized. let us help with generous heart for this project, which will be history. He stood firm and I am happy this PROJECT is happening. God bless the project...i feel it will not be a difficult one if every one CONTRIBUTES with love.
    Fr Franklin D'Souza

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    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    very nice project.wish u all the best.

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  • Gregory Peres, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    Hats off to the Mandd Sobhann family. My best wishes always. Mr. Joe Gonsalves ( presently in the US ) has said the rest and I support his view.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Jun 16 2013

    I have known Eric Ozario for the past several decades. He does not mince words and has been a supporter of the poor and distressed. His brain wave to start an unique museum indeed is a step in the right direction. What is good is that he has now the support of J.R. Lobo - a person of integrity and grit. and of course of seasoned Politician and Minister Ramnath Rai. Mr. Ronald Colaco needs special lauding. Spell out a need to him and he is there with full cooperation and help. He is seen in so many places and sometimes I wonder whether he is blessed with the gift of multilocation.

    I join several others in wishing the project well.

    Joe Gonsalves

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