20 Aug Konkani Manyatha Divas – 2011
“Konkani Manyatha Divas” was celebrated on August 20, 2011 in the school in association with Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, Mangalore, to mark the anniversary of the inclusion of Konkani in our Indian Constitution.
Solo Singing and Essay writing competitions in Konkani were conducted for the students prior to this occasion and prizes were distributed to the winners at the function held at 11 am at Mother Veronica Hall, Maryhill, where Rev. Fr. Maxim Rosario, Konkani writer and administrator of St. Joseph’s Inter-Diocesan Seminary was the Chief Guest and Mrs. Gauri R. Mallya, Artist and Konkani writer was the Guest of Honour. They were accorded a typical Konkani traditional welcome of “Pan pod aani Udak” (Beetle leaves and Water). A group of students implored God’s blessings on all gathered through a prayer dance. Then the guests together with Sr. Carissima A.C., the joint secretary of the school were escorted to the dais by the Principal Sr. Melissa A.C. In her welcome address, Sr. Melissa introduced the guests to the audience and briefed everyone the need to celebrate this day. Lolita Lobo of Class VII gave the significance of the day, highlighting the Konkani language, culture and contributions of writers to Konkani. Speaking to the audience, the Chief guest of the day Rev. Fr. Maxim Rozario advised the students to speak Konkani at home, though they are learning in English medium school and to cultivate a love for Konkani and its culture. Mrs. Gauri R Mallya spoke highly of Konkani language and all need to strive to keep this language alive and active.
After the formal function, students put up a beautiful programme, highlighting the Konkani culture through songs, dance and skit – from “womb to tomb”, which was highly appreciated by the guests and the parents who attended the function. Mrs. Sandra Lobo proposed the vote of thanks and Mrs. Silvia Fernandes compeered the programme. It was indeed a memorable day for the students, parents and the staff of MCCS, where love for Konkani was relished and nurtured.