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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Vishwa Konkani Kendra to be set up in Mangalore

Udupi: President of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation Basti Vaman Shenoy said on Sunday that the foundation planned to construct Vishwa Konkani Kendra in Mangalore at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 crore.

Giving a presentation at a programme organised by the Udupi unit of Konkani Bhasha Mandal here, Mr. Shenoy said that the project was formally launched in 2005. Corporation Bank and P. Dayananda Pai Trust were supporting the project, he said.

Activities of the kendra would be focussed on preservation of Konkani heritage and uniting Konkani people living around the world through the use of modern technology.

The Internet would be used to unite Konkani people, he said. This task would be taken up by the Konkani Research Centre, which would also facilitate research in Konkani, Mr. Shenoy added.

The kendra would include a library, a Konkani heritage museum, heritage homes, conference facilities and an open-air theatre.

The kendra would promote "kavi kala," the art of mural painting.

The art, which was common at temples, was on the decline now, he said.

The kendra would also start online services.

The foundation intends to set up various bodies to promote Konkani literature, dramas, music and culture.

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