Vishwa Konkani Abhiyan is a mass movement for Konkani awakening providing the impetus for the future growth of Konkani language and culture under the auspices of World Konkani Centre.
To spread the message of World Konkani Centre worldover it is felt necessary to have programmes on both Konkani literature and art and culture on an ongoing basis. For the purpose of this great expedition we should look beyond regional, provincial, linguistic or religious boundaries. We have to enlist the involvement not only of Konkani people and institutions but also organizations, institutions, associations of both literature and culture from other languages.
These programmes, which held from Delhi to Kochi and Ahmedabad to Kolkata, will enable Konkani writers, artists and researchers to reach out to these categories of people from other languages through seminars, workshops, art and repertories and cultural programmes. The interactions – Mulakaths – will provide Konkanis people with an opportunity to know the latest trends in the literature and culture of other languages on national and regional levels.
All these interactions on organizational /institutional and personal levels will surely boost their morale and creative ethos of Konkani writers and artistes. And these exercises will surely help Konkani language to identify itself at regional and national levels in the near future.
During the Abhiyan exhibition and sale of Konkani books will also be arranged so that information about valuable Konkani literature will be available to the participants besides serving as a sales promotion. The Konkani Books Exhibition section will include sales of Konkani dictionaries, vocabulary books, creative and research literature as well CDs and DVDs. Due publicity will be given to Book Exhibition in all our publicity materials and handouts.
Inauguration at New Delhi
Vishwa Konkani Abhiyan made a formal beginning on Sunday the October 12, 2008 at Delhi Karnataka Sangha Auditorium, in association with Delhi Karnataka Sangha, Punjabi Akademi, Urdu Tehzeeb, Hindi Academy, Saraswat Sanskriti Mandir and Goa Konkani Akademi.
The inaugural function was presided over by Dr. V. R. Panchamukhi, Former Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati and Former Chairman ICSSR, New Delhi. Smt. Margaret Alva (former chairperson, First Vishwa Konkani Sammelan) and M. Veerappa Moily (former Chief Minister of Karnataka and presently the chairman, Admininistrative Reforms Commission) were the chief guests. Dr Purushotham Bilimale, president Delhi Karnataka Sangha, Dr Rawail Singh, secretary Delhi Punjabi Academy, Shri Brajraj Singh Rathor, secretary, Delhi Hindi Academy, Shri A.S. Bhambra, Director, Urdu Tehzeeb, Shri M.R. Nayak, general manager, Corporation Bank and Dr Tanaji Halarnkar, vice president, Goa Konkani Akademi were the guests of honour.
Smt. Margaret Alva in her inaugural speech complimented the the Prathistan for the efforts in fostering national unity through language.
M. Veerappa Moily released the the book ‘Mahakavi Govind Pai’ (translated in Hindi by Dr L. Suneetha Bai, Kochi) and declared that he had considered Govind Pai as his Guru who was kind and gracious enough to younger writers.
Dr Panchamukhi, in his presidential address said that all the languages have taken their due from Sanskrit literature and developed the literatures of their respective languages. He praised the initiative taken by the Pratisthan in organizing this important event and called the project as an innovative movement fostering harmony among different languages and writers. He complimented Basti Vaman Shenoy for his dynamic leadership and spirited commitment to the cause.
Seminar on the theme ‘Integration through languages’ and ‘Indian literature is one — written in many languages’ was organised during the occasion. Dr Tanaji Halarnkar was the moderator of the seminar with the participation of eminent scholars from Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian, Kannada and Konkani Languages.
The speakers included Dr. Sherif Hussain Qasemi, former Head of Department of Persian Language Delhi University, Prof. Abdul Haq, former head of the Department of Urdu Delhi University, Mahesh Darpan, noted Hindi author, Dr. Prem Singh, a multi-lingual scholar, Dr.Karanjeet Singh of Punjabi Academy, Dr.Purushottam Bhimale, President of Delhi Karnataka Sangha and Dr. A. S. Bhambra of Urdu Tehzeeb.
In his valedictory address, I. Ramamohan Rao, former Principal Information Officer to Government of India and a columnist declared that the seminar was organized at the right time. He also stated that language, as a medium of communication, is a binding factor and not a tool for instigation to divide the people, as seen in certain parts of the country. He said that all languages were siblings in a single family and therefore, it was futile to debate on superiority of one language or the other.
Konkani Drama ‘Gaanti’ by the famous cine and stage artiste, director Kasargod Chinna and his troupe was held in the evening.
- 1st Phase: New Delhi – Baroda – Mumbai –Pune – Honnavar – Bhatkal
- 2nd Phase: Kolhapur – Belgaum – Dharwad – Hubli – Sirsi – Yellapur
- 3rd Phase: Karwar – Ankola – Kumta – Honnavar – Bhatkal
- 4th Phase: Shirali – Kundapur – Udupi – Karkal
- 5th Phase: Chickmagalur – Shimoga – Davanagere – Bellary
- 6th Phase: Belthangady – Bantwal – Panemangalore – Puttur – Jalsur (Sullia)
- 7th Phase: Mysore – Bangalore at 2 places (Malleshwaram & Jayanagar or Basavanagudi)
- 8th Phase: Kasargod – Nileshwar – Cannanore – Calicut – Kochi
- 9th Phase: Chennai – Coimbatore – Erode – Selam etc.