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Bantwal, Feb 26: To mark the 15 anniversary of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement Bantwal Zone, ‘Yuva Sambhram 2006’ was organised at the Agrar church premises here on Sunday February 26.
State president Konkani Sahitya Academy Eric Ozario inaugurated the event, which began at 6 pm. Speaking on the occasion, he criticized the conducting of the celebrations without giving prominence to Konkani language. The programmes organised by the Catholic youth should be in Konkani, which he said would contribute to popularizing the language. Although Kannada must be used, as there are non-Konkani speakers in the audience, Konkani language must not take the back seat, Ozario pointed out.
Chancellor of Mangalore diocease Fr Denis Moras Prabhu presided over the programme.
Former transport minister B Ramanath Rai kept up his tradition of coming late to the programme. Rai also released ‘Avalo’, the souvenir of ICYM Bantwal zone.
Director of ICYM Fr Sunil Kumar D’Souza, secretary Donald D’Souza, president Nelson Frank, parish priest Agrar church Fr Alban Rodrigues, Arun D’Souza, Ajjekar and former president National Youth Rakesh Singh from Orissa were present on the occasion.
The cultural programme, which followed, included an orchestra by Naushad and troupe, skits, dances and a drama “Aang Bizlyar Masli Melta”
The event was compered in Konkani by Avin Prem D’Souza and was assisted by Diana Bantwal and Gratian sequeira in Kannada
The Bantwal zone of ICYM includes 13 parishes -Agrar, Nirkan, Bellur, Loretto, Farla, Shamboor, Kuppepadav, Modankap, Omjoor, Salettur, Mogarnad, Allipade and Siddakatte.
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