Culture being the prime mover of World Konkani Centres activities, manifested through various projects and programmes ranging from Theatre to Cooking camps conducted at various levels of the community spread across the region.
Projects and Programmes
Rejuvenating Konkani Folktales
Konkani Folktales are the vehicles of value system of the community transmitted over generation to generations. There is an abundant wealth of life skills knowledge in it which are being transfered through oral narratives. World Konkani Centre strives for rejuvenation of folktale tradition which is fading away due to the modern lifestyle and societal structure. World Konkani Centre works with various groups in reinventing the narrative forms of Konkani folktales from “Children theatre” to “Interactive pictorial E-Books”.
The Vishwa Konkani Children Theatre Group, constantly organises Theatre camps for children at community levels. Its intensified efforts has resulted in rejuvanation of forgotten folkstories, energising of the dialects and spread the awareness about richness of Konkani culture.
Konkani Children Theatre
Children are the apprentice of culture, they are the future bearers and ambassadors of native culture. World Konkani Centre has been working with various community groups to organise Theatre Workshops for children during the vacations.
The Children theatre group has also initiated a Children Theatre Festival “Rum-Pum-Po”. The multilayered preparations ahead of this festival once in two years has been reviving the cultural participation among communities. Script Development Workshops, Training in Direction and Costumes and Summer Camp oriented Theatre activities are being conducted. Since its initiation in 2010 World Konkani Centre has encouraged the production of 12 major Children Folktale Dramas.
Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage
Intangible Cultural Heritage incorporates the knowledge, skills and practices that communities or individuals recognize as part of their unique identity. It promotes cultural diversities and human creativity. This heritage, passed down orally from generation to generation, is constantly evolving and being recreated in response to the environment. In order to strengthen the capacity for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and enhance awareness and participation of Konkani speaking communities as defined in the 2003 UNESCO Convention on ICH, World Konkani Centre has initiated an important project in the year 2015. The Project encourages the communities to safeguard their ICH elements in participatory method.