Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)
Mangaluru, Nov 6: The two-day All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan culminated with the presentation of papers on Konkani literary subjects, literature presentations, and resolutions on its enrichment.
The 25th Sahitya Sammelan was held at the World Konkani Centre, Shaktinagar, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Konkani Parishad.
Mamta G Sagar graced the concluding ceremony as the chief guest. Micheal D'Souza, President of the reception committee, Chetan Acharya, working president AIKP, Hema Naik, President of Sahitya Sammelan, Gokul Das Prabhu, Vice President AIKP, Sirish Pai Kazani, Titus Noronha, AIKP, were present on the dais.
In her speech, Mamta G Sagar said, "Diversity should receive importance when it is protected under one umbrella as unity. Imposing a single linguistic mentality is harmful to our rich culture and the life of the common man. At the same time, literature should be shared among sections and sectors, and everyone should know what is happening in other languages. Sticking with a language or dialect will not give good exposure to literature. So, writers crave to learn languages spoken by the people who live in their surroundings."
In her presidential address, Hema Naik said, "The two-day literary conference generated new thoughts and ideas. Along with some resolutions for the betterment of Konkani, the conference insisted that writers take a resolution of social responsibility along with literature. Society and literature should move together, and writers always act as watchdogs of society. Writers and artists can provide quick solutions for anti-social thoughts."
On behalf of AIKP and the delegates, Chetan Acharya thanked the reception committee headed by Micheal D'Souza. He lauded the tidy arrangements and efforts by Mangaluru-based Konkani literati as hosts.
In recognition of their immense contributions to Konkani literature and language, AIKP and the reception committee felicitated Ron Roach Cassia, Dr. Kasturi Mohan Pai, and Dr. Shivram Kamath Kumta.
Titus Noronha, executive member of AIKP, thanked the delegates and people who contributed and worked behind the success of the Sammelan. Manoj Fernandes moderated the event.
Earlier, a discussion was held on the resolutions taken by the conference. The resolutions passed by the delegates included the suggestions of Andrew L D Cunha, Fr. Jaison Pinto, and Purushottam Bilimale. HM Pernal moderated the discussion.
Along with 600 delegates from Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, and Maharashtra, more than a thousand literature lovers and writers witnessed a two-day conference that was held on a high note.