14th edition of Kavita Fest held in grandeur at Margao


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Daijiworld Media Network – Margao (SB)

Margao, Jan 13: Kavita Fest, which is accepted by the Konkani world as a traditional celebration of poetry, was held at Ravindra Bhavan here, on January 11 and 12. Kavita Trust organized the fest in association with Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa. 

Nagesh Karmali, freedom fighter and poet, and Basti Vaman Shenoy, president, World Konkani Centre, inaugurated the 14th edition of the Kavita Fest by strewing rose petals. Kishore Gonsalves, president, Kavita Trust, Averyl Rodrigues, secretary, Kavita Trust, Chetan Acharya, president, KBM and Nityanand Naik, secretary, KBM, Goa were present during the occasion.

In his inaugural speech, Karmali said, “I am happy to participate in Kavita Fest which has entered Goa for the first time. From the past many years, I have closely monitored the mission of Kavita Trust on Konkani poetry and literature. I can say Kavita Trust is in the forefront of handing over the fragrance of Kavita to the young generation.

“Konkani has produced known and realistic poetics. Many Konkani poets actively took part in the liberation fight of Goa. Many Konkani poets fought for a land for their mother tongue and finally they succeeded. Now the writers like Guadalupe Dias are taking responsibilities of taking the Konkani literature to younger generations. I congratulate Guadalupe Dias for securing Mathias Family Poetry Award for the year of 2019. Her poems truly deserve this award.

“Based on time of political and cultural atmosphere of society Konkani poetry had changed a lot. It has changed its thoughts and grown with different views. Everyone is aware of it and admits too. We have a poet inside us. Only when we learn the skills to bring out the poet, who is inside us, we become a poet or poetess,” he said.

In his speech, Basti Vaman Shenoy said, “When I come to Goa, I feel as if I am coming to my mother. There are so many political and administrative borders in between Goa and Karnataka. But for us, Konkani speaking people, no such borders appear between us. We are united in the name of our mother tongue and we are happy to continue this bond.

“Kavita Trust has played a major role in Konkani’s literary world, especially to teach children about Konkani poetry. It is very essential also. It is our duty to join Kavita Trust and help them in their mission. I thank Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa, for their association with Kavita Trust for this Kavita Fest. There is no doubt in that this togetherness will help us fly the flag of Konkani higher and higher,” he said.

During the event, poetess Guadalupe Dias was bestowed with the Mathias Family Poetry Award 2019. She was draped with a shawl, given a memento, citation and Rs 25,000 as the prize money. William Pais read the citation.

After the inauguration an interaction session with award winner was held. Konkani writer and poetess Anwesha Singbal hosted the session. Expressing her views during the interactive session Guadalupe said, “According to me this award is acceptance of my poems. Secondly, this award will be a mile stone in my life and this award gives me more responsibilities. Once I had madness of poems and I fell into love with that madness. The madness of poems gave me recognition and award. The continuity and sustainability only gives justice to every award. So I promise to keep continuity in Konkani poetry world and request support from everyone to sustain as a poetess. “

H M Pernal, known critic, writer and editor of Kittall.com moderated the poetry session that followed. Iqbal Sayeedi, Nutan Sakhardande, Vally Quadras and Rajay Pawar recited their poems.

On the second day Nelson and Lavina Rodricks VI Cha. Fra. Decosta memorial Konkani poetry reciting competition was held along with Rohan and Lavita Monteiro IX All India Konkani poetry reciting competition for the youth.

Dr. Narayan Desai was the chief guest during the prize distribution ceremony. Chetan Acharya, president and Ratnamala Divkar, vice president, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa were present along with Kishore Gonsalves, president and Averyl Rodrigues, secretary of Kavita Trust.

Saeesh Panandikar, Sanjay Borkar, Nayana Adarkar, Maya Kharangate, Wilson Kateel and Melvyn Rodrigues were the judges for the poetry reciting competition finals wherein 26 children and 15 youth took part.

Vaibhav Kavlekar Goa, Aniket Naik Goa and Olita Pinto Karnataka won the first, second and third prizes respectively in the youth category. Shwetha Pai M Mangaluru won the consolation prize.

In the children's category, Palia Agni, Goa, Anshul Dias Goa and Danica Pahal Kerala won the first, second and third prizes respectively, while Alvina Monteiro Karnataka, Anushka Sankordekar, Goa, Pradnya Upadhye Goa and Rishona Crasta Kerala won the consolation prizes.

Prizes were given to the winners of Charles and Theresa Rodrigues memorial XIII All India Konakni poetry writing competition for children.

Kishore Gonsalves, Kavita Trust, welcomed the dignitaries and gathering on the first day. Averyl Rodrigues, secretary, Kavita Trust, briefed the mission and activities of the trust and its various competitions on the second day. Trustees of
Kavita Trust Vitori Karkal, William Pais and Melvyn Rodrigues were present.

Melvyn Rodrigues, founder-president of Kavita Trust announced the prizes. While William Pais rendered the vote of thanks, Anant Agni compered the event on both the days.

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  • Simon Lobo, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 14 2020

    Well done program and team effort by Kavitha Trust, specially Melwyn Baab, Kishore, Averyl, Willam, Vitori and others who helped to organize the event 600 miles away from Mangalore is highly appreciated. There is a lot of planning and going to such a distance is not easy.

    Poetry is something unique and having Konkans in one place from Goa to Kerala costal belt every year to narrate and organize competition for those interested is not easy and need leadership and logistics support.

    Kudos to Kavita Trust / Trustees and please keep up the excellent program, year after year, it is just getting better and more interesting.

    Please visit the Kavita Trust website and support the efforts of all contributors and it is worth the time spent by each one of us.

    Long live Konkani and thanks to poets who take time to write such beautiful lyrics and convey their thoughts for us to enjoy and rejoice.

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  • Ronald Sabi, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 13 2020

    Congratulations to Kavitha Trust, Melwyn Rodrigus and all the others who organized this event. Every year second Sunday it has been a ritual to hold this Mega Poetry festival. Happy to see Basti Vaman Shenoy very energetic. I am proud of this fest!

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