Dayanand Kala Kendra (DKK) has been promoting cultural and sports activities among the youth for the last 50 years. President of the organisation,
M V Naik shares the story of the Curchorem-based DKK with NT BUZZ, and also about their plans to celebrate the golden jubilee year 2016-17
SACHI NAIK | NT BUZZ
A cultural organisation in Curchorem, ‘Dayanand Kala Kendra’ is celebrating the Golden Jubilee through the year 2016-2017 with a list of events including a poetry competition, observing the World Tourism Day and the Chanderi festival on the respective dates of the year.
President of Dayanand Kala Kendra, M V Naik informs that half a century ago, the youth of Curchorem got together to form a small club to promote cultural and sports activities in 1966. “However, in the year 1967, Dayanand Bandodkar (fondly known as Bhausaheb or Bhau), the first chief minister of Goa extended his support. He was impressed by the enthusiasm of the youth who came forward to work for the society. At once, he gave sum of Rs100 as donation and also assured full support in future; the amount was quite huge back then. Later, everyone unanimously decided to register the association as Dayanand Kala Kendra after the first chief minister of Goa,” says Naik.
The main objective the Kendra is to promote cultural and sports activities in Curchorem. “It was formed by the youth of Curchorem, Sanvordem with an objective of promoting sports and cultural activities in the area. Many of the sports enthusiasts then were students, and the art lovers were amateur artists performing dramas and tiatrs on festive occasions like fairs, festivals, church feasts in the locality,” says Naik.
He adds: “Earlier, there was no celebration of carnival or shigmotsav in Curchorem the way it has been taking place in Margao or Panaji. But our organisation took up the initiative to start it in 1980. Hence, our small activities were aimed at promoting Goan culture.”
This year the organisation will host a poetry recitation competition, and celebrate the World Tourism Day and Chanderi Festival in a grand manner. “Bhau passed away in August 1973 and since then we have been organising a poetry recitation competition for the school students on August 12 every year,” says Naik.
Naik further expressed that the Chanderi Festival is a three day all-India level cultural festival for the youth. It was initiated in the year 1999 and continued for three years. “However, we were compelled to discontinue it from the fourth year due to some political issues. But to celebrate 50 years of the Kendra, MLA of Curchorem, Nilesh Cabral suggested that we organise something unique. Hence, we decided to revive the Chanderi festival; that was supported and sponsored by the government in November 2016. This year we are planning to organise it for a week in December,” said Naik.
During the span of 50 years the cultural organisation has conducted many sports and cultural activities and competitions for the youth of Goa. Programs like children’s theatre, amateur drama competitions, publication on art and artists, documentation, tourism related festivals and various exhibitions are carried out by Dayanand Kala Kendra in association with Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Department of Art and Culture, Government of Goa; Zonal Cultural Centres; Sangeet Natak Academy; Ministry of Tourism and other government bodies.
“We have also hosted sports activities like cricket matches and volleyball tournaments for youth. Most importantly, we also organised a wrestling match for professional wrestlers of other states. And in the memory of late Dayanand Bandodkar, we hosted a cycle race in Goa in 1974,” states Naik.
Further Dayanand Kala Kendra also sent specific groups from South Goa to participate in various national level competitions organised by other states, including, an all-India level children’s multilingual one act play competition (Assam), All India one act play competition on national integration in Konkani (Delhi), Kulu Dussehra Festival (Himachal Pradesh), Golden Jubilee Celebration of Republic day of India (Delhi), Folk Dance Festival (Rastrapati Bhavan – Delhi), and many others.
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