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Closing ceremony of Online Basic Konkani Course held

Doha: With the goal of promoting Konkani and allowing children to make the most of their summer vacations, Mangalore City Club (MCC) organised an online basic Konkani course called “Konkani Shikovnya” for its members’ children in collaboration with Mandd Sobhann. On August 20, the closing ceremony titled “Konkani Manyata Divas” was conducted by all children putting up a programme as a finale to this course.

Verina Mascarenhas compered the whole programme in Konkani.

The opening session was inaugurated by MCC Cultural Secretary Amith Mathias who greeted and briefed the participants on the course details.  From July 16 to August 14, the online summer camp for children was held twice a week, on Fridays and Saturdays. During the occasion, MCC President Naveen D’Souza welcomed the participants and the parents and thanked Mandd Sobhann for taking the lead in teaching the children basic Konkani.

Children from age groups of 5 to 14 years participated in the teaching of basic Konkani. During the eight sessions topics covered were Numbers, Relations, Greetings, Basic Vocabulary, Colours, Weather, Va’rnn Maala, Directions – Sides, Time/Days/Month, Parts of the Body, Pronouns, Verbs, Sentiments/Feelings, House and things around, Occupations/Professions, Dressing, Make-up items, Nature, Domesticated animals, and 10 Imperatives of Konkani. Two sessions were exclusively for Baal Ghitam (Children’s songs). Children enjoyed the overall teaching as the classes were very interactive.

Founder and Advisor of MC Jerald D’Mello, President Naveen D’Souza, Vice-President Fredrick D’Souza, Mandd Sobhann representative and immediate past president of MCC Sunil D’Silva along with General Secretary Kavita Tauro and Cultural Secretary Amith Mathias inaugurated the closing programme by lighting the lamp.

Eric Ozario congratulated everyone on Konkani Manyatha Divas and informed everyone that in 1992 Konkani language became a National language and had entered into the Indian Constitution. He along with his wife Joyce Ozario sang a song ‘Mai ge muje Konkani’ written by Rony Crasta, supported on keyboard by Kaeton Castelino. Verina introduced and greeted the Mandd Sobhann team and the MCC dignitaries.  She then invited Alric Stalin D’Souza to sing the prayer song ‘Amchya Deva Pavga Sayba’. MCC President Naveen was invited to address the audience.

He was happy to inform that in the last 29 years of the Club history, it was for the first time that MCC took this first step to teach basic Konkani to the children and it would be a great platform to all children around the world. He thanked Eric and his team, all the participants and parents and concluded saying we have to continue talking and writing in Konkani.

Mandd Sobhann Director, Eric Ozario gave a briefing on the rich heritage of Konkani language. In his speech, he appreciated MCC for taking initiative to organise this programme for the children and elaborated on the importance of learning basic Konkani language, which is very essential for the uplifting of the community. He stressed the importance of preserving Konkani language and nurturing our culture. Eric introduced his team from Mandd Sobhann as Rony Crasta, Victor Mathias and Rahul Pinto who would assist him during the sessions and briefed on the course to all.

He also shared that he was inspired by the children’s learning which has motivated him to carry on this Konkani teaching to children all over the world.  He also invited the children to participate in the forthcoming events that would be shared soon. He mentioned Mandd Sobhann started taking online classes first with Konkani songs in London and then in Kuwait, began to teach Konkani language which was a challenge. Continuing with MCC Qatar, the children’s enthusiasm has inspired to continue this online teaching to children all over the world. They plan to hold Baal Ghitam competition and encouraged the children to participate.

Eric further encouraged all to watch Soad 5 and subscribe through the YouTube channel and encourage all the participants for the benefit of the Konkani language. His message to the children was Learn Konkani songs and teach to others and also take part in future Konkani competitions and classes. He thanked MCC for giving Mandd Sobhann this golden opportunity and that they would continue to do better.  Later he announced the children’s marks on the exam that was held on the last session and displayed their certificates and congratulated all for the excellent performance.

Rishon Fernandes recited numbers from 1 to 100 in Konkani, while Sandria Louis with her melodious voice sang ‘Dho’l Mho’jya Bay’. Little Abigail Eva Dsouza danced and sang ‘Pom Pom Pom Mottar Gaddi’. Aaliya D’Almeida said the 10 imperatives of Konkani ‘Konknneche Dha Kaydea Ule’ with the meaning in English. Nicole D’Souza played the keyboard and sang ‘Azo Ani Aji’. Michelle Louis was invited to share her experience of the sessions that she attended.

Mandd Sobhann President Louis Pinto appreciated the interest of the children in learning Konkani and thanked MCC for this good start and that they would like to have future classes for the children all around the world.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks by the Cultural secretary of MCC, Amith Mathias. On behalf of MCC he extended thanks and gratitude to all the participants for attending the online course and to parents for supporting and encouraging their children to learn our mother tongue Konkani.

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