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By Richie Lasrado
with inputs from Wilson D'Souza
Udupi regional correspondent

Udupi, Apr 8 (posted at 2-10 am): The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy awards for 2005 are being bestowed on the following, in recognition of their service to various fields of Konkani.

  • Edwin Netto - literature
  • M S Kamath - music
  • Tonse Vaman Pai - folklore

Edy Netto, Madhu S Kamath and Tonse Vaman Pai

This was announced by Academy president Eric Ozario at a press conference here.

The awards will be presented at a function to be held on the Mother of Sorrows church ground here at 5-30 pm on Sunday, April 16.

State medical education minister Dr V S Acharya will present the awards, with state Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekhar Patil ("ChamPa") as chief guest. Udupi MLA K Raghupati Bhat and Udupi parish priest Fr Mathew P Vas will be the guests of honour.

As part of entertainment programme, Lloyd Rego Taccode and his troupe will present a musical evening.

Profiles of award-winners:

Edwin Marian Netto

Known by his pen-name Edy Netto (67) was born on April 10, 1938. After PUC education, he joined the Indian Air Force and after having served for 36 years, he has retired from service.

Having begun his literary pursuit in 1956, he has so far penned 368 short stories, 1,815 write-ups and 29 poems.

His creations totalling 2,094 have been published in weeklies like Raknno, Divo, Mitr and Kuttam and other periodicals like Amcho Yuvak, Sevak and Amchi Mai.

Two collections of his short stories have been published - 'Kudro' in 2003 and 'Mannkulem' in 2004.

Among the awards and honours he has received the prominent are:

1993 Honour for contribution to Konkani literarute

2002 Divo Award and honour

2003 Honour from Jeppu church

He has won bravery medalsand Presidential commendations during the wars of 1962 against China and 1965 and 1971 against Pakistan.

M S Kamath

Madhu S Kamath was born in Mangalore in 1947. He is a singer and a composer. He had his early childhood musical education under his father, the late M S Kamath. He had musical education from the noted playwright, the late R D Kamath and later gave music to many Konkani plays.

He has won prizes for being the best singer and best music director in the all-India level Konkani drama competitions. He has stage musical concerts in Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Delhi, Kolkata and other important centres of the country.

He has brought musical albums with own creations in CD and cassette form. Popular among them are 1. Yore Yore Purandara 2. Mahalasa Aradhana 3. Damodar Stuti Geet 4. Gurutraya Ganasudha and 5. Sumadhura Prema Geeta. 'Geet Ramayan', a play translated from Marathi into Konkani, has been staged by the troupe led by him, in Bangalore. He is an "A"-grade Akashvani artiste.

C urently settled in Bangalore, Kamath has evolved his own style in the rendition of Hindustani classical vocal, Sugam Sangeet, Light vocal, Thumri Dasapadas, folk songs, ghazal-style vocals, film songs etc.

Tonse Vaman Pai

Sixty-year-old Tonse Vaman Pai is the son of the late Tonse Ganapati Pai. Having founded a Konkani Yakshagana troupe, over the last 15 years, he has taken it around and stage the shows. 'Kamsa Vadha', 'Hidimba Vadha', 'Girija Kalyana' and other shows have been stage in centres like Udupi, Moodbidri and Kundapur.

He has played significant roles in 'Jambavati Kalyana', 'Kamsa Vadha', 'Hidimba Lagna', 'Girija Kalyana' and other Yakshagana plays.

Being also a playwright, he was penned 'Bhakta Prahlada' in Konkani and has played Hiranyakashipu's role in it. 


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