Monday, January 21, 2008

Goa Konkani Akademi to felicitate Konkani writers

Goa Konkani Akademi to felicitate Konkani writers
NT Staff Reporter


Panaji, Jan 21, 2008

The Goa Konkani Akademi today announced a scheme for awarding cash prizes to the Konkani writers and poets, besides lifetime achievement awards for those who had contributed substantially towards promotion and preservation of the Konkani language in different capacities, in both Devnagari and Roman scripts.

The president of the Goa Konkani Akademi, Mr Pundalik Naik, addressing a press conference, this morning said that the scheme known as Konkani Sahitya/ Seva Puraskar scheme will follow the pattern of awarding the prizes on the similar lines as done by Sahitya Akademi.

According to the scheme, five awards of Rs 10,000 each will be awarded annually in five categories namely poetry, short-story, play, essays/ travelogue and research/ science/ criticism, and one of Rs 5,000 in the category of children’s literature. Besides the cash amount, a memento and a certificate will also be presented to the winners.

The books published during the current year as well as past two years will be eligible for the awards presented during the present year. For the awards to be given for the year 2007-2008, the books eligible should be published between - January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007.

The scheme also maintains that the recipients of the Sahitya Akademi Award as well as the members of the board of the GKA will not be eligible for the awards in these categories. Furthermore, entries may be sent for more than one category but only one book will be considered at a time for the award.

The Sahitya Pradnya Puraskar, again carrying an award of Rs 25,000, a certificate, a memento and shawl will have the same age limit and given to those who have contributed in the field of Konkani language research, grammar, dictionary, columns, and tiatrs.

The Yuva Chaitanea Puraskar - two awards - each including cash prize of Rs 15,000, a memento and a certificate will be given to youth of age up to 40 years, who have worked either personally or with the help of institution in the field of Konkani language, literature, music, play, education, research, culture and also shown their co-operation spirit in Konkani language/ literary movement.

The Shenoi Goembab Konkani Bhasha Seva Puraskar, a lifetime achievement award limited to the Goa state and having prize money of Rs 25,000, a certificate, a memento and shawl will be awarded to those who have completed 50 years of age and worked in the field of Konkani language as an activist or a leader.

The other two lifetime achievement awards - Madhav Manjunath Shanbhag Konkani Bhasha Seva Puraskar and Konkani Seva Sanstha Puraskar - each including a cash prize of Rs 25,000, a certificate, a memento and shawl will be open for Goa as well as other states.

Those who have completed 50 years and have worked as an activist, leader, organiser are eligible for the Madhav Manjunath Shanbhag Konkani Bhasha Seva Puraskar, while the Konkani Seva Sanstha Puraskar is for the registered institutions which have contributed service in the field of Konkani language for at least 10 years.

Mr Naik informed that the annual budget for the prizes is Rs 2 lakh, besides another Rs 1 lakh earmarked for organisation of award functions, panel of judges, etc.

He also announced that prizes would be constituted for Konkani media - print and electronic - including compere, radio jockeys, reporters, etc, from next year.
(The Navhind Times)

Wise Konkani Sayings

Wise Konkani Sayings
By Pio Esteves


The richness of any language lies in its proverbs or adages. Wise sayings undoubtedly add flavour to the language and raise its standard. They have been created by our ancestors and we need to preserve them for the future generation.

Brazinho Soares Kalapurkar has come out with a book ‘Konknni Oparincho Jhelo’ on numerous Konkani adages, which he has collected from different sources. He claims that it took him several years to gather countless proverbs, which he did wholeheartedly, for the love of the Konkani language.

The author has painstakingly arranged the axioms in an alphabetical order to make it easier for the reader to track down any maxim, as per his/her choice.

Some of the proverbs which feature in the book include ‘addechea udkan rikami baim bhorona’ (an empty well cannot be filled with artificial water), ‘allsai apovn haddta durbollkai (laziness welcomes poverty), ‘allxeacho dis sorona, vavurteleak rat-ui pavona’ (the day never ends for a lazy person and night is not sufficient for a laborious man), ‘addechem udok narlant ghalear godd zata?’ (Can artificial water turn sweet if dipped in a coconut?)

Special mention is made about guardians in adages like ‘avoi-bapaik dukh dixi, vollvolleank pavxi’ (you will suffer if you hurt your parents), avoik dium naka dukh, sodankal tumkam melltolem sukh’ (you will always enjoy life if you avoid hurting your mother) ‘avoichem bhurgem avoik zodd nhoi’ (a mother’s child is never a burden).

Focusing on idleness, adages like ‘bekar bhonvlear pott bhorona, jevlea bogor bhuk thambona’ (idleness will not feed you and unless you eat hunger will not die), ‘bekar bhonvtoleak man nasta (idle man gains no respect), ‘bekar bhonvon jevnk sodta tachi kaklut konn korta? (Who will pity an idle man who desires to eat?), enlighten the mind.

On love and trust, we have axioms like ‘bebdeak ani pixeak patiyeum nezo’ (never trust a drunkard and a insane person), ‘mog sarki vost dusri na (nothing is comparable to love), ‘mogan mog vaddta, divean divo pett’ta’ (love grows with love and a lamp can be lit with another lamp).

On ‘sufferings,’ there are proverbs, which include ‘sonsta taka Dev posta’ (God cares for the sufferer), ‘sosnnikai ani somjikai na zalear sukh ani dhadosponn na zata’ (if you have no patience and understanding, happiness will not follow), ‘dukha bhonvtonnim sukh, sukha bhonvtonnim dukh’ (sorrow and happiness are entwined), ‘dukh kaddlea bogor sukh mellona’ (unless you suffer you cannot enjoy happiness). Other common proverbs include ‘mag tuka melltelem, darar mar dar ugoddtelem, (seek and you shall receive, knock and the door will be opened), ‘mogan zata tem ragan zaina’ (what can be done through love cannot be done in anger), ‘moro porian xikchem’ (one should learn till the end), ‘monant asa tem sopnant dista’ (what’s there in the mind is visible in a dream), ‘niz mogachem moll duddvamni zaina’ (true value of love cannot be weighed with money).

Perhaps if the author had taken pains in providing the interpretations of the popular Konkani idioms in English simultaneously, the book would have had more weightage and it would have come in handy to any reader. All the same, a sincere effort put in by the author for the compilation, is worth mentioning and deserves appreciation.

(The Navhind Times)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A Konkani Convert

A Konkani Convert - poem by Basilio Magno


A Konkani Convert

Annie Ferns met Mary Vaz down college lane,
With a Konkani paper held out in her hand;
Said Annie: "Pray tell me Mary, what's the name
Of this newspaper, and think you I understand,
The lingo? Is it French? So it seems by the script,
Oh tell me, Mary dear, tell me what is it?

It shocked May, who with some Goan pride.
Had carried to College this Konkani paper:
She retorted; "Annie, open your eyes wide
And read. Even Vimla said it appears,
To be the language spoken by Goans,
And you a Goan dare show yourself ignorant!

"Oh! the language of the Goans -Khon khan ee!"
Rejoined Annie, "has it such a fine monthly?
Me thought 'twas spoken by cooks and nannies,
And English was the language, one and only
That the educated Goans spoke, as did in our home,
And Konkani, I thought, we the elite did not own."

"Shame, shame!" cried her non-Goan friends.
"Annie, you dare disown your Mothertongue?"
"I read Marathi," And "Gujerati" said Anand.
"I read Tamil," said Vijayanti, not just for fun.
Poor annie went all blue feeling quite guilty,
Knowing she was a Goan , though of aristocracy.

"Give me that Gulab, Konkani monthly paper,"
She pulled it from Mary and made a vow:
"I'll learn that language -Konkani, no matter
How hard it may be, it's not too late now.
With a sense of prode sparkling in her eyes,
She beamed: "Funny, it's Konkani, but I'll prize."

- by Basilio Magno (Spain)

P.S: May this poem inspire Goans overseas to pay
more attentin to Konkani...to learn to speak it, at
least just for the academical interest, if you won't
need it for anything else.

( courtesy: Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter )

- Forwarded by AlmeidaG(ji), www.goa-world.com/goa/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Goa-Goans/message/93

Proud to be a Goan By Basilio Magno

1. Proud to be a Goan By Basilio Magno

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Published on: 12/29/2007 Last Visited: 12/29/2007

- Words and Music by Basilio Magno
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Without thinking of difficulties inherent in the task Basilio agreed, for there is nothing that he will not do for Goa culturally. He has many songs on Goa in English, and this will be another one, he thought.

But he soon realized that it was a hard nut to crack. What is one to say of an international Goa Day lyrically ? What would he title the song ? After wrecking his brains for ten days, he hit on a title: "Proud to be a Goan". And immediately composed the Refrain. But inventing a story for the two verses was no easy game. Added to it the short time he had do it. But with prayer and fortitude he plodded for 15 days jotting down random thoughts to build the lyrics. He has well plotted the words giving enough reason to be proud of as a Goan. And he ends the Refrain with a phrase that will be long remembered by Goans: "I'm proud to be a Goan, I love my xitt-koddi and Konkanni."
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Songwriter Basilio Magno is well known for his "royal" songs for the King of Spain and Princess Diana, but his fame began way back in the fifties in Bombay where he had composed and published songs in English and they were reviewed by the English press in the city. He had come to the attention of the critics with his song for Princess Margaret of England in 1956, and for this and some other songs of his the music critics had dubbed him as the "Irving Berlin of India". He has to his credit a 40 minutes folk-operetta "A Day in Goa" whose Konkani version was broadcast on Goa Radio by the Radio artistes in 1959. He is the premier writer of Goan Folksongs in English way back in the fifties. He has published both these works in booklets with words and music and they were reviewed in GOA TODAY magazine in the seventies. He inherited the musical talent from his father, an accounts-man, who was a hobby violinist and had played the violin for the Bombay Symphonic orchestra. Consequently, Konkani songs were taboo in his home. When Goa's Governor General Vassalo e Silva, learnt of him in 1959, he sent him to Portugal in March 1961 to promote himself. From there he went to Germany, and retiring there in 1989 has settled down in Spain, where he is heard daily since Sept. 1997 on Radio M80 Madrid and its 36 channels in Spain singing his song "Viva el Rey" for the King of Spain, it having been adopted as the signature tune for national newscast on its Programme " Goma Espuma". It is indeed a feather in Basilio's cap, to the envy of many Spanish composers. Of that singular success too Goans can be proud and sing aloud : "Proud to be a Goan".

Selected Spaniards are treated daily to a Goan composer-singer Basilio Magno singing on radio Viva el Rey, which has been made the signature tune of the national newscast of Radio M-80, in Madrid. The announcement of the adoption of Magno's song as signature tune was made during the programme Goma Espuma. The song was originally published in 1991 in Spanish only and an English version was brought out last year. It was this year, when he brought out a cassette, Choicest Blessings, wishing the Spanish Princess on her wedding, that he recorded this song on the flip side and had the cassette sent to various radio and TV stations in Spain. One station, M-80 responded by selecting Viva el Rey as a signature tune and interviewed him live on the show. Magno also exhibited his ghumot on Spanish TV when during an interview on Television Axarquia, he sang three Konkani songs, accompanying himself on the ghumot. (Goa Today issue of December 1997)

Download the Song in MP3 format

1.First download and unzip the file. 2.To Listen to MP3 song files you can download the MP3 sound player from WINAMP. Click Here !

Proud to be a Goan - Words and Music by Basilio Magno 2. uly334.brinkster.net
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Also on this occasion the WORLD-GOADAY a Song specially composed by Mr. Basilio Magno, based in Spain was aired.
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The Goa Day song specially composed by Mr. Basilio Magno (based in Spain) will be played by a brass band.
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The idea of combining the San Mathias' Bonderam went down a treat and specially the release of the theme song 'Proud to be a Goan' of Basilio Magno at the Festival of Harvest.
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Concluding the function the special song for the world wide Goa Day celebrations Proud to be Goan composed by the famed Goan song writer Basilio Magno, residing in Spain, was sung by Mr and Mrs. Tony Menezes and their troupe.
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"Proud to be a Goan," a theme Basilio Magno always wanted to propagate to the younger generation, who very often are shy to say, `I am a Goan'.

It is a privilege that the musically-rich Sao Mathias community will be able to perform the composition of Basilio Magno, during the St Mathias' Bonderam festival on August 20. 3. www.goaday.com
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Published on: 9/1/2003 Last Visited: 5/6/2007

WORLD GOA DAY HAS COME TO STAY by Basilio Magno (Spain) The World Goa Day celebrations going in its sixth year on 20 August 2005 is a social triumph for the Goan cummuni- ties the world over.
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To make this a memorable day, a special song (end of this story) has been composed by famed Goan songwriter Basilio Magno, residing in Spain. Basilio who is still recovering from his long illness, was determined to produce something worthwhile.
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My World Goa Day 2004 message: Learning Konkani - The Debt We OweTo Mother Goa by Basilio Magno (Spain) The best thing that has happened to the Goan community since the celebration of the annual feast of St. Francis Xavier, is the founding of the World Goa Day in the year 2000.
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Olavo Rodrigues, presidente Translation ------------- GREETINGS The Cultural and Welfare Indo-Portuguese Association (ARCIP - Associação Recreativa e Cultural Indo-Portuguesa), with headquarters in Odivelas, Portugal, greets all Goans in this day and, especially, Rene Barreto, founder, and Basilio Magno, composer of the hymn PROUD TO BE A GOAN, with best wishes for a greater unity around our identity and around Goa.
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Mário Viegas, editor , Cultural Indo-Portuguesa (ARCIP) Odivelas (Portugal), Translation -------------- GREETINGS The VOZ DO ORIENTE magazine, the voice from the Cultural and Welfare Indo-Portuguese Association (ARCIP - Associação Recreativa e Cultural Indo-Portuguesa), with headquarters in Odivelas, Portugal, conveys to all Goans resident in Goa and spread throughout the world, in this especial day, best wishes for our unity and defense of our values and our identity, not forgetting to congratulate the father of GOA DAY Rene Barreto and the composer of the hymn PROUD TO BE A GOAN, Basilio Magno.
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Basilio, a long-time journalist , was used to meeting Press deadlines. He remembered of the idea he had of composing a song for Goan children to make them feel proud of Goa. With that on mind he hit on the title: "Proud to be a Goan", which has become a slogan.
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Basilio decided to produce a new version for the year 2004. He knows well that only a fool would think he could please everybody. He hopes it will satisfy most Goans. In this song sheet is the new version for you to sing for WGD 2004. Attention must be paid, says Basilio, to the Konkani Refrain, which must be sung following the English one, and repeated if desired for better effect. "And it should not be forgotten," says Basilio, "that World Goa Day was created to honour the Konkani language; you can do it only by learning it and speaking it in public." To make the song more personal, the title has been changed to I'm Proud To Be Goan I'M PROUD TO BE GOAN words and music by Basilio Magno 1º Verse Goa is a dot on the big map of the world, But it's a Paradise in great India.
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17-08-03 BASILIO MAGNO (Spain)
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Proud to be a Goan - Words and Music by Basilio Magno About the Song and the Songwriter When Rene Barreto woke up with the idea of holding a GOA DAY internationally as part of his long cherished dream of linking Goans wherever they may be, he contacted the leading Goans the world over to explain the idea. Likewise, he contacted Basilio Magno on 15th June 2000 through the e-mail to request him to compose a song for Goa Day to be celebrated by Goans globally.
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Songwriter Basilio Magno is well known for his "royal" songs for the King of Spain and Princess Diana, but his fame began way back in the fifties in Bombay where he had composed and published songs in English and they were reviewed by the English press in the city. He had come to the attention of the critics with his song for Princess Margaret of England in 1956, and for this and some other songs of his the music critics had dubbed him as the "Irving Berlin of India". He has to his credit a 40 minutes folk-operetta "A Day in Goa" whose Konkani version was broadcast on Goa Radio by the Radio artistes in 1959. He is the premier writer of Goan Folksongs in English way back in the fifties. He has published both these works in booklets with words and music and they were reviewed in GOA TODAY magazine in the seventies. He inherited the musical talent from his father, an accounts-man, who was a hobby violinist and had played the violin for the Bombay Symphonic orchestra. Consequently, Konkani songs were taboo in his home.
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Selected Spaniards are treated daily to a Goan composer-singer Basilio Magno singing on radio Viva el Rey, which has been made the signature tune of the national newscast of Radio M-80, in Madrid.
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Magno also exhibited his ghumot on Spanish TV when during an interview on Television Axarquia, he sang three Konkani songs, accompanying himself on the ghumot. (Goa Today issue of December 1997) Download the Song in MP3 format 1.First download and unzip the file. 2. To Listen to MP3 song files you can download the MP3 sound player from WINAMP. Click Here ! Proud to be a Goan - Words and Music by Basilio Magno
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At this juncture the song PROUD TO BE A GOAN composed by Mr. Basilio Magno specially for this occasion was sung by Dr. Joseph Coelho another opera singer, accompanied by Mr . Roland D'Souza on the guitar. 4. uly334.brinkster.net
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Published on: 11/27/2007 Last Visited: 11/27/2007

In coordination with Mr. Rene Barreto (UK), Goa-World Team's Gaspar Almeida (Kuwait) did a short online discussion with Mr. Basilio Magno (Spain).
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Goa-World (GW): Thank you Mr. Magno for giving us the opportunity to host your composition for the Goa Day and add it to our resources pages on the Goa-World website.

GW: Sir, we know you are a life-time journalist, but as a songwriter, what would you consider your best achievement? BASILIO MAGNO: To be heard singing daily on the Spanish Radio M-80 Madrid and its 36 channels since October 1997 my song for the King of Spain, entitled: "Viva el Rey" in Spanish and English, to the envy of many Spanish composers who'd vied for the honour. It has been adopted as the signature tune for its national newscast, and is heard every morning from Monday to Friday, except in the month of August, the holiday month here.
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BASILIO MAGNO: Yes, I sang it on Radio M'80 and on Televion Axarquia in Spain. It was called "Choicest Blessings".
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BASILIO MAGNO: "The Goans, the world over are somewhat richer socio-culturally because of your Website: http//www.goa-world.net - dedicated to Goan arts and culture.
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BASILIO MAGNO: I was dubbed that way by Bombay music critics, because I was the only English songwriter and publisher in India. I had in 1956 composed and published my song for Princess Margaret of England, which got the press interested ... for I had published the songs and sent them to the press for review. In those days there was no possibility of making audio cassettes ... only printed music ... only English songs.

GW: Understand that you have been associated with various Goan Associations in Europe. Could you enlighten us. BASILIO MAGNO: In Germany, I was elected the President for six years consecutively of the Goan Association Germany.
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BASILIO MAGNO: Now at 77 years of age, I mean to rest, but I just cannot. Anytime there is something new, I am at it again.

GW: Among the many awards and recognition, what do you cherish the most? BASILIO MAGNO: For an artiste, love and satisfaction derived from the music is the foremost pleasure!
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BASILIO MAGNO: Those who suffer the most are our wives, who miss our company while we are at some extra curricular socio-cultural activities. My wife is Spanish, and very tolerant knowing that I do things for my country....my state, I may say.

GW: You were sent to Europe on a scholarship - was it fate that kept you in Europe? BASILIO MAGNO: By nationlity I am Portuguese. I came to Portugal in March 1961, sent by the Governor General of Goa as composer for one year on scholarship, but the State was taken over by India before I could return ... I stayed on in Portugal, from there to Germany for 25 years and now in Spain for the past ten years.

GW: You are familiar with many languages as can be ascertained from your songs? BASILIO MAGNO: Yes, I do write in German, Spanish Portuguese and Konkani versions of my songs in English. There again, once I get at the computer, there is no way of stopping me.

GW: Apart from your newly composed "Proud to be a Goan" song, which are Goan related compositions you have come up with recently: Basilio Magno: The song "PROUD TO BE A GOAN" is a unique composition dedicated to the Goans worldwide. A milleniun song: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS, and a song (not a hymn) "LET'S SING AND PRAY FOR BLESSED FR. JOSEPH VAZ....all three sung by me, produced in Spain.

GW: What is your message for the Goans worldwide on the occasion of 'Goa Day'? BASILIO MAGNO: On the auspicious day ... GOA DAY celebrations GLOBALLY.... as Proud Goans, let's Sing and Pray for Blessed Joseph Vaz for the benefit of Fr. Joseph Vaz and his Cause!
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Basilio Magno's Song & Lyrics "PROUD TO BE A GOAN"
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"Basilio Magno" 5. www.goaday.com
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Published on: 2/18/2006 Last Visited: 5/6/2007

Basilio Magno World Goa Day

World Goa Day Celebrate Goa and Goans

BRUSH UP YOUR KONKANI



BRUSH UP YOUR KONKANI
by Basilio Magno (Spain)

When was it the last time you spoke in Konkani, living outside
of Goa? Perhaps on World Goa Day in August 2003. And I say 'outside of
Goa' because even on Goa Day at Bombay's
celebration, according to its organizer Mr. Fausto da Costa
(GRAF) there were over 500 Goans gathered for the function
but they all spoke in English only.

Now if Bombay Goans did that, who should know better the
Konkani language. logically, what chances are there of Goans in Europe or
America speaking the Mothertongue? Surely, there must be some who speak it
at home, as a Portuguese
saying goes: Fora da terra mais patriota. One is more patrio-tic when away
from his/her Motherland.

I too, in Bombay, did not speak Konkani in my youth, because from childhood
we were made to speak in English.
It is only now that I am in Europe for over 43 years, that I have begun to
yearn to speak in Konkani, not satisfied speaking in English, Portuguese,
Spanish and German.
And I may say though I am a Portuguese citizen, having had left Goa prior to
its 'invasion' or 'liberation' whichever you fancy, I have become a better
Konkani patriot. I have no
one in Spain with whom to speak in Konkani, but when the urge is on me I
call my friends in Germany and speak it telephonically. More than that I
read and write profusely with what little Konkani I had learned as an adult
...at 35 of age..

So likewise, I am sure many of you must have knowledge of
Konkani through your grandmothers or, as some say, through
servants. Now you too could have been stuck not having anyone to speak with
and have lost the practice. Here, I think, the Goanet can play an important
role in brushing up your Konkani through the written word, you yourself
writing in Konkani or reading what others write....and reading it loudly to
yourself so that you get the feel of its sound. That's
what I did when I was learning German..reading loudly to exercise the tongue
as well to pronounce the words. Ang I must add that I could learn faster
German because I knew to
read in Konkani....which is similar phonetically.

You don't have to be a Konkani scholar to write on Goanet
or on any other net for that matter. Write as you know to speak it. If you
are a senior Goan like me. you may have learned to say 'aum' instead of
'hanv', or written 'maca' instead of 'mhaka' the sanskrised version now
learnt at
primary schools in Goa. But that does not matter, just write
as you know it from your earlier times. We will all understand you even if
the spelling is not correct, because the sense of the sentence will guide.
Remember, if you can read in Latin, German or Portuguese, you will be able
to read and write in Konkani..

The World Goa Day was created by Rene Barreto in 2000
to awaken Goans to the cause of Konkani. Later he introduced an on-line
Konkaniforum to encourage folks to read and write on the net in Konkani.
Hardly anybody writes. Now more than ever we need to be numbered as Konkani
speakers to hold fast our claim for Konkani as the official language, which
is being disputed by the Marathists
in Goa.

Our vocie to count, the Overseas Goans must firstly campaign for postal
voting rights in Goan politics in Goa. The fate of
Konkani is still hanging in thin air despite the fact it has been
enthroned in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Let's get ready
for the battle armed with the knowledge of Konkani, that we may be counted
among the Konkani speaking Goans against Marathiwallas.

I thank the Goanet administrators for permitting this Konkani Action to
promote Konkani among Overseas Goans, till we get someone to write and
publish on Goanet a Konkani course in Roman script, written in simple style
yet correct
grammatically.. In my next post I shall publish a short conver-sational
piece in Konkani, and you will find out how easy it is to speak in Konkani.
There are some others like Lino B. Dourado who are writing in Konkani on
Goanet.which must be read. The more people write the better.

Gunnest Pri. Moreno D’Souza




Gunnest Pri. Moreno D’Souza

Iadnik Bhav Moreno D’Souza Otubrache 14ver, 2007 Devachea Gopant gelo.

Ek boro huxar Iadnik, Konknni mogi ani Devachea mogan poddlolo Iadnik Gõyche Povitr Sobhek unno zalo mhunn sonvsari nodren dukh bhogta ani Bhavartache nodren sontos bhogta. Kiteak Iadnik bhavacho otmo Devachea gopant gelo. Ek sado, gunnest, Dev-bhirantecho Iadnik mhunn tannem soglle suvater nanv zoddlam.

Tachim provochonam (sermons) disa-dispottim jivitak lagta tache vixim astalem ani aikotoleank sorgar asa koxem distalem. Lhan utrancho ani peleache sevecho Iadnik to aslo. Kitem-i vaitt dislear tonddar sangpi, monant vo kallzant kainch dovrinam toslo iadnik to aslo.

Dor Mhoineachi Rotti hea mhoineallea masike-cho (monthly magazine) to zaito kall sompadok aslo ani tem masik jivall dovrunk zaite tras tannem ghetle. Vavraddeancho Ixtt, Renovacao, Gulab osleam Povitr Sobhe-cheam Potra-masikan-cher to aple zaite borem boroit aslo. Zaitea Kristi Dhormachea jivita vixim to son’xodhan (research) kortalo ani boroitalo. Gõycheam firgozam, kopelam vixim legit tannem zaitim pustokam boroileant ani Povitr Sobhek zaite torecho adar ani sohokar dila.

Romi ani Devonagori lipyent tannem zaiteo Konknni pustokam boroileant. Gõyant kitem-i vaitt borem zalem zalear aplem mon to rokddoch borovpantlean ugtem kortalo. Aplea borovpa udexim to soglleank thottak kortalo ani xabaski zoddun ghetalo. To boreantlo boro Konknni boroinnar aslo. Zoxem inglixent ek mhonn’nni asa - Pen is mightier than Sword.

Devan taka zaitea gunna-mnim bhorlolo ani he gunn tannem vevha-rant ghalunk zaite proytn kele. Devan tache sarke zaite gunnest Iadnik Povitr So-bhek favo korunk ani Iadnik Morenak sasnna-cho mukutt favo zavnk amchim khaltim magnnim.

Evaristo Fernandes,
Merces, St-Cruz

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Moreno de Souza SJ
1923-2007


Fr Moreno de Souza SJ (1923-2007), one of Konkani’s illustrious writers, passed away on October 14, 2007 at 7.30 pm at the JMJ Hospital, Alto-Porvorim, Goa. His mortal remains will he housed at the Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa and interred on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 4.00 pm.

Fr Moreno de Souza SJ was born on November 3, 1923, at Pilerne, Bardez, Goa at his mother’s house; his father was from Marna, Siolim. They later shifted to Pilerne permanently. Moreno completed his matriculation from Mater Dei Institute, Saligao. Being persuaded by Monsignor Ayres Fernandes from Siolim to write in his own mother tongue, Moreno, as a boy, began writing in Konkani. In 1944 Moreno joined the Society of Jesus. He completed his priestly training in Mumbai, Shembaganur (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi, Belgaum, Granada and Salamanca in Spain. He was ordained a priest on July 15, 1958 in Granada, Spain.

Fr Moreno ardently loved his mother tongue Konkani. His two maternal uncles were priests and musicians, which furthered his interests in composing songs, hymns and poetry. He knew several languages such as Latin, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalina, Marathi, Tamil and Hindi. Soon after his ordination Fr Moreno regularly started contributing to Aitarachem Vachop, a Konkani weekly run by the Salesians. He also contributed to Udentechem Neketr, a weekly from Bombay as also to Vavraddeancho Ixtt. He was inspired by the people of Ranchi to write religious hymns in Konkani when he saw Adivasi Christians singing their religious songs in Hindi.

Fr Moreno rendered invaluable service to the Konkani monthly Dor Mhoineachi Rotti in the Roman script. Fr Moreno was instrumental in keeping this publication alive till date. Dor Mhoineachi Rotti was first started in Karachi, Pakistan in 1915. In 1960 its office was shifted to Bombay. Later, when Fr Moreno was posted at Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa, he was entrusted with the responsibility of this magazine. He served the readers of Dor Mhoineachi Rotti for the last 42 years as editor, till August 2006, after which this magazine was handed over to the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Porvorim, Goa.

Fr Moreno had established himself as a historian by dint of his hard work. His outstanding research and work on the Churches of Goa in Konkani (in the Roman script) deserve special mention. They include 4 volumes: Tisvaddecheo Igorzo, Bardescheo Igorzo, and Saxtticheo Igorzo (two volumes). Besides these he has authored 24 books in Konkani. His last book, Saxtticheo Igorzo (second volume) on the Churches of Salcette was released on September 23, 2007. He contributed innumerable articles in Konkani in the Roman script which were published in Vavaraddeancho Ixtt, Gulab, The Goan Review, Goencho Avaz, etc. He also penned a number of articles in English on varied subjects such as the Konkani language, literature and culture. Besides, he served the Konkani-speaking people by means of his preaching in various churches in Goa and elsewhere.

Fr Moreno was a member of the All India Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, Dalgado Konknni Akademi and Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr. He received numerous awards for his contribution to Konkani from Konknni Bhasha Mandal, Goa, Kala Academy, Gulab as well as Man of the Year award from The Goan Review. Fr Moreno was conferred the prestigious Goa State Cultural Award on February 16, 2007.

Fr. Moreno will be fondly remembered by generations of churchgoers and visitors to the Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa, irrespective of their religion. His documentation of the Churches of Goa is a unique contribution that will see reprints long after his memory fades with the passage of time. Surely, his books and his charisma will keep Fr Moreno alive for generations to come.
http://www.goajesuits.in/events/20071014morenodesouza.htm

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Distant learning - KONKANI



Distant learning - KONKANI


Christmas and New Year Natalam ani Novem Voros

MAR: How was your Christmas last year Flory?
= Flory, tumchim Natalam kôsim ghêlim ghelea vorsa?

FLO: Very good, I may say. We did everything.
= Egdom bôrim mhunnoieta. Ami sogllem kelem.

MAR: You did everything, what do you mean?
= Tumi sogllem kêlêim, hachi kitem somzonni?

FLO: All what a good Goan ought to do.
= Sogllem eka borea Goemkaran korunk zai tem.

MAR: You mean like making Neureu, Sorpotel, etc?
= Tum mhunntai Nêurêu, Sorpotel, etc. kôrunk?

FLO: Yes, that's a part of it, but there's much more.
= Oi, tem êk bhag tacho, punn tôrii zaitem asa.

MAR: Like making the Crib an the Star?
= Zoxem Gotto ani Neketr korunk?

FLO: That too was done, plus house-decoration.
= Temui kelolem, tea bhair ghor `nêttoilem.

MAR: That's all right. But did you go to midnight mass?
= Tem borem asa. Punn tum môdiani-misak ghelelêim?

FLO: That we did, and with the whole family.
= Tem ami kelam, ani ak'khê familik gheun.

MAR: How very nice. Who prays together, stays together.
= Kaiborem. Konn sangatan magta, sangatan jiveta.

FLO: And what did you do Maria?
= Ani Maria, tuvem kitem kêlêim?

MAR: As we have no children, it was quiet Christmas.
= Amkam bhurgim nam zaun, amchim thôndd Natalam.

FLO: You did nothing at home festive?
= Tuvem kainch festaponn kôrunk naim?

MAR: We bought Chritsmas sweets and food.
= Ami kunsvar and jevon viktem haddlem.

FLO: And did you not make a new dress for you?
= Ani tuvem novo vistidd kôrunk naim tuka?

MAR: I have so many good dreses.
= Mhaka zaite bore vistidd asa.

FLO: I made one for the New Year dance.
= Anvem êk kelo Novea Vorsachea nachak.

MAR: I remember of dances at Catholic Gym..
= Mhaka ugddas ieta nachacho Catholic Gym-antlo.

FLO: In Melbourne too we have good dances.
= Melbourne-antui amkam bore nach asa.

MAR: No doubt. We are lucky to have the Melgoans.
= Dubau nam. Amchem noxib Melgoans asunk.

FLO: Our World Goa Day this year was great!
= Amcho World Goa Day hea vorsa tandd ghelo.

MAR: That's true. Melgoans work very hard for us.
= Tem khorem. Melgoans bhari vavurtat amkam.

FLO: Maria, what's your New Year's prayer?
= Maria, kitem tujem Novea Vorsachem magnnem?

MAR: That God may bless Goa, our Motherland.
= Ki Devan Goa, amchea Maim desar besanv galchem.

FLO: And likewise our families too.
= Ani tosench amche familicher-ui

MAR: There may be Goan unity in Australia.
= Australia-k Goemkaramcho ekvôtt asunk.

FLO: Yes, we need that very much.
= Ôi, tachi amkakam chôdd goroz.

MAR: I wish you a Very Happy New Year.
= Tuka Sôntôs bhorit Novem Voros anvddetam.

FLO: And to Goans the world over.
= Ani Goemkarank akhea sonvsarak

MAR: Let's be Proud to be Goan.
= Patradden ami Goenkar mhunnoiea.

FLO: And let's always speak in Konkani.
= Ani sodanch Konkani ulôuia.


Basilio Magno (Spain)
for January 2008