Smt.Vimala V.Pai Sahitya Puraskar 2012 to be conferred on Shri Pundalik N. Naik

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.

Shri Pundalik N. Naik

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.


Adv. Uday L. Bhembre

North American Konkani Convention

On the Invitation from the Organisers of North American Konkani Convention Dr. P. Dayanand Pai, Chairman, Shri T.V.Mohandas Pai, Patron, Basti Vaman Shenoy, President,World Konkani Centre, Shri Pradeep G. Pai, Secretary, Vishwa Konkani Students Scholarship Fund and Shri Venkatesh N.Baliga, Secretary, World Konkani Centre attended the   8th North American Konkani Convention (NAKA) held at New Jersey U.S.A from June 29 to July 1st, 2012.

Temple of Goa, a Coffee Table Book- Released

Dr. Pai honouring Dr. Jose Alvares

Dr. Jayawant Baliga honoured by Dr.Pai

Shri T. V. Mohandas Pai delivering his speech

Shri T.V.Mohandas Pai delivered the keynote address and his speech was well received by a 2000 strong audience who gave  him standing ovation. His speech was full of valued messages, facts and figures which electrified the audience. Shri Pai also addressed ‘Konkani Doctors’ seminar and   another seminar on ‘Charity and Donations,’ specially arranged to address Konkani Students of America and Canada.

On the occasion Dr Pai honoured and felicitated famous Indologist and Konkani luminary Padma Bhushan Dr. Jose Alvares and Dr. Jayawant Baliga and Shri Vasanth Bhat, Founder, NAKA. Many Konkani professionals and sportsmen were also honoured Basti Shenoy.

The cultural programmes organized showcased the efforts of Konkanis in America to safeguard Konkani Language and cultural heritage.

World Konkani Centre also assured assistance in all possible ways be it through internet, website and newly invented ‘Konkanverter,’ supply of books, CDs, etc in their endeavor to pass on our ancient heritage to the future generations in North America.

The  exhibition stall put up by World Konkani Centre witnessed many enthusiasts who wanted to read Konkani literature and hear Konkani music cd’s, especially to hear children folk tales like ‘Kundya Kurkul,’ ‘Patholi Rooku’ and 100 years old ‘Chandrahasa.’





DATE: 7th June 2012


Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund set up by World Konkani Centre, Mangalore, Invites applications for Scholarships-2012 from deserving Konkani Speaking Candidates 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 2012 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 Entrance Examination (CET) can apply.

4. Only Candidates whose total Annual Income of the family is less than Rs. 2.5 Lakhs 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 2012-13 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 2012 through an online application module set up by world Konkani Centre on their website: Application module will be opened for applying from 10th June 2012. Application Module will be active only till the last date for application 10th July, 2012. Applications received in hardcopy will not be processed for the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarships 2012. Candidates can login to the website for more instructions on preparation for the application process and terms and conditions of the Scholarship Scheme.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ envisages grant of educational scholarship to economically backward 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 distributed Rs. 50 Lakhs to 162 deserving students in the year 2010 and Rs. 1.00 Crore to 285 students in the year 2011.

Eminent Konkani Philanthropists like Shri T.V. Mohandas Pai, Dr. T. Ranjan Pai, Dr. P. Dayanand Pai, Ramadas Kamath U., K. V. Kamath, Jagannath Shenoi, Ronald Colaco, A. Annappa S. Kamath, Madam Grace Pinto, Rohan Monteiro, Pradeep G. Pai and many more whole heartedly supported this fund.

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. An outlay of Rs. 1.5 Crore is envisaged for the distribution in the year 2012.

‘Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund’ is administered by a Governing Council comprising eminent personalities. Ramadas Kamath U., Senior Vice President, Infosys Technologies Ltd., Bangalore is the President of the Fund and Pradeep G. Pai, Managing Director of Hangyo Ice Creams Pvt. Ltd., is the secretary. CA Giridhar Kamath and Venkatesh N. Baliga are the members of this council. 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 the mother body of World Konkani Centre 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.


Patholi Rookhu- Konkani Theatre

Say ‘Patholi’ , and eyes of  Konkani speakers will light up. But when stream of 19 young actors served ‘Patholi Rookhu” ( Patholi Tree ) to a jam-packed audience at Town Hall on Tuesday 12th of October, they lapped up this artistic, not culinary, offering with delight. This 75 minute Konkani drama is result of Vishwa Konkani childrens’   drama camp 2011 conducted by Vishwa Konkani Kendra over a period of ten days.

‘Patholi’ for the uninitiated is a sweet dumpling prepared in Konkani homes on Nagarapanchami.  A batter prepared out of soaked rice grains, grated coconut, beaten rice, Jiggery and pinch of salt is spread on turmeric leaves with stuffing made of grated coconut mixed with jiggery and cardamom and cooked. Served with a touch of ghee, the dumpling makes a great snacks and the aromas that wafts when the turmeric leaves are parted is mind boggling .

Trained by Jagan Pawar, actors left aromas of ‘Patholi’ lingering in minds of the audience. Bearing similarity to Indo-European Language dramas namely “The Girl and the Dumpling Tree” and “Fisher Boy and Devil”, “Patholi Rookhu” is story of ‘Vasu’, a young boy’s  desire to eat patholi and quest of an aging ‘Rakshini’ to taste this ‘young blood’ .

While the sharp-witted Vasu falls prey to the wiles of ‘Rakshini’, who appears before him first as a charming young woman and later as an old woman, the drama revolves round a group of cowherds led by their elder who rescues this boy initially. But the ‘Rakshini” as an old woman traps Vasu yet again. Denouement comes when ‘chelli’ (girl)  trapped similarly by ‘Rakshini’ and used by her as house-maid helps Vasu kill the she-demon.

‘Patholi Rukhu’ team has treated this Konkani folklore tale, normally told by grand mothers to their grand children with a refreshingly new verve. Costumes used in the drama transported the audience to rustic surroundings when story unfolds.

Guru Baliga has penned the story with Prakash Shenoy producing and scoring the music.

courtesy: Times Of India

An appointment with a Soldier

Mahabaleshwar Sail

The English translation of the Konkani novel ‘Hawthan’ by Mahabaleshwar Sail was released at a ceremony held in World Konkani Centre here on Saturday August 27.

The translated version ‘The Kiln’ by Vidya Pai was released by Taranga Kannada weekly managing editor Sandhya Pai.

In her address, Sandhya Pai said that literature was a reflection of one’s experiences, and there are some works that leave a long-lasting impression on the readers.

Director (operations) of Daijiworld and president, Kavita Trust Melvyn Rodrigues introduced the novel and said that it was based on the life and struggles of the potter community. A compelling narrative on the fading art of pottery, the novel raises some of the concerns of the community and its struggle for survival in the wake of modernisation, he said.

Author Sail said that he researched on the community for three years which stirred him to writing the novel. His experiences of interacting with them formed the base of his novel, he said, adding that for any author, his or her experiences are the raw materials that give shape to literature.

Sail was awarded the Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar in 2010 for ‘Hawthan’.

Konkani film ‘Palthadcho Manis’ based on a story by Mahabaleshwar Sail, which had won Toronto Film Festival’s Critics Award last year, was screened on the occasion.

Smt. Sandhya S. Pai releasing the English Translation of Award winning Novel HAWTHAN

Smt Sandhya Pai

Melvyn Rodrigues, Director (operations) of Daijiworld and president, Kavita Trust introducing the Novel HAWTHAN

Gokuldas Prabhu, Working President, All India Konkani Parishad

Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, World Konkani Centre

Basti Vaman Shenoy, Founder and President, World Konkani Centre


Vishwa Konkani Parichay Kosh Release- Report

“In a multi-lingual country like ours giving recognition to the language is very important. It is imperative to understand the value of distinct diversity that exists in our country. One must accept the fact that different languages are important aspects of our qualitative heritage.”said Prof. Rajesh Sachdeva, Director-in-charge, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore.

Prof. Rajesh Sachdeva, Director-in-charge, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, releases Parichay Kosh

He was addressing the gathering after releasing Vishwa Konkani Parichay Kosh at World Konkani Centre on August 20.  The book was edited by Dr. Tanaji Halarnkar. The release function was organised as part of Konkani Manyata Divas by the Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation.

Prof. Sachdeva reminded the Konkanis with the inclusion of Konkani in the eighth schedule now there was added responsibility to develop the language and safeguard diversity and heritage.

“Language is more important that script. Thus we should make efforts to ensure that script doesnt pose to be a deterrent in development of language. Konkani has found a place among 22 other languages in the eighth schedule because there is lot of literature in the language and conscious efforts are being made in developing it further. Concentrated efforts must be made to teach Konkani in schools,” he further added.

On the occasion Dr Tanaji Halarnkar was felicitated by Prof. Sachdeva and Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre. Thereafter Gokuldas Prabdhu introduced Dr Halarnkar to the audience.

In his acceptance speech Dr Halarnkar stated that bringing out encyclopedia in Konkani has given him as much as joy as bringing his first child and first book.

Dr. Kasturi Mohan Pai distributed books and scholarships to the students who have taken Konkani as their medium of study in school. He stressed on the need to adopt Nagari script so as to bring standardization to Konkani script all over the country.

The welcome address was given by Basti Vaman Shenoy. Subbu Krishna and Raghunath Shet were present in the dais.

Gurudath Baliga compered the programme.