Konkani Cultural Icon Basti Vaman Shenoy no more

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Konkani Cultural Icon Basti Vaman Shenoy no more

Mangaluru: Eminent Konkani cultural activist and founder of World Konkani Centre, Shaktinagar, Basti Vaman Madhav Shenoy (87) passed away on 2nd January 2022 at 12:15 pm at Father Muller Hospital, Thumbay due to age-related illness. His health had been deteriorating in the last few weeks and he had been hospitalized for the last two days. He is survived by two sons, Madhav and Dinesh, and a daughter Vidya Kini. His wife Savithri had passed away a few years back. He was earlier an employee of Syndicate Bank and had been residing at Thumbay after his retirement from thirty years of banking service.

He was the Co-Chairman Emeritus of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan, the parent body of the World Konkani Centre. Earlier he had served as the President of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan since its inception in 1996 till 2021. He was known by the title ‘Vishwa Konkani Sardar’ and was a recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2010. Throughout his life, Basti Vaman Shenoy was known as an exceptional community leader with outstanding organizing abilities and a great capacity to bring people together.

The mortal remains will be kept for public homage at World Konkani Centre, Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru from 9.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. on Monday, the 3rd January 2022. Cremation will be held thereafter at 12:00 noon at his hometown of Bantwal.

World Konkani Centre has issued a media release with the expression of condolences by its Chairman Emeritus R. V. Deshpande, Chairman Dr P. Dayananda Pai, President Nandagopal Shenoy, Chief Mentor T. V. Mohandas Pai, Ramadas Kamath U., Ullas Kamath, K.V. Kamath, Madam Grace Pinto, Pradeep G. Pai, B. R. Bhat, Giridhar Kamath, Dr K. Mohan Pai, K. B. Kharvi, Narayan Naik, Ramesh Naik, Gilbert D’Souza, Melvyn Rodrigues, William D’Souza, Allen C. A. Pereira and all the Trustees of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan.

Biography

Basti Vaman Shenoy was born on 6 November 1934 in Bantwal to Basti Madhav Shenoy and his wife Gowri. He passed out of Tenth Standard (SSLC) in 1952 from the SVS High School in Bantwal. He was a protégé of T. A. Pai, former Chairman of Syndicate Bank and Union Minister for Railways, and on his advice, joined Syndicate Bank as a clerk in 1962. Due to his dynamic nature, he was promoted to officer cadre within just 20 months and continued to serve the bank as Manager until he took voluntary retirement in 1992.

Basti Vaman Shenoy had been associated with Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Karnataka since 1980 and after his retirement from his banking career in 1992, devoted completely to Konkani cultural activities. He was made the organising secretary of the Konkani Jatha Movement for organising people to demand the establishment of Konkani Academy. In 1993, he became the president of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Karnataka. Because of his efforts in 1994-95, the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy came into existence. He had also strived for the recognition of the Konkani Language and inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

His most memorable contribution to Konkani cultural revival was the First World Konkani Convention 1995, which he had organised at Mangalore as its Chief Convener from 16 December to 22. The seven-day event which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Deve Gowda was a spectacular success drawing more than 5000 delegates comprising speakers of all Konkani dialects from across India and the world. Due to this effort, he was conferred with the title of “Vishwa Konkani Sardar” (World Leader of Konkani).

The convention also gave him the mandate to establish the World Konkani Centre in Mangalore and the financial surplus generated by the Convention was devoted for this project, which materialized a decade later and was inaugurated in 2009. The World Konkani Centre is engaged in wide-ranging cultural and academic activities, including providing full educational scholarships to hundreds of students to take up professional education. In honour of his lifetime contribution to Konkani culture, the Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan has instituted Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar for recognizing outstanding public service by Konkani people.

In 1996 Basti Vaman Shenoy inaugurated the First North American Konkani Convention in New Jersey, USA. He toured North American cities promoting the cause of Konkani during his visit. In 1997 Basti Vaman Shenoy became the President of the newly formed Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy. He served two terms as President of the Academy till 2001. During his tenure as President of the Academy, he initiated a process of lobbying with the Government of Karnataka to introduce Konkani in the Schools of Karnataka as the optional third Language. In 1998, the Academy organised a 3 Day “Konkani Kala Utsav” in New Delhi and he led the 130 members, cultural team, to showcase Konkani Culture at the Capital City.

In 2002, he organised the 20th Adhiveshan of All India Konkani Parishad in Mangaluru. In 2004, he became the president of All India Konkani Parishad. In 2008, under the banner of KLCF, Shenoy initiated Vishwa Konkani Abhiyan aimed at creating an opportunity for interaction between Konkani Writers and Scholars with their counterparts in other languages of the country. Scholars from Punjabi, Hindi, Persian, Urdu, Kannada and Konkani Languages participated in the seminar ‘Integration Through Languages’.

In December 1999, he had also organised another mega event, the Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan in Mangalore to bring the dispersed Saraswat community together.

He joined Rotary International in 1972 and rendered his service to the society as Rotarian in various capacities. In 1974 he organised Eye Camps and Dental Camps in Bantwal Taluk. For his humanitarian initiatives in providing relief to the Flood Victims of the 1974 Flood of Netravati River in Bantwal Taluk, he received a Special Significance Award in Rotary Dist. 318 at Mysore. He became the president of the Rotary Club in Moodbidri and organised Eye Camps and Dental Camps along with other social initiatives.

Basti Vaman Shenoy was involved in Indian National Congress and its trade union wing INTUC Activities in Bantwal between 1954 and 1962. Basti Vaman Shenoy was instrumental in founding Saraswathi Kala Prasarak Sangh and Saraswathi Sangeeth Shala Bantwal in 1958. He was also an active member of Yashvanth Vyayam Shala. He used to take part in Konkani Dramas and Theatrical activities during festivities in Bantwal.

Vishwa Konkani Sardar Basti Vaman Shenoy passes away

Mangaluru: Founder of World Konkani Centre, Vishwa Konkani Sardar Basti Vaman Shenoy passed away at 12.15 p.m. on 2nd January 2022 due to age-related illness.

The mortal remains will be kept for public homage at World Konkani Centre, Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, the 3rd January 2022. Cremation will be held at Bantwal thereafter. Covid Protocol needs to be followed strictly.

Born in Bantwal, Karnataka, Basti Vaman Shenoy is revered as the doyen of the Konkani Language movement. He founded the World Konkani Centre in 2009 at Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru under the auspices of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan.

He served as the President of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan from its inception in 1996 till 2021 and was serving as the Co-Chairman Emeritus thereafter. During his remarkable tenure, he was instrumental in bringing together the Konkani people spread across various cast, religions and regions in the service of the mother tongue. Under his leadership, World Konkani Centre spearheaded several programmes for the preservation of the Konkani Language, culture and welfare of Konkani speaking communities.

His career as an activist of Konkani Language has been a remarkable journey. After he retired from Syndicate Bank in 1992, as the president of Konkani Basha Mandal Karnataka he organised World Konkani Convention in 1995 bringing together all factions of Konkani Speaking communities across the globe. He was conferred with the title of Vishwa Konkani Sardar for this remarkable fete. 

He strived for the recognition of the Konkani Language and inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Thanks to which we see the Konkani Language in every currency note that is in circulation in India.

The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy was formed by the Government of Karnataka on the demands of the Konkani people which was ably conveyed to the Government under the leadership of Basti Vaman Shenoy. He also served as the President of the Academy from 1997 to 2001.

He was conferred with Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 2010 and several other accolades for his relentless work for the Konkani Language and Culture. 

The Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan has instituted Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy Vishwa Konkani Seva Puraskar for the outstanding public service by the Konkani people.

He leaves behind two sons, a daughter, grandchildren and a large family of followers, well-wishers and thousands of scholars who have been beneficiaries of the Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Programme.

R V Deshpande, Chairman Emeritus, Dr P Dayananda Pai, Chairman, T.V.Mohandas Pai, Chief Mentor, Ramadas Kamath U, Ullas Kamath, K.V. Kamath, Madam Grace Pinto, President Nandagopal Shenoy, Pradeep G. Pai, B. R. Bhat, Giridhar Kamath, Dr K. Mohan Pai, K. B. Kharvi, Narayan Naik, Ramesh Naik, Gilbert D’Souza, Melvyn Rodrigues, William D’Souza, Allen C. A. Pereira and all the Trustees of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan have expressed their heartfelt condolences.

Founder of Vishwa Konkani Kendra Basti Vaman Shenoy (88) Passes Away

Mangaluru: The founder and Co-Chairman Emeritus of Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan, World Konkani Centre, Basti Vaman Shenoy (88), passed away on January 2, 2022.

The mortal remains will be kept for public homage at World Konkani Centre, Shakti Nagar, Mangaluru from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 3 January 2022. Later the mortal remains will be taken to Bantwal for Cremation.

The President and the Board of Trustees, Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan has requested all to follow the COVID protocol.


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