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Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar and MLA Naresh Sawal while lighting the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of the Bhatagram Mahotsav at Bicholim. Ramesh Savaikar | NT

Mandrekar emphasises need to preserve Goa’s cultural heritage

BICHOLIM: Emphasizing the need of enriching Goa’s cultural heritage, Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar said that different cultural mahotsavas take us to Goa’s glorious past which exhibits sanskruti and culture.

The Minister was addressing a gathering at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj maidan on Friday after inaugurating a 2-day Bhatagram Mahotsav organised by Dicholi Bachav Abhiyan in collaboration with the Art and Culture department and Goa Tourism Development Corporation.

Mandrekar lit the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of the Mahotsav in the presence of St Andre MLA Vishnu Wagh, Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal, Bicholim chairperson Karuna Govenkar, vice chairperson Riyaz Beig, councillor Shashikant Naik- Halarnakar, secretary of the committee Naresh Kadkade and others.

MLA Vishnu Wagh urged the youth to maintain the cultural heritage of Goa and enrich folk arts of the state. Journalist Prabhakar Dhage suggested that the government should change the names of the towns which have historic importance and Bicholim should be changed to Bhatagram.

Fifteen personalities who contributed in different fields were felicitated by presenting them shriphal, shawl and a memento. Those who were felicitated include Gopal Morajkar, Suryakanat Dessai, Mahadev Naik, Shrikant Sahakari, Late Kamalkanat Pal, Chandrakanat Shetye, Krishnanath Fogeri,  Prabhakar Narvenkar, Rohidas Parab,  Harish Naik,  Shantaram Mandrekar, Devu Parab,  Rauf Pathan, and Gopal Parab.

Naresh Kadkade proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Dayanand Rav compered. Later different cultural and music programmes were presented.

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