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Monday, April 17, 2006

Konkani Book Awards presented

MANIPAL: Konkanis spread over 4-5 states can be united only by Konkani literature and its dialect, said noted Konkani writer Prakash Padgaonkar from Bardez, Goa.

He was speaking after receiving the Dr T M A Pai Best Konkani Book Award-2005 instituted by the Dr T M A Pai Foundation, Manipal, for his book ‘Vhaunti Nhai Kallachi,’ here on Saturday.

Prakash said the great visionary Dr T M A Pai firmly believed that Konkani literature would unite Konkani speaking people. He also said, “it does not make any difference what script you use.Irrespective of the script,let it be Devanagari, Roman, Kannada or Malayalam, one should popularise the Konkani language.”

He urged parents to teach Konkani along with English to their children. The T M A Foundation chairman K. K. Pai presented the Award and presided over the programme. Konkani Book Appreciation Award 2004-05 were also presented to Balachandra P. Gaonkar for his book ‘Dongrache Avonde’, Nayana Adarkar for her book ‘Man Sanvar’, Jyothi Kunkolikar for her book ‘Kannyadaan’ and posthumously to George Pinto for his book ‘Porot Porot.’

Gracy Pinto received the award presented to George Pinto. Prasar Bharathi president M. V. Kamath was the chief guest.

The Foundation secretary H. V. Kamath said that since 20 years awards have been given to 42 authors; out of which 15 were in Kannada and 27 were in Devanagari. There were entries in Malayalam also.

The entries in Roman script were not up to the expected standard, Kamath added. Dr Shantharam compered the programme.

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