"Gõy Mogacho Kovita Utsav" Love for Goa and it’s Statehood Day eminisced

Gomantak Times

Goa is no longer the same as gone are the days when one would sleep with their doors open, we learn from the mistakes said chief guest, Bhikaji Ghanekar while speaking at the ‘Gõy Mogacho Kovita Utsav (poetry Convention) that was organised by Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) to Mark Goa Statehood Day on May 30 in Panaji. Ghanekar said that it is interesting to note that Goa and Portugal have a lot in common. Both the places, Goa and Portugal, have 11 rivers and 11 taluka which is interesting.” He further took the audience on a figurative ride across Goa with his humorous poem titled “Kadamba”.


The event had in participation poets from across Goa who presented their poems on a common theme Goa. Also present were president of DKA, Tomazinho Cardozo, Secretary, Vincy Quadros and Treasurer of DKA, Celso Fernandes. Cardozo in his address said that Goa has changed over the last 30 years and questioned whether this change is good or bad. All the poems are based on Goa which will bring forth poets opinions and views. Some people have seen Goa change, others have adjusted with the change while the rest feel that Goa  should be governed in a certain way, says Cardozo. He spoke about how people are hesitant to buy or spend on Konkani literature and DKA’s initiative to increase Konkani readership. To encourage sales and readership of Konkani content the travel allowance that poets used to get to attend the convention will now be given in the form of a ‘Gulab’ magazine copy. The idea behind doing  so it to enable Konkani literature to reach a larger section of the population said Cardozo.


The poets who presented their poems included Silvestrina Pereira, Rena D’Souza, Sabdhya Fernandes, Ana Tereza Rodrigues, Behinda Fernandes, Liby Mendonca, Saraswati Naik, Vinda Naik, Mathew De Souza, Menino Almeida, Anthony Miranda, Annie Fernandes, J P Fernandes, Pio Esteves, Nutan Dabholkar, Kavita Pereira, Jerome Succor Alphonso, Rackson Fernandes, Cipriano Fernandes, Michelle Coutinho, Sonia Gomes, Subhash Shah, Soniya Shah, Shobha Fulkar, Alvaro Gomes, Narayan Khorjuvenkar, Prasad Sawant, Daniel De Souza, Joseph Pinto and Edwin Fernandes.


The poets expressed their views on Goa after its 30 years dedicated their poems to statehood while others spoke about how Goa has changed with regard to the developments and destruction of the ecology in the name of improvement. Some articulated their views about Goa as a beautiful sate with plenty of bounty and one blessed with rivers, streams, forests, wildlife and more. Though their poems they highlighted that these resources have to be protected and if the human race continues to use these resources at such an alarming rate nothing will be left for the future generation. On a lighter note, Pio Esteves enthralled the audience with soothing music that was accompanied by a guitar and mouth organ.    

Vincy Quadros compered the function and Celso Fernandes proposed vote of thanks.

Work for betterment of Konkani language, urges Archbishop


MARGAO: "Don t criticise or compete against the scripts of Konkani. Work towards the betterment of Konkani in your own possible ways," said Archbishop of Goa, Daman and Diu Filipe Neri Ferrão.

He was speaking at the Dalgado Konknni Akademi 2016 award ceremony on Tuesday. The awards were presented to six persons for their achievements in different fields.
The Archbishop said, "Konkani is the mother tongue of Goans. We respect Konkani because it is a holy language. Our prayers happen in Konkani. There were many scholars who wrote in Devanagari script. Hence, we should not consider this as a movement against the script," said the Archbishop. "Konkani is the queen and all the scripts are its maids, so there is no need to have negative feelings or competition with the other scripts. Work for Konkani in your own ways" urged the Archbishop. 
"Speak in Konkani at home. Only by these means Konkani language will survive. We need to have programmes and events at Churches in Konkani," he added.
The award ceremony was held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, where besides the Archbishop, former Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and writer Tomazinho Cardozo and others were present. 
Dalgado Sahityik Puroskar was presented to Cirilio Fernandes, Dalgado Sonskrutik Puroskar was given to Alfredo Fernandes, Seva Puroskar to Fr. Conceicao D Silva, Joel D Souza Daiz Puroskar to Benecio Vitorino Pereira, Fr. Freddy J. Da Costa Potrakarita Puroskar to Ashok Chodankar and Dalgado Sonvstha Puroskar was given to Goenkarache Daiz organisation from Margao. 

Dalgado Konknni Akademi 2016 awards

The Times of India

Dalgado Konknni Akademi annual awards for the year 2016 will be awarded to Cirilo D Fernandes for Dalgado Sahityik Puroskar, Alfredo Fernandes (Alfie de Divar) for Dalgado Sonskrutik Puroskar, Fr Conceicao D Silva for Dalgado Konkani Seva Puroskar, Benicio Vitorino Pereira for Joel D Souza Daiz Puroskar, Ashok Chodankar for Fr Freddy J Da Costa Potrkarita Puroskar, and Goenkaranchem Daiz, Margao, for Dalgado Konknni Sonstha Puroskar.

Cirilo D Fernandes emerged on the literary scene at the age of 12. He has to his credit more than 500 poems and 90 songs. Among the various prizes awarded to him, notable is the Goa State Kala Gaurav Puroskar for his contributions in the field for tiatr.

Fr Conceicao D Silva has organized many Konkani programmes and sponsored various awards to encourage and motivate the Konkani movement in Goa. The Konkani magazine Sobdacho prokas was published regularly under his guidance.

Alfredo Fernandes (Alfie De Divar), a banker by profession, stepped onto the Konkani literature horizon in 1981 with one-act plays and tiatr and has participated in the tiatr competitions organized by Kala Academy, Panaji, every year. Till date he has scripted 16 tiatrs and 14 one-act plays. His tiatr win second place at Kala Academy s 42nd Tiatr Competition.

Ashok R Chodankar has been regularly publishing the Konkonn Divo magazine for several years, providing new writers in Roman script an opportunity. He has been contributing to the literary filed for the last 26 years and has been awarded the Kala Gaurav Puroskar by the government of Goa and the Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra award

Benicio Vitorino Pereira is popularly known as mestre Vitorino Pereira in the field of Konkani folk plays and is recognized for his contribution in preserving Goan folk-plays. He has produced 38 plays for All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has won first place for three consecutive years in the tiatr manuscript competition organized by Goa Konkani Akademi and once at Dalgado Konknni Akademi. He has been awarded the Goa State Cultural Award-2008.

Goenkaranchem Daiz, Margao was established in 2005. Along with its objective of preserving the culture, literature, art, music and language, a remarkable achievement of this institution has been the establishment of a library. The institution provides guidance to students, teachers and researchers in the field of literature, journalism and research work involving the Konkani language.


The awards will be presented at a special award ceremony organized by Dalgado Konknni Akademi.

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