Oct. 2-3, National Seminar on Konkani Ramayanas


Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation in association with All India Konkani Parishad will organise a Two Day National Seminar on Konkani Ramayanas at World Konkani Centre in Mangalore on 2nd and 3rd October.

Union Minister of Law Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, who has to his credit Ramayana Mahaanveshanam a epic poetry in Kannada has consented to inaugurate the Seminar  on 2nd October 2010 at 10.00 A.M. Adv. Uday Bembhre, an eminent Konkani Scholar will deliver a Keynote address.

Dr. Mattur Krishnamoorthy, Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Indologist will be the chief guest at the Valedictory Function on 3rd October 2010 at 4.00 p.m.

In Konkani, Ramayana narration is found in  both  verse and prose. The story  has been told in full or part in folksongs of the Kudubis and  ritualistic forms like Godde Ramayana of Kochi, Sita Suddi and Sita Kalyan of Northern Kerala/South Canara  and the Ramayan Ranmale of Cancon. Some  other texts of Ramayana too are available in written form in Konkani .  Ramayanachyo Kannyo, ascribed to Krishnadas Shama is in 16th century prose.  During 1930s  Late Kamalammal  wrote  the  Raghuramayana in Ovi style verse.  There have also been an  adapted version by  late Narahari Vittal Prabhu of Gokarn  and recently, the translation of  Ramacharitmanas  by  K. Ananta Bhat of Kochi.

The Objectives of the Conference will be to deliberate on  the folkloristic, linguistic  and literary aspects of Ramayanas  in Konkani  in comparative terms, to  identify and document/publish folk form/s of  Ramayana which have not yet been recorded and to publish the seminar papers in a book form for future reference and  further studies.

Konkani academicians and scholars in the field of Linguistics, Literature and folklore from Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala will present their papers in this seminar. There will also be performances by Individuals and groups, experienced in traditional and ritualistic narrations of Ramayana Tales in Konkani.

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