Shri Pundalik N.Naik, Renowned Playwright and Poet will be conferred with Smt.Vimala V.Pai Sahitya Puraskar 2012 and Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Lifetime Award will be conferred on Adv. Uday L. Bhembre, litterateur, lyricist and activist of Konkani movement during a function to be held on December 12, 2012 at Mangalore.
Naik will receive Rs 1 lakh cash award and a citation for his collection of plays titled ‘Rang-Kavya’. ‘Rang-Kavya’ contains five of his new Konkani plays. The award will be conferred by Prof. Mallepuram G Venkateshara, Chancellor, Sanskrit University, Bangalore. On the occasion, Adv. Uday L. Bhembre, Konkani litterateur, lyricist and activist of Konkani movement will be awarded Smt. Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shri Naik is the President of Goa Konkani Academy. He was its president for two terms between 2002 and 2008. He has published more than 20 plays and numerous other genres of literature like novels, poetry, essays. His radio play ‘Mornakatto’ has won for him not only the All India Radio award but also an International Award. His book of plays ‘Chowrang’ won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in the year 1984. In 2010, he won the lifetime achievement award from Kala Academy, Goa. Shri Naik was chosen for this award by panel of juries headed by Adv. Uday L. Bhembre. The other members were Shri Tanaji Halrankar, Fr Mark Walder, Shri Melvyn Rodrigues and Shri Gokuldas Prabhu.
The book release function of Konkani translation of Kannada Novel ‘Thembare,’ authored by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas was held on November 11 at the World Konkani Centre, Shaktinagar, Mangalore.
The book which was translated by Ramesh Lad, Goa was released by Dr. M. Veerappa Moily.
“People should not uproot themselves from their cultural background. Wherever they go they should always portray it. As our cultural background gives a distinct identity,” said Dr. Moily after releasing the book.
“People should fight against injustice. Comradeship between people should be encouraged. These are the two main messages which I have tried to convey in my book,” Dr Moily said. “There is a need to develop scientific temperament to fight against faulty cultural practices and give birth to new ones. People should always rely on their inner strength when faced with adversities. Just like a tree which grows back again even after being cut. People should strengthen their roots to such an extent that they will grow back again. Our mind should undergo change only then the country can be changed” he added.
“The rebellious nature in youngsters should not be stifled by elders. As the same rebellion nature will give birth to revolution and through my book I have tried to grow the seeds of rebellion,” Dr Moily explained.
Lauding the achievements of Basti Vaman Shenoy, Dr Moily said that “Basti Vaman Shenoy not only saw a dream of setting up Konkani Language and Culture Foundation but also fulfilled it. We need ‘dreamers,’ like him if the language and literature have to grow. “
He also lauded the efforts of Ramesh Lad in translating the book.
In his address Dr. Narendra Rai Derla, Head, Department of Kannada, Dr. Shivaram Karanth Government First Grade College, Bellare said that “Dr. Moily has outlined the life of the performers through his words. He has explained to us the inner conflicts, struggles of the performer.”
“He has also mirrored the feeling of women in his book,” he added.
“When politicians embrace literature then one can be assured that the country is in good hands,” Dr Derla said.
Ramesh Lad, translator thanked the World Konkani Centre for giving him the opportunity to translate the book and said he enjoyed translating the book.
In his welcome address Basyi Vaman Shenoy,President, World Konkani Centre recalled how Veerappa Moily was instrumental in setting up of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation when he was the Chief Minister.
He also outlined the translation works taken up by KLCF and said that already 15 books were published.
Ramesh Lad was felicitated on the occasion by Dr Moily.
Naresh R. Kini, Trustee, World Konkani Centre delivered the vote of thanks and Venkatesh N.Baliga, Secretary, World Konkani Centre compered the programme.
Kudupi Jagdish Shenoy, Raghunath Shet, Tejomaya and other dignitaries were present during the occasion.
A prayer was sung by Bhavana and group.