Mangaluru, Feb 21, 2016: As many as 206 Konkani writers and artistes received the identity cards provided by Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, at a function held at Don Bosco Hall on February 20, Saturday. Earlier, the ID cards were symbolically unveiled after Dr Devdas Pai, the Registrar of the Academy signed a large replica of the card and the Academy President Roy Castelino handed it over to Dolla Mangaluru.
The three types of cards distributed to the writers and artistes on the basis of their age, will in the future help the artistes avail medical benefits, pension, bus pass etc. It also aims at uniting Konkani writers and artistes.
A well known Kudubi artiste Babu Gowda was the chief guest at the function which was presided over by U.S. Sripathi, General Manager of Insurance MIMG, Manipal Group.
Eight Konkani books namely ‘Gony Sandun Apli Many’ (on folk songs) by late Joachim Pereira (revised version), ‘Karvalho’ (translated novel) by Lilly Miranda, ‘Vasarinthu Hanv’ ( Cook book) by Geetha C Kini, ‘Amashechi Adhli Raath ‘ (short stories) by Ron Michael Angelore, ‘Bhadyachi Baayl’ ( Short dramas) by CGS Taccode, ‘Mhaka Jiyenvk Soda’ (novel) by Ron Roche Cascia, Vidhooshak (satire) by Richie John Pais and ‘Kudmyali Gumtam ani Thoniya Podam’ (revised) by Gopala Gowda were released on the occasion.
A Konkani comedy ‘Professor Yama’ authored by N B Kamath and directed by Santosh Shenoy was staged on the occasion.