`Jivit' Honours Conferred
Oct 16: It was an afternoon of joy, as Konkani lovers from all walks of life and the entire Konkan region, converged at the Municipal Hall in Margao, to celebrate the second anniversary of JIVIT, the Niz Gõykaranchem rongit mhoinnalem, published by Queeny Productions and Publications.
At the function, six Konkani books, published by Queeny Productions and Publications, in the Roman script, Mon Sanvrona (Short Stories) by Willy Goes, Rupddem (Short Stories) by Peter Peixoto, Bhokti Sobhann ( spiritual poetry) by Fr Pratap Naik sj, Ho Sonvsar ek Machi ( One-act plays) by Fr Nevel L S Gracias, Devache Bagint (poetry ) by Bitosa Fernandes and Tuji Vatt (poetry) by Agusta Fernandes, were released by the cief minister.
Seven personalities were felicitated, for their outstanding contribution to the language: senior Tiatrist John Gomes (Kokoy) was felicitated with the ‘Lucasinho Ribeiro memorial felicitation 2008' and Joao Inacio D’Souza with the Reginaldo Fernandes memorial felicitation 2008', for his contribution to Konkani novels. Mumbai-based Isidore Dantas was felicitated with the 'Al-Jerry Braganza memorial felicitation 2008' for his research in the field of Konkani cinema. Zito Almeida (posthumously) was conferred with the 'Fr Freddy J Da Costa memorial felicitation 2008', for his contribution to journalism, Fr Pratap Naik sj, with the Bruno Eduardo memorial felicitation 2008, for his contribution to literature, Eric Ozario with the Mons S R Dalgado memorial ‘Niz Konknni Mogi’ felicitation 2008', for promotion of the language and Marcos Gonsalves, with the 'Fr Antonio Pereira memorial felicitation 2008'.
Seven JIVIT awards were also presented to its contributors. Selza Lopes, Cyrilo Fernandes and Lino Dourado, were awarded the JIVIT Puroskar 2008. Albino Fernandes was awarded the late A R Souzaferrao memorial award 2008, Neville Alphonso was awarded the late Luzia and Mousinho D’Silva memorial award 2008, Konkani Lecturer Jasmine Rodrigues was awarded the late Eslinda and Braz Alemao memorial Konknni Seva Puroskar 2008, while Peter Peixoto was awarded the late Santana and Tomas Alcasoas memorial award 2008, for his excellance in Konkani writing.
The aam admi chief Minister Digambar Kamat was the chief guest. Deputy speaker Mauvin Godinho, the champion of Roman Script in the Legislative Assembly, was the guest of honour. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao, who was the other guest of honour, could not attend the function but was represented by his daughter, Valanka Alemao. Eric Ozario, who etched out a place for Konkani language in the Guiness Book of World Records, was the special invitee.