Mangalore: Goa CM Dedicates World Konkani Centre to Konkani People
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Mangalore, Jan 17: Digambar Kamat, chief minister of Goa, inaugurated the ‘P Dayanada Pai and P Satish Pai World Konkani Centre’ at Konkani Gaon, Shakthinagar, on Saturday January 17.
He termed the centre a historical gift to Konkani literature and added that Konkanis in Karnakata were highly dedicated to the cause of Konkani language and literature the world over.
Konkani literature has got its first Jnanapeeth award and it will also get the Bharat Ratna and the Nobel prize, he said referring to recent Jnanapeeth awardee Padmabhushan Ravindra Kelekar, who was present on the dais.
Kamat felicitated Kelekar and also handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lac to the Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation. He also released the Konkani translation of a book on Mahakavi Govinda Pai.
Luizinho Faleiro, former chief minister of Goa, launched the Konkani website.
R V Deshapande, chairman emeritus, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation and president, Karnataka Pradesh Congress said that the centre would help Konkani people to give their best to the field of Konkani literature and language. Deshpande also who presided over the function.
The foundation felicitated its chief patron, Dayananda Pai. Asha Kamat, wife of Digambar Kamat, Sandhya Pai, managing editor, ‘Taranga’ weekly, and S M Syed Khaleel, entrepreneur from UAE, were the guests of honour.
Basti Vaman Shenoy, president of the foundation president welcomed the gathering while vice–president M Raghuram Shet presented a report on the project. Ronald Colaco, entrepreneur from Bangalore, and Kudpi Jagadish Shenoy, treasurer of the foundation, were also present.