panaji .. January  24, 2015 … Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar  released “Olyo Yadi”  Konkani poetry collection of  Shri John Aguiar at  the 30th session of All India Konkani Parishad at J. B. Moreas Nagar at Kala Academy’s open air auditorium on yesterday. The session was presided over by Dr. Chandrashekar N. Shenoi, Justice R. M. Khandeparkar, MLA  and Chairman of EDC Shri Sidharth Kunkolienkar and others are present.

              Shri Aguiar’s  earlier  books on poems are “Paulam”, “Gulmohar” and “Sanz”. He has also authored a book on English essays called “Offside”. He writes what he feels and experiences in his life.

He is presently working as Information Officer in the  Department of Information & Publicity, Panaji. He has also worked on Deputation as Asstt. Private Secretary to Shri Eduardo Faleiro in the Ministry of External Affairs,  Chemicals & Fertilizers, New Delhi.

 Shri Aguiar was adjudged as the “Best All Round Student of Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule College, Margao  for the year 1982-83. He has served  as Ponda Correspondent of erstwhile “West Coast Times” while he was still in the College. He also worked as correspondent for Gomantak and  Staff Reporter of Herald in Margao and Panjim.Also looked after the crime beat.  Chief Reporter of erstwhile “Goencho Avaz” a Konkani daily.

Shri Aguiar who studied at St. Mary’s High School, Ponda wrote poems while still in the school and his first poem “Tin Rongi Bavtto” was published in “Uzvadd” edited by Late Evagrio Jorge and thus his journey into the literary world began. Thereafter he wrote articles and poems for Rashtramat, Vauradeancho Ixtt, Novem Goem, Gulab, Sunaparant and others. The songs written by him are popular in Goa and Mangalore. He was nominated for Best Lyrics Award by Global Music Awards organized by Kalangann, Mangalore. His hobbiesinclude target shooting and photography.

 Songs written by him are composed and sung by Sidhnath Buyao in his CD’s “Valley of Colorz” and “Buyao Rocks”. His songs are also sung by Shri Pratap Amonkar, Shri Gajanan Mest,  on All India Radio also  by Shri Mukesh Ghatwal and Smt. Samiksha Bhobe Kakodkar. He wrote many devotional songs some of them are composed and sung  by  well known Music composer and singer Shri Sidhnath Buyao in his CD “Grateful to Jesus”.

 Shri Aguiar was presented with Presidents Medal for contribution in the Home Guards, Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for meritorious services in Home Guard, Director general Civil Defence Commendition, “Gulab” writer of the year awarad-2011, The Navhind Times Ex-NCC Achievers Award-2010, Vocational Service Awards of Rotary Club of Panjim, “Sarva Dharma Bhakti Puraskar” of Shree Parodeshwar Sampraday and others.

 “Olyo Yadi”  is published by  Shri Navdeep Aguiar on behalf of “Deepanjali Prakashan” and has a collection of 101 poems. The cover picture is a photograph exposed by Shri Aguiar.  The book is published under the scheme “Assistance to Writers” of the Directorate of  Art & Culture”.


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