Mangalore, July 28: “A T Lobo always gave importance to human values. His impressionable writings were down to earth, anyone reading them would end up following the values in life,” said Fr Mark Walder, former editor of Raknno Konkani weekly on Sunday July 27, addressing a gathering at a programme jointly organized by A T Lobo Foundation, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Raknno Konkani weekly at Bishop’s House hall.
Roy Castelino, President of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, in his presidential address said, “If our Konkani language should live long, then the youngsters of present generation should learn Konkani, use it in their day-to-day conversations and have a true love for it. We have started opening Konkani Clubs in various institutions, and those institutions are supposed to conduct at least five programmes per year.”
The programme focussed on the works of renowned Konkani writer the lateApollo Thomas Lobo, popularly known as ’A T Lobo’. On this occasion, Roy Castelino felicitated eight students who studied Konkani as third language and secured distinction in Konkani for the recent SSLC exams.
Dr Edward Nazareth presented an analysis of A T Lobo’s novel, ‘Tun Boro Za’ (You become good), while Dr Carmelita D’Souza analysed A T Lobo’s play ’Avunkvar Avay’ (Unmarried mother), and Fr Melwyn Pinto Neerude presented an analysis of two stories by A T Lobo, ’Hardyar Khuris’ (Cross on the chest) and ’Reedh’.
Vittori Karkal compeered the ceremony. Raknno Konkani weekly editor Father Francis Rodrigues, eminent Konkani writers Eddie Netto, C G S Taccode and others were present.