Konkani speaking population of Karnataka, in particular in the district of ‘South Kanara’, have been responsible for all round growth. Be it in Agriculture, Business, Trade, Social, Political, Cultural or in Philanthropy they have played an important role.
The World Konkani Centre is a befitting monument for their contribution, An excellent structure with apt cultural aspects is a prestigious centre of Mangalore.
May Sri Manjunatha Swamy bless the Centre and the Community.
Dr. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmasthala
April 28, 2012.
I was delighted to visit the World Konkani Centre. Truly a centre for all Konkanis in our country. My congratulations to all the community leaders led by the Late Shri K.K Pai and Basti Vaman Shenoy for the yeoman service to the community. I am sure that the generation which would follow would have continued access to the centre so as to understand, follow and keep in touch with the Konkani Heritage. My good wishes to the Centre and everyone involved in their efforts.
K. Vaman Kamath
August 2, 2009.
Konkanis have lived on this Earth for too long, struggled, fought and survived onslaught to keep their own identity and language going for several countries. Konkani is bedrock on which we will see many icons of that identity survive.
This Centre will ensure that Konkani will flourish in all parts of the World. I salute the dedication of Basti Vaman Shenoy mam to make this happen. I am a very proud Konkani.
Suresh Prabhkar Prabhu
March 8, 2011
Thank you so much for the kind and generous hospitality. I am truly overwhelmed by honouring my father, you have brought him alive for me. He was a proud Konkani and would have been very happy to see the World Konkani Centre. May the Centre gorw and flourish and become the capital of Konkani Culture and identity.
March 6, 2010
I am extremely happy to visit and see for myself the preservation of the culture and heritage of the Konkani speaking people. A society without roots, a community without culture and individuals without a language rooted in culture, will be souless and perish. As the Konkani speaking people get a modern education and become global citizens it is essential that they take steps to preserve and enhance their heritage, so that their children would be proud inheritors of the culture and knowledge of their forefathers. All of us are descendants of a long line of our ancestors who have enriched our heritage and it is our duty to add to it and pass it on.
I commend this vision and the Centre and call on all Konkani speaking people, from all over the world to contribute to this cause!.
T. V. Mohandas Pai,
November 19, 2009