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Mangalore: Raknno Weekly on the Threshold of Platinum Jubilee


Mangalore: Raknno Weekly on the Threshold of Platinum Jubilee

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Mangalore, Dec 19: 'Raknno' the Konkani Weekly managed by the Diocese of Mangalore, founded in the year 1938 with the motto 'Soth Uloy, Dharm Choloy' (Speak the Truth, Lead the Religion) is stepping into 75th year of its publication on Saturday December 22 at 10.15 am at Bishop's House Hall, Kodialbail.

Raknno Platinum Jubilee Committee under the convenorship of senior writer Cyril G Sequeira and editorship of Fr Francis Rodrigues has planned a few jubilee programmes during the jubilee year.

On December 22, Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza the Bishop of Mangalore will preside over the inaugural programme and launch the jubilee year. Kasargod Chinna, the president of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi will be the chief guest of the programme. A seminar will follow on the theme 'Contribution of Raknno to Religion, Society and Literature'. Dr Edward L Nazareth, senior writer and orthopaedician; Hemacharya, editor-in-chief of Daijiworld Weekly and Edwin J F D'Souza, senior writer and executive director of St Aloysius College Konkani Institute will present papers on the subject. Former editor of Raknno Fr Mark Walder will moderate the seminar.
 
'Raknno' though being a Konkani Weekly by nature has strived to keep its readers abreast with the times. The last three decades have been especially significant for Raknno, by publishing a variety of articles, news-features, news-analysis and media criticism, it has gained the loyalty of the people. Raknno has stolen the show by its sensible and wide coverage on agricultural, scientific, medical, legal, economical, political, religious, cultural, educational, social and career guidance issues. Constant innovation and creativity have been Raknno's forte. Humour, satire, serialized novels, feature articles with field work, short stories and special pages for children, youth and women have been promoting literature and the habit of reading.


Raknno editors over the years

As a publishing house, Raknno has been publishing both fiction and non - fiction books (titles). Having 110 titles and one CD to its credit till date, it has published the largest number of Konkani books in Kannada script. 'Kanun Darshan' (Legal Presentation) a book on legal awareness by Shirthady William Pinto published by Raknno in June 2006 has seen a record sale with 6 editions and 'Randhpah Kudanth' (In the Kitchen) a book on recipe has seen 3 editions.
 
Started by founder editor Msgr Sylvester Menezes in 1938, this Weekly has grown to become the mouth piece of the Konkani people representing their thoughts, feelings, hopes and aspirations. Today, it is the largest circulated Konkani Weekly throughout India, Gulf and European Countries. Raknno has broken all barriers of caste, creed and community by its approach through modern responsible journalism. Raknno today enjoys three distinct dimensions, that of an Institution, a Newspaper and a Publication. Raknno became the first institution to systematically take up the challenge of training young budding writers. It annually helps postgraduate students of journalism through scholarships. It helps socio-religious and literary causes. Since long it has organized number of literary programmes in association with Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
 
'Kajulo' published by Raknno is the only Konkani Magazine meant exclusively for the children. It was established in 1998 as memorial of 60 years of growth of Raknno. It presents light but informative and entertaining reading as per the taste of the children in the form of stories, fun pages, cartoon stories, quizzes, competitions, etc.
 
During the year there will be programmes in different places to train the writers, Konkani entertainment programmes in various places, special literary competitions through Raknno including a competition of writing novels in Konkani, exhibition of books and magazines, publication of books etc. Raknno will institute a special jubilee memorial award which would be given annually to a senior konkani writer. The jubilee year will be concluded in December 2013 with a grand finale.


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  • Fr. Vincent Pereira, JCD, JV, Udayvar

    Fri, Dec 21 2012

    Seventy five years of "Sath ulown ani Dharm chalown", Raknno has accomplished educating, entertaining and evangelizing the konkanni speaking community and their culture. Bravo, I say. Raknno has also provided the immense opportunities to the budding writers, thinkers and poets a forum to articulate their artistic thoughts and words for the public to quench their intellectual appetite. I was also a part of that venture as young seminarian and owe a great deal of sincere thanks to Raknno editors for publishing my writings. I wish the editorial board well and Raknno many more years to come. Fr. Vincent Pereira, JCD, JV.

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  • J.F.D'SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALORE

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS RAKNNO ON STEPPING INTO 75 YEARS (PLATINUM JUBILEE) MILESTONE. NO DOUBT MANY KONKANNI PAPERS HAVE COME AND GONE. BUT RAKNNO WEEKLY WITH ITS MOTTO "SOTH ULOY DHORM SOLOY" IS SURVIVED AND GIIVING GOOD LITERATURE TO ITS READERS.LONG LIVE RAKNNO WEEKLY

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  • frank, tulu nadu/ bangalore

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    congrats to rakno. There should be a konkani daily news paper too

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  • anthony dsouza, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    congatulations "Rakno"

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  • Stan Ageira, Mulki / Dubai

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    Raknno has given immense contribution to Humanity, Religion, Society, Literature and Promoting Konkani Language/Culture. Kudos to all Editors and Raknno Team (Past & Present) in making Raknno a commercially viable brand. Long live Raknno.

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  • oswald Pais, Bendur parish

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    It's nice that Rakno is completing 75 years of its publication.Great to see my Uncle late Fr.John Menezes in the cover.I wish he was there to see the Rakno growth.God bless our rakno paper.

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  • John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 20 2012

    Raknno has done wonderful in the filed of literature, culture, religion. It is very popular among the Konkani speaking people. It is patronised by all Konkani Christians.Kudos to its editorial team and its numerous writers. This has made Raknno a household name. It is truly a family magazine. I wish Raknno a bright future in the service of the Society. Keep it up.

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/k s a

    Wed, Dec 19 2012

    Long Live Our Beloved Rakno Weekly.

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