“The Konkani language unites a large number of Konkani speakers in Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra,” said Rajdeep Sardesai after inaugurating the Vishwa Konkani Keerthi Mandir." />
Mangalore, March 6: “The Konkani language unites a large number of Konkani speakers in Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra,” said Rajdeep Sardesai, the editor-in-chief of CNN-IBN, after inaugurating the Vishwa Konkani Keerthi Mandir (World Konkani Hall of Fame), which has been constructed under the auspices of the Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, Shaktinagar, on March 6, Saturday. Mr. Sardesai also unveiled the photograph of his late father Dilip Sardesai, the internationally acclaimed cricket player.
Appreciating the hospitality of the people of Mangalore, their sweet smiles, and their pleasant nature, he said that one feels like visiting Mangalore again and again. Wishing the Konkani Centre all the best, he said that people must safeguard their culture and identity.
Ramdas Kamath U, the senior vice president of Infosys Technologies, inaugurated the ethnic Konkani Shoppe (Bhandsaal). Mentioning the fact that the University of Chicago is conducting research on South Indian languages, he said that this university has 56,000 books on South Indian languages and 1,20,000 video clips on South Indian culture. He regretted the fact that South Indians have not put in as much effort to retain their language and culture.
Sagarika Ghose, wife of Rajdeep and senior editor of CNN-IBN, was the guest of honor. Dr. D Dayananda Pai, the chairman of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, presided over the programme. Dr. Tanaji Halamkar, the editor of the Konkani encyclopedia, presented a brief introduction of the Research Centre.
Basty Vaman Shenoy, the Vishwa Konkani Sardar, gave the welcome speech. Mahesh Nayak, the executive editor of Mangalore Today, compered the programme. Venkatesh Baliga proposed the vote of thanks.
IGP of Western Range, Gopal Hosur, and Ramadas Kini were present on the dais.