Mangaluru, Aug 05, 2019: Konkani Natak Sabha (KNS) on Aug 4, Sunday forenoon launched it’s 52 nd year of competitions in elocution, singing, skits, fancy dress, and so on which will continue for several weeks at Don Bosco Hall (DBH) in the heart of the city. The highlight of the inauguration was the release of the Platinum Jubilee souvenir ’Kalamruth’ , an elaborate mark of remembrance, emotion and indeed a detailed work of dual language literary art, aesthetic and attractive. The occasions chief guest was Dr. Austin D’Souza Prabhu, the well known US based son-of-the-soil, lover of Konkani and admired personality.
The Function was presided over by the present Capuchin Rector of St. Ann’s Friary Jail Road Rev Paul Melvin D’Souza, who is the succession ’Head’ of the KNS for the last 75 years traditionally. All the key persons of the KNS whose base has been the Don Bosco Hall (DBH) were briefly on the stage to light the lamp and do the honours as per need. To name a few Sunil Menezes, Judith D’Souza, Jossie Theodore, Jerald Concesso, Raymond D’Cunha along with key members present. The ceremony was compared by the well known KNS member, writer, speaker and jovial personality C G S Taccode.
Dr.Austin Prabhu, the chief guest , who was in the 1970s a leading youth leader of Mangalore, and was more than an active member of KNS, then ran 3 famous Konkani print media. Now is Editor of the much sought after "VEEZ" first weekly E-Magazine he publishes from the US, which is an example of the true Mangalore Konkani, in Kannada script. The chief guest humming the ’signature anthem’ of KNS said that hearing it sung after a long time not only made him emotional but also brought rushing in memories of great Konkani writers, directors, actors, singers and plain people who just basked in the KNS shine of getting entertainment organised and done for the hundreds of plays, competitions and music sessions that were the main stay of entertainment in old Mangalore. at this very peer hall.
The President of the KNS Rev. Paul Melwin D’Souza said it is not only through ’Natak’ drama that faith culture and knowledge (dharma) is transmitted, but every action of the ’Sabha’ has contributed to the society world wide. He gave the serious example of how ’elocution’ has made many leaders in all fields, for speech is the key to progress, understanding and success in any field. He was appreciative and thanked all in the past, present and future for the support and contributions to Konkani culture. He also added that the DBH once a premier hall in the city, has well served it’s purpose and soon needs to give place to a modern giant comprehensive 21st century structure and called for whole hearted support, he thanked those who have already come forward.
Soon after the brief stand-up stage programme ended the competitions commenced with a wide range of participants participants gracing and blessing this beacon of Konkani spirit of Mangalore.
RECAP : Konkani Natak Sabha - KNS (1943-2018) : This 75 years old, a dynamic cultural and entertainment beacon for Konkani progress and support of it’s people. With the meaningful motto "Natak Dwarin Dharmik Sadan” (Drama as a means of goodness), is the revered call of ‘Konkani Natak Sabah’ (KNS) that has reverberated far and wide. Rev George A F Pai (Albuquerque) SJ, a Jesuit, a lover of language and culture was a pioneer. Capuchin Friars of St.Ann’s Friary were from earliest times leaders who directed this unique ‘Konkani Sabha’. KNS was formally established Sept 19, 1943...it launched Konkani from a rusted dialect locally, to an evolving live language which has spread globally. It is noteworthy that the land mark pioneer venue that is ‘Don Bosco Hall’ (DBH) , still visible today in it’s original form, was opened on Aug 19, 1951. It may not stand for long due to age and demand In more recent times with Konkani recognised and included in the official list of languages in the ’8th schedule of the constitution’, government too contributes to the development of language. It has become a beacon to many round the globe.