Portraits of 5 Konkani Stalwarts – Makers of Indian Constitution Unveiled

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Portraits of 5 Konkani Stalwarts – Makers of Indian Constitution Unveiled on the occasion of Amrith Mahotsav of India’s Independence. “A language will grow only when it is written and read”- Dr K. Mohan Pai

Mangaluru: Maroor Shashidhar Pai, President of KCCI, unveiled the portraits of the stalwarts who contributed to the framing of the Indian Constitution at the World Konkani Hall of Fame. On the occasion of Amrith Mahotsav of India’s Independence, the World Konkani Centre commemorated the contribution of 5 Konkani Stalwarts to the framing of India’s Constitution. Portraits of the Constitutional Advisor to the Drafting Committee, Shri Benegal Narsing Rau and the members of the Constituent Assembly of India, Ullal Srinivasa Mallya, Benegal Shiva Rau, Rev. Fr. Jerome D’Souza and Hundi Hari Vishnu Kamath were added to the World Konkani Hall of Fame.

Rev. Fr Anil D’Mello, Director, Fatima Retreat Centre released the Booklet on the 5 stalwarts. Shri Ashwin Cherkal, SVC Bank, garlanded the portrait of Shri Benegal Narsing Rau and Dr Padmavathi Shenoy, the granddaughter of Ullal Srinivasa Mallya garlanded the portrait of the Architect of Modern Dakshina Kannada, Smt. Usha Kamath, a relative of Mallya paid floral tributes. Prof. Hundi Prabha Kamath garlanded the portrait of Hundi Vishnu Kamath, President of World Konkani Centre Shri Nandagopal Shenoy, garlanded the portrait of Benegal Shiva Rao.

Dr Kasturi Mohan Pai, the Konkani Movement Leader and Trustee of the World Konkani Centre called upon the Konkani people to learn how to write Konkani and also read the literature produced in Konkani to contribute to the growth of the mother tongue. Though Konkani people are only 25 Lakhs, the language has been included in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution in comparison with the languages with large numbers of speakers such as Hindi and Bengali.

The Konkani people should utilise this opportunity and preserve the language for the next generation. He was delivering a lecture on Konkani Manyata Divas celebrating the 30 years of recognition of the Konkani language as a National Language by inclusion in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Chief Guest Maroor Shashidhar Pai, congratulated the efforts of the World Konkani Centre in preserving the Konkani Language and empowering the Konkani Communities. Rev. Fr. Anil D’Mello spoke about the contribution of Fr. Jerome D’Souza to the framing of the Indian Constitution and the Educational field.

Nandagopal Shenoy, President of the World Konkani Centre, welcomed the Guests. He also congratulated the students who secured high percentile scores in the Mensa IQ Test conducted under the Manikya – The Gifted Education Programme of the World Konkani Centre.

Mensa International certificates were distributed to the students who scored more than 95 Percentile scores in the Mensa IQ Test conducted under the MANIKYA – The Gifted Child programme of the World Konkani Centre on this occasion. Dr Narayan Desai, Director of Tribal Mensa Nurturing Programme conducted an orientation session for the students and parents.

Giridhar Kamath, secretary of the World Konkani Centre congratulated the students and sought cooperation from the parents in nurturing the children. Shri Gurudath Bantwalkar, the CEO, of the World Konkani Centre, introduced the Gifted Education Programme spread across 12 nurturing workshops conducted at the World Konkani Centre for the children identified as Gifted. 25 students and their parents participated in the programme.

Shri Gilbert D’Souza, Vice President, Shri B. R. Bhat, Treasurer, Trustees William D’Souza, Smt. Shakuntala R. Kini, and Past Vice President Allen C. A. Pereira were present on the occasion. Dr Vyshnavi N. Kini sang Abhiman Geet praising the mother Konkani.


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