Panaji: Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) has announced its annual awards for the year 2014 to personalities and institutions who have contributed to the development of Konkani in the Roman script and the preservation of Goa’s rich cultural heritage.
Instituted since 2005 onwards from the benevolence of well-wishers, these awards grew in number from the year 2008 when the academy started receiving grants from the Govt. of Goa.
The Annual Awards for 2014 are as under:
Dalgado Literary Award – Tomazinho Cardozo
Dalgado Cultural Award – Mario Menezes
Dalgado Heritage Award – Francisco Martins
Dalgado’s ‘Fr Freddy J da Costa Award for Journalism’ – Fausto V Da Costa
Dalgado Konkani Institution Award – Xaverian Publication Society (for V Ixtt weekly)
Dalgado Youth Award – Fr Luis Xavier Gomes
These awards will be presented on 23 March 2015 at 4:30 p.m. at a special function to be held at the Conference Hall of Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji. Adv. Francis D’Souza, Dy. Chief Minister of Goa will be the Chief Guest while Fr Manuel Gomes, Visiting Professor of Rachol Seminary, Mater Dei, Old Goa ani Gujarat Vidyadeep, Baroda will be the Guest of Honour. DKA President Premanand A Lotlikar will preside over the function.
All the awards carry a shawl, memento, citation and a cash prize. DKA Secretary Vincy Quadros has appealed to all DKA members and lovers of Konkani to attend the function which is open to all.
Goa: D’Pietro’s “Sankoll” Bags DKA’S “Book of the year” Award
Panaji: Bonaventure D’Pietro’s novel, Sankoll has bagged the first ‘Book of the Year’ Award instituted by Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) from 2015 onwards. Sankoll dwells on the theme of Goa’s bygone traditions in Christian marriages and unfolds through weddings in different regions of Bardez, Saxtti, Quepem, etc. A CD of traditional songs such as zoti, vers and saud is also appended to the book.
A renowned writer in Romi Konkani, D’Pietro has to his credit numerous books and novels, including ‘Tichea Mornna Uprant’ which has been included in the syllabus for MA (Konkani) of the Goa University. He is a reputed musician and has also written several tiatrs and composed Konkani songs.
The award which carries a memento, citation and a cash prize of Rs 20,000/- will be presented to D’Pietro on 23 March, 2015 at a function to be held at the Conference Hall of Institute Menezes Braganza, Panaji at 4:30 pm at the hands of Adv. Francis D’Souza, Dy. Chief Minister in the presence of Fr Manuel Gomes, Visiting Professor of Rachol Seminary, Mater Dei, Old Goa ani Gujarat Vidyadeep, Baroda says the press note issued by Vincy Quadros, Secretary of DKA.