Veeravenkatesh Charitable Trust president A K Manjunath, who presided over the function said, it is the responsibility of the parents to preserve and encourage Kokani as a mother tongue and develop Konkani culture in younger generation.
The ideology of late B V Baliga, who started the observation of Konkani Diwas, is in fact commendable, he said.
GSB Yuvaka Vrinda Fund managing secretary G Vishwanath Bhat was honoured on the occasion for his contribution to social service and literary field, while, Srinivas Pathashale former head Indira Nayak was also felicitated.
Prizes were distributed to the winners of different competitions. Mahila Vrinda founder president Malathiu M Kamath, present president Vasudha and secretary Kasturi Kamath were present.