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Margao: Renowned Konkani writer Dr Madhavi Sardesai passes away


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Margao, Dec 22: Renowned Konkani writer and winner of this year's Central Sahitya Akademi Award Dr Madhavi Sardesai passed away on Monday December 22 due to cancer. She was 52.

A noted critic and linguist, Dr Sardesai was chosen for the Sahitya Akademi Award for her book 'Manthan', an anthology of critical essays in Konkani. She was to receive the Award in March 2015.

Niece of Konkani writer and Jnanpith Awardee Ravindra Kelekar, Dr Sardesai was the head of the Konkani department of Goa University.

Dr Sardesai had also received the Sahitya Akademi Award for the translation of her book 'Eka Vicharachi Jivit Katha' on Gandhi's life. She was also the editor of 'Jaag', a Konkani monthly.

Her works includde 'Bhasa-Bhas', a book on linguistics, 'Eka Vicharachi Jivit Katha', 'Mankullo Raj Kunvor', a translation of the children’s novelette 'The Little Prince' from French to Konkani, and several poems, essays, short stories, and research papers on the Konkani language, literature and linguistics.

Dr Sardesai was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and based in Margao. Her husband Raju Naik is a journalist and editor of a Marathi daily. They have two daughters. Dr Sardesai did her primary education in Konkani medium, and graduated from the Chowgule College, Margao in English and philosophy. She had an MA in linguistics, and presented a thesis on 'Some Aspects of Konkani Grammar' for her MPhil degree. She was awarded PhD by the Goa University's department of English for her thesis on 'A Comparative Linguistic and Cultural Study of Lexical Influences on Konkani'.

The final rites will be held in Margao on Tuesday December 23.


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  • stephen quadros permude, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Really Shocking..
    such a nice person, a very good friend, genuine scholar.
    Though we know she was sick, her death is a great loss to Konkani World. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi, Dubai, New York, USA.

    Wed, Dec 24 2014

    Rest in peace dear Dr. Madhavi Sardesai. Live is short but it made it shorter. We have to take it as it is God's will and you will be in his throne. My deepest sympathies to all her loved ones.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Tue, Dec 23 2014

    Respectful farewell to Dr Madhavi Sardesai. Wishing strength and courage to all her loved ones.

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  • William Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 23 2014

    Dr Madhavi was truly a Konkani at heart, loved the language and the people speaking it. I had the taste of her hospitality a few years ago which which I will cherish for long time to come. She was a scholar par excellence in Konkani and her demise is a great loss to the language. May her Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Vinod Wilfred Tauro, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 22 2014

    Heartfelt condolences to Dr.Sardesai family, she was great writer and konkani activist. May her great soul rest in peace.

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  • CGS, Mangllur

    Mon, Dec 22 2014

    Very sad about the untimely demise of a Dr.Madhavi Sardesai, agreat Konakani writer of our time.I still remember that Madhavi Sardesai recited a Konkani poem at Konakani Sahitya Parishad,Goa when she was
    just 12 years old.She had published many short stories of Edwin J.F.D'Souza and poems of Melwyn Rodrigues in her periodical Jaag.Respectful homage to the departed soul.

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  • vincent rodrigues, 43/1 promenade road,frazer town,bangalore 560005

    Mon, Dec 22 2014

    Sincere condolences on the sad demise of renowned konkani writer Dr.Madhavi Sardesai on her untimely death and may God grant eternal peace to her soul and solace to the family as well.

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  • Edwin JFD, Mangalore/Highlands

    Mon, Dec 22 2014

    Rest in Peace, dear Madhavi. I am aware of the battle you put up with malady and only a lady with your guts and grit could have done that. You have been a good friend, a very fine person and an excellent Editor of "Jaag" in which you published several of my short stories.
    I will miss you dearly.

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