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Mangaluru : Konkani Filmotsav begins

Mangaluru: The 7-day long Konkani Filmotsav, organized by Mandd Sobhann, in association with Tiatr Academy Goa, from July 10, 2015 to July 16, 2015, was inaugurated by the eminent Tiatr artiste and Konkani Cine Star Prince Jacob, at Bharath Big Cinemas, Mangaluru, on July 10, 2015, at 6.30 p.m.

Speaking on the occasion, he congratulated Mandd Sobhann for initiating the Konkani Filmotsav with the intention of promoting Konkani cinema and also thanked the audience and sponsors who are responsible for its patronization. He said that he was very much delighted to be associated in this venture before completing his term as the President of the Tiatr Academy. He also assured the audience that he would work on bringing to Mangalore, Konkani movies released in Goa, so that at least one Konkani movie is screened here every month.

Chief Guest Roy Castelino, the President of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy said that Mandd Sobhann has made a good move in promoting Konkani cinema by organizing this 7-day long Konkani Filmotsav. He said that producing a good Konkani movie in Mangalore is a long-pending dream which he wishes to make a reality during his term as the President.

The Director of the film MMS, which was screened that day, Joywin Fernandes, was honoured on the occasion. As a token of gratitude, Louis Pinto, the President of Mandd Sobhann presented a bouquet to Nelson Pereira, the sponsor of the movie and Elias Fernandes, Proprietor of Four Winds Mass Communication. Eric Ozario (Gurkar – Mandd Sobhann), Kishore Fernandes (Secretary – Mandd Sobhann) and Stany Alvares (Co-ordinator – Mandd Sobhann) were also present on the occasion. Arun Raj Rodrigues compered the Inaugural Ceremony.

A house full audience witnessed the screening of the film MMS.

The movies to be screened on the following 6 days (at 6.30 p.m. every day and 3.30 p.m. on Sunday) are – ‘Home Sweet Home’ (July 11), ‘Mortoo’ (July 12), ‘Digant’ (July 13), ‘Poltoddcho Monis’ (July 14), ‘Baga Beach’ (July 15) and ‘Uzvaddu’ (July 16).
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Konkani study department inaugurated in Mangaluru University

Mangaluru: Good news for people who speak Konkani language that the Konkani study department was officially inaugurated today in Mangaluru University.

Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande inaugurated the department at Ravindra Bhavan in Mangaluru University. He addressed the gathering and said that the department will help in learning Kopnkani language culture and life style.

There are many study departments working already in the university, the addition of Konakani department is the happiest thing he said.

Mangaluru Bishop Rev.F.Alosiyus Pavl Dsouza gave blessings. MP Nalin Kumar, MLA J.R.Lobo, V.V. Chancellor Prof. Bhairappa, Mayor Jacinta, Karnataka Konkani Academy president Roy Castelino were present.
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We should inculcate love for our regional language: Kripa Alva

Mangaluru: Addressing as the chief guest for the Konkani children’s day organized by Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy in the Lions Seva Mandir in the city today, former lions governor Ln. Kripa Alva said, "Marking this children’s day special by making it the first Konkani Children’s day for the little one's to celebrating their day by celebrating their mother tongue is creation of history and this indeed is a great opportunity given by the Konkani Sahitya academy and I am thankful to them’’

“In India we parents due to the westernization have been cultivating English atmosphere in our household. We have taught them to say Mummy and Daddy instead of teaching them to converse in our respective mother tongues. In foreign countries like Japan and Germany, people are patriotic towards their country and mother tongue. Hence they converse in their mother tongue even though they know the foreign languages. We should inculcate the love for our language, our rich culture and world famous heritage and love for our country in our children.”

 Addressing children in particular she said “Don’t be greedy. Learn humane values. This will make you a good human being”. She later on also handed over the prizes of the Konkani talent show competition organized for lower primary and higher primery children. The editor of Rakno and Kazulo, two Konkani magazines Fr. Francis Rodrigues, who was honoured for his work towards Konkani juvenile literature through the Konkani children’s monthly ‘Kazulo’ thanked the organizers for the recognition.

 He said “Modernization has taken away the natural life of children from them. Heavy bags have affected their free thinking while stress of curriculum has not let children spend time for themselves.” In his rhyming words he concluded saying ‘morning coaching and evening teaching’ there is no time for the children to spend time for themselves. And he later thanked the academy for recognising the ‘Kazulo’ monthly as the only childrens monthly in Konkani language.

 The President of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and the president of the program Roy Castelino in this welcome address explained the importance of the Konkani Language. “Konkani is the only language which is the mother tongue of people of three religion and written in five scripts. Hence we should be proud of ourselves. Since this is a National language we should not hesitate to speak in Konkani in our house hold.”

 On the occasion two Konkani books of Juvenile literature were inaugurated. ‘Bhangaraso Keer’ written by JF Attavar was inaugurated by Melrida Rodrigues, the president of ICYM Mangalore Diocese while the book ‘Jaadooso Dhola' translated by Gauri Mallya was inaugurated by CP Dinesh, the president of Lions club Mallikatte. While the authors expressed words of gratitude, the inaugurators appreciated the efforts of Academy and the authors. The registrar of the academy rendered the vote of thanks while Eric Soans Barkoor compeered the program.

 In the talent competition held for the lower primary school children, St. Ann’s school Kelrai bagged the first prize while the Gonzaga school Mangaluru bagged the second prize. In the higher primary section Sacred heart School, Madantyar bagged the first prize while Morning star school, Bajpe bagged second. In total 20 schools from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts participated in the competition.

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