Mangalore, August 20: Commemorating the inclusion of the Konkani language in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, ‘Konkani Manyata Divas’ was celebrated at Town Hall on Wednesday August 20th with zeal. Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy organized the program.
Mayor Mahabala Maarla hoisting the Konkani flag there by opening the ceremony. Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy president Roy Castelino briefed about the day’s events.
Addressing the gathering, mayor Mahabala Maarla said, “I am happy to see people from 41 various Konkani speaking communities under one roof. We have to preserve Konkani language and pass it on to the future generation. Schools and colleges need to support the students to learn Konkani.”
Walter D’Mello, deputy director of public education department, DK, said, “‘Konkani Manyata Divas’ must be celebrated not only through dance, songs or other events; Konkani should also be respected as mother tongue and spoken in our day-to-day lives.” He also congratulated Roy Castelino on organizing the event in a grand manner.
In the talent shows, students and various associations exhibited their programs and 23 teams had participated in the event.
During the opening ceremony Cyprian Monteiro and other Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy memebers were present.
Later, in the evening the valedictory will be held.