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Konknni writer’s conference held

Konknni Writer’s Conference was organised recently by Dalgado Konknni Akademi at the Art & Culture Department, Conference Hall, Patto, Panaji. The conference which had DKA president Tomazinho Cardozo, secretary Vincy Quadros and treasurer Celso Fernandes present at the dais had Cosma Fernandes as the chief guest.

There were two main sessions at the conference. Quadros, a Sahitya Akademy Awardee presided over the first session – ‘Konknni Literature and Writers’. Editor of Gulab, Fausto V Da Costa was the main speaker at this session. Other speakers who spoke included Anthony Menezes on novels, Daniel F De Souza on poetry, William Fernandes on essay, and Sonia Gomes on young writers. Premanand A Lotlikar, Alvaro Gomes, Ana Tereza Rodrigues, Seby Braganza, and Edward D’Lima participated in the ensuing discussions.

Lotlikar presided over the second session in the afternoon – ‘Schemes for Konkani’. Tomazinho Cardozo was the main speaker at this session. He explained in details all the schemes of DKA and noted the suggestions made by the writers. Several poets participated in the poetry reciting session held post lunch.

Two resolutions were passed at the conference namely that ‘Government recognise Konknni in Roman script’ and ‘Sahitya Academy consider literature in Roman script for Literary Awards’.

Editor of ‘Konkon Divo’ and senior writer, Ashok Chodankar, was the chief guest at the

concluding ceremony.

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