Mangalore: It is a great moment of pride to the entire Konkani community of Karnataka that, the Best Konkani Book award for the year 2011 by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi has been conferred on the poetry book ‘Prakraticho Paas’, by veteran Konkani poet Melvyn Rodrigues from Mangalore. The award was presented on 14th of February 2012 by Sahitya Akademi by Chairman Sunil Gangopadhyaya at New Delhi.
To celebrate this occasion the Konkani Associations and periodicals have decided to felicitate the celebrated poet Melvyn Rodrigues on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at Milagres Jubilee Hall at 5.30 under the leadership of Daiji Dubai , the forum of Konkani Writes in the U.A.E.Sri Pundalik Naik , Goa , Convenor, Konkani Advisory Board Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi will be the chief guest and Dr Madhavi Sardesai, Editor , Zaag and Professor of Konkani at University of Goa and Fr Walter D Mello, Parish Priest , Milagres Church Mangalore will be the Guets of honour.
Melvyn – A Poet, a Movement:
Melvyn Rodrigues started writing at the age of sixteen. He is not only a poet but also a seasoned short story writer , columnist and journalist. He has worked as sub editor in many leading periodicals. He has edited and published many books under the banner of Pragati Prakashan. He has written lyrics. But for a last 10 years he has dedicated himself exclusively for Konkani poetry and working very hard for the promotion ok Konkani poetry.
To strengthen erstwhile neglected Konkani poetry he constituted Kavita Trust and presently the chairman of the trust. This trust conducts poetry sessions, seminars, workshops on Konkani poetry , not only nooks and corners of twin districts of Mangalore, Udupi but also in Mumbai and UAE. Once in a year this Trust conducts Poetry Festival, honors a senior poet with an award, conducts poetry writing competition among school children and poetry reciting competition to youngsters on national level. Apart from this, Kavita Trust publishes the books of poetry. Poet Melvyn is often referred as Poet creating poets in Konkani because due his efforts and movement many youngsters got attracted towards Konkani poetry and many started writing again who stopped writing in Konkani. After serving 14 years in UAE , now he settled in Mangalore. He is Directors (Operations) of www. Daijiworld.com and Editor of Konkanipoetry.com.
Melvyn – Konkani Literary Marvel:
‘Mogapello’ ( 1989 ) ‘Fintham’ ( 1996 ) ‘Vaat’ ( 2003 ) and ‘Prakraticho Paas’ ( 2008 ) are collection of poetry. ‘Besan Jallem Kaliz’ ( 1983 ) Novellitte. ‘Shabdulim’ ( 2003 ) Collection of Essays. ‘Kani Jali Cahli’ ( 1995 ) Collection of translated short stories ok renowned kannada short story writer Yashawantha Chittala. ‘Dini Dini’ (2006 ) is the music album produced by him with all his lyrics. ‘Kupam Pondlim Mukam’ (2003) ‘Kalokanthilm Kontharam’ ( 2005) ‘Visavya Shekdyacho Konkni Kovitha’ (2007) ‘Kavlya Pavlachim Navlam’( 2008) ‘Geet ani Jivit’ ( 2011)-Collection of Wilfy Rebimbus Songs-are edited anthologies.
Melvyn – Konkani's Pride:
For the book Mogapello he has received Best Book Award from Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa in 1989. In the year 2006 Konkani Kutam Bahrain honored him with Konkani Kutam Award for Literature. In the year 2007 he was honored with Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi Honorary award. Prakraticho Paas book got Dr T M A Pai Foundation award in the year 2009.
Apart from this he has presented many papers in national seminars and participated and chaired poetry sessions at national level. He is actively involved in many Konkani Associations.
Its indeed a great moment of pride, honoring such a great personality who took Konkani to greater heights.
We request you to kindly accept the invitation and grace the function and give a deserving publicity. Invitation, Photograph of poet Melvyn and the cover page of award winning book is enclosed herewith. Soft copies of these will be mailed to you.
Present at the Press Meet :
Hemachrya (Editor, Daijiworld Weekly) – Convenor
H M Pernal (Editor, kittall.com) Secretary
Fr.Francis Rodrigues ( Editor , Raknno ) Spokesperson
Leslie Rego (President, Karaval Konkans) Cultural Programe Director
Titus Noronha (MD, Rahul Group ) Feliciation Programe Director,
Melvyn Rodrigues Feliciation Committee,
Edited and Published By Konkanifriends.com Team