A national level symposium on 'Konkani Sahity-Mukhlim Aahwana' (Emerging Challenges in Konkani Literature) and a poetry session of Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Urdu, English and Hindi languages has been jointly organized by All India Konkani Parishat and Konkani Sahitya Parishat, Belgaum on August 20 and 21 at Kannada Sahitya Bhavan, Belgaum.
This has been organized as part of celebrating 'Konkani Manyata Divas' on Saturday August 20. On August 20, the session will start with the presentations of famous leader of Konkani movement, noted littérateur, critic and advocate Uday Bhembhre and former president of All India Konkani Parishat, editor of Konkani encyclopaedia Dr Tanaji Hallarannakar on 'the struggles that Konkani went through in securing a place in the VII Schedule of the Constitution and the benefits that are available for Konkani language, educational institutes, culture and literature.'
The August 21 symposium on 'Emerging Challenges in Konkani literature' will comprise of paper presentation by noted Konkani writer, winner of Kendra Sahitya Academy award, journalist J B Moraes (Mumbai), Konkani research fellow Dr Sunitha Bai (Kocchi), Konkani novelist, journalist, publisher, editor Dolphy Lobo (Cascia, Mangalore), writer, translator Krishna Rao (Bangalore), Kiran Budakule (Goa) and Konkani Sahitya Sammelan president and noted littérateur Mahabaleshwar Sail, on the given topic.
Thereafter a poetry session of Konkani, Hindi, Marathi, English, Urdu and Kannada languages will be held. This will be presided over by Konkani poet, freedom fighter Nagesh Karamali. The two day long programme will come to a grand conclusion with the colourful cultural programmes by local artists.
The details of the programme were announced in a press release by Belgaum Sahitya Parishat president V V Shenoy.