Mangaluru: Fr Prashanth Madtha’s first of its kind Konkani ‘Thesar’ released

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, Mar 19: 'Konkani Thesar', a Konkani Thesaurus by Fr Prashanth Madtha, a renowned Konkani and Kannada writer was released at Rasquinha Hall, St Aloysius College, on Sunday, March 18.

After the release of the book, Fr Antony Joseph said, “Fr Prashanth Madtha himself is a treasure of Konkani world. He has translated my literary and research works into Konkani. It is not easy to publish a dictionary or a research book. Fr Madtha has spent almost 7 hours for this task every day. Because of his dedication, commitment and patience, he has succeeded in completing the book. On this occasion I congratulate and expect many more books come from him."

Fr Stany D Souza addressing the gathering said, "Fr Prashanth Madtha is one of the jewels of Konkani language. He has tried to construct a bridge between Konkani and Kannada through his writings. He has shared his knowledge in both the languages which is very essential. Being a soft-hearted person, he took every task as a challenge and has completed it successfully. There is no doubt that the book ‘Thesar’ will become a treasure for coming generation. These types of works should be supported and must be continued by the next generation."

Fr Antony Joseph, Rector, St Joseph College, Bengaluru, Fr Stany D Souza SJ , Provincial Head, Jesuits, Karnataka province, Fr Daniel Fernandes, Principal, St Joseph's Commerce College, Bengaluru, Fr Praveen Martis, Principal, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru, Fr Dionysius Vaz, Rector, St Aloysius Educational Institutions, Mangaluru, Dr Anil Pinto, St Joseph College, Bengaluru were present on the dais.

CGS Taccode compered the event.

‘Konkani Thesar’ is a thesaurus comprising Konkani synonyms and antonyms, plus idioms and sayings, edited by Fr Prashant Madtha, former principal of St Aloysius College.

‘Konkani Thesar’, a Konkani Thesaurus, is first of its kind containing thousands of synonyms and antonyms for about 5000 Konkani words. This is the third dictionary by Fr Prashant Madtha, a Jesuit priest. His first dictionary was, ‘Ten Thousand idioms of Konkani’, followed by ‘Padanidhi’, a massive volume of 800 pages containing synonyms and antonyms of Kannada and the latest one, ‘Konkani Thesar’, contains about 600 pages. Fr Prashant is the only person to edit two thesauruses in two languages.

In 2008, his massive volume of Kannada synonyms and antonyms, ‘Padanidhi’, first-of-its-kind in Kannada was published, which brought him laurels. The English weekly in 2008, acclaimed him as one of the 50 pioneers of change in India, naming him the ‘wordsmith’ and also earned him titles like ‘Roget of Kannada’ (Peter Mark Roget of Thesaurus fame) and the second ‘Fr Ferdinand Kittel of Kannada’. The method followed in Konkani Thesaurus in not in alphabetical order but conceptually arranged.

Fr Prashant is a columnist, a prolific writer in three languages. He has authored five books in Kannada, 4 in Konkani, one in English titled, ‘On Eagle’s Wings’, recounting the 125 history of St Aloysius College. When he was the principal of St Aloysius College, he introduced Konkani as the subject in the college, the first and the only institution in Karnataka which taught Konkani where exams were conducted by the Mangalore University.


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  • Sr. Silvy Madtha, Borimar/Rome

    Tue, Mar 20 2018

    Congratulations dear Uncle! What a great work! It is indeed great news and is solely because of your hard work and efforts. All the best for writing more books in the future.
    Sr. Silvy cm

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore - Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    Congratulations to you, Rev. Fr. Prashanth Madtha, SJ., for your Konkany contribution of "Thesar" that was recently published at St. Aloysius College. We would be delighted to purchase a copy when we visit Mangalore next.

    Best wishes to you for all your dedication towards Fatima Retreat House and all the legacy that you have left behind. We missed you when we visited Mangalore twice ever since you left for Bangalore.

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  • J.J.V Fernandes, Bejai, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    If you buy a copy of 'Thesar' then you really Congratualate Fr. Madha for his great contribution to the Konkani Liteature.

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  • Nithan & Shanthi Rodrigues, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    Congratulations Fr.

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  • mavin karat, mangalore

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    wonderful principal and great man .. hearty congratulations to Fr. Madtha for his contribution towards betterment of our language and society

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  • Gabriel, Sagar

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    It is very rare in the literary world single-handedly to compile Thesaurus so efficiently and brilliantly as Fr. Prashanth Madtha. That he has done twice one in Kannada and now in Konkanni. He deserves the best of literary awards in both the languages. Congratulations to Fr. Prashanth Madtha. You are truly a literary legend of our times.

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  • Well-wisher, Bangalore

    Mon, Mar 19 2018

    Indeed a great contribution to the Konkani language. Congrats to Fr Madtha

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