The First Ever Smt. Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Lifetime Award was given to Shri Puroshotham Mallya, Konkani writer, historian and activist.
The award was given by Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre on November 19. The programme was organised jointly by the World Konkani Centre and Anugraha Charitable Trust.
The award which is sponsored by Shri T. V. Mohandas Pai carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh.
On the occasion scholarships amounting to Rs 15 lakhs were distributed to 80 students.
Shri Ramdas Kamath U., President, Vishwa Konkani Students Scholarship Fund, Shri Premchandra, Chief General Manager, BSNL, Karnataka, Shri R. Bhaskar Shenoi, President, Anugraha Charitable Trust and Shri Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, World Konkani Centre were present during the occasion.
Patholi Rookh, Childrens Play was also staged on the occasion.