Mangalore, May 28: Eminent Social Worker Mrs. Shalini Pandit and Ex. Deputy Mayor of Mangalore Ms. Judith Mascarenhas released 8 small Konkani Books for Children published under the first batch of “Vishwa Konkani Bala Sahitya Mala” the children literature series initiated by Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, Mangalore at World Konkani Centre, Mangalore on 28th May 2010 at 4.30 p.m.
Secretary of the Foundation Shri Venkatesh N. Baliga welcomed the guests and the gathering and introduced the inaugurators as well as the literature series to the gathering. Vishwa Konkani Bala Sahitya Mala, the first of its kind in Konkani Language is the brain child of Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy. The series is being published in Konkani in both Devnagari and Kannada Script and will have more than 100 titles under its plan. Eminent Konkani writers like Smt. Jayashri Shanabhag, Smt. Jayashri Shenoy, Smt. Suchitra Shenoy and Smt. Chandramati Rao have penned these initial 8 Books on sages like Valmiki, Vyasa, Vishwamitra, Parashurama and also on the leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Ammembal Subbarao Pai, Panje Magesh Rao and Shenoy Goembab.
The series has been published under the grant from Shri Ramadas Kamath U. Senior Vice President, Infosys Technologies Ltd.
Inaugurators Mrs. Pandit and Ms. Mascarenhas stressed upon the need for Children literature in general and in Konkani in particular and commended the efforts of the Foundation in this direction.
President of the foundation Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy chaired the function and explained the activities of the Foundation. Mrs. Chandramati Rao, one of the writers of these books was honoured with a shawl on this occasion.