Mangaluru, Dec 22,2016: It is officially announced that seven persons will be awarded the prestigious ’Sandesha Awards’ for 2017 for achievements in various fields. The Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education will confer the awards on January 13 at Sandesha premises in Bajjodi, Mangaluru.
The seven are, writer Dr Kamala Hampana; Sandesha Media award on film actor and producer Prakash Rai; Sandesha Art Award on folk singer Yuvaraj K; Konkani Music award on Anil Patrao; Sandesha Special Recognition Award on John Devaraj; and Sandesha Education Award on Renita Lobo and Shamita Rao of Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust.
Sandesha Foundation Director Fr Victor Vijay Lobo said on Wednesday that Bellary Bishop Fr Henry D’Souza will present the awards. Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Manu Baligar will be chief guest, Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo and MLC Ivan D’Souza will be guests of honour. The jury comprised of chairman Na D’Souza, Richard Louis, Dr Na Da Shetty, Eric Ozario, Chandrakala Nandavar and Sara Aboobakar.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a citation.
Thumnails of the awardees
Dr Kamala Hampana is a researcher, critic, biographer, radio playwright, novelist and a writer of children’s literature, modern vachanas and women’s literature.
Prakash Rai is a multilingual film actor who has performed in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam and English. He has received national award for his film ’Kanjeevaram.’
Yuvaraj K is a folk singer who hails from Shivamogga. He has brought out several albums of folk music and has to his credit more than 1,500 performances in and outside Karnataka.
Anil Patrao was initiated to music at a tender age and has been currently serving as choir master at Derebail Church. He has composed over 200 songs and has presented several musical evenings under the banner ’Patrao Nite.’
John Devaraj is a civil engineer by profession and a sculptor, architect, puppeteer, actor, dramatist, cameraman, cine artist, art director, film producer and an adviser to several organisations. His achievements include a unique mural in New York made of soil and water gathered from sixty different nations of the world, a 25 feet anti-fascist memorial in Austria, a huge picture of 370x280 feet for the children of Pakistan and a 22-feet tall terracotta statue in Lalbagh, Bengaluru.
Renita Lobo and Shamita Rao instituted Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust to build a school in Shankaranarayana, 30 km away from Kundapur, to provide education to children from less-privileged families. The school now provides education up to PUC.
Writer Na D’Souza, trustees Vincent Mascarenhas and Roy Castelino were present at the press meet.