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Austin D’Cunha, Supriya Kankonkar win Kavita Trust’s poetry reciting competition

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Mangaluru: “There was a sense of aesthetics in the way the poems were selected by the chidlren who participated in the poetry reciting competition. You must read the poems of your liking and only then will it bring forth the feelings” said Kannada writer and critic Narendra Pai.

He was speaking as the chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony of Konkani poetry reciting competition organised by Kavita Trust for children and youth here at the World Konkani Centre on Sunday, November 6.

Lauding the work of Kavita Trust, Pai said, the trust is striving to sow Konkani poetry in young minds, which is remarkable.

12 children and 23 youth, selected in the preliminaries rounds held at Mangaluru, Udupi, Margao, Panaji and Bantwal, in the month of September participated in the final round. They had the option to select the poems of any poet or their own. They had to present the poem by heart.

Melvyn Rodrigues, founder and the president of Kavita Trust welcomed the gathering. Pradnya Tari and friends rendered Kavita Trust’s anthem.

While Austin D’Cunha from Bejai in the city was the winner in the Nelson and Lavina Rodricks, III Cha. Fra. Decosta memorial Konkani poetry reciting competition for children, Wencita Dias, Angelore was declared first runner up and Vion Preston Lobo, Bantwal second runner up. Consolation prizes were given to Aldon Vinoy D’Souza, Revon Dias and Alka Pavithra Lewis, Brahmavar.

In the Rohan and Lavita Monteiro, VI All India Konkani poetry reciting competition Supriya Kankonkar from Goa emerged as the winner. First runner up was Amline D’Souza, Mangaluru and second runner up was Sushmita Pai Kane from Goa.

Consolation prizes were given to Dattaraj Naik, Goa, Pradnya Tari, Goa, Rohan D’Souza, Bajpe, Fevisha Fernandes, Mangaluru and Sunetra Kamat, Goa.

Chief guest of the ceremony Narendra Pai along with guests of honour Rohan Monteiro and Basti Vaman Shenoy distributed cash prizes, mementos and certificates to the winners as well as to all the participants.

Prizes were given to the winners of Charles and Theresa Rodrigues memorial X All India Konkani poetry writing competition during the occasion.

Out of the total 255 entries Andrea Menezes, Dona Paula bagged the first place, Sanika Pawar, Curchorem, second, and three children – Khyathi Nayak, Mangaluru, Rahi Gaonkar, Sattari, Savari Phal Dessai, Quepem, shared the third prize.

Speaking on the occasion, president of Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, Basti Vaman Shenoy, who also celebrated his 82nd birthday on the occasion, said that the World Konkani Centre would support any programme on Konkani literature.

Shakuntala R Kini, Titus Noronha, Edward Sequeira, Smitha Shenoy and Guru Baliga were the judges of the competition. Trustee Andrew D’Cunha conducted the proceedings.

Averyl Rodrigues compered the programme and William Pais proposed vote of thanks.

Austin D'Cunha, Supriya Kankonkar win Kavita Trust's poetry reciting competition

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