Panaji September 14, 2014“Gomant Vibhushan Award” the prestigious highest State civilian award given by the State Government to honour the son of the State will be presented to “Shri Lambert Mascarenhas” a renowned Goan personality, who has made great contribution in the field of Literature. The award will be presented to Shri Lambert Mascarenhas on the eve of his 100th Birthday that is on September 16, 2014 in a special award presentation ceremony to be organized by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa from 5.00 p.m. onwards at DMK Kala Academy, Panaji-Goa.

          The Award ceremony will be attended by Chief Minister of Goa  Shri Manohar Parrikar, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Minister for Art and Culture Shri Dayanand Mandrekar, Leader  of Opposition, Shri Pratapsingh Rane, Chief Secretary , Secretary  Art and Culture and other various dignitaries.

          As a part of this award presentation ceremony an audio Visual Documentary on the life and Achievement of Shri Lambert Mascarenhas will be screened from 5.00 p.m.  to 5.30 p.m. at DMK Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa.

          Mr. Lambert Mascarenhas was born in Goa in the year 1914. He completed his primary studies in Portuguese and Latin, and left for Poona to continue his studies in English. After graduating from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, with a Bachelor’s Degree in  Arts and Literature, he joined the Monday Standard as a Junior Reporter and then worked  as a Sub-Editor at the Bombay Sentinel under the great journalist and Editor Mr B.G. Horniman who was a passionate advocate for the Independence of India .

He then joined  the Onlooker as Assistant Editor, before becoming the Editor of the Goan Tribune (Bombay-1956-61), espousing the cause of Goan Liberation from Portuguese Rule. He  was arrested and sentenced to prison  by the Portuguese Government in Goa’s Freedom . Working in exile in Bombay for the next couple of years, he returned to a free Goa in December, 1961 and became the Editor of the Navhind Times-Goa’s first English newspaper, published by the house of Dempo’s After three years at this newspaper he founded his own monthly magazine Goa Today, now in its forty-eight year of publication.


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