Formation of Vishwa Konkani Parishad (World Konkani Council) Karnataka Konkani Writers Forum (Regd) organised a programme on the subject Unity in Diversity. 49 Veterian Konkani activist and noted Konkani writers from Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala were present. The programme was held on September 11, 2005 at Sandesh, Mangalore.
Goan Konkani Theatrist Wilson Wilmex Mazarello, Noted Konkani writer of Mangalore Dr. Edward L. Nazareth and the poet Ancy Paladka of Mumbai presented papers on the Konkani situation at their respective regions. Konkani Linguist Dr. Pratap Naik Goa and Mandd Sobhann fame Konkani artist Eric Ozario Mangalore spoke on the organised working for Konkani in order to promote it to the future generation. Noted Konkani novelist Dolphy Cascia moderated both the sessions. As there is not even a single Konkani body that works at the global level to promote Konkani a strong need was felt to have a international body to work for the cause of Konkani. Then an adhoc committee was formed to initiate the formation of the global body. The committee met on September 18, 2005 and suggested that the global body would be called as Vishwa Konkani Parishad or World Konkani Council. It also elected Mr. Eric Ozario Karnataka as President and Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo Goa as secretary. The other members of the Adhoc Committee are - Dr. Pratap Naik, Goa; Udayakant Anvekar, Karwar; Ancy Paladka, Mumbai; Hemacharya, Dubai; Gladys Rego, Mangalore; Mohammed Hussain, Bhatkal, Ullas Buyão, Goa; Stephen Quadras, Mangalore; Prabhakar Tendulkar, Goa; Lilly Miranda, Mangalore; Narayan Kharvi, Kundapur; Vally Vogga, Mysore; Raju Kumble, Kerala; Dr. Edward L. Nazareth, Mangalore; Premanand Lotlikar, Goa. The Adhoc committee is working on affiliating all Konkani organisations under one banner and to form a democratic organisation. All Konkani organisations all over the world are hereby requested to register their names at Vishwa Konkani Parishad. You may send your requisition through email at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or by post at Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Alto Porvorim , Goa - 403 521, INDIA. Tel: 0832-2415857, 2415864 The adhoc committee will send the draft constitution of Vishwa Konkani Parishad to all Konkani Organisations world over and invite them to the first general body session that would be held in December 2005 at Mangalore. For more details please click http://www.vishwakonkaniparishad.com For the photographs please click http://ancy.fotopic.net/c704724.html Report by Ancy Paladka