Panaji, 2 Oct. 2016 …. Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa celebrated its 54th Foundation Day with great enthusiasm at Gomant Vidya Niketan, Margao, Govind (Baba) Kare auditorium. Finance and Information secretary, Govt. of Goa Shri. Daulat Hawaldar, President of Goa Konkani Akademi Shri. Veni Madhav Borkar, President of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Shri. Chetan Acharya, General Secretary Shri. Surel Tilve, Vice President Shri. Juse Lawrence and others were present on the dais.
Awards were presented for Konkani literature, service, education, journalism, translation, column writing and child literature to Father Moujin De Ataid, Smt. Aruna Rajesh Patnekar, Shri. Sandesh Prabhudessai, Shri. Mahesh Naik, Shri. Shantaram Varde walavlikar, Shri. Prakash Naik, Shri. Savio Pinto, Shri. K. M. Sukhtankar, Shri. Yashwant Palekar and Shri. Vincy Kwadrus. Besides this, students Shubham Kamat, Kaksam Naik, Prerna Palekar and Supriya Jugul were presented educational awards.
While addressing the gathering Shri. Daulat Hawaldar said that, native language has been transferred genetically in every child who took birth. Native language is a part of identity and every human being is connected throughout his life with his native language. Language and culture is interconnected and no one can separate it. Konkani language has its own liveliness. He lauded the work of Konkani Bhasha Mandal for working towards shaping language and culture in collective mind of people for past several years. Invention and resourcefulness are important basics for any literature he said. When language dies, its connection with literature and tradition dies therefore it is very important to conserve language Shri. Hawaldar said.
Shri. Veni Madhav Borkar also spoke on the occasion while Shri Chetan Acharya gave his presidential speech. Students of Konkani Bhasha Mandals Ravindra Kelekar Dnyan Mandir and Vidya Bhuvans students presented musical, dance and entertainment programme. Shri. Juze Lawrence welcomed. Souvenir was released on the occasion. Shri. Anant Agni and Kum. Dipashri Dessai compared. General Secretary of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Shri. Surel Tilve proposed vote of thanks.