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Mangalore: Konkani Poet Leo D Souza Awarded Mathias Family Poetry Puraskar -2009


Mangalore: Konkani Poet Leo D Souza Awarded Mathias Family Poetry Puraskar -2009

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Dec 20: Konkani poet Leo D’ Souza has been awarded the Kavita Trust’s Mathias Kutam Poetry Puraskar for the year 2009. This annual award is conferred to an individual residing in any part of the world for his service of more than ten years towards popularizing Konkani poetry.  The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/- a certificate of merit and a memento.  The award is sponsored by Joseph Mathias of Kuppepadavu, Managing Director of Merit Freight Systems LLC, Dubai. 

Popularly known as Liyab for his innumerable fans Leo John D Souza born on May 6, 1934 in Mangalore, is a well-known name in the Konkani literary circle having written more than 3000 poems in Konkani under the pen name “Kavyadas”.  The collection of his poems has been brought out in the form of a book titled “Dev Haslo”, which is also published in English under the title “And God Smiled”.  Kavita Trust has published his book “Zantyamchya Pavlamnim” (in the foot steps of the wise) and recently a collection of his poems “Devachim Dennim” (God’s gift) has been published. He has also published articles both in Konkani and Kannada publications on political, social and religious topics. 

Leo D Souza has been chosen for this award in recognition of his relentless service to promote, popularize and keep alive the field of Konkani poetry; for his enormous contribution and sincere efforts to Konkani poetry by translating numerous poems from other languages and for inspiring and bringing out the talents among many poets of the traditional period.  

In the year 2002 he was bestowed with Konkani Academy award for his contribution to the field of Journalism.  For many years Liyab worked as the Associate Editor of Raknno Weekly and presently he is working as Manager at “Sandesha”, at Bajjodi, Mangalore.

Liyab has written a novel in Konkani titled “Putha Patim Ye” and has translated over 15 books from other languages including Pearl Buck’s “Satan Never Sleeps” and “Blood in the Mountain”, “Marcelino”, “Prince and the Pauper”,  Martin Pores’s “Lad of Lima”,
“Rip Van Winkle”, “Around the World in 80 days”, “The Travels of Gulliver”, “Sinister Signpost”, “The Crisscross Shadow”, and “Jacob the Faithful”.

Kavita Trust introduced this award last year and the first recipient of this award was poetess Aruna Rao Kundaje of Mumbai.  The award will be conferred on Liyab in the Kavita Fest scheduled on January 10, 2010, to be held at Madhadu Island near Barkur, in Udupi .  Eminent Kannada writer and song writer Jayanth Kaikini will be the chief guest at the Kavita Fest.  Eminent Marati film music director Anant Amembal and sponsor of the award Dubai-based businessman Joseph Mathias and his wife Flavia Mathias will be the guests of honour.  Eminent poet from Goa Hanumanth Chopdekar will moderate the multi-lingual poetry session and Konkani poet Elyer Taccode will preside over the youth poetry symposium. 

Poet Andrew D Cunha will preside over the seminar on `Why I Write Poetry?’ in which poet H M Pernal and Prakash Parienkar will present their paper.  Antony Barkur’s book “Kaat tutcho Vel” will be released during the occasion.  Kudumi dance by Babanna Naika and troupe will be a major attraction at the fest.  Eminent poets from Karnataka, Kerala, Goa and Mumbai are expected to participate in the Kavita Fest to be held at Barkur. 


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  • William Kumar, Kinnigoli / Mira Road

    Tue, Dec 22 2009

    Congratulations Liyab.Wish you all the best.

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  • Vivian, Anita & Vian, Puttur/ Doha - Qatar

    Tue, Dec 22 2009

    Dear Liamam, Congratulations. You deserve it. We wish you all the best. With love..

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  • Fr. Vincent Menezes, Cascia, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Mogacha Liyab, CONGRATULATIONS. All the best.

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  • Richrd & Florine Dsouza, Bela/Bondel-Dubai

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Dear Liyab, Congratulations thumka.Happy ay God bless you abundantly. UrDubai lovingly Richi ani Florine-

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  • Irene D'Souza nee Gonsalves, Bondel / Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Dear Liyab, Hearty Congratulations for winning the "Mathias Family Poetry Puraskar 2009". We are very happy for you and proud of you. Wish you continued good health and peace. Irene, Ronnie, Jude, Dona and Jason (D'Souza)

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  • Antony T. D' Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Straight from the Heart, Congrats to the most elegant poet, Liyab for achieving ‘Mathias Family Poetry Puraskar -2009’. I was simply estonished upon reading the article of your achievements and about the novel as well “Putha Patim Ye”. It is sure you loved art of writing at the tender age. I also remember another poet like you Maneste Victor Rodriguez both of you are energetic writers of our present time, rendering us far reaching satisfaction and bliss

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  • DONY LOBO AND FAMILY, MILAGRES, MANGALORE-DOHA,QATAR

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Much before the Creation of Konkany Websites, hardly a few names glittered in the Konkany field of Literature, the late VJP Saldanha (Kadaap), Chafra, CGS the Konkany Shakespeare and Rakno, Poinary, Mitr and Sevak Editors, but to me it is the great name LIYAB who had inspired a whole generation of children of my age group in the early 60s to LIKE and LOVE Konkany through his simple but meaningful children’s stories, the Contests like word and crossword puzzles in Konkany words, poems etc. for children in various categories…so much so that we used to eagerly wait week after week for the Rakno Weekly just to glance at LIYAB’s page….which was synonymous with the ‘SAVIO MANDAL’ which he created in the weekly for the young Konkany readers together with Rev.Fr.Alexander D’Souza (one of the most popular priests among the younger generation of those days.)

    I also remember the camp they organized for the SAVIO MANDAL members and also the two prizes I won for composing and singing a Konkany song in the camp and winning a Word Puzzle when I was just 11 yrs old. But alas like Prophet Elias, a Chariot of Fire came down and took away our great LIYYAB…..but now we are glad he is back with the same smiling face…!!!!!!Long live Liyyab…!!!!!

    Among the living legends of Konkany, I feel Daijiworld’s Walter, CGS, and the Great LIYAB deserve every best award and rewards for their contribution towards Konkany. I feel the Catholic Diocese of Mangalore, the Mand Sobhan group and other organizations should consider honouring this great man during any of their big occasions. Congratulation LIYYAB and to your children and grand children especially little nine year old Richa, who plays the Yamaha for the St.Don Bosco Children’s Choir of Doha together with Elreena Pinto, Amelita Martis and Ruth Quadros.

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  • Austin Santhosh, Haleangadi/Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 21 2009

    Dear Leo D'Souza, Congratulations. I am really happy to know about this Poetry Puraskar. You deserve it. May God bless you and I wish you will get many more Awards.

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  • Flavia D' Souza, Puttur / Qatar

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Raas Raas Ullas Thukka Liyamam ke. Dev tuka bori bolaiki devn. Maggi and Kutuom.

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  • Ronny Rodrigues, Valencia, Doha Qatar

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Hearty Congratulations Liyab on winning the "Mathias family poetry puraskar-2009" you deserve this award for your service for our mother tongue konkani.

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  • Victor Vijay Lobo, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congraatulations Liab.. may God bless you

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  • Wency & Irene Pais, Mangalore.3

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    congratulations Liyab for winning the award"Mathias family poetry puraskar-2009". Your contribution to Konkani poetry is great and will be remembered forever.May our Good Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your dear ones abundantly with health peace and everything you desire.Thankyou for your contribution towards our language.

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  • judy, mangalore/bangalore

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    great pa, love you, keep it up and may there be many more to come.

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nanthur/Chicago

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations to Liyaab on receiving Mathias Family Kavita Puraskar, 2009. You well deserve this prestigious award for your continuous hard work in creating Konkani Poetry under your pen name - Kaavyadaas. I salute you on this occasion and wish you all the best and good health. May God bless you always!

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  • Richard Moras, Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Great Liyab. You may not place me. Our association was during Padua High School days when I was a student. Please keep up the good works

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  • Denzil Goveas, Mangalore/Kingdom of Bahrain

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations !!!!!!!!!! Liyab You truly deserve this award for your hard work and dedication. Keep up the good work and we all pray that you reach even greater heights in the field of Konkani poetry. God Bless you abundantly.

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  • Priya, Shakthinagr/Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations Sir...

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  • Rajesh Mangalore, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations Uncle Leo, may almighty god bless you with good health . Rajesh, Veena , Nikita and Aayush Dubai

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  • Joyce Alvares, Mangalore, Qatar

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations Papa - we are proud of you. The Fernandes', Alvares' and the Dsouza's.

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  • Robert Fenandes, Udyavar / Dubai

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    "Mathias Kutom Kavita Puroskar 2009" apnnaillea mogal Liyaba'k ras ras ullas.

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  • Leslie Noronha, Kulshekar/Dubai

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Dear Sir, Congratulations , we are really proud about this achievement. Well done , Keep the Good Work With lots of love and warm regards from Leslie ( ex student )

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  • clement lobo, nakre/chakala mumbai

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    hearty congrats leomam. ullas tuka ani tuja kutmak dev tuka bori bolaiki devn. keep your konkani spirit moga sovem clement ani kutam mumbai.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Congratulations Liyab for winning "Mathias family poetry puraskar". All the Konkans are proud of you.

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  • JT Gonsalves, Barkur/Bahrain

    Sun, Dec 20 2009

    Dear Leab, Congratulations and wish you many many more such awards in the future. Wish you all the best..

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  • Vidya Alvares , Bejai / Canada

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Congratulations to our dear Uncle Leo, on one of your many many achievements ! may almighty god bless you with good health rest will follow as usual ! Olly, vidya, jake and bianca

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  • c.hillary d'silva, niddodi / mira road

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Malghodo kavi Liyaabak ullhas.... devachim aashirwada tumcher sodam asum..

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  • Roy Vijay D' Silva, Cordel / Sharjah

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Congratulations Sir..

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  • Marcel M. D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    We, the President and Memebers of Konkani Writers' Forum, Karnataka(R) Mangalore congratulate Mr. Liyaab for winning the award. His contribution to the world of Konkani Poetry is remembered forever. Jai Ho Liyaab.

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  • Lancy Pinto Nayak, Kulshekar / Kuwait

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Congratulations Liyab, for winning the award "Mathias family poetry puaskar-2009 Keep up your Good work. God Bless you.

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  • Gerry D'Mello, Bendur / Canada

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Hearty congrats to our beloved Liyab nee Kavyadas for bagging the prestigious 'Mathias Family Poetry Puraskar-2009' who truly deserve this award for his incredible contribution for Konkani poetry. Liyab, keep up your poetic spirit!

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  • STALIN MISQUITH, MANGALORE/BAHRAIN

    Sat, Dec 19 2009

    Congratulations Leo, for getting the award "Mathias family poetry puaskar-2009. We mangaloreans proud of you. Keep up the great writing...have a nice time. Cheers.

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