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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Konkani Pustak awards presented in Karkala

The recently declared annual Konkani Pustak awards instituted by the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 were presented in a glittering ceremony here on Sunday. Noted Kannada and Konkani writer Na D’Souza who was the chief guest on the occasion, presented the awards to the awardees and honoured them.

Ancy Paladka (short story) bagged the award for his book ‘Puttu Sheticheo Kanneo’ while Stephen Quadros Permude bagged the award (article) for ‘Sahity ani Vimarso’ for the year 2003.

The award for the best short story of 2004 went to J F D’Souza for ‘Bhangarachi Maslli,’ a collection of short stories for children while Fr Alwyn Sequeira’s anthology ‘Pinturam’ was awarded best in the poetry for the year.

In 2005, ‘Tapasvini’, a Kannada-Konkani translation work by Sandhya Shevagoor, ‘Aaj’, collection of poems by Suvarna Gadh and ‘Chandra-Rekha,’ a novel by Manu Bahrain were awarded best in their categories. A special award was given to Valley Quadros Ajekar for his ‘Kavitapath Part - I’. Stephen Quadros spoke on behalf of all the awardees.

Two Konkani books, ‘Siddi Lokgeet Sangrah’ by Francis J Harnodkar Siddi and ‘Dinakarale Kavana,’ a trans-literature work from Devnagari to Kannada by Anant Shanbhog Sirsi, too were released on the occasion by guest of honour Umesh Gautam and George Castelino respectively. Academy President Eric Ozario presided.

Karkala Konkani Samanvay Samiti President Nityanand Pai, Poet Titus Noronha, Academy Registrar H S Shivarudrappa, members Vincent Alva and Vitori Karkal were among the present.

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