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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)
Mangaluru, Nov 4: The two-day 25th All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan was inaugurated at World Konkani Centre, Shaktinagar, on Saturday November 4. The speakers at the inauguration said that it is the right time to pass the baton of Konkani to the younger generation.
Hema Naik, who presided over the conference, said that the corporate world runs the governments these days. She said, “Under the influence of these corporate lobbies, established individuals become stronger and the weak are weakened. Knowing this trend, we, the Konkani community, need to interfere into this scenario effectively.
“Now we all are part of globalization. But, our literature struggles to showcase its influence on the national and international scale. We all know that there are certain norms for languages to get acceptance nationally. Translation of Konkani literature to other languages is one of the best solutions to showcase our linguistic richness before others. There were some misunderstandings within our seniors over script and dialect. But now the atmosphere has changed. Oneness is the only solution for preserving our linguistic richness,” she said urging the young generation to take responsibility to explore literature with the help of modern technology and unique ideas.
The chief guest, renowned Hindi poet and critic Udayan Vajpeyi who delivered the inaugural keynote address on the subject ‘Literature and Life’ said, “Today, writers are being stopped from uttering the truth. The administration and power projects them as ‘anti-socials’. They are tempted to change their views and stand with corporate and bourgeoisie in every possible way. But the writers and litterateurs, who are not ready to lose their existence, become a saviour of the suppressed and exploited. Science always teaches us mechanical life. But literature and art only reflect life which is the life of an individual, society, nature among others.”
As many as 600 delegates, writers, students and Konkani speakers particularly from Goa, Kerala and Maharashtra and all over India participated in the Sammelan.
Micahael D'Souza, president, reception committee, Nandagopal Shenoy, vice president, reception committee, Arun Ubhaikar, President AIKP, Melvyn Rodrigues, vice president, All India Konkani Parishad, HM Pernal, Working President , reception committee, Gowrish Vernekar, AIKP were present.