Mangalore, Aug 24: Leo Rodrigues Family Kittall Yuva Puroskar (Youth Award) 2014 was conferred on young writer Stany D’Souza, known as Stany Bela at a formal ceremony held at Valencia Senate Hall on August 23, Saturday.
The award comprising of Rs 10,000 cash and a citation was conferred in the name of NRI entrepreneur Leo Rodrigues to recognize young writers.
Speaking on the occasion, Leo Rodrigues said that although he has been living in the Gulf for past 33 years; love for his mother tongue and motherland never decreased.
He also urged the parents to give importance to Konkani language and keep it alive. In such a situation, Kittall.com is playing an important role in finding young talents and supporting them to grow.
Walter Nandalike, Editor-in-chief of daijiworld.com said that the young talented writers get encouraged when they are identified by their works and efforts through awards. The senior writers and poets must support the young talents and correct their mistakes.
After receiving the award, Stany Bela expressed his gratefulness to Melvyn Rodrigues for his extended support. He also said that, the award has increased his responsibility in the field and shows the public expectation from him in the coming days.
The dignitaries released Konkani fortnightly 15th edition of ‘ARSO’.
Fr Prashanth Madtha, eminent Konkani and Kannada scholar delivered the annual lecture on ‘Society and We’.
Entrepreneur Rohan Monteiro of Property Infratech, editor of kittall.com H M Pernal, Basti Vaman Shenoy and others were present.
Jaison Sequeira compered the event. H M Pernal proposed vote of thanks.
A committee comprising Central Sahitya Academy awardee Melvyn Rodrigues, well-known critic Nanu Marol and Kittall advisory board member Titus Noronha chose Stany Bela for the award.
About Stany Bela: Stany was born in 1983, graduated from Kannur University and presently works in Dubai. He has written in Malayalam, Konkani, Kannada and Tulu languages.
He has scripted 15 short stories in Kannada and Konkani and translated three stories from Malayalam to Konkani, along with 45 poems.
He has also written two musical plays, including ‘Karunaya Mathe Amma’ based on life of Mother Teresa and the other is ‘ota’ on awareness ill effects of alcohol.