Let Konkani be the unifying force for Goans: Damodar Mauzo
POINGUINNIM: A book on tiatr titled ‘Teag’, written by Mr Ramesh B Komarpant was recently released at the hands of Damodar Mauzo, who was the chief guest on the occasion. The function was presided over by Goa Konkani Academy vice-president, Mr Vincy Quadros. Others present on the occasion were vice-president of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, Mr Shridhar Kamat, Mr kamlakar Mhalshi and a host of other dignitaries.
Mauzo, speaking on the occasion, said that Konkani in the Devanagri and Romi script go hand in hand, but there were sections of people with vested interests who were trying to create rifts among the people over the issue. He said the time has come to fight any attempt at divisions and instead work with unity adding that working towards the promotion of both the scripts was the need of the hour. Mauzo maintained that the two forms of Konkani theatre namely ‘tiatr’ and ‘natak’ have a distinct identity and hence comparison of any sort was unfair.
Mr Shridhar Kamat in his speech stated that tiatr had its own strengths and any comparison with any other forms of drama would be inappropriate and that Konkani tiatr has contributed immensely towards the development of the Konkani language. He hoped that with the number of people choosing to write in Konkani increasing, Konkani would receive the much needed boost. Though Canacona doesn’t have a Ravindra Bhavan, musical activities and other forms of dramas continued to thrive here he said suggesting that the facilities and schemes offered by the Ravindra Bhavan at Margao should also be extended to the people of Canacona so that Canconkars too could get a platform to showcase their talent.
Mr Vincy Quadros took the opportunity to advise budding writers to forward one copy of their book to the executive committee. He further listed out a few schemes that writers could avail of.
Mr Sudesh Naik explained the preface of the book while Mr Vassalo Carvalho spoke on Konkani tiatr, its composition, setting and inception. Earlier, Mr Kamlakar Mhalshi welcomed the gathering, while Mr Anant Agni compered the function. Mr R B S Komarpant proposed the vote of thanks.