Vasco: Renowned Scholar, Linguist, Dr Olivinho Gomes Passes Away

With Inputs from Sanjay Borkar
Daijiworld Media Network—Goa

Vasco, Jul 30: Noted writer Dr Olivinho J F Gomes passed away on Thursday July 30. He was a noted scholar, polyglot writer, poet, translator, broadcaster and telecaster, and has over 40 published books to his credit.

At a condolence meeting in Vasco, the Goan Poet's Forum mourned the death of Dr Gomes.  Yusuf A Sheikh, president of the Forum, expressed shock at the sudden passing away of Dr Gomes, who, he said was a gigantic personality in the development of the Konkani language. 

“He was a self-made man of extraordinary qualities and a great scholar who kept himself involved in the pursuit of knowledge.  He was a rare Goan in the Indian Revenue Service.  With unflinching interest he dedicated his time to conducting spectacular research on Konkani language and literature.  We have lost a towering Konkani personality”, Sheikh added.

Pandharinath Damodar Lotlikar described Dr Gomes as a distinguished Goan who made everyone proud by occupying the post of the Vice Chancellor of Goa University.  “His contribution to translation of Indian classics and his dedication to Konkani language and education at the university level are laudable”, he said.

Ashok Chodankar, condoling the death of Dr Gomes, described him as a great patriot who had in-depth knowledge of Indian history and Indian culture. 

Clarence Furtado described Dr Gomes as a Konkani writer of exceptionally high standard which had resulted in him being on the executive board of the national Sahitya Akademi representing Konkani language.

Anil Kamat Shankhwalkar said that the literary work of Dr Gomes has both local and national flavour and is a great source of inspiration to upcoming Goan writers. 

Gopinath Shah, Andre Fernandes, Stanley Vaz and others paid tribute to the departed soul and expressed heartfelt condolences.

In a message written on a Goan website, renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks wrote, “A terrible loss. I referred to his books a lot for my work. Sympathy and prayers for his family.”

Born in St Estevam, Goa, in 1943, he served as the official translator (Konkani, Portuguese, French and English)for the Goa Government Secretariat from 1965 to 1970.

After his IAS, he joined the IRS(Indian Revenue Service –Customs  and Central Excise,Class-I) in 1970. He retired as Additional Collector of Customs and Central Excise at Aurangabad, Maharashtra in 1987.

He quit the service to serve the cause of Konkani as the first full professor of Konkani language and literature at the new Goa University, in accordance with UGC norms in October 1986.

He set up from scratch, as it were, the new Department of Konkani Language and Literature at the post-graduate level in the varsity while introducing it at the under-graduate level.

He formulated courses from under-graduate to post-graduate levels of education in Konkani for the first time and implemented them in a phased manner.

A noted scholar, Dr Gomes has presented papers and lectures at regional, national and international seminars and conferences in India and abroad on topics relating to language, literature, translation, history, sociology-anthropology and culture in general, and covering inter-disciplinary themes, some of which were later published in reputed professional as well as specialized journals and conference proceedings.

He has been a member of the expert’s panel of the UGC, NCERT, UPSC, K K Birla Foundation and other national academic and literary bodies including the Indian Languages Promotion Council headed by the Prime Minister.

He has won various awards nationally and internationally including the National Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation in 1993.

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  • gaspar almeida, Parra, Goa/Kuwait

    Sun, Aug 2 2009

    For the Konkani literary world, Dr. Olivinho Gomes will remain a shining star forever. May his soul rest in peace. Moderator, Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994)

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  • Neville Dias, Santo Estevam, goa

    Sat, Aug 1 2009

    With the passing away of Dr. Gomes, Santo Estevam has lost a great son who made this village proud. Goa has also lost a staunch supporter of Konkani language. My condolences to his near and dear ones. May his sould rest in peace.

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  • Marcel M. D''Souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 31 2009

    The sudden passing away of Dr. Olivinho Gomes is a great Loss to the Konkani literary world. Our heartfelt symapathies to his family. May his soul rest in peace. - President & Members, Konkani Writers'' Forum, Karnataka (R)Mangalore.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Fri, Jul 31 2009

    Respectful farewell to Dr Olivinho Gomes. His kind deeds and friendly words will be remembered for long. Let us wish strength and courage to all his loved ones.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 31 2009

    big loss to Konkani literary world...

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  • Ancy Paladka, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 31 2009

    It is very unfortunate that we lost one of the great Konkani Scholars. Dr Olivinho Gomes was a Konkani brain and a source of inspiration. Some of his books are as below Old Konkani language and literature by Olivinho Gomes Konkani Sorospot Prakashan, 1999 Konkani Saraspaticho itihas by Olivinho Gomes Konkani Saraspata Prakashana, 1989 Village Goa by Olivinho Gomes S. Chand, 1987 Do. Fr. L. Gomes by Olivinho Gomes Konkani Saraspata Prakashana, 1984 Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes, jivit ani vavr by Olivinho Gomes Konknni Sorospot Prokaxon, 1968 Mana vodat avodana by Olivinho Gomes Konkani Sahitya Prakashana, 1981 Goa by Olivinho Gomes National Book Trust, India, 2004 Village Goa by Olivinho Gomes Chand (S.) & Co Ltd ,India, October 1996 Hardcover Eka Goenkarachi bhaili bhonvddi by Olivinho Gomes Konknnni Sorospot Prakashan, 2007

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