संस्कृति

Culture

Culture being the prime mover of World Konkani Centres activities, manifested through various projects and programmes ranging from Theatre to Cooking camps conducted at various levels of the community spread across the region.

KUDUBI FOLKLORE

The Holy होळी or Shigmoशिग्मो Festival of Bajpe

Konkani speaking communities cover a few tribal people like Kudubis. Kudubis or Kudmis settlements are found in North Kanara and South Kanara regions. They speak in a Konkani dialect which has rich linguistic elements. Kudubis leave in Vaadem वाडें (wards) and have their own internal village level hierarchy. In Bajpe they have one gurikar (village head) house under which 18 wards are covered spreading from Shakthinagar to Edapadav. These kudubi people celebrate their age-old tradition of with utmost zeal and devotion. Holy day, which is the concluding day of their week’s long celebration of house-to-house visit and dance to the tune of gummat. The gummat is a primitive variety of folk instrument used by a few selected communities. On the holy day the ritual begins in the afternoon and continues till night. And during the time troupes coming from all neighboring wards play gummat naach and thoniya khel in turn one after the other. And the main deity Mallikarjuna and Mahammayee are worshipped in a grand manner with procession etc. In all their folk dances the complex footsteps and lengthy verses of Ramayana epic are rendered orally, transmitted from generation to generation, no scripts or books, is a wealthy folk ritual in real sense.

Projects & Programmes

Rejuvenating Konkani Folktales

Konkani Folktales are the vehicles of value system of the community transmitted over generation to generations. There is an abundant wealth of life skills knowledge in it which are being transfered through oral narratives. World Konkani Centre strives for rejuvenation of folktale tradition which is fading away due to the modern lifestyle and societal structure. World Konkani Centre works with various groups in reinventing the narrative forms of Konkani folktales from “Children theatre” to “Interactive pictorial E-Books”.

The Vishwa Konkani Children Theatre Group, constantly organises Theatre camps for children at community levels. Its intensified efforts has resulted in rejuvenation of forgotten folkstories, energising of the dialects and spread the awareness about richness of Konkani culture.

Konkani Children Theatre

Children are the apprentice of culture, they are the future bearers and ambassadors of native culture. World Konkani Centre has been working with various community groups to organise Theatre Workshops for children during the vacations.

The Children theatre group has also initiated a Children Theatre Festival “Rum-Pum-Po”. The multilayered preparations ahead of this festival once in two years has been reviving the cultural participation among communities. Script Development Workshops, Training in Direction and Costumes and Summer Camp oriented Theatre activities are being conducted. Since its initiation in 2010 World Konkani Centre has encouraged the production of 12 major Children Folktale Dramas.

Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible Cultural Heritage incorporates the knowledge, skills and practices that communities or individuals recognize as part of their unique identity. It promotes cultural diversities and human creativity. This heritage, passed down orally from generation to generation, is constantly evolving and being recreated in response to the environment. In order to strengthen the capacity for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and enhance awareness and participation of Konkani speaking communities as defined in the 2003 UNESCO Convention on ICH, World Konkani Centre has initiated an important project in the year 2015. The Project encourages the communities to safeguard their ICH elements in participatory method.