Mangalore, June 13 : The birth centenary celebrations of Konkani poet Balakrishna Bhagwant Borkar was held at the World Konkani Centre (WKC) on June 13. Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation and Kavita Trust jointy organised the day-long programme.
Nagesh Karmali, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Winner and Goa’s freedom fighter, inaugurated the event by garlanding the portrait of Bakibab Borkar.
Being a student of Bakibab Borkar at a young age, and backed by the rich experience of having worked with him, Shri Karmali portrayed Bakibab’s life as well his freedom struggle. He recalled how Bakibab got transformed into a freedom fighter and resigned his job as a school teacher, the day after Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia delivered speech at Margoa on June 18.
Shri Karmali said Bakibab was a commercial person with emotional mind.
Karmali also recalled Bakibab’s meeting with the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
“Bakibab was a trendsetter in Marathi as well as Konkani poetry. He was one of the greatest Marathi poets after Jnaneshwar. He was not only a good poet but also was conscious of what he was writing. He practiced what he preached.” Shri Karmali added.
Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, WKC, said Bakibab was a hero.
In his address Melvyn Rodrigues, President, Kavita Trust, said “Bakibab started writing in the thirties of the last century, at a time when most of the writers were influenced by Gandhiism and nationalism. He was powerful amongst all other poets.”
Hemacharya, Editor-in-chief, Daijiworld Weekly and member of Bakibab Birth Centenary Celebrations Committee was present. Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, WKC compered the programme.
A symposium was held on Bakibab’s poems. Prof. Narayan Desai, Goa, moderated the session. Rajay Pawar presented his paper on the theme ‘Resistance in Bakibab’s poems,’ while Bhushan Bhave spoke on ‘Linguistic poems in Bakibab;s poems.’
A poetry session was held in the afternoon. H. M. Pernal, Konkani poet and critic presided.
Poets Venkatesh Nayak, S. N. Saipangallu, Shakuntala R. Kini, Wilma Bantwal, Jerry Rasquinha, Andrew L D’Cunha and Rajay Pawar recited poems.
‘Noopura’- book of Kannada translations of Bakibab’s poems was released by U. K. Kumaranath, Resident Editor, Vijaya Karnataka. These poems were translated by Shakuntala R. Kini.
Gurudutt Baliga, Assistant Director, World Institute of Konkani Language, compered programme.
A musical rendition on Bakibab’s eight poems was held on the occasion. Music compositions were done by Ustad Rafique Khan. Vasanti R. Shenoy, Ravindra Prabhu, Divya Sujir and Deeksha Sujir were on vocals. G. Gopalkrishnan, Gururaj M. B., Gangadhar Kannur and Deepak Suratkal were on violin, keyboard, rhythm pad and table respectively.
Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, WKC, proposed the vote of thanks.
Basti Vaman Shenoy, president of World Konkani Centre in his inaugural address gave an account of the Three Point Strategy to promote Konkani Education in Schools. Accordingly 1) the Centre has arranged for providing service of qualified Teachers to teach Konkani in ten selected schools. 2) Orientation programmes will be held in schools for parents to clear their misconceptions. 3) Introduction of Konkani Methodology in D.Ed and B.Ed training courses.
The Chief guest of the function Dr. K. Mohan Pai, explained the need of studying Konkani in School which presently spoken only at domestic circles.
Management Representative Dr. Devadas Pai and Head Mistress of the school Smt Kavita expressed their happiness to introduce Konkani in Chinmaya School. They assured the parents that Konkani will continue as third language till 10th standard in the school. Member of the School Management Hundi Prabha Kamath was present.
Konkani Teacher of the school Ms. Pramila Prathima D’souza welcomed the guest. Student Ms. Hina Mathias was compered and Ms. Preethi proposed vote of thanks.
World Konkani Centre will host a daylong programme in commemoration of Great Konkani Poet Bakibab Borkar in association with Kavita Trust.
The Konkani Bhasha Vidyarthi Mandal (KBVM) of Canara College was inaugurated by Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre (WKC) at Canara College.
In his inaugural address Shri Shenoy said that the good times of Konkani has arrived. It is the right time for the community to build up an academic enthusiasm in the Language so as to give their due to the mother tongue.
A certificate course on Appreciation of Konkani Literature was launched by Paul Moras, President, Konkani Writers Forum.
In his address Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, WKC said that “in a world where youths are drifting away from the language and culture, students of Canara College have shown that they still hope that our language and culture would survive by taking great interest in initiating Konkani Bhasha Vidyarthi Mandal.
Prof Satish Bhat, Student Welfare Officer, Canara College, Seema Prabhu S., Faculty Advisor, KBVM, welcomed the gathering. Vishwa Pai delivered the vote of thanks. Amit Rasquinha was the master of ceremony.