Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation is a registered non profit cultural organisation. It was founded with the singular objective of preserving and promoting Konkani language, art, culture, literature and folklore.
The First World Konkani Convention held in Mangalore 1995 was indeed a landmark event as for the Konkani speaking people spread across the globe are concerned. It was the mandate received by over 5000 delegates present at the convention that paved the way for the setting up of Konkani Bhas and Samskriti Pratistan (Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation) in 1996.
World Konkani Convention was held in Mangalore from December 16 to 22nd in 1995 with great fanfare and splendor in the presence of 5,000 delegates and lakhs of visitors who came from different parts of the world to participate in this first of its kind gathering of Konkanis. For 7 days Konkanis deliberated on various issues pertaining to Konkani language, art, culture, literature and folklore etc,. The Convention culminated with the passing of the final resolution at its valedictory function, which was a mandate for establishing a permanent abode for the preservation and promotion of Konkani language, art, culture, literature and folklore.
Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Karnatak, the organiser of the convention, founded the Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation with a broader constitution to fulfil this mandate. The then President of the Konkani Bhasha Mandal as well as the Chief Convener of the World Konkani Convention Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy became the President of the Foundation. Eminent Konkani leader and philanthropist Shri K.K. Pai became the Chairman of the Foundation.
Since its inception, the Foundation has been working untiringly to fulfil the aspirations of Konkani speaking people spread across the world in preserving their Languae, unique culture, traditions and way of life for posterity. As a testimony to its untiring efforts today World Konkani Centre stands tall at 3 acres of scenic Konkani Gaon at Shakti Nagar, Mangalore.