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Poetry session at grave of A T Lobo- Unique homage by Kavita Trust

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Mar 3: A unique homage was paid to A T Lobo, the giant of Konkani literature on Sunday, March 1 in Mangaluru.

Late Apollo Thomas Lobo, popularly known as A T Lobo by his pen name is one among five Pandavas of Konkani literature. He is famous for his plays also. 95 years were completed on March 2 since his birth. Kavita Trust in his memory had arranged 'A T Lobo- a poetic journey' (A T Lobo - Ek Kavyal Poinn) in a different way.

Konkani poetry is gaining its glory. Kavita trust, a dedicated organization has taken Konkani poetry to international standards in the last fifteen years with zeal. Trust is attracting the youth towards Konkani poetry with its annual fest, poetry recitals, poetry reading competitions, lectures and publication of books. Several such exercises have been in progress.

Release of A T Lobo's books on poetry and discussion with recitals of his poetry were held at the residences of A T Lobo's brother, his friend and at Bejai Church cemetery where A T Lobo was buried.

The programme started at the residence of A T Lobo's brother, Lawrence Lobo by reading his poetry in Konkani. It was followed by singing session of A T Lobo's Qawwalis by popular singer Anil Patrao and troupe.

Lawrence and his sister Monthi Monteiro launched 'A T Lobo – Ek Kavyal Poinn' the collection of poetry, Shayari and Qawwalis by picking up the book from the pile of Lobo's old books.

“Lobo was the first to introduce Qawwali and shayari to the Konkani literary world. The collection is invaluable for Konkani language. It is an exquisite work,” opined Melvyn Rodrigues, president of Kavita Trust.

Melvyn later held a discussion on A T Lobo with his brother and sister. They recollected the way their elder brother led the family, guided the young and his contribution to Konkani literature in the 1950 and 60s. Several of late A T Lobo's poems were read later.

Subsequently all travelled to late A T Lobo's friend Raymond Lobo's courtyard located at Kottara Cross junction. Dramatist Felix Saldanha and actress Carmelita Goveas shared the memories of yesteryears when A T Lobo used to chat with his friends at a meeting place near Kottara Cross. Also A T Lobo's work as a dramatist were analysed. Selected poems from his dramas were read on the occasion.

The next journey was to the cemetery of Bejai Church. Normally people weep, pray and maintain silence in cemeteries. The grave of A T Lobo was decorated with flowers. Fr Richard D'Souza, director of Canara Communications Center explained how a personality resurrects among hundreds of people and how he becomes immortal by his literary works even though he disappears physically after his death.

Late A T Lobo's poems on death were read in the cemetary and all the gathered placed flowers on the grave.


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  • Rohan Wilson Lobo, Bangalore

    Fri, Mar 6 2015

    I would like to thank Kavitha Trust and AT Lobo Foundation for this event. It is indeed a great pride to see my Dad and Akai unveil the book 'A T Lobo – Ek Kavyal Poinn'. I hope all the hard and good work AT Lobo has contributed to Konkani world will be show cased to the world in a right manner in the future as well. All the best.

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  • Vincy Pinto, Angelore

    Wed, Mar 4 2015

    Last station was so meaningful.. This is the true award for a great writer A T Lobo. Thanks to Kavita Trust and A T Lobo Foundation

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago

    Wed, Mar 4 2015

    Nice news to read about Late A. T. Lobo's memorial event. A great scholar in Konkani who continued his mission from Mumbai to Konkani World. Good to see my cousin sister Allibai (Alice Lobo) in these photographs along with famous Konkani writers, actors and singers. Long Live Kavita Trust.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    Great gesture by Kavitha Trust!! Keep it up!!

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    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    It something New Congrats Kavita Trust

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  • L N Rego, Bendur

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    Wonderful thought and fitting tribute to a great soul. Keep up the good work for the glory of Konkani

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, Texas

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    This was a marvelous idea indeed to recite poetry at the graveside as well as at the courtyard in a simple setting and honor a person who has left this world some time ago. This is one way to express our sense of appreciation on behalf of a departed person and make his family consoled that we have never forgotten the person, but we are here to reflect upon his past good deeds and offer him the right tribute.

    Whoever came up with this idea need be complemented because there is so much of past legacy of a departed soul that we can bring back to life and make all others who are alive to feel that they too can be recognized after death if they have proven to be good for themselves and many others that are left behind.

    Offering tributes after death, regardless of the time is a fine way to pay homage to so many that have gone for their heavenly rewards, and share all our thoughts and feelings with many others that are alive, so that thru these kind gestures many others can follow the path of righteousness and give the very best towards humanity.

    Cemetaries and graveyards in America are some of the finest spots of attraction. They are kept so well landscaped and so well maintained so that each and every grave can be identified even from a distance. Each and every grave is well marked, and whether it is on a Mother's Day or Father's Day, or even the Memorial Day, the graveyards are well decorated with flowers, and the deceased are well remembered. Funeral Homes and Graveyard maintenance and upkeep is a big industry in America.

    May Shriman A. T. Lobo rest in peace, and let his memory and all his contributions towards life be remembered.

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  • Simon Lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    On behalf of AT Lobo Foundation, we thankful to Kavita Trust, specially our dear Melvy Bab and all the Trustees. The effort to arrange and planning was well organized and resulted into a simple but meanigful tribute to Late AT Lobo. This is one of kind event. We also thank Rayyu bab, Felix bab Carmilta, Melwvyn Peris, and others who read the poems and lyrics during the event.

    Please extend your support by buying a copy of 'A T Lobo – Ek Kavyal Poinn' the collection of poetry, Shayari and Qawwalis comiled from Lobo's books.

    We look forward to seek your suggestions and encouragment to promote writings of Late AT Lobo.

    We have planned for a full day event on December 13, 2015 to celebrate AT Lobo Day. Please extend your help and support.

    Long live Konkani and erstwhile writings of those who contributed to promote our mother tongue and provided wealth of books for our families.

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  • Dr Edward Nazareth, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    A nice programme and a fitting tribute to A T Lobo, one of the great Konkani writers. He was a sentimental poet, philosophical novelist and a realistic dramatist, it was a rare blend. If he were in some other language, people would have built literary monuments in his name. In the recent past A T Lobo's family has been organising programmes in his memory through A T Lobo Foundation. This year Kavita trust has joined with them to organise this beautiful programme. Kavita trust has been doing lot of good programmes under the leadership of a great poet our times, Melwyn Rodrigues and this programme is really a rare one. By remembering and respecting the writers like A T Lobo, we are respecting and honouring our mother tongue. All the best Kavita trust and AT Lobo foundation.

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  • CGS, Mangllur

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    It was an unique and respectable homage paid to the late A.T.Lobo,who was one of the greatest novelists of Konkani literary world.Thanks to Melwyn Rodrigues and his Kavita Trust for organising such a wonderful programme.

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  • Proud Hindustani, Hindustan

    Tue, Mar 3 2015

    Averil, nice to see u in this ceremony

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