Mangaluru, Feb 07, 2017: Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy is geared up to organize - Konkani Lokotsav - a three-day festival encompassing all strata of Konkani speaking populace at Town Hall from February 10. The festival will also see the academy present its annual honorary and book awards at the valedictory function on February 13, an event for which the academy has invited CM Siddaramaiah to do the honours, said Ronald S A Castelino, academy president.
Highlight of the event will be a group of 100 singers singing Konkani songs from various dialects at the inaugural function. The group is currently rehearsing the same at the Bishop’s House under the guidance and direction of Eric Ozario and Vasanthi R Nayak. The duo formally received the scripts of the songs selected by them for the event from Ronald Castelino at the Bishop’s House on Saturday to signal their preparedness and readiness for the big day.
Briefing reporters, Ronald said the ’chappara muhurath’ for the event will be held at Town Hall, venue of the festival, on February 8. Nearly 50 stalls showcasing and selling ethnic Konkani food, dress and other related items, as well as books will be set up. "We are showcasing Lokotsav as crown jewel of achievements of the academy during its current term," he said adding lokotsav publicity committee has traversed 2,400kms and covered 56 towns/cities.
While opening day of the event will be dedicated to children and women displaying their talents, day two will see youths from various Konkani speaking communities showcase their strengths. A rally comprising nearly 2500 youths starting from Shanti Nilaya ground at Balmatta to the venue will be highlight of the day, he said adding the rally will also comprise of six tableaus that will showcase the rich diversity of Konkani language and its culture across geographies.