Rev.Fr. Pratap Naik,S.J
Goa 3rd April: The Closing Ceremony of the Silver Jubilee Year of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) was held at TSKK premises on Friday, 28 March 2008 at 5.25. Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao of Goa Archdiocese was the chief guest, and Mr. Premanand Lotlikar, President of Dalgado Konknni Akademi; Mr. Purnanand Chari, President of Konknni Bhasha Mandal, Margao; Mr. Wilson Mazarello convenor of Roman Lipi Action Front; Mr. Eric Ozario, President of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Fr Anthony da Silva, S.J. the Jesuit Provincial of Goa Province, were guests of honour.
The function started with a procession from the entrance receiving the Chief Guest Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao along with all the guests of honour. Goan traditional musicians led the procession followed by the traditional ‘Vojem’ consisting all the local seasonal fruits and flowers of Goa. Chief Guest Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao was escorted with the traditional umbrella used during the Hindu religious functions, followed by brass band. Fr Pratap Naik welcomed the guests after the bhajan presented by Fr. Simon Fernandes, S.J. Archbishop conferred Fr Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar on Mr. Yusuf Sheikh, the 18th recipient of this puroskar. The award consisted of a shawl, memento and a cheque of Rest. 25,000/-. Archbishop also felicitated Mr. Eric Ozario, the Gurkar of Mandd Sobhann and the President of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for making the Guinness Book of World Records by singing in Konknni for 40 hours.
The Archbishop in his speech said that the Konknni language and its culture have a unifying quality that draws people together, and urged Goans to speak and read Konknni to keep the language alive and to propagate Konknni culture.
While addressing the crowd Mr. Eric asked not to discriminate against the Konknni language spoken by a group on the basis of script. Let Konknni flourish in all the three scripts i.e. Devanagari, Kannada and Roman. Mr. Yusuf Sheikh desired and opined that writers have the task to create an environment in society where everybody could live in peace and harmony.
Mr. Wilson Mazarello presented ‘Konknni Martir Floriano Vaz Puroskar’ to Mr. . Daniel F. da Souza for his Konknni book in Roman script ‘Koslich Malis Nastana’. The award consisted of a memento and cash Rs. 5,000/-.
TSKK in collaboration with Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore has published 3 volumes of devotional songs in audiocassettes and CDs entitled ‘Bhakti Sobhann’. Lyrics for these devotional songs in these cassettes were written by Fr. Pratap Naik, S.J. The booklet of these lyrics was published by TSKK in collaboration with Michael Gracias of Queenie Productions, Velsao, was released by Mr. Eric Ozario during the function. The DVD ‘TSKK Darshan’ providing full information on activities, and facilities available at TSKK was released by Purnanand Chari, the president of Konknni Bhasha Mandal, Margao during the function.
‘Lourenço Umbelina Scholarship’ of Rs. 1,800/- was given to Miss Concy Fernandes from Vasco by Mr. Premanand Lotlikar. As part of Silver Jubilee Year TSKK organized Fancy dress, drawing and colouring, poster, fancy lamp making and Rangoli competitions were held for students and adults. Prizes for all the prize winners were distributed on this day at the hands of Jesuit Provincial of Goa Province Fr. Anthony da Silva, S.J.
Young Chico and his group sang Konknni Film Songs after the main function. Ms Shilpa Salvi and Ms Netra Veluskar of TSKK compeered the function and Ms Preeta Naik delivered a vote of thanks.
Edited & Published By Raj Francis Pereira