KONKANI IS A LANGUAGE OF BONDING: BASTHI VAMAN SHENOY
Mumbai, March 21: “Konkani is a language supporting affinity. This is the mother tongue of so many communities and it is a language of brotherliness. This language has its own dignity and it is our responsibility to protect this “said “Konkani Sardar” Basthi Vaman Shenoy-the president of Vishwa Konkani Centre, Mangalore.
Bhasthi Vamn Shenoy said these words on Sunday at “Konkani-Mano-Milan” programme organized by the joint association of Akhila Bharathiya Konkani Parishath and Maharashtra Konkan Association at St.Jude School Auditorium of Jerimeri, Kurla (W). The chief Parish Priest of St.Jude church Rev.Fr. Lancy Pinto was present as the chief guest and wished good luck.
Addressing a programme organized on the topic “Awareness about Etiquette of Konkani and its evolution”, Basthi Vaman Shenoy said-“Konkaani language has many heritages and relationships like love, samskara and culture. Having Konkani as our mother tongue, we should understand the traditional values of the language and should develop this language as a basic language. The language will exist forever when we use it to gain knowledge.”
In the programme, Gokuldas Prabhu-the president of Konkani Parishath, Jnaneshwari Chari, Anantha Ammembala, Venkatesh Shenoy, John D’silva-the president of Konkani Bhasha Mandal-Mumbai, Walter D’souza-the former president of Konkan Association, current president- Benedicta Rebello and others were present.
Jerry Bondel and Lancy Niddody sang the prayer, Dr. Chandrashekhar N Shenoy-welcomed all. The founder president of The Maharashtra Konkan Association-Leo Fernandis delivered the introductory speech.
On this occasion, a Konkani Kavigoshti was conducted under the presidentship of Roan Michel-Valerian Quadros, Philomina Sanfrancisco, Cyril Castelino, Mery B Pinto, Rita Albukark, Helen Gudinho, Philip D’souza, Ashok Dias Byndur, Nerry Nazrath, Pascal Lobo, Victor Conceso, John D’silva, Venkatesh Shenoy, Leo Fernandez presented their poems.
Ashok Dias-Konkani Vasai group, Jerimeri Konkani lady’s wing and Mahakali Konkani group of Andheri exhibited the dance and skits. Philomina Sanfrancisco conducted the interview of Lalitha Bailur and Jahanavi Balavally. Master Levin Fernandez, Master Leron Fernandez sang Konkani song.
Miss Anitha Cordero conducted the cultural programme. The honorary chief secretary Cyril Castelino introduced the guests, conducted the stage programme and proposed the vote of thanks.
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