Mangaluru, Oct 23, 2018: Konkani Natak Sabha (KNS) with the popular motto ‘Natak Dwarin Dharmik Sadhan’ (spirituality through dramas) has staged several dramas in the last 75 years. The drama festival held by KNS, 12 dramas concluded after two Konkani dramas ‘Magdelachi Mori’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’ on the final day of the festival, Sunday October 21 at Don Bosco hall, Mangaluru.
Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza, the president of Konkani Natak Sabha, welcomed and thanked Konkani drama lovers for the support since last seven decades. “Konkani Natak Sabha has the motto of enacting dramas with spiritual focus. Further, absorbing dramas of other cultures, languages and societies into Konkani has been an achievement. I thank one and all for the support and patronage,” he said.
On the final day, Austin Prabhu, Chicago who was the chief guest of the programme, commended the drama festival held on the eve of the anniversary of Konkani Natak Sabha. He recollected the six years when he served as secretary of Konkani Natak Sabha. “People do not come to watch Konkani dramas these days. People used to stage dramas selling tickets visiting houses in the past, but they do not come now even when dramas are free of entry charges.
The efforts of KNS staging twelve dramas in a row are praiseworthy. May Konkani art grow. Konkani Natak Sabha office bearers should meet and think what development can be brought to Konkani dramas. Otherwise they should hold a workshop bringing leaders here and discuss about further steps. The leaders should construct a new well equipped auditorium. We can see new auditoriums everywhere, but KNS is lagging behind and there is an urgent need." Austin said wishing KNS best of luck.
Vice president of KNS Sunil Menezes, general secretary Judith D’Souza, joint secretary Jossy Theodore, Treasurer Jerry Concessao and others were present. Floyd D’Mello compered the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.
The previous day two Konkani Dramas ‘Vorsak Eak Pauti’ and ‘Mankdaso Paai’ staged on the occasion.