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Roshu, Bajpe chosen for Leo Rodrigues Family Kittall Youth Award 2018

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Mangaluru: Promising young writer Roshu Bajpe has been chosen for ‘Leo Rodrigues Family Kittall Yuva Puraskar 2017’ for his contribution to Konkani literature.

Roshan Melky Sequeira from Bajpe who writes with a pen name ‘Roshu, Bajpe’ started writing at the age of 16. Though he writes poems, short stories, essays, feature articles, he has shown more interest in satirical literature. So far he has published two books – Haasy Attack (2015) and Open Haasy Surgery (2017). All copies of the first book ‘Haasy Attack’ were sold out.

Roshu has represented Konkani at district and state level poetry sessions. Apart from Konkani, he also writes in Kannada and Hindi. His works are featured in leading periodicals across the state.

Almost all periodicals, websites have published Roshu’s writings in their editions regularly, and he has presented many programmes on All India Radio. Recently he translated famous Lankesh play into Konkani titled ‘Home Sweet Home’. By bagging several prizes every competition organised by Konkani periodicals year after year, Roshu has set a record among youth writers.

A post graduate in Commerce, Roshu works as an advisor for Star Health and SBI Life and lives with his family in Bajpe.

Kittall Youth Award

The Kittall Youth Award was instituted in 2012 and consists of a purse of Rs 25,000 and a memento, and has been previously awarded to Fr Jocy Siddakatte (2012), Wilma Bantwal (2013), Stany Bela (2014), Melwyn Kolalgiri (2015) and Wilson Kateel (2016). The award is sponsored by NRI entrepreneur and Konkani supporter Leo Rodrigues, Abu Dhabi.

The jury headed by well-known poet and thinker Titus Noronha chose Roshu Bajpe for this prestigious award. The award will be presented in the month of November in Mangaluru.

About is edited and published by eminent Konkani poet and critic H M Pernal and is in 8th successful year of publication.

The exclusive Konkani literary website was inaugurated by Sahitya Akademi award-winning poet Melvyn Rodrigues on February 5, 2011 and has been publishing articles on important issues leading to healthy debate. It has been a launching pad for many writers who write on different genres such as poetry, short stories, essays, articles, columns and so far has got a huge content database. The objective of the site has been to promote awareness on important social issues and it has successfully donned the role of being so.

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