Mangaluru, Feb 6, 2017:’Kavitha Sambhram’ (poetry celebration) was a grand occassion on Feb 5, Sunday organised by ’Kavitha Trust’, trust presented the 9th Mathias Family Poetry Award on Nutan Sakhardande, a notable Goan Konkani poet, and also released ’Rasthya Degechim Fulham’, a collection of poems by renowned poet M P Rodrigues.
MLA J R Lobo, appreciating the works of the trust, said that In this constantly evolving world today, languages increasingly become extinct. UNESCO is making efforts to save the endangered languages. Is Konkani, too moving into category of extinction, may be a bit later, but the trend is a matter of grave concern. Writers and poets have to find a solution to preserve the language.
“Here, Konkani has so far kept it’s head above the water, figuring in the list of 8th scheduled, because of the state of Goa. But how are we in mangaluru keep out Konkani language progressing?” the MLA asked.
“Our ‘intelligentsia’ or critical thinkers of the society have been the catalyists of social change. Writers are silent revolutionists. Their impact in history points to our community and teaches us that a community that is not proud of its history and culture, which is a basic for progress. History and culture are an inherent part of any language. All littérateurs need to get together and work towards saving our history, culture and primarily, our language. The initiative by the Trust is a strong step in that direction.” he explained.
Nutan’ modern contemporary poems gently highlights problems and perceptions modern times. Only one poem in the brief programmes Sakhardande recited her poem ‘Smartphone’, a satire on the over-use of a phone, written from the perspective of an irked child. Her popular poem ‘password’ looks at the same problem from a mother’s perspective. ‘Password’ has won her many literary awards including the Dr TMA Pai Foundation Best Book award.
Poetess Nutan Sakhardande was conferred the ‘Mathias Family Poetry Award 2016’ for her contribution in the field of Konkani literature and her efforts to spread the language. She was awarded a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation. Chief guest MLA J R Lobo conferred the award on the poetess. Nutan, who shares a personal relationship with poetry, personified it and added, “This award is not a personal gain, but to my poems. Honoured by this privilege and grateful to Mathias Family for championing the language. Poems have absorbed my deepest feelings. They are a constant companion. Poems have shown me love. “
M P Rodrigues, whose book was released said his poems were on social issues. Konkani literature and Konkani are reducing. Budding writers are coming up, readers are needed to encourage the writers. Writers too need to remember their beginnings, 3-4 poems doesn’t make one a renowned poet. Poetry writing is a slow process, and ‘perfection’ is a continuous one. Early poets like Luis Mascarenhas, the first known Mangalurean Konkani poet and father of late Judith Mascarenhas, and Msgr Sylvester Menezes are his heroes.
Humour, as a component is part of the poetic flair, it’s not deliberate, it attracts the common reader. Though poets like serious poems, humour in literature is the key to capture the attention .
The programme concluded with recitals by 5 poets – Naveen Pereira, Maya Karagante, VK Yadav, Suresh Baliga and Wilson Kateel.
Poet Melvyn Rodrigues spoke on the occasion. Other dignitaries present were president of Kavita Trust Kishoo Barkur , who welcomed the gathering , treasurer Andrew L D’Cunha who introduced poet MP Rodrigues, and Averyl Rodrigues, who proposed the vote of thanks. Titus Noronha compered the programme with captivating Konkani delivery.