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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

PM invited to inaugurate 25th AIKP in Goa on Feb 10

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been invited to inaugurate the three-day silver jubilee session of the All India Konkani Parishad (AIKP) to be held here from February 10.

Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik, who is the chairman of the reception committee and parishad's working president Dr Tanaji Halarnekar told mediapersons here today that as many as 1,000 delegates from Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa and other parts of the country will attend the session.

Among the dignitaries expected to attend the event are - Goa Governor S C Jamir, Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane, Karnataka Minister for Cooperation R V Deshpande, noted writer Girish Karnad, actress Varsha Usgaonkar and poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar

Konkani writer and activist from Mangalore, Paul Moras has been elected president of the session.

The parishad provides a common platform to the Konkani people to interact and facilitate exchange of views regarding Konkani language, literature, education, culture and society as a whole, they said.

Mr Naik said the session will promote interaction between Konkani people across region, religion and caste.

The past 24 presidents of the parishad, representatives of the Konkani Bhasha Mandal in all the four states that are affiliated to the parishad and the Sahitya Akademi award winner for Konkani for 2005, N Shivadas, will be felicitated for their dedicated service to the parishad and the promotiopn of Konkani language and culture.

As a part of the session, an exhibition of Konkani books, cassettes and VCDs published and produced in all the four states will be held.

The parishad was established in 1939 in Karwar. Since then its 24 biannual sessions have been held in Goa, Maharashtra and Kerala.

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