Preserve heritage for future generations, says Mauzo

PANAJI: The one-day state level seminar on Goenchem Daiz, was organised by the department of Konkani, MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar in collaboration with Goa Sudharop Community Development incorporated, USA, at MES College recently

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr Damodar Mauzo said that to preserve the rich heritage, it is necessary to protect the land and language of Goa. He further said, "Heritage is something which is inherited over the generations. We are enjoying the fruits of our ancestors therefore we should think about our future generations."

Mr Ibonio D’Souza, executive director of Goa Sudharop, Professor Prajal Sakhardande, principal, Dr Maria Do Ceu Rodrigues and Professor Cosma Fernandes, seminar coordinator and head, department of Konkani were present on the dais.

Mr Ibonio D’Souza was the keynote speaker. He appealed to protect the rich socio –cultural heritage of Goa. He also explained the future plans of Goa Sudharop which works towards preserving the rich heritage of Goa.

Earlier, Dr Ceu Rodrigues welcomed the gathering. Professor Cosma Fernandes introduced the theme of the seminar and also introduced the guest on the dais.

Mr Tyson D’Costa and group presented a welcome song composed specially for the seminar by Professor Cosma. Professor Satyawan Naik compered the programme and proposed the vote of thanks.

During the daylong seminar, six research papers were presented in the six technical sessions. In the first session Professor Sakhardande presented a paper on ‘History through heritage Goa – Pre-historic times to yesterday.’ He gave historical perspective of pre-Portuguese regime, Portuguese regime and post liberation Goa.

Dr Bernadette Gomes presented a research paper on ‘Tribal life and communal harmony in Goa.’ She said that the communal harmony is seen among the tribal communities of Goa, through their festivals, language and day-to-day life.

A paper on ‘Goan Architecture’ was presented by Mr Jose Lourenco. He gave a pictorial description of Goan houses, churches, temples, forts, etc. He also compared ancient architecture to modern architecture.

Ms Maria Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues spoke on ‘Traditional Goan food.’ She explained how the Goan food is related to nature.

Professor Cosma presented a paper on ‘Konkani literature and Goan Music,’ He said, "Konkani literature and Goan music are interrelated. Music is an integral part of Goans. The Goan music is unique. It has its special identity."

Mr Rajendra Kerkar presented a paper on ‘Environmental Heritage, Bio diversity and Eco festivals.’ He gave a open call to protect our environment.

Professor Sakhardande was the chief guest for the valedictory function. He deliberated on modern Goan identity and appealed to protect the Konkani language and Goan heritage. The technical sessions were compered by Professor Satyawan Naik and the paper presenters were introduced by Ms Elysia Fernandes and Mr Tyson D’Costa.

At the concluding ceremony, the principal welcomed the gathering. Professor Anju Sakhardande of Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Miramar, presented a brief report of the seminar. Professor Prakash Paryekar of Goa University and Ms Raksha Falgaonkar of Mallikarjun College, Canacona, gave feedback about the seminar. Certificates to the participants were presented at the hands of Professor Sakhardande and Mr Ibonio. Professor Cosma proposed the vote of thanks. Professor Naik compered the function.