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Belthangady, July 2, 2024 : 'Gramaloka', a literary programme by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, and Manglurchi Motiyam Cultural Organisation, was held at Lobo Motors premises at Belthangady at 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 30.

The event was inaugurated by Rev Fr Walter D'Mello, Parish Priest of Belthangady, who emphasised the cultural significance of the Konkani language. He underscored Konkani's rich heritage in folklore and literature, urging senior writers and artists to create awareness among Konkani people on its uniqueness and guarding against foreign influences.

Melvyn Rodrigues, Convenor of the Konkani Advisory Board at Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi gave an introductory speech detailing the Sahitya Akademi's programmes and welcomed the guests.

The programme featured local poets Robert D'Souza Madantyar, Flavia Albuquerque from Puttur, and Thelma Madta from Madanthyar, who recited their poems. Vidya Nayak from Guruvayanakere presented Konkani children songs with insights into their background and contemporary relevance. Apollin D'Souza and her team delighted the audience with melodious Konkani lullabies, while Ronald Lobo, Ronald D'Souza, and Arvin D'Souza entertained with Konkani songs.

Stany Bela, a member of the Konkani Advisory Board at Sahitya Akademi moderated the programme. Alphonse Mendonsa Manglurchi Motiyam proposed vote of thanks.

The programme celebrated Konkani language and culture through poetry, songs, and cultural insights, reinforcing its importance and fostering community engagement in literary and cultural preservation.


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