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A celebration of Konkani writers

Dalgado Konknni Akademi will celebrate the 85th birth anniversary of late Prabhakar Tendulkar as ‘Konknni Boroinnarancho Dis’ or Konkani Writers’ Day on June 4, 4 p.m. at the Conference Hall of Dalgado Konknni Akademi, Panaji.

Born on June 4, 1934, Prabhakar Tendulkar’s contribution to Konkani language, particularly to Konkani in Roman script, started during Portuguese regime in Goa in 1954, when Marathi newspapers from Maharashtra started to come to Goa. His father started a weekly ‘A Vanguarda’ in Portuguese and Konkani in Roman script. Prabhakar edited the Konkani section of it and also gave ample opportunities to the young Konkani writers to develop their literary talents in Romi script.

He then started an independent weekly ‘Goykar’ in Konkani in Roman script in 1979. The aim of this weekly was to help achieve separate statehood for Goa and Konkani as the official language of Goa.

In order to unite all the Konkani writers in Roman script and to provide them a common platform he also formed a literary association ‘Konknni Kendr’ (Goem) in 1979 where he encouraged Konkani writers in Roman script by organising various literary competitions and by giving literary

awards for their outstanding literary works.

He was in the forefront during the struggle for the recognition of Konkani as the state’s official language. Due to his commitment to Konkani, he was appointed as the president of the Mapusa branch of Konknni Porjecho Avaz, which spearheaded the movement of making Konkani as the Official Language of Goa.

He was the founder treasurer of Dalgado Konknni Akademi, which was established in 1988 in order to fight the injustice meted to Konkani in Roman script.

He has published 10 books in Konkani in Roman script highlighting the burning social problems in society. His works includes essays, short stories, novels, poems, tiatrs, etc. Some of his books are:-‘Rangmachi’, ‘Gulab’, ‘Tin Tiatr’, ‘Sat Prosn’, ‘Kotha Ghons’, ‘Oso ho Sonvsar’, ‘Jinnecho Rong’, etc.  

Being the proprietor of Dalesh Printers, Mapusa, he also helped young writers to publish their Konkani books. He also transliterated Roman script Konkani books into Devnagiri script and published them in book form.

He is also the recipient of the prestigious Fr Antonio Pereira Puroskar of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Porvorim which is awarded for his contribution to Konkani language and for promotion of Goan culture.

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