Mangalore: Rich tributes paid to late K K Pai at World Konkani Center
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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (VM)
Mangalore, Mar 1: Dr P Dayanand Pai, chairman, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, unveiled the bust of late K K Pai, banker, philanthropist, and founding chairman of the Foundation, at World Konkani Center on Thursday February 28.
The unveiling ceremony was followed by a formal stage programme where T Sathish U Pai, managing trustee, K K Pai Trust, Manipal, was the chief guest while Sandhya S Pai, editor, ‘Taranga’ weekly was the guest of honour.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Pai said that he was happy to unveil the bust of a great personality. “I won’t be wrong if I call the late K K Pai the father of the Konkani community as he has contributed immensely and is truly a role model to all of us,” he said.
Calling K K Pai's life a ‘history’, Dr Pai said that his demise is an immeasurable loss to the Konkani community.
“The contribution of K K Pai extended to all fields and we the Konkani community should be grateful to him for his tremendous service,” said Dr Pai asking people to imbibe at least a few of his values in their lives.
“Few minutes or hours are not enough to describe such a great personality like late K K Pai,” said Sandhya Pai. “He always had concern for others and we have to learn a lot from him,” she added asking people to inculcate some of his values and to pass it on to the younger generation.
On the occasion, the Foundation felicitated and gave a cheque of Rs 75,000 to Kishan Gangolli from Kundapur who will be participating in the world chess championship to be held in Spain in June this year.
Basti Vaman Shenoy, president of the Foundation, welcomed the gathering and briefed on the life of late KK Pai. Venkatesh Baliga compered while Pradeep G Pai delivered the vote of thanks.