Mangaluru: The Konkani Natak Sabha (KNS) celebrated its 76th anniversary at Don Bosco Hall on Sunday, October 6.
Rev. Fr. Onil D’Souza, Director of St Antony Ashram Jeppu, was the chief guest at the celebration. Fr. Paul Melwyn D’Souza, President of Konkani Natak Sabha presided over the programme. For their contribution towards the Konkani stage, senior drama artistes Joseph Pinto (Joe Pinto), Mabel Kent, and Arthur D’Souza were felicitated by KNS.
Acknowledging the felicitation, Arthur D’Souza thanked all those who supported him in his journey on the stage. He also thanked the Konkani Natak Sabha for this felicitation. “It is my pleasure to receive the honour with Mable Kent and Joe Pinto. I am thankful to be remembered at this time of excitement, along with senior actors like Raymond Lobo and others who have worked to sustain and uplift Konkani culture tirelessly," he said.
Addressing the gathering, Fr. Onil D’Souza congratulated the KNS and said “It’s a landmark day for the KNS, as this stage at Don Bosco hall has given birth to thousands of artists of the Konkani world. Konkani Natak is a method of communication between the communities that was launched from this stage. When a drama staged it’s a big work of community service”
Fr Paul Melwyn D’Souza said, "so many dedicated workers of the Konkani language, have strived hard in these 76 years to carry the flag of Konkani".
Sunil Menezes, vice president, KNS welcomed the gathering. Judith D’Souza, Secretary read out the annual report. Treasurer Jerry Concessao proposed the vote of thanks and Floyd D'Mello compered the event.
Konkani Social drama ‘Novro’ written by late A.T.Lobo and directed by John M Permannur was performed by Kala Kutam (Havyasi Kalakar), Mangaluru.
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