MARGAO: Margao-based Konkani writer and linguist Madhavi Sardesai, 55, who was selected for the prestigious National Sahitya Akademi Award recently, passed away on Monday of cancer. She is survived by husband Raju Naik, who is a writer and editor of Marathi daily, and two daughters – Asavari and Adhiti. She was the sister of Fatorda independent MLA Vijai Sardesai. The final rites will be held on Tuesday morning at the Pajifond crematorium.
Sardesai was diagnosed with adrenal cancer for a year. She is the niece of Gyanpeeth Awardee Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar. Her mortal remains have been kept at her brother Sardesai’s residence. On Tuesday morning, the funeral cortege will leave for Panifond crematorium from her husband’s house, Comba-Margao at 9.30 a.m.
As the news of her demise spread, hundreds of friends, writers, educationists, politicians, businessmen and her students visited the MLA’s residence of Fatorda to pay condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family since morning.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday condoled her death. In a statement, Parsekar said that Sardesai’s death is an irreparable loss to the state. He lauded her contributions in Konkani literature and journalism. He also expressed his condolences to the family members.
Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik has expressed condolences on the sad demise of Sardesai. Naik said in a statement issued from New Delhi that Goa has lost its shining star of Konkani literature, who had started writing Konkani poetry in her early childhood, making a mark of her own.