Mangalore, Jul 27, 2014: Fr Mark Walder, former editor of Raknno Konkani weekly Sunday July 27, addressing a gathering a programme joinly organized by A T Lobo Foundation, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Raknno Konkani weekly at Bishop’s House hall; stated "A T Lobo always gave importance to human values. His impressionable writings were down to earth, anyone reading them would end up following the values in life,"
The programme focussed on the works of renowned Konkani writer the late Apollo Thomas Lobo, popularly known as ’A T Lobo’.
Fr. Walder also said, "A T Lobo helped anyone in need. His writings always showcased social values. Many people including myself have admired his short stories and novels. People used to wait for his stories in Konkani periodicals. Such was the attraction of his writings. Though he was an unassuming person he would raise his voice for the underprivileged in his writings. He captured hearts of the readers through his practicality." He expressed many unforgettable happy memories with A T Lobo.
President of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy Roy Castelino in his presidential address, said, "If our Konkani language should live long, then the youngsters of present generation should learn Konkani, use it in their day-to-day conversations and have a true love for it. We have started opening Konkani Clubs in various institutions, and those institutions are supposed to conduct at least five programmes per year. In this manner Konkani can be kept alive. Today’s youth should actively promote Konkani."
Roy Castelino felicitated eight students who studied Konkani as third language and secured distinction in Konkani for the recent SSLC exams.
Dr Edward Nazareth presented an analysis of A T Lobo’s novel, ‘Tun Boro Za’ (You become good), while Dr Carmelita D’Souza analysed A T Lobo’s play ’Avunkvar Avay’ (Unmarried mother), and Fr Melwyn Pinto Neerude presented an analysis of two stories by A T Lobo, ’Hardyar Khuris’ (Cross on the chest) and ’Reedh’. Vittori Karkal compered the ceremony. Raknno Konkani weekly editor Fr Francis Rodrigues, eminent Konkani writers Eddie Netto, C G S Taccode and others were present. The fellowship after the meet was dynamic.