Deepika opens US Konkani meet, Ranveer flaunts his language skills

Mumbai, Jul 5 (IANS): Deepika Padukone, who was enjoying a vacation in the United States, ended her stay here as chief guest at the 10th edition of the Konkani Sammelan in San Jose, California.

Hosted in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the three-day event laced with performances, music shows, seminars, food and the works, celebrates and promotes the Konkani cultural heritage and an initiative to keep the culture alive across the world.

The Bollywood star later took to her social media to thank the Konkani Association of California.

She posted a few pictures in ethnic outfit and wrote in the caption: "A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Thank you #KAOCA and to the people of my community for your love, warmth and blessings. I couldn't be more proud (sic)."

Deepika was joined by her parents and husband Ranveer Singh, who enjoyed his first tryst with the full-blown event that also saw an opening performance by Shankar Mahadevan.

In a few viral videos, Ranveer can be seen making a brief appearance on the stage as he impressed the audience with a few lines in Konkani. Sitting beside Deepika in an ethnic outfit, he said "I'm really happy" in Konkani.

Soon after, the room filled with a loud cheer. Deepika also cheered her husband and said, "Well done". Towards the end, Ranveer said, "Dev bare karu (May God bless you)" and exited the stage.



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  • Prabhu, DK/Canada

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    In one of these earlier Sammelans held in Canada, organizers had invited a singing group of Catholic Konkanis,. The songs were very moving . It is all about how they lost their roots, friends etc. when they moved out of Goa. I couldn’t make out the accent but it was very touching, Songs, cuisine, brother hood, customs memories should unite people and These Sammelan organizers should invite other Konkanis be they Christians, Hindus or Muslims. These are all man made labels and one must go beyond. Btw, Farid Zakharia of CNN fame is a Konkani speaking Navayati Muslim!

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Tue, Jul 05 2022

    Thank you Deepika for keeping the Konkani culture alive and promoting it. As you rightly point out, that a people igorant of their past history, origin and culture, are like a tree without roots" Congratulations to the Konkani Association of California for the periodic event promoting konkani language and culture.

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