Konkani Poet Leo John D’ Souza Passes Away

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Mangalore, Oct. 10: The famous Konkani poet Leo John D’Souza(79) has passed away at Bangalore on October 10, Thursday morning.

Leo D’Souza who was popularly known as Liyab in literary circles was recently discharged from the St John’s Hospital. He has left behind his wife Mary, children Judy, Sunita, Sandeep and Fr Sudhir.

Leo John D’ Souza who hailed from Bikarnakatte in Mangalore was a popular Konkani poet and author. He wrote thousands of poems. He had to his credit over 3000 poems which he had authored under the pen name Kavyadas.

In the year 2002 he was honoredwith Konkani Academy award for his contribution to the field of journalism.

Liyab has written a novel in Konkani titled “Putha Patim Ye” and has translated over 15 books from other languages including Pearl Buck’s “Satan Never Sleeps” and “Blood in the Mountain”, “Marcelino”, “Prince and the Pauper”, Martin Pores’s “Lad of Lima”, “Rip Van Winkle”, “Around the World in 80 days”, “The Travels of Gulliver”, “Sinister Signpost”, “The Crisscross Shadow”, and “Jacob the Faithful”.

He won the Mathias Family poetry award given by Kavita Trust in the year 2009 and Sandesha award for Konkani literature in 2013.

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