VISHWA KONKANI SCHOLARSHIP 2017 – NOTIFICATION


DATE: 10th June 2017

WORLD KONKANI CENTRE CALLS APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund set up by World Konkani Centre, Mangaluru, Invites applications for Merit-Cum-Means Scholarships-2017 from Konkani Speaking students belonging to any caste and religion, seeking professional education in the stream of Engineering and MBBS. Eligibility Criteria will be as follows.

  1. Only candidates with Konkani as mother tongue can apply for this scholarship regardless of caste and religion. Mother tongue certificate need to be provided while applying.
  2. Only Candidates who are seeking admission to the FIRST Year of the Engineering or MBBS course in 2017 can apply.
  3. Only Candidates who scored above 70% in SSLC and in the core subjects in PUC and also secured a Ranking of 20,000 or below in the Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply.
  4. Only Candidates whose total Family Income is less than Rs. 4.50 Lakhs per annum can apply. The references from Family Doctor and a Chartered Accountant should be provided in this regard while applying.
  5. Student should be willing to sponsor 2 students after completion of studies and after securing employment and should contribute 20 days in the year 2017-18 to the community service.

Most deserving candidates will be selected on the basis of verifications by independent panelists and each of the selected candidates will be awarded scholarships amounting Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 40,000 for the Engineering and MBBS aspirants respectively.

Candidates fulfilling above criteria can apply Online for the Scholarships 2017 through an online application module set up by world Konkani Centre on website: www.vishwakonkani.org. Application module will be opened for applying from 10th June 2017. Application Module will be active only till the last date for application 10th July, 2017. Applications received in hardcopy will not be processed for the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarships 2017. Candidates can login to the website for detailed instructions on preparation for the application process and terms and conditions of the Scholarship Programme.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ envisages grant of Merit-cum-Means Scholarships to students having Konkani language as their mother tongue. Instituted in the year 2010 as envisioned by the eminent thinker and corporate leader T.V. Mohandas Pai, the VKSSF has successfully raised and awarded more than 14,000 scholarships to the tune of about Rs. 15.00 crores. Every year it awards more than 2000 scholarships amounting Rs. 3.00 Crores to deserving students in various disciplines.

As the Fund is functioning on the basis of ‘Stream’ concept, the entire amount generated every year will be distributed to the beneficiaries and no separate corpus will be maintained. Contributions to the Fund will be eligible for Tax Exemption under section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ is administered by a Governing Council comprising eminent personalities. Ramadas Kamath U., Executive Vice President, Infosys is the President of the Fund and Pradeep G. Pai, Managing Director of Hangyo Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd., is the secretary. The council is also guided by Basti Vaman Shenoy, the founder and the president of World Konkani Centre, Dr. Dayananda Pai the Chairman of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation and R.V. Deshpande, the Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation.

BVS-VK Seva Puraskar 2016: Nominations Invited


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Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Shakti Nagar, Mangalore has announced TWO Annual Awards in the name of Vishwa Konkani Sardar Sri Basti Vaman Shenoy the doyen of Konkani movement. The Awards are constituted to recognize outstanding contributions by Konkani-speaking individuals or organisations managed by Konkanies in fields such as Education, Governance, Social Service, Health Care, Science, Journalism, Literature (Other than Konkani Language), Performing Arts, Humanities, Industry, Commerce, Sports etc. There are separate awards for men and women. The awards are constituted as part of `Vision TVM’ which dreams of One Strong Konkani Community by 2030. Both awards carry a purse of Rs.1.00 lakh apart from a citation. Following are the criteria for nominations:

1. The Nominee can be an individual/individuals/institution.

2. The mother tongue of the Nominee should be Konkani

3. Age of the Awardee should be more than 18 years.

5. In case of Institutions, the same should be managed by Konkani people and the founders are to be Konkanies.

7. In case of an institution it should be in service for a minimum period of five years at the time of considering its Nomination for the award.

8. Self nominations are allowed by individuals and institutions

Nominations forms may be downloaded from www.vishwakonkani.org and sent to the Chairman, BVS Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar Selection Committee, Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Lobo Prabhu Nagar – Konkani Gaon, Shakti Nagar, Mangalore-575 016 by 20.09.2016.

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VISHWA KONKANI SAHITYA SAMAROH 2015


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World Konkani Centre in association with Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka and Department of English, Goa University organised a TWO day literary extravaganza called VISHWA KONKANI SAHITYA SAMAROH – 2015 on 5th and 6th November 2015 at World Konkani Centre, Mangaluru. Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh, which was aimed at enriching literary experiences in Konkani, featuring talks, panel discussions, research papers presentation, a memorial lecture and a Campfire Poetry session. Scholars, Literary Personalities, Research Students and enthusiasts from Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala participated in this two day festival.

Dr. Udayanarayana Singh, Chair, Centre for Endangered Languages, Santiniketan, inaugurating the Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh 2015.

Dr. Udayanarayana Singh, Chair, Centre for Endangered Languages, Santiniketan, inaugurating the Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh 2015.

Eminent linguist and literary personality Dr. Udaya Narayana Singh, Chair, Centre for Endangered Languages, Vishwa Bharathi, Santi Niketan, West Bengal inaugurated the Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh at 9.00 a.m. on 5th November 2015. Dr. K. Byrappa, hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University presided over the inaugural ceremony and Shri Chandrahas Rai, Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka was the chief guest.

“Creation and Transcreation – A National Seminar on Contemporary Konkani Women Writers” which had attracted many research scholars from literary field was part of the Samaroh begin with an address on the theme by Shri M. Prabhakar Joshy, eminent scholar.  A panel discussion was also held on the theme focussing on the Translation aspects and the contribution of the Translation studies in Indian Literature featuring eminent writers and translators such as Vidya Pai, Dr. Geeta Shenoy, Dr. Judy Pinto, Sheela Kolambkar, Tara Bhat, Jaimala Danait, Meena Kakodkar, P. Ramesh Pai, Pundalik Naik, Ramesh lad as panellists and discussants. About 20 research papers were presented during the sessions, by Research Scholars from various universities on the theme.  Dr. Kiran Budkuley, Dean, Faculty of Languages, Goa University and Co-Convener of the Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh Chaired the research paper presentation sessions.

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At  6.30 p.m. on 5th November 2015, A lecture in memory of Shri J.M. Lobo Prabhu and Smt. Louella Lobo Prabhu was presented by eminent writer and poet Shri Jerry Pinto, Mumbai followed by interactive session. The Session was chaired by Mrs. Giselle D. Mehta, Writer and Philanthropist. The topic of the Lecture was”Translating Poetry – Challenges of Creativity and Fidelity”

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As a special attraction a unique Campfire Poetry session has been organised as part of the samaroh, amidst the serene campus of World Konkani Centre, Chaired by Poet Melvyn Rodrigues and eminent poets such as H.M. Pernal, Andrew L. D’cunha, and Shakuntala Kini took part in this session as poets and discussants.

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On 6th November 2015 at 9.00 a.m. A talk on “Translating the World – Strategies and Innovation” was delivered by Dr. Udaya Narayana Singh followed by a very vibrant Panel discussion on “From Creative mind to a Translator’s Pen: Shifts and Adaptations of the Craft”. The Panel was moderated by eminent critic and writer S.R.Vijay Shankar and eminent writers such as Vivek Shanbhag, Dr. Uday Narayana Singh, Jerry Pinto and T.N. Vishwambaran were the panellists.

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Dr. Kiran Budkuley, Co-convener of the Samaroh delivered the valedictory address. The Valedictory session was be presided by Dr. B. A. Vivek Rai, Former Vice Chancellor of KSOU and Hampi Kannada Universities. Shri T.V.Mohandas Pai addressed the scholarly audience on the occasion and laid out his vision to elevate the Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh in to an international event. Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy, Founder and President of World Konkani Centre welcomed the gathering.

Speakers at Valedictory

The Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Samaroh 2015 was culminated with a public function at 4.00 p.m. at T.V.Raman Pai Convention Hall, Kodial Bail, Mangaluru for bestowing the awardees with Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar – 2015 and Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konakni Seva Puraskar 2015. For her Konkani Novel “Vastu”, Eminent Konkani writer Meena Kakodkar was honoured with this year’s Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar, For an anthology of Konkani Poems, “Anjurachem Paan”, eminent Poet Andrew D’Cunha was honoured with Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Kavita Kruti Puraskar and doyen of Konkani movement Shri Suresh Gundu Amonkar was honoured for his life time contribution to the Konkani movement with Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Jeevan Siddhi Samman. Madam Grace Pinto, founder of Ryan Group of Institutions and Shri H. Shantaram, Bhandarkar’s Institutions Kundapur honoured with Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar 2015 for their exemplary service in the field of education.

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Dr. Udaya Narayana Singh, Chair, Centre for Endangered Languages, Vishwa Bharathi, Santiniketan who is also former director of Central Institute of Indian languages honoured the awardees and presented the awards in the august presence of Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai. Founder and president of World Konkani Centre Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy welcomed the gathering, Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai delivered the Felicitation Address. A samvad session was held to introduce the literary awardees to the audience which was conducted by Dr. Kiran Budkuley, Dean, Faculty of Languages and Literature. Dr. Grace Pinto and Dr. H. Shantaram delivered acceptance addresses. Shri Naresh R. Kini presented vote of thanks.

MOU Signed for Digitising Manjeshwar Govinda Pai Collection of Books


The World Konkani Centre has taken up the task of digitizing 5,000 books of Rashtakavi Manjeshwar Govinda Pai. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the World Konkani Centre and the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Memorial Trust here on Saturday 12-09-2015 at World Konkani Centre, Mangaluru.
The MOu was signed by President of World Konkani Centre Sri Basti Vaman Shenoy and Managing Trustee of the Govinda Pai Trust Sri D. K. Chowta.
The Manipal – based Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre which has preserved these books are providing them to facilitate digitization. The World Konkani Centre will degitise 200-250 books per month and it has planned to finish the work in another 30 months.
Writer and the former Kannada University Vice Chancellor Prof. B. A. Vivek Rai said with digitization, the works of Govinda Pai will reach a far wider audience. The works include books not only in Kannada, Sanskrith and English but also in latin, German, Japanese that Govinda Pai had read and had made notes. “By going through notes on the Kittle Dictionary, Govinda Pai gives definitions to words” Prof. Vivek Rai asked the Trust and the Centre to invite foreign Language Students to their Centres and facilitate study of personal collection of Govinda Pai.
Former Union Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily , who is the Chairman of Trust, said following digitization of Govinda Pais works the World Konkani Centre will provide a copy it to the Trust. The digitized works will be available at the library coming up at the poet’s house in Majheshwar that was being resorted as a part of ‘GILIVINDU’ Project of the Trust. Mr. Moily said funds from Karnataka and Kerala Governments were being used for the project. Apart from resorting Govinda Pais house, the trust was constructing a state of art auditorium and three guest houses. Mr. Chowta has taken up work of making a 6 feet hight bronze statue of Late M. Govinda Pai.

BVS – VK Seva Puraskar 2015 – Nominations invited


Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Shakti Nagar, Mangalore has announced TWO Annual Awards in the name of Vishwa Konkani Sardar Sri Basti Vaman Shenoy the doyen of Konkani movement. The Awards are constituted to recognize outstanding contributions by Konkani-speaking individuals or organisations managed by Konkanies in fields such as Education, Governance, Social Service, Health Care, Science, Journalism, Literature (Other than Konkani Language), Performing Arts, Humanities, Industry, Commerce, Sports etc. There are separate awards for men and women. The awards are constituted as part of `Vision TVM’ which dreams of One Strong Konkani Community by 2030. Both awards carry a purse of Rs.1.00 lakh apart from a citation. Following are the criteria for nominations:

1. The Nominee can be an individual/individuals/institution.

2. The mother tongue of the Nominee should be Konkani

3. Age of the Awardee should be more than 18 years.

5. In case of Institutions, the same should be managed by Konkani people and the founders are to be Konkanies.

7. In case of an institution it should be in service for a minimum period of five years at the time of considering its Nomination for the award.

8. Self nominations are allowed by individuals and institutions

Nominations forms may be downloaded from www.vishwakonkani.org and sent to the Chairman, BVS Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar Selection Committee, Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Lobo Prabhu Nagar – Konkani Gaon, Shakti Nagar, Mangalore-575 016 by 15.09.2015.

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NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON “SAFEGUARDING KONKANI INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE”


Mangalure, Feb 9: “Though a minority community, Konkani people are culturally rich,” said Dr Shubha Choudhuri, associate director, American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi.

She was speaking as the chief faculty during the national workshop on ‘Safeguarding Konkani Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)’ on Sunday February 8 at the World Konkani Center, Mangaluru. The workshop was organised by Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation in association with the state department of Kannada and Culture, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, Goa Konkani Akademi, Konkani Sahitya Akademi, Kerala, Mangalore Univeristy and Goa University.

In her speech Dr Choudhuri said that Karnataka is blessed to have many cultural identities and promised all kinds of support and guidance to communities of Konkani coming forward to safeguard their ICH. The only one UNESCO trained representative from India, Bhutan and Nepal in the field of ICH, Dr Choudhuri gave a detailed power point presentation of safeguarding a community’s cultural heritage, giving definitions of various terminologies involved, explaining why we need to safeguard the ICH, the difference between preserving and safeguarding a culture and the help one community might get from UNESCO, if they adopt a scientific approach in identifying the communities and making an inventory of their ICH.

More than 100 cultural practitioners, cultural activists, representatives of Konkani organisations and communities, experts, researchers, academicians and students took part in this day-long workshop.

Chandrahasa Rai, assistant director, department of Kannada and culture, inaugurated the workshop in the morning by lighting the lamp along with other dignitaries on the dais. “By organising this workshop, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation has honoured Kannada culture,” said Rai in his speech. Pundalik Naik, president, Goa Konkani Akademi, Ramesh Pai, president, Konkani Sahitya Akademi, Kerala, Dr Kiran Budkuley, HoD, department of English, Goa University, Basti Vaman Shenoy, president, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation were present on the dais.

Venkatesh Baliga, vice-president, welcomed the gathering. Alan Pereira, vice president, read the message sent by Shigeru Aoyagi, director, UNESCO office, New Delhi. The message said “intangible heritage cannot be kept in the museum, but has to be kept alive”.

Guru Baliga, assistant director, World Konkani Centre, gave a brief sketch of the plans the Centre wants to implement in safeguarding the ICH. (intangible cultural heritage). “If a photographer sees a person lying on the road because of accident, his priority would be to click photographs, rather than helping the injured take to hospital. In the same way, we give importance to documenting a culture, rather than safeguarding it,” said Guru Baliga in his introductory remarks.

Girija and Parvati representatives from the Kudumi community did the musical invocation at the beginning. Paliya Gaonkar and Akshata Bhat compered the whole day’s proceedings.

There was a panel discussion in the afternoon which was chaired by Dr Kiran Budkuley. A DVD of ‘Shigmo’ – cultural festival of Kudumis was released during the occasion.

Naresh Kini, secretary proposed vote of thanks.

VISHWA KONKANI SCHOLARSHIP – 2015


DATE: 10th June 2015

WORLD KONKANI CENTRE CALLS APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund set up by World Konkani Centre, Mangalore, Invites applications for Merit-Cum-Means Scholarships-2015 from Konkani Speaking students belonging to any caste and religion, seeking professional education in the stream of Engineering and MBBS. Eligibility Criteria will be as follows.

  1. Only candidates with Konkani as mother tongue can apply for this scholarship regardless of cast and religion. Mother tongue certificate need to be provided while applying.
  2. Only Candidates who are seeking admission to the FIRST Year of the Engineering or MBBS course in 2015 can apply.
  3. Only Candidates who scored above 70% in SSLC and in the core subjects in PUC and also secured a Ranking of 20,000 and below in the Common Entrance Test (CET) can apply.
  4. Only Candidates whose total Family Income is less than Rs. 4.50 Lakhs per annum can apply. The references from Family Doctor and a Chartered Accountant should be provided in this regard while applying.
  5. Student should be willing to sponsor 2 students after completion of studies and after securing employment and should contribute 20 days in the year 2015-16 to the community service.

Most deserving candidates will be selected on the basis of verifications by independent panelists and each of the selected candidates will be awarded scholarships amounting Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 40,000 for the Engineering and MBBS aspirants respectively.

Candidates fulfilling above criteria can apply Online for the Scholarships 2015 through an online application module set up by world Konkani Centre on website: www.vishwakonkani.org. Application module will be opened for applying from 10th June 2015. Application Module will be active only till the last date for application 10th July, 2015. Applications received in hardcopy will not be processed for the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarships 2015. Candidates can login to the website for detailed instructions on preparation for the application process and terms and conditions of the Scholarship Scheme.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ envisages grant of Merit-cum-Means Scholarships to students having Konkani language as their mother tongue. Instituted in the year 2010 as envisioned by the eminent thinker and corporate leader T.V. Mohandas Pai, the VKSSF has successfully raised and awarded 6000 scholarships to the tune of about Rs. 8.00 crores. Every year it awards more than 2000 scholarships amounting Rs. 3.00 Crores to deserving students in various disciplines.

As the Fund is functioning on the basis of ‘Stream’ concept, the entire amount generated every year will be distributed to the beneficiaries and no separate corpus will be maintained. Contributions to the Fund will be eligible for Tax Exemption under section 80(G) of the Income Tax Act.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ is administered by a Governing Council comprising eminent personalities. Ramadas Kamath U., Executive Vice President, Infosys is the President of the Fund and Pradeep G. Pai, Managing Director of Hangyo Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd., is the secretary. The council is also guided by Basti Vaman Shenoy, the founder and the president of World Konkani Centre, Dr. Dayananda Pai the Chairman of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation and R.V. Deshpande, the Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation.

Press Note has been released by Ramdas Kamath U., President of Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund.

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Summer Programme on General Linguistics


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION :

Dates: 20th to 25th May 2013 – 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.

World Konkani Centre announces a Week Long Summer Programme on General Linguistics from 20th to 25th May, 2013 at World Konkani Centre, Mangalore.

About the Course Theme: This course is an introduction to linguistics, the scientific study of language. In order to understand what language is, a number of topics are examined, including: The speech sound system (phonetics and phonology), The structure of words and sentences (morphology and syntax), The meaning of words and sentences (semantics), How language can differ across time, between speakers, regions, and situations etc. At the end of this course, one should understand what linguists study and have a good understanding of the core concepts in each of the above topics.

Programme: The course consists of 6 days, starting at 20th May 2013 until 25th May 2013. The typical layout of a course day consists of a morning and afternoon lecture. Each lecture will consist of a combination of classroom style lectures and interactive individual and group exercises and practical work.

Faculty: Eminent experts in Linguistics such as Dr. U.P. Updhyaya, Udupi, Dr. Rocky V. Miranda, Mysore, Dr. Madhavi Sardesai, Goa and Dr. Varija N., Mangalore will give lectures in above topics. Dr. Sushila Upadhyaya will share from her vast experiences in field study.

Registration Cost: The Programme is free of any charges. Participants will be provided with Course Materials and Refreshments. Accommodation is available on prior request.

Last date for registration is 18th May 2013.

Certification and Fellowship: Participation will entitle a certificate along with an eligibility to apply for a short-term fellowship from World Konkani Centre to participate in a field study project.

Eligibility: Any graduate with a passion for language can register for the programme online by submitting the REGISTRATION FORM.

For more details contact Gurudath Bantwalkar (9901570447), asst. Director, World Institute of Konkani Language, World Konkani Centre, Mangalore.

 

Book Release Function Of “Adhunika Konkani Kathegalu” and “Rutu Sankramana and other short stories”


Konkani short stories translated to Kannada :

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Konkani Bhas Ani Samskriti Prathishtan, Vishwa Konkani Kendra Shaktinagar, Mangalore  arranged Releasing Ceremony of two Kannada Books(Translation of Konkani Short stories) “Adhunika Konkani Kathegalu” and “Ruthu Sankramana and other short     stories” at Shri Kashi Mutt, Bengaluru in association   with Kannada and Cultural Department, Govt of Karnataka, Mahila  writers Assosiation and Bengaluru Kashi Mutt. Dr. P. Dayananda Pai, Chairman Vishwa Konkani Kendra presided.

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Dr. P. Dayananda Pai, Chairman Vishwa Konkani Kendra presided.

 

 

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Invitees present for the Function
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Konkani Bhas Ani Samskriti Prathistan and Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Pradhikara , Bengaluru together held  workshop on translation of Konkani short stories to Kannada in October 2012 at World Konkani Centre, Mangalore. And the translated story books are published in “Adhunika Konkani Kathegalu” and  “Rutu Sankramana and other short stories” of Shri Gokuldas Prabhu are translated by Dr. Geetha Shenoy and  published by Vishwa Konkani Sahitya were released during the above function.

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Unveiling Ceremony done by Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy, President World Konkani Centre

Unveiling by Shri Pradhan Gurudutt

Shri Sudhakar Shetty, Deputy Director, Kannada and Cultural Department.

Shri Vivek Shanbhag

 

In this grand Occasion Shri. Sudhakar Shetty, Deputy Director, Kannada and Cultural Department was the Chief guest . Dr Pradhan Gurudatt, President of Bengaluru Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Pradhikara and  Vivek Shanbhag, famous Kannada writer and editor “Desh Kala” a quarterly gave introduction of the translated books. Shri K.Gokuldas Prabhu, the Konkani writer and Winner of Kendra Sahitya Academy,  and Dr. Geetha Shenoy the Editor and the translator spoke on the occasion. And Vishwa Konkani Saradar, Shri Bast Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre, welcomed the gathering.

Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy welcomed the gathering.

Shri Vivek Shanbhag

Book Release of Rutu Sankramana and other short stories

Book Release of Adhunika Konkani Kathegalu

Book Release function, a successful evening

Unveiling Ceremony of Bust of Late Shri K.K.Pai


Dr. P. Dayanand Pai, Chairman, Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, unveiled the bust of late Shri K. K. Pai, banker, philanthropist, and founding Chairman of the Foundation, at World Konkani Center on Thursday the 28th February 2013.

Dr. Dayananda Pai Unveiling the Bust of Late Shri K.K. Pai

The unveiling ceremony was followed by a formal stage programme where T.Sathish.U.Pai, managing trustee, K. K. Pai Trust, Manipal, was the chief guest while Sandhya S Pai, editor, ‘Taranga’ weekly was the guest of honour.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Pai said that he was happy to unveil the bust of a great personality. Calling K K Pai’s life a ‘history’, Dr Pai said that his demise is an immeasurable loss to the Konkani community.

“The contribution of K K Pai extended to all fields and we the Konkani community should be grateful to him for his tremendous service,” said Dr Pai asking people to imbibe at least a few of his values in their lives.

“Few minutes or hours are not enough to describe such a great personality like late K. K. Pai,” said Sandhya Pai. “He always had concern for others and we have to learn a lot from him,” she added asking people to inculcate some of his values and to pass it on to the younger generation.

On the occasion, the Foundation felicitated and gave a cheque of Rs 75,000 to Kishan Gangolli from Kundapur who will be participating in the world chess championship to be held in Spain in June this year.

Basti Vaman Shenoy, president of the Foundation, welcomed the gathering and briefed on the life of late K.K. Pai. Venkatesh Baliga, editor of Kodial Khaber compered while Pradeep G Pai delivered the vote of thanks.