Five Achievers and 2 NGO’s Conferred with 2019 Sandesha Awards
Mangaluru: The prestigious Sandesha Awards ceremony was held on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 at 5 30 pm at Sandesha Premises, with Most Rev Dr Henry D Souza, Bishop of Ballari diocese and president of Sandesha Foundation, presiding over the function; and Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese and trustee of Sandesha Foundation, as the guest of honour. Other dignitaries on the dais were- renowned Kannada writer, Na D’Souza, and Roy Castelino- former president of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, and Trustee of Sandesha.
In his welcome address, Fr Nelson Prakash D’Almeida, director, Sandesha Foundation said, “SANDESHA was born on November 26, 1991, with the main goal of fostering a value-based society by promoting universal values of love and harmony among people of different faiths, customs and traditions. This temple of arts believes that at a deeper level there is true unity in all arts and they inspire communion of all people. In today’s Sandesha Awards, the Literature Award was founded by Mangalore Diocesan Raknno Weekly Paper, in memory of its Diamond Jubilee and Ronald Colaco and Family, Bangalore and EROD’s group in memory of Stany Rodrigues is given to Sri Prasanna Heggod, Shimoga; Sandesha Art Award founded by S.R.A. Religious Sisters, in memory of their founder Fr Antonius Maria Bodewig and Bethany Religious sisters, in memory of their founder Msgr. R. F. C. Mascarenhas is given to Mrs Manjamma Jogati, Bellary”.
“Sandesha Media Award founded by PVS Memorial Trustees Smt and Sri M.D. Kushe and Light of the Heart Foundation is given to Sri. B.M. Haneef, Bengaluru; Sandesha Education Award founded by brothers Mr Amith and Mr Athul Prabhu in Memory of their mother Mrs Ethel Prabhu is given to Mrs B.M. Rohini, Mangaluru; Sandesha Konkani Music Award founded by Mangalore Konkans Dubai in Memory of Konkan Kogul Wilfy Rebimbus is given to Rev Fr Ben Britto Prabhu, Mangaluru; and Sandesha Special Recognition Award founded by Founder Trustees of Sandesha Foundation is given to Snehasadan and Jeevadaan, HIV/AIDS care and rehabilitation Centres, Gurpur, Mangaluru. The awardees were presented with an honorary trophy, certificate, citation, shawl, fruit bowl and honorarium of Rs 25000” added Fr Prakash
Following are the Awardees:
Sandesha Kannada Literary Award
Prasanna Heggodu, Shivamogga district. He is a dramatist popularly known as Gandhi of Heggodu. He is also a novelist, poet, and theatre director. He has carved out a niche for himself in theatre. He instituted ‘Samudaya’ a drama company, at Heggodu, and directed plays like Tughlaq, Gandhi etc. He has staged several street plays backed by the subject of political awareness. Won a number of awards.
Sandesha Art Award
Manjamma Jogati, from Kampli currently resident at Gollarahalli, Hospet, Ballari, Renowned Jogati Folk dancer. Contribution: Dramas and JogatiDances. Hard work and dedication have moulded her into a great artiste. She has become a member of Karnataka Janapada Academy. Staged drama and Jogati dances at various places in Karnataka and won prestigious honours and awards. Won Rajyotsava award in 2010.
Sandesha Media Award 2019:
B M Haneef, Bengaluru, Journalist for 34 years. At present serving as associate editor of Prajavani Kannada daily at Bengaluru. Worked as sub-editor, assistant news editor for Mungaru daily. Worked for eight years as assistant editor, head of ‘Sudha’ weekly. Served as jury in Kannada cinema department at the international film festival held at Bengaluru in 2017. Worked as a member of film selection committee for three years in BengaluruDoordarshan. Wrote story and dialogues for ‘Haseena’ Kannada film directed by Girish Kasaravalli which won best film national award. Awards: Karnataka Media Academy 2013, Mandara Award from Karnataka Madhyama Academy, Cultural & Media Foundation, Gadag.
Sandesha Education Award:
B M Rohini, Kudupu, Mangaluru. Hindi teacher, Hindi Praveen, Kannada MA – service – 30 years. Hobby: writing, research, study. Awards: Kannada literary award for the work, ‘Stree Samvedane’ in 1995, best work award at Dakshina Kannada district Sahitya Sammelan for the work, ‘Stree Shikshana Samskriti’ in 2002. Veerarani Abbaka award in 2016 by the government of Karnataka, Honour from Kannada and cultural department, the government of Karnataka 2015.
Sandesha Konkani Music Award
Fr Ben Britto Prabhu, Mangaluru, Capuchin Franciscan priest. Service as director in various educational institutions and parish priest in many parishes/churches. His forte is western music. Written 39 religious songs in Konkani, western and Latin. Authored and sung a number of songs for birthdays, silver jubilee, golden jubilee etc. He has lent his voice for several songs in CDs created by others and continues to do so.
Sandesha Special Recognition Award:
Snehasadan and Jeevadaan, HIV/AIDs care and rehabilitation Centres, Gurpur, Mangaluru. Snehasadan runs by Camilian religious fathers established in the year 2000. At present Fr Teji Thomas MI is the director of Snehasadan for Children, boys, Adults and Jeevadan for girls and women. Jeevadanrun by Camilian Religious sisters established in the year 2004. At present Sr Jancy DSC is the directress of Jeevadan for girls and women. By now they have treated 4500 patients and at present, there are 38 boys, 10 Adults, 20 children, 27 girls and 25 women who are under the care of these institutions and at the same time many patients from all over Karnataka come as outpatients and receive treatment.
The citation of Prasanna Heggodu was read by Dr B S Talwadi; Citation of Ms Manjamma Jogati read by Ms Chandrakala Na\ndavar, one of the judges; citation of B M Haneef read by Writer Richard Alvares; citation of Ms B M Rohini read by Ms Concepta Alva, AIR Mangaluru programme Executive and Coordinator; citation of Fr Ben Britto Prabhu read by Writer CG Tacode; citation of FrTeji Thomas of Snehasadan read by writer Daya Victor Lobo; and citation of Sr Jancy of Jeevadaan read by Sr Leena D’costa ( Sahodaya coordinator) of Bethany Convent, Mangaluru.
On the occasion, Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha was felicitated for his initiative of Green Movement, with a sapling. In his speech, Bishop Saldanhacomplimented the efforts put in by Sandesha in honouring those persons who have shown their talents in various fields and achieved success. Bishop Henry D’souza also lauded the initiative of Sandesha in honouring various persons who have accomplished in their respective arts and culture. Roy Castelino proposed the vote of thanks, while the programme was compered by Mallika Shetty Siddakatte- an anchor at AIR, Mangaluru. The formal function was followed by a cultural programme.