MARGAO: Expressing happiness over veteran Konkani writer Uday Bhembre bagging the Sahitya Akademi award for his Konkani play ‘Karnaparv’, writers in Goa on Thursday opined that Bhembre deserved the honour a long time ago.
Noted Konkani writer Pundalik Naik said, “Bhembre is the senior-most writer who has worked hard in promoting works of others. I am so happy that though the award came late, he finally got what he deserved. There are a few plants which bloom late.”
Naik, also a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award, said that such awards are bestowed upon only for creative ideas penned by a writer. “Bhembre’s ‘Karnaparv’ is a play based on the life of Karna of Mahabharata but in a different dimension, which none other writers have thought of depicting.”
Renowned Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo opined that the award came too late.
“Bhembre deserved it much much earlier. Bhembre spent time for other writers and as such his own writing suffered. He did not get much time for expressing his own creativity. I am happy that his play – which is one of the best plays in India – has got the Sahitya Akademi award. He made us all proud,” Mauzo said.
Admitting that Bhembre was a guiding light for him, Mauzo said that writers have burnt the midnight oil for the cause of Konkani.