World Konkani Centre is a manifestation of the mandate given by the final resolution passed during the First World Konkani Convention 1995.
The Kendra has manifested itself at the scenic three-acre Konkani Gaon, or the Konkani Village, located at Shaktinagar in Mangalore, coastal Karnataka. The Kendra is envisioned as a thriving hub of Konkani – a place that the Konkani People living all over the world can rightfully consider as their ‘Home’.
With its unique architecture and aesthetic exclusivity World Konkani Centre stands tall in all its grandeur and majesty. The Centre consists of a Museum, a Library, Research Centre, Hall of Fame, and a state of the art Convnention Facility consisting of a Seminar Hall, an Airconditioned Board Room and Auditorium.
The Kendra is named after Shri P. Dayananda Pai and Shri P. Sathish Pai, the eminent philanthropists. The generous contribution of Rupees One Crore given by these brothers has laid a strong edifice to the promotion of this dream project.
The Making of World Konkani Centre
Konkani Gaon at Shaktinagar is just opposite to the Classic Village and to the famous Gopalakrishna Temple. True to its name Shakti Nagar has emerged as an embodiment of Creative Zeal (The Kartrutva Shakti : meaning the ability to transform one’s vision into action.) with several cultural and spiritual organisations have seting up their abodes at Shakti Nagar. “Kalaangan” set up by the Cultural Organisation Mandd Sobhann and a Spiritual Centre Setup by the Ramashakti Mission is also located in its close vicinity of Konkani Gaon.
The Konkani Gaon has been blessed with the foot prints of Konkani Poets, Scholars, Preists, Spiritual Leaders, Social crusaders and hundreds of hard working labourers during the phases of construction of World Konkani Centre.
The Foundation Stone for the World Konkani Centre was laid by eminent philanthropist and the present Chairman of the Foundation Dr. P. Dayananda Pai and Smt. Mohini D. Pai in the presence of Konkani Leaders Shri Oscar Fernandes, Union Minister and Shri R.V. Deshapande, Minister Govt. of Karnataka on September 5, 2005.
The P. Dayananda Pai and P. Sathish Pai World Konkani Centre was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa Shri Digamber Kamat on 17th January, 2009 amidst much fanfare. Eminent Konkani personalities like, Shri R.V. Deshapande (Chairman Emiratus of the Foundation), Shri Ravindra Kelekar (Eminent Konkani Writer, Padmabhushan and Jnanapeet Awardee) Shri Oscar Fernandes (Hon’ble Union Minister for Labour), Shri Luizinha Faleiro (Former Cheif Minister of Goa), Shri Ronald Colaco (Eminent Philanthropist and NRI), Shri S.M. Syed Khaleel (Eminent Konkani and Philathropist, UAE), Dr. P. Dayananda Pai and Shri P. Sathish Pai (Eminent Philanthropists) Smt. Sandhya Pai (Editor, Tharanga Magazine, Manipal) were present.