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President appreciates richness of Konkani culture and tradition

President appreciates richness of Konkani culture and tradition


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Mangalore, December 9: Expressing her pleasure at being able to participate in the Konkani Ekta Divas, President Prathiba Patel said that she was impressed with the magnitude of the cultural programme organized by Mandd Sobhann and the rich culture and tradition that it illustrated. She also appreciated the fact that love of Konkani unites the Konkani-speaking community in spite of their cultural, social, and religious differences.


President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

Speaking about the Konkan belt, which stretches from Maharashtra to Kerala, she said that it comprises over 50 lakh hardworking, enterprising, and honest people who have contributed a great deal to the economic, social, and political welfare of the country, besides being active in the struggle for independence.
 
Congratulating all those who contributed for the enrichment of the Konkani language, she said that the language, spoken by Hindus, Christians, as well as Muslims, incorporates a rich and diverse culture and has accepted words from Kannada, Marathi, and Malayalam. Showering lavish praise on the artistes who performed on the occasion and the organizers of the event, she said that the Konkani-speaking community represents the essence of India. She also hailed the 25-day World Konkani Cultural Convention as a “great and big step” toward building a nation of harmony.

Ronald Colaco, who had escorted the president to the dais, said in his welcome speech that the Konkani people have broken a number of records and that the World Konkani Cultural Convention is in its 15th day today. Urging his listeners to think of themselves as Indians first and as Konkani speakers later, he predicted that the country will become the world’s super economical power soon.
 
Uttarkhand Governor Margaret Alva said in her address that the fiery spirit of the Konkani speaking community made it possible for Konkani to be included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution. Praising the adaptable nature of the Konkani people, she said that there are a number of Konkani speakers in various parts of the state. Stating that programmes such as the Konkani Ekta Divas are a pleasure to witness, she said that people should not stop speaking Konkani at home although they are attracted to western culture and English.


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Higher Education Minister Dr. V. S. Acharya said that the common factor binding a group of people of different cultures, castes, and religions is Konkani. Confirming that the CM will participate in the valedictory function of the World Konkani Cultural Convention, he said that the government is ready to support the growth of the language and its culture, owing to which it has introduced Konkani as an optional subject from Std VI.

Expressing his pride of the unique community of Konkani speakers, Governor H. R. Bharadwaj said that this community teaches the rest of the country the true spirit of “unity in diversity.” He concluded by congratulating the organizers of the event.


President arrives at Nehru Maidan, venue of Konkani Ekta Divas


Mangalore, Dec 9 (12:35 pm IST): The mega event at Nehru Maidan was a collection of “firsts.” President of India Smt. Prathiba Patel visited the twin districts for the first time to preside over the Konkani Ekta Divas, the first programme of its kind organized by Mandd Sobhann as part of its first World Konkani Cultural Convention, a 25-day cultural extravaganza. The arrangements were first class.

President Prathiba Devisingh Patel, on her first visit to DK and Udupi, arrived at Bajpe Airport from Manipal by a special helicopter on the noon of Dec 9, Thursday. She had arrived at Bajpe Airport last evening and had immediately flown to Manipal to preside over the convocation ceremony of Manipal University. Shortly before her arrival at Bajpe Airport today, she had inaugurated the new campus of the T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) at Badagabettu near Udupi.

Her convoy passed through Kenjar, Marakada, Kavoor, Bondel, KPT, Nanthoor, St. Agnes, Balmatta, Dr. Ambedkar Circle, and Hampankatta Circle before reaching Nehru Maidan, the venue of the Konkani Ekta Divas.

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

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President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

President Prathibha Patil

 

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President PAtil Arrives at world Konkani Convention


President PAtil Arrives at world Konkani Convention


President PAtil Arrives at world Konkani Convention


Mangalore, Dec 9 (12:35 pm IST): The event marked many ’firsts’. It was part of the First World Konkani Convention, being held over 25 days. It was for the first time that president Pratibha Devisingh Patil paid a visit to the twin districts. Maybe the first time she attended a language-related convention. More than all, the arrangements were all first, in class and order.   President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, on her maiden visit to Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, arrived from Manipal at Bajpe airport by a special helicopter at Thursday noon. Earlier she had inaugurated the new campus of the T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) at Badagabettu near Udupi.   From the airport, the convoy of the first citizen of the country wound its way through Kenjar, Marakada, Kavoor, Bondel, KPT, Nantur, St Agnes, Balmatta, Dr Ambedhar cirlce, Hampankatta circles to the Nehru maidan, the venue of the ’Konkani Ekta Divas’ celebrations.   Parking had been prohibited from dawn to dusk throughout the entire 14-km route on either side of the road, to ensure smooth movement of the VVIP convoy. Otherwise, the half-an-hour’s stipulated time-frame for reaching the maidan from the airport was perhaps unthinkable.   Convoys of state governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj and Uttarakhand governor Margaret Alva too arrived well ahead of the president. Higher Education Minister Dr. V S Acharya, Goa chief minister Digamber V Kamat, MP Oscar Fernandes, Bishop Aloysius P D’Souza, social worker and youth leader Dolphy Prashant D’Souza and others were present to welcome the dignitaries.   On her arrival on the dais, the song saare jahan se acchha was played by the Mother Teresa Brass Band. An impressive five-minute choral welcome marked a grand start to the function.  The dais had been aesthetically erected by replicating the Kalaangann’s Ronald and Noreen Mendonca amphitheatre in the backdrop. It gave the viewers the deja vu feeling of the Shaktinagar ambience.  The choral group has just sung the National Anthem. Now the group is singing the welcome song again under the baton of Joel Pereira  Mangalore, Dec 9 (12:10am IST): As the last item of Konkani Kala Vaibhav, the title song is being sung in a chaoral presentation. A group of over 50 singers male and female, are performing under the baton of sangeet guru Joel Pereira.     Mangalore, Dec 9 (11:45am IST): Prof. Ravishankar Rao is the compere of the day with excellent oratory and communication skills, he is doing a great job. He uses a pleasant blend of English, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani to keep the gathering well informed of the proceedings and programming contents.   Reception committee chairperson Ronald Colaco and Ronald Mendonca have honoured 25 Konkani Organisations from India and Abroad.       Mangalore, Dec 9 (11:30 am IST): A cultural programme is going on, which encapsules various art forms of the Konkan and around.  A string of performances from Kudmi, Kharvi, Nawayat’s, Daff Khell, Siddis, Shigmo, Manddo Song and Dance and Baila Dance have been presented.  Nehru Maidan Decked up for the Big Event   Mangalore, Dec 9: When our team visited the Nehru maidan, the venue of the Konkani Ekta Divas celebration with president Pratibha Patil in attendance, on Dec 9 at 7-30 am, there was hardly any activity. The massive shamiana, tastefully decorated, looks majestic with chairs neatly arranged.  Extra chairs can be seen stacked up, kept as reserve. The eastern side entrance, facing the direction of the railway station, is reserved for VIPs and the media.  Three entrances are arranged from the southern side.  Only those holding passes will be allowed access into the maidan.  Organizers say the number of chairs inside the shamiana are 10,000. If the number of people attending exceeds this number, they may have to be provided with chairs on the southern outer side of the shamiana, which may not give shade over one’s head.  Early birds should be lucky to get vantage points of seating.


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The police department and the district administration have forbidden the parking of vehicles all day along the entire 14-km stretch from Bajpe Airport to Nehru Maidan to ensure the smooth movement of the VVIP convoy. This is how the president could reach the venue from Bajpe Airport in just half an hour. Her convoy followed the convoys of State Governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj and Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva. Higher Education Minister Dr. V. S. Acharya, Goa Chief Minister Digamber V. Kamath, MP Oscar Fernandes, Bishop Aloysius P. D’Souza, and social worker and youth leader Dolphy Prashant D’Souza received the dignitaries.

The Mother Theresa Brass Band played the song saare jahaan se acche as soon as the president arrived on the dais. The function was launched in a grand manner by a five-minute choral welcome. The dais has been constructed in an artistic manner, with a replica of the Ronald and Noreen Mendonca amphitheatre of Kalaangan in the backdrop, making viewers feel as if they were in Kalaangan, Shaktinagar.
 
The choral group has just finished singing the national anthem and is now singing a welcome song in honor of the president under the able guidance of Joel Pereira.
 
Mangalore, Dec 9 (12:10am IST): Sangeeth Guru Joel Pereira is leading the chorus of 50 male and female singers in the singing of the title song, the last item of the Konkani Kala Vaibhav.

Mangalore, Dec 9 (11:45am IST): Prof. Ravishankar Rao, the comperer of the day, is using a pleasant blend of English, Kannada, Konkani, and Tulu to keep the audience informed of what is going to happen next. Ronald Colaco, the chairperson of the reception committee, and Ronald Mendonca has honored 25 Konkani organizations from home and abroad.

Mangalore, Dec 9 (11:30 am IST): A cultural programme, comprising a number of performances by Kudmi, Kharvi, Navayath, Siddhis, and Shigmos and including Manddos, Daff Khell, dance, and baila, is in progress.

 

Nehru Maidan Decked up for the Big Event

Mangalore, Dec 9: When our team reached Nehru Maidan, the venue of the Konkani Ekta Divas, on Dec 9 at 7:30 p.m., there was hardly any activity taking place. The massive shamiyana, tastefully decorated, looked majestic and chairs were neatly arranged. Extra chairs were stacked up to be used in future. The eastern side entrance, which was facing the railway station, was reserved for VIPs and the media. The south side had 3 entrances. Entry will be given only to pass holders.

The organizers say that there are 10,000 chairs inside the shamiyana, and if the number of people who arrive for the programme exceeds this number, more chairs will be provided on the southern side of the shamiyana, which lacks shade.

Those who arrive early will obviously get the best seats.


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