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Governor Mridula Sinha lighting the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of ‘Goa Festival’ at Goa Sadan, New Delhi.

Unique identity of Goa must be preserved: Governor

PANAJI:  Stating that unity in diversity is prevailing in India, Governor Mridula Sinha said it is necessary to depict proper art and culture of Goa so that its unique identity is maintained. Sinha was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Goa Festival’, organised by Goenkarancho Ekvot, at Goa Sadan, New Delhi, recently.

The Governor, who was the chief guest, complimented Goenkarancho Ekvot and particularly its president Suman Kurade for organising the event for the last 15 years at Goa Sadan.

She said the three-day festival, apart from exhibiting various aspects of Goan life, culture and progress, provides excellent opportunity for Goans settled in Delhi to come together, thus consolidating the bonds of unity, fraternity, hospitality and communal harmony.

She expressed satisfaction that people irrespective of caste, creed and religion are participating in the Goa festival.

Sinha, who administered the ‘Swachch Bharat’ pledge to the people assembled at the venue of the festival, opined that cleaning should not be only a one-day exercise but it should become a habit among people including children.

The Union Minister of State (independent charge) for AYUSH Shripad Naik, in his address, said Goa has progressed well and is now one of the most developed states in the country. He assured to extend all support to Goenkarancho Ekvot in its future activities.

Mohanlal, resident commissioner of Goa Sadan, said that Goa Sadan is receptive to all people, particularly Goans.  He said efforts are being made to bring necessary improvement in the functioning of Goa Sadan and to keep it clean.

Mohanlal said he was impressed to see the photo exhibition stall set up by the department of Information and Publicity showcasing the progress and development made by Goa in varied sectors.

Kurade, who welcomed the gathering, said that Goa Festival is a celebration of culture and togetherness in New Delhi.  Kurade explained the various activities conducted by the organisation and said many festivals are held in Delhi every year but Goa Festival is one festival which is visited by Delhiites and Goans residing in Delhi. She said the organisation has plans to bring together all the Konkani speaking people from across the country in New Delhi and form an association.  Kurade also stressed the need to establish a resource centre with a library equipped with Goa’s history and culture at Goa Sadan. Fr Pinto, vice-president of Goenkarancho Ekvot, proposed the vote of thanks.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by a presentation of a cultural programme by Guru Kala Mandal Goa and other activities.

Earlier, the Governor and other dignitaries visited various stalls including the photo exhibition stall set up by the Department of Information and Publicity and evinced keen interest in the exhibits.

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