Every year, Kala Academy celebrates ‘Gomant Rangabhoomi Din’ on July 11, which is the birth anniversary of Goan saint poet and playwright, late Krishnambhatt Bandkar. This year the function was re-scheduled and will be held today, August 23, 5 p.m. at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir, Kala Academy, Panaji.
Theatre personality and State Cultural Awardee of government of Maharashtra, Suresh Alias Baba Parsekar will be the chief guest while minister for art and culture and chairman of Kala Academy, Govind Gaude will preside over the function. IAS, secretary (Finance and Art and Culture), Daulat Hawaldar, will be the guest of honour.
On this occasion, Krishnambhat Bandkar Puraskar awards of Gomant Rangbhoomi Din and Rangsanman Puraskar awards of World Theatre Day for the year 2017-18 will be presented to Goan theatre personalities who have rendered their contribution to Goan theatre stage in various capacities like acting, direction, music direction, technical support etc.
The Krishnambhat Bandkar Puraskar carries an amount of Rs 15,000 each whereas Rangsanman Puraskar carries an amount of Rs 20,000 each, besides mementoes, shawls etc. The recipients of Krishnambhat Bandkar Puraskar for the year 2017 include Ashwini Zambaulikar, Tulshidas Laxman Raut, Namdev Shet, Shivaji Ganpat Desai, Ramkrishna Surlakar and Narayan (Nana) Asolkar, whereas for the year 2018 includes Vinayak Desai, Narayan Laxman Naik, Keshav Kamat, Ramanand K Joshi, Raghuvir Savordekar and Mangala Jambale.
The recipients of Rangsanman Puraskar for the year 2017 include Gauri Avudhut Kamat, Rajeev Hede, Prasad Gurav, Dnyanesh Moghe, Eknath Mahadev Naik Mangeshkar and Jyoti Kunkoliekar whereas for the year 2018 the list includes Raghunath Sinai Sacordeker, Rajesh Pednekar, Samradni Marathe, Digambar Parab, Prashant Mardolkar and Jeevan Mayekar.
The felicitation function will be followed by a drama ‘Aahe Manohar Tari’ to be staged by Natya Mohini, Mardol. The play is directed by Goan director and theatre artiste, Prashant Mardolkar.
(The programme is open to all)