Margao: The Kavitha Trust Mangaluru, in association with the Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa, organized the 14th edition of the Kavita Fest, a festival of poetry on January 11 and 12, 2020 at the Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, Goa. The Kavitha Fest is a celebration of Konkani Poetry in all dialects and scripts of the language.
Nagesh Karmali, freedom fighter and poet, and Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre, inaugurated Fest with the strewing of rose petals. Kishore Gonsalves, president, Kavita Trust, Averyl Rodrigues, secretary, Kavita Trust, Chetan Acharya, president, KBM and Nityanand Naik, secretary, KBM, Goa were present during the occasion.
Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, Karmali said, “I am happy to participate in Kavita Fest which has entered Goa for the first time. From the past many years, I have closely monitored the mission of Kavita Trust on Konkani poetry and literature. I can say Kavita Trust is at the forefront of handing over the fragrance of Kavita to the young generation.”
“Konkani has produced known and realistic poetics. Many Konkani poets actively took part in the liberation fight of Goa. Many Konkani poets fought for land for their mother tongue and finally, they succeeded. Now the writers like Guadalupe Dias are taking responsibility for taking the Konkani literature to younger generations. I congratulate Guadalupe Dias for securing Mathias Family Poetry Award for the year 2019. Her poems truly deserve this award.
“Based on the political and cultural atmosphere of society Konkani poetry had changed a lot. It has changed its thoughts and grown with different views. Everyone is aware of it and admits too. We have a poet inside us. Only when we learn the skills to bring out the poet, who is inside us, we become a poet or poetess,” he said.
Basti Vaman Shenoy focussed on how language can unite despite dividers such as administrative boundaries, “When I come to Goa, I feel as if I am coming to my mother. There are so many political and administrative borders between Goa and Karnataka. But for us, Konkani speaking people, no such borders appear between us. We are united in the name of our mother tongue and we are happy to continue this bond.
“Kavita Trust has played a major role in Konkani’s literary world, especially to teach children about Konkani poetry. It is very essential also. It is our duty to join Kavita Trust and help them in their mission. I thank Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa, for their association with Kavita Trust for this Kavita Fest. There is no doubt in that this togetherness will help us fly the flag of Konkani higher and higher,” he said.
During the event, poetess Guadalupe Dias was bestowed with the Mathias Family Poetry Award 2019. She was draped with a shawl, given a memento, citation and Rs 25,000 as the prize money. William Pais read the citation.
After the inauguration, an interaction session with the award winner was held. Konkani writer and poetess Anwesha Singbal hosted the session. Expressing her views during the interactive session Guadalupe said, “According to me this award is acceptance of my poems. Secondly, this award will be a milestone in my life and this award gives me more responsibilities. Once I had the madness of poems and I fell into love with that madness. The madness of poems gave me recognition and award. Continuity and sustainability only provide justice to every award. So I promise to keep continuity in Konkani poetry world and request support from everyone to sustain as a poetess. “
H M Pernal, known critic, writer, and editor of Kittall.com moderated the poetry session that followed. Iqbal Sayeedi, Nutan Sakhardande, Vally Quadras, and Rajay Pawar recited their poems.
On the second day Nelson and Lavina Rodricks VI Cha. Fra. Decosta memorial Konkani poetry reciting competition was held along with Rohan and Lavita Monteiro IX All India Konkani poetry reciting competition for the youth.
Dr. Narayan Desai was the chief guest during the prize distribution ceremony. Chetan Acharya, president and Ratnamala Divkar, vice president, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa were present along with Kishore Gonsalves, president, and Averyl Rodrigues, secretary of Kavita Trust.
Saeesh Panandikar, Sanjay Borkar, Nayana Adarkar, Maya Kharangate, Wilson Kateel, and Melvyn Rodrigues were the judges for the poetry reciting competition finals wherein 26 children and 15 youth took part.
Vaibhav Kavlekar Goa, Aniket Naik Goa, and Olita Pinto Karnataka won the first, second and third prizes respectively in the youth category. Shwetha Pai M Mangaluru won the consolation prize.
In the children's category, Palia Agni, Goa, Anshul Dias Goa, and Danica Pahal Kerala won the first, second and third prizes respectively, while Alvina Monteiro Karnataka, Anushka Sankordekar, Goa, Pradnya Upadhye Goa, and Rishona Crasta Kerala won the consolation prizes.
Prizes were awarded to the winners of Charles and Theresa Rodrigues memorial XIII All India Konkani poetry writing competition for children.
Kishore Gonsalves, Kavita Trust, welcomed the dignitaries and gathering on the first day. Averyl Rodrigues, secretary, Kavita Trust, briefed the mission and activities of the trust and its various competitions on the second day. Trustees of Kavita Trust Vitori Karkal, William Pais and Melvyn Rodrigues were present.
Melvyn Rodrigues, founder-president of Kavita Trust announced the prizes.
William Pais delivered the vote of thanks, Anant Agni compered the event on both the days.
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