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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Curchorem to host Konkani literary meet A forum for Konkani writers

MANGALORE: The All India Konkani Parishad and Konkani Kala Sahitya Kendra in Curchorem, Goa, have organised the 18th All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan in Curchorem from May 4.

J.B. Sequeira, who hails from Mangalore and has settled down in Mumbai, will preside over the three-day literary and cultural event, according to Dinesh R. Manerkar, executive president of the reception committee. Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Manerkar said the sammelan was being organised once in two years in different parts of the country. The parishad has organised 17 such sammelans so far. Referring to the selection of Mr. Sequeira to head the literary event, Mr. Manerkar said a decision to this effect was taken at the joint sessions held at Panaji under the presidentship of Paul Moras, president of the parishad, on April 1.

Mr. Sequeira won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award in 1988, the Dr. T.M.A. Pai Foundation Award in 1989 and the Sandesha Konkani Best Literature Award in 2003.

Mr. Manerkar said that winners of this year's Sahitya Akademi awards and famous writers would be honoured on the inaugural day of the sammelan. A symposium on "Striking a balance between development and environment and role of litterateurs in it" will be held on May 5.

A symposium on "Role of translation in the development of Konkani" will be held in the afternoon session on May 5.

A "kavi sammelan" for budding poets too will be held on May 5.

A symposium on "The development of children's literature" and a "kavi sammelan" for children will be held on May 6, the concluding day. Tamil writer Shivashankari has agreed to be chief guest at the valedictory function.

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