Mangaluru, Mar 10, 2015 : Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy president Roy Castelino on March 9, stated that the State government is expected to allocate Rs. 2 crore in the 2015-16 budget for setting up a Konkani study chair in Mangalore University.
Addressing media he informed that C M Siddaramiah in January promised the academy a study chair to to offer correspondence courses in Konkani, take up inter-disciplinary studies, document Konkani , arrange seminars and conferences, and prepare Konkani study materials. Castelino said the academy had donated 230 books on Konkani to Mangalore University.
He also went on to say that the academy was making documentary films on two Konkani artistes, one belonging to the Scheduled Castes Mahar community and another to the Scheduled Tribes Siddi community. The 22-minute documentaries would be completed by the end of march 2015. The academy was making a documentary on the 41 Konkani speaking communities, which would take some time to be completed. He said that the academy has begun e-transfer of funds to the accounts of artistes.
Konkani fest : The Konkani academy would organise a three-day Konkani festival at Kasarkod beach in Honnavar from March 15. It would include multi-lingual ‘kavi goshti’, cultural programmes, folk dance, magic show and many cultural programmes and symposiums.