Mangalore, Jan 7: The annual poetry festival hosted by Kavita Trust is scheduled to be held here in Town Hall, Mangalore on Sunday, January 12. This festival is being held in association with Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, said Melvyn Roadrigus of Kavitha Trust.
Addressing the press meet held at Press Club on Jan 7, Tuesday, he said that Eminent Kannada writer Vivek Shanbhogue will inaugurate the festival. The poets from Karnataka, Goa and Kerala will take part in the event.
He also said that the programme will begin at 9.30 am with a procession accompanied by bands. Later, chief guest Vivek Shanbhogue will deliver a keynote address on the topic ‘Poetry and Freedom of Expression’. Antony Barkur and Jerry Rasquinha will speak as respondents to the Chief guest’s speech.
A collection of poems titled ‘Anjurachem Paan’ by Andrew L. D’Cunha will be released during the occasion.
There will be as many as 31 young poets who will present their poems – which is a final round of Rohan and Lavita Monteiro III All India Konkani poetry competition.
At 3.00 pm, poet Sanjeev Verenkar will preside over a multi-lingual poetry session, wherein addition to Konkani, poems of Kannada, Tulu and Byari languages will be presented and discussed.
Rahmath Tarikere will be the chief guest for the valedictory session. Basti Vaman Shenoy, Rohan Monteiro and Lavita Monteiro will be the guests of honor. Here, winners of Late Charles and Theresa Rodrigues memorial all Inida Konkani poetry writing competition and winners of poetry reciting will be awarded. Poet Yusuf Abdulla Sheik will be honored with Mathias Family Poetry Award. This award consists of Rs 10,000 cash, memento and a certificate.
The evening will witness a folk dance from the Kudumbi community led by Yedapadav Gopal Gowda.