President of India to witness first World Konkani Cultural Convention
Posted On: 26/10/2010 20:27 GMT
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By Mavis D'souza - Mangalore,

Mangalore : To showcase to the world, the beauty and variety of Konkani culture and to enhance the self esteem of every Konkani, Mandd Sobhann – the World’s Premier Konkani Cultural Organization is proudly organizing the first world Konkani cultural convention from November 25 to December 19, 2010  - a 25 days world –level cultural festival, at Kalaangann, Mangalore.

As a jewel on the crown, Mandd Sohbann is celebrating “Vishwa Konkani Ekta Divas” (The World Konkani Unity Day) on December 9, 2010 at T.M.A. Pai Conventional Centre at 10 a.m.. Her Excellency Mrs. Pratibha D. Singh (President of India) will  be the chief guest of the day. It will be the most important day of the convention. On this occasion, twenty-five Konkani organizations/ institutions from around the world, which have enriched Konkani culture in their region will be honoured at the hands of the President of India.

Seventy-five troupes from around the world with over 1500 artistes belonging to various castes, creeds, dialects and regions of Konkani, will present folk, theatre, music and dance performances. There will also be a film festival, food festival, a youth festival, an art festival,  Kavita festival and competitions in traditional games, costumes and cuisine.

The 2nd Global Konkani Music Awards and the 6th Kalaakar Puraskaar will also be awarded during this event. Seminars will be conducted on various aspects of Konkani culture.  Dignitaries from around the world will grace the event as Chief Guests and Guests of Honour, each day. A colorful procession, a grand opening ceremony, and a festive closing ceremony are also being planned.

A reception committee of eminent persons under the leadership of Shri Ronald Colaco is constituted and Shri Digamber V. Kamat, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Goa, is the chief Patron.

The launching ceremony of this world- event was held in Bangalore on June 20, 2010. Shri G. Janardhana Reddy, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism and infrastructure, Govt. of Karnataka, was the chief Guest.

The Delhi curtain raiser was  held on Oct. 24, 2010 where Mrs. Shiela Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi was the Chief Guest.

While concluding Mr. Eric said, “This world is a beautiful garden of various cultures and languages of different hues and fragrances. Konkani is one of the most beautiful and fragrant among them. In preserving Konkani culture, we preserve the beauty of this world”. He added.

Mr. Eric Ozario, (Gurkaar, Mandd Sobhann), Mr. Louis J. Pinto (President), Mr. Stany Alvares(Co-ordinator) Mr. Arun Raj Rodrigues (PRO) and Mr. Rony Arun (treasurer) were present at the press meet.

Edited and Published By Konkanifriends Team

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