Mangaluru, Aug 10: The 16th Konkani Kutam Bahrain award was conferred to veteran writer Dr Jerry Niddodi in a ceremony held in St Sebastian hall, Bendur on Thursday, August 10.
The award consisted of a shawl, a citation, a fruit basket, a memento and a cheque of 50,000.
Eminenet writer and vice principal of St Aloysius college, Fr Melwyn Pinto S.J., Neerude was the chief guest of the program. In his address he expressed concern over fading of writing and memorization habits due to digitalization.
"Those were the days when we used memorize and take down something that we believed worth documenting. Ironically today many of us don’t remember our cell phone numbers. Due to digitalization the value of reading, writing and memorization is being lost. It is a note worthy fact that many verbal customs and folk lore of various cultures still exist due to memorization."
"Due to the digitalization alot of work is happening for Konkani today. Courtesy many organizations, the future of Konkani seems very bright", he pointed out.
Dr Jerry Niddodi thanked the organizers for recognizing his service for Konkani. "With this award im reminded of the fact that I've retired from my professing and not from love for Konkani", he said bringing smiles on the faces of the present.
Veteran writer Dr Edward Nazareth pointed out that the today’s young generation lacks the love for Konkani.
A book 'Fulan ani Dive' authored by Herolpius was released on the occasion.
Local convener of Konkani Kutam Richard Moras rendered the key note address while the citation was read by humorist CJS Taccode.
Poet Titus Noronha welcomed the gathering while writer Vithori Karkal rendered the vote of thanks.
Ace compeer Lesly Rego compeered the program.
The Konkani Kutam Bahrain Award was constituted in the year 2002 and is given to eminent writers of Konkani who have rendered remarkable contribution to Konkani literature.