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Mangalore, Dec 5: Day 11 of the Konkani Cultural Convention at Kalaangann had many interesting activities the entire day that included the tug-of-war competition for men and cooking competition (payasa preparation) where both men and women or a mixed male-female team of two could participate. Naturally, it being a Sunday, Kalaangann was milling with people throughout the day.
Even as the cooking competition was going on, the cultural stage was getting ready for the evening's programme, which as announced began at 5 pm instead of the usual 5.30 pm, in preparation for the presentation of the 6th Carvalho Gharane Thomas Steven Konkani Kendra Kalaakar Puraskar to renowed Harikatha artiste Santa Bhadragiri Achyuta Das. Union minister of law and justice and former Karnataka chief minister Veerappa Moily presented the Kalaakar award to Achyuta Das in the presence of guests and Konkani enthusiasts.
The cultural stage came alive with the Konkani Choral fiesta presented by Rachol Seminary of Goa as part of the 108th monthly forum of Mandd Sobhann 'Muynyali Manchi.'
About 40 members of the 100 year old St Cicilia Choir comprising both male and female singers, presented Konkani folk music sung in Western classical polyphonic choral style. This kind of music is usually used in churches and other concerts. Incidentally this year marks the 400 years of Rashol Seminary and 100 years of Cicilia choir. The Choral fiesta was followed by a Konkani Play 'Shinnak dilli Vaasri', by members of Canara Union, Bangalore.
State minister for higher education Dr V S Acharya was the chief guest of the day's function. Dr Acharya presented prizes to the winners of cooking competition held at Kalaangann earlier in the day.
Dr V S Acharya in his message stated that language always works as a unifying force in a society. "It is not enough if we progress in terms of better infrastructure and development in other fields. Art, culture and customs need to be preserved and promoted in equal measure. The state government has realized this and has sanctioned Rs 200 crore to the department of art and culture', Dr Acharya stated.
Dr Acharya also stated that chief minister B S Yeddyurappa will also participate in the function on December 9 where the President of India Pratibha Devisingh will be the chief guest of the Konkani Cultural Convention programme.
Guest of honour Premanand Lotlikar stressed the importance of unity among Konkani speaking people, which he said is the only way to ensure the success of Konkani people.
The second cultural programme of the evening was the comedy play 'Shinnak Dilli Vasari' (Shinna and his kitchen) presented by the members of Canara Union, Bangalore. The comedy play was entertaining with some lively performance by its membeRs
Winners of the tug-of-war competition:
1st prize: Bantwal Friends Rs 10,000 and trophy
2nd prize: Silva Gym C team Rs 5000 and Trophy
3rd prize: Big Boys, Bondel Rs 3000 and trophy
Winners of cooking competition:
There were five consolation prizes in addition to three winners in the cooking competition.
1st prize: Florine Walder and Shanthi Moras, Angelore - Rs 5000
2nd prize: Wilma Tauro and Crystal Rs 2000
3rd prize: Philomena Gonsalves and Anitha Diana Correa, Madyanthyar Rs 1000
Consolation prize winners (Rs 500 each):
Winnie D'Souza and Benedicta Fernandes, Kulshekar
Prem Stephen Lobo and Alphonse Lobo, Angelore
Janet Monteiro and Margaret D'Silva, Shaktinagar
Nancy Concesso and Geetha Concesso, Bondel
Vijaya D'Costa and Rozy