Panaji:- December 10, 2016 …. Chief Minister, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar felicitated Shri Laxman Pai with the “Gomant Vibhushan Award”, the Highest Civilian Award of the State, in Panaji on Friday. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the paintings of Shri Laxman Pai, which are on exhibit at Kala Academy in Panaji.
The Chief Minister while addressing the gathering said that Goa is small in size but was filled with talented people. He said that Shri Laxman Pai is awarded in various countries but felicitation in his own home state was necessary. He said that Shri Pai is an inspiration to artists to start their career by keeping image of such great personality in their life.
An audio visual documentary film on Shri Laxman Pai was screened on the occasion. The Minister of Art and Culture, Shri Dayanand Mandrekar, Leader of Opposition, Shri Pratapsingh Rane, and Secretary, Art and Culture, Shri Daulat Hawaldar were among those who were present at the function .
Secretary, Art and Culture, Shri Daulat Hawaldar welcomed the gathering. Shri Govind Bhagat compered the programme while Director of Art and Culture, Shri Prasad Lolyekar proposed the vote of thanks.