Jan 04, 2019: All India Konkani Parishad in its meeting held recently in Goa has chosen Mangalore’s noted Konkani poet of Mangaluru winner of Sahitya Akademi award and prestigious Vimala V.Pai Vishwa Konkani Kavita Kruti Award. Melvyn Rodrigues to preside 24th All India Konkani Literary Conference. The conference will be held in the Goan city of Canacona on 2019 February 1 and 2.
Born in 1962, Rodrigues through his Kavita Trust has been a source of inspiration to many budding poets in Konkani. After his graduation in management, he did his post graduation in sociology. He has translated Yashwanta Chittala’s Kannada short stories "Katheyadalu Hudugi" and K. S. Narasimhaswamy’s collection of poems "Tereda Bagilu" into Konkani. Besides, he has published six of his own poetry collections, two books of essays, one novella and edited six anthologies of Konkani poems.
He has been editing and maintaing a website ’kavitaa.com’ dedicated only to Konkani poetry since 2004. He has lived outside India for 14 years and currently is the Director, Operations, Daijiworld Media. He is instrumental in founding many premier Konkani organisations.
He has won prestigious Sahitya Akademi and Dr. T.M.A. Pai Foundation awards for his book of poems ’Prakriticho Paas’. Besides he has won Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy honorary award, Konkani Kutam, Bahrain award, Daiji Dubai award, Vimala V.Pai Vishwa Konkani Kavita Kruti Award for his Devi Ninkasi Poem and Bimb Sahitya award from Goa.