Mumbai: Vishwa Konkani Lok Kala Utsav, 2-day cultural extravaganza unites all brethrens
Bellevision Media Network
Mumbai, 19 Mar 2017: ‘We have different accents in Konkani among the Konkans at Mangaluru, Uttar Kannada, Goa and Kochi, but everyone speaks their mother tongue Konkani that has been known world over, said Nagaland Governor P B Acharya.
Governor Acharya was speaking after inaugurating 2-day Vishwa Konkani Lok Kala Utsav that was jointly organized by Vishwa Konkani Kendra – Mangaluru, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation in collaboration with Karnataka department of Kannada and culture at Yeknat Takoor Rang Mantap of Saraswat Vidya Mandir, Mahim (West), here, on Saturday, March 17 evening.
He further said, ‘Mother tongue plays key role in shaping future, while Konkans has achieved marvellous success despite diversity for common good. The celebrations of mega cultural extravaganza indeed foster Konkani and its distinct culture among community,’ said Governor Acharya.
Vishwa Konkani Kendra–Mangaluru and Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation founder president Basti Vaman Shenoy presided the programme.
Ryan International Group of education institutions managing director Grace Pinto was the chief guest of the occasion.
Kavita P Acharya, NKGSB Bank chairman Kishore Kulkarni, Saraswat Bank director Kishore Rangnekar and entrepreneur K Ullas Kamat were the guests of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Grace Pinto said that mega cultural extravaganza indeed inspires one to get more involved in promoting Konkani and its distinct culture. Konkan woman are at the forefront in the nation. Konkans have immensely contributed to the nation, said Grace.
Basti Vaman Shenoy in his presidential address said that Shigmotsav is the cultural extravaganza that has been celebrated during Palguni month in Goa. ‘We are striving to preserve these celebrations. It’s also essential to promote leadership among the brethrens. The training on mother tongue will sustain Konkani and culture that got to be embodied in new generation,’ said Shenoy.
Satish Ram Nayak, Ullas D Kamat, Umesh Pai, T V Shenoy, Francis Fernandes Cascia, Leo Fernandes, Philip Kanjurmarg, U N Kini, Benedicta Rebello and hundreds of Konkans from across the greater Mumbai were present.
Shigmotsav Mumbai Committee convner Dr Chandrashekar N Shenoy welcomed the gathering. Kala Coast Group of Mukund Pai rendered the prayer song. Anupama Shetty presented Odyssey Dance recital of Lord Ganesh. Kendra vice president Venkatesh N Baliga proposed vote of thanks. Uday Mallya compered the programme.
Variety cultural shows of different communities of Konkani were staged on the occasion.