World Konkani Centre Expands its Wings


The World Konkani Centre at Konkani Gaon, Shaktinagar here is spreading its wings. The centre moved into its second expansionary phase with the foundation stone laying ceremony of Smt T Vimala and T V Raman Pai Hostel Block on Sunday, an endeavour which will aid the cultural/literary activities that are taking place at the centre. The hostel will meet the boarding and lodging needs of the guests visiting the centre.

The foundation stone for the centre was laid on September 5, 2005, and the centre inaugurated on January 17, 2009. Basti Vaman Shenoy, president of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, prime mover behind the World Konkani Centre project hoped that the involvement of likes of T V Mohandas Pai, and Ramdas Kamath of Infosys in their personal capacities would help expedite further growth stages of the centre.

Mohandas Pai has made a personal contribution for the construction of the hostel block as a ‘gurudakshina’ to his mother Vimala Pai and in memory of his father T V Raman Pai. Vimala Pai observed that the foundation stone has been laid on a rare date in history 10-10-2010 at 10:10 am, and wished that the same be inaugurated on 11-11-2011. Pai urged his trusted lieutenant Ramdas Kamath to ensure that this becomes a reality by then.

Pai also urged the trustees of the centre to lay out a road map through which they take up the cause of promoting the language and its culture. Members of the foundation and the centre told TOI that while Pai is known for philanthropy, he is equally a taskmaster and expects the beneficiaries of his acts of philanthropy to stick to deadlines and deliver, a task for which the building committee headed by Pradeep G Pai is geared up for.

P Dayanand Pai, chairman of the foundation and eminent builder himself observed that there is lot of wealth intellectually and materialistically among the Konkani speaking population. They must learn to share the same beneficially for the cause of promoting the language and its culture just as the likes of Mohandas Pai do. The hostel block will give the much-needed impetus to various activities planned at the centre, he opined.