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Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr

B.B. Borkar Road

Alto Porvorim, Goa 403 521

(0832) 241 5864


15.12. 2015

Dear Benefactors and Well wishers,


Warm Greetings to you from Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J. the Director, Fr. Jose Silveira S.J. the Administrator and the Staff of the Kendr. The Year 2015 is closing in with the feast of Christmas at the end of its turn and it is time for me to place before you a brief report of the various research and academic activities conducted by the Kendr during the year.


1.      Academic and Research Activities


a.      Konknni Courses for beginners


The TSKK team consisting of Fr. Jose Silveira S.J., Ms. Minakshi Khandolkar and Ms. Pooja Tople, conducted Konknni courses, Residential and non Residential, for beginners, both in Romi and Devanagari script during the course of the year.  These courses were well advertised in many of the parishes through hand out leaflets. Those who benefited from the Konknni courses were: Luis X.A. Martires (Porvorim), Mr. Stuart M. McManus (Panjim), Sch. Amit D’ Souza S.J. (Pune), Mr. Kabir Tombat (Porvorim), Br. Leander Gonsalves, Br. Joel Fernandes, Br. Joseph Mathew (Goregaon Seminary, Mumbai), Fr. Michael Peters (Margao), Mr. Leander Mark Pinto (Porvorim), Ms. Minelli Maria Pinto (Porvorim), Mr. Gaspar F.S. Fernandes (Mapuca), Ms. Maria Cerina Rebello (Panjim), Ms. Juliet De Souza (Bastora), Ms. Debra D’ Souza (Tivim), Ms. Gouri Pinto (Verem), Mr. Kevin Braganza (Calangute), Ms. Marcia Braganza Ksing (Porvorim), (Rtd) Brig. Mr. Neves Braganza (Porvorim), Mr. Peter A. L. D’ Souza Rauto (Ponda), Ms. Vera Uttenthaler (Canacona) and Ms Tomoko Lobo (Parra). The text material used to aid the courses was Fr. Mathew Almeida’s “Romi Lipient Konknni Kors.”


b.     Seminar


Last year, the Kendr had organised a half day’s Seminar for both College students and students of the Konkani Department of the Goa University, on “Tiatr and its influence on Goan Society”. This year the topic for the Seminar was Konknni Nattok ani Somazacher tacho Probhav, which was held on September 12, 2015.  Around 60 students took an active part in it. Dr. Rajay Pawar, presented a paper on Adhunik Konknni Nattkachem Svarup ani Khaxelponn (The Nature and speciality of modern Konkani drama), Dr. Rajdeep Naik presented his paper on Nim’m Vevsahik Konknni Nattok (The Commercial aspect of Konkani Drama) and Prof. Hanuman Chopdekar presented his paper on the topic Konknni Rongmachie mukhar axil’lim avhanam  (The challenges of Modern Konkani Drama).


Dr. Prakash Parienkar, head of the Konkani Department of Goa University was the Chief Guest while Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai gave the keynote address. Dr. Prakash Vazrikar chaired the sessions. Ms. Pooja Tople, the staff of the Kendr, compered the entire programme.  Students from St. Xavier’s College and from the Goa University introduced the respected personalities of the Seminar. The Director, Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J. welcomed the gathering and Fr. Jose Silveira S.J. the Administrator gave the vote of thanks.  Fr. Jose Silveria S.J. translated a Brochure into Konkani for Sangath on different topics, such as Suicide / General Awareness /

Helping elderly people. He also reviewed, along with Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo and Mr. Pandarinath, the 10 books chosen for granting awards by Dalgado Konkani Akademi. He translated the Indian Postal Service Recruitment Examination paper into Konkani. He was also one of the judges for the ‘Konkani Vachan  Spordha’  held by Dalgado Konkani Akademi. 


On November 8, 2015, Dalgado Konkani Akademi awarded Fr. Jose Silveira S.J. the Dalgado Tornatto Puroskar 2015 for his contribution to Konkani language.


At the request of the Seminarians of the Goregaon Seminary, Mumbai, Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J. e-mailed to them a soft copy of the English to Konkani Romi script Dictionary, which he had compiled.


c.       Looking Ahead


After much deliberation, both the Institutions, i.e. Xavier Centre of Historical Research and Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, decided to upgrade the Institutes academically, by starting  M.A. programmes in History and Konkani at its respective centres from June 2016. We have applied for NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE from the higher authorities to start the Master’s programme at our centres.  This programme will further enhance our research. Many students of this area and beyond will benefit from this programme.


2.      Cultural Activity


The Kendr organised Inter school Konknni Folk Tales Competition for the students of VII standard of North Goa. In all 27 schools participated in it. Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai and Mr. Govind Havaldar, graced the occasion as judges. Ms. Pooja Tople, our staff member compered the competition.  Fr. Jose Silveria S.J. welcomed the students and Fr. Apolinario Cardozo, thanked the participants and the assembly.


3.      Publications


Konknni Opari,” a collection of Konknni Proverbs, compiled by Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J. and the Staff of the Kendr and edited by Fr. Luis Gomes, Lecturer at St. Xavier’s College, Mapuca and Dr. Pandurang Phaldesai, was released during the Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar ceremony on January 23, 2015. The book is of special print as it carries both the scripts, Devanagiri and Romi. The book gives the literal meaning of the proverbs in their contextual usage.


The work on the 19th edition of “Sôd,” the yearly research bulletin is in progress.   This edition of the bulletin is dedicated to Konknni Nattok. It contains the following articles: Adhunik Konknni Nattkachem Svarup ani Khaxelponn by Dr. Rajdeep Naik, Nim’m Vevsahik Konknni Nattok by Dr. Rajdeep Naik, Konknni Rongmachie mukhar axil’lim avhanam by Prof. Hanuman Chopdekar, Prakash Thali, nattkantlean somaz ghoddoita by Fr. Jose Silveira S.J., Pundalik Naikachea Nattkamnim poddbimbit zal’li by Mr. Sylvester D’ Souza, Mapuca and Konknni Nattkachi uddti vollokh by Fr. Luis Gomes. This bulletin will be released on January 23, 2016, during the Antonio Pereira Puroskar ceremony.


We also plan to bring out the next edition of Gôycheo Kotha, a collection of some of the Goan Folktales on the same day.





4.      Meetings


The Kendr had its Managing Committee meeting on July 25, 2015 and the General Body meeting on July 29, 2015. The TSKK Advisory Body meeting was held on October 30, 2015. Besides selecting the candidates for the various Puroskars, the members also proposed further research activities at the Kendr.


5.      TSKK Scholarships


The following scholarships were awarded to the students.


Vincy Quadros Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a Catholic student who scored highest marks in Konkani at the recently conducted Board Examination by the Goa Board of High School and Higher Secondary School. The recipient of this scholarship for the year 2014 was Master Dourado Frank.


Helen Baptista Scholarship. This scholarship is given to two students, a boy and a girl from the Government High School, Alto Betim, whose mother tongue is neither Konkani nor Marathi but have taken Konkani as the third language. The recipient of the scholarships were Master Ramesh Dodamani and Kumari Barsha Khadka.


Lourenco e Ubelina de Souza Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a deserving student at the Higher Secondary School level, who has taken Konkani as a third language of study. The recipient of this scholarship was Kumari Alida Pinto.


6.      TSKK Puroskars


The following sponsored Puroskars were given to those, who had contributed towards the growth of Konknni language through their writings in Romi script. The Dr. Jack Sequeria Konknni Puroskar, for the year 2014, was given to Mr. Alvaro Gomes, The Valerio Carvalho Konknni Puroskar 2014, was awarded to Ms. Nevena Furtado, The Maria Afonso Konknni Puroskar 2014, was given to Fr. Louis Alvares and The Konknni Martir Floriano Vaz Puroskar 2014, was awarded to Mr. Jack Fernandes. These Puroskars carry a cash of Rs. 5000.00 each, with a Certificate, a Memento and a shawl.


The prestigious Fr. Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar 2015 was bestowed on Mr. Antonio Rosario Fernandes for his contribution to Konkani culture through tiatrs. This Puroskar consists of Rs. 25,000.00, a Certificate, a Memento and a shawl. The purpose of giving these various Puroskars is to encourage Goans to work towards the development of Konkani language and culture through their writings.


These Scholarships and Puroskars were given during the Annual Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar ceremony, which was held on January 23, 2015 in its lush green courtyard.


7.      Collaborative Activities


Both the institutions, that is, Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR) and we, the Kendr, together conducted a number of academic and cultural programmes collaboratively at their respective centres. Besides, the entire staff celebrated together various festivities like the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Diwali, Christmas, Feast of St. Francis Xavier, etc.




8.      Library


The Library is the heart of any academic institution. We all know that the Kendr has a good well equipped library. At present we have about 16,200 books. A few of the important fragile documents have been digitalized. A number of students often visit our library to consult the books for their projects.


9.      Varia


Among the visitors that visited our Kendr, was Ms. Catherina Figoredo (from Portugal), who works for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Delhi and the Tertians from Raia. Fr. Apolinario Cardozo briefed them on Fr. Thomas Stephens and his contribution to Konknni language and also about the Kendr, its research and academic activities. They were impressed about the research environment that prevailed at the Kendr.


The Kendr now has a new appearance. The exterior of the building has been painted and the residence area will be painted soon.


10.  A Big Thank You  


We gratefully acknowledge the donations of the following during the last year. Dr. Anthony A. Fernandes (Altinho, Panjim), Mr. Felix D’ Souza (Porvorim), Fr. Casmiro D’ Mello (Saligao), Ms. Cynthia Menezes (Torda, Porvorim), Ms. Pamela Torcato (Baga, Velim), Mr. Pracido Gomes (Margao), Mrs. Molly Baptista (Pune), Corporation Bank. (Panjim), Dr. P.D. Xavier & Aurora Abreu (Porvorim), Ms. Jacinta Lewis (Mumbai), Mr. J. V. Carvalho (Mumbai), Dr. Sicletica F.D. Souza Rebello (Margao), A.K. Harsha (Governor of Goa),  CFCI Community, (Porvorim), Mr. Walburg Coutinho (Margao), Fr. Piedade Fernandes (Curtorim), Fr. Bernardo Cota (Raia), Babyland Nursery School, (Porvorim), Dr. Urmila Barros (Talegao), Mr. Vincy Quadros (Raia), Mr. Lourdes Baptista (Delhi), Mr & Mrs. Lourenco de Souza (Porvorim), Fr. Conceição D’ Silva (Taleigao), Mr. Roque Carvalho (Mapuca) and Fr. Ave Maria Afonso (Majorda).


11.  An Appeal


The Kendr does not get any grant, neither from Goa Government nor from the Central Government. We earnestly request you to continue to support us and help us in our work here by your donations, which are exempt from Income tax. You can send your donations by cheques or D.D. on Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Porvorim.


God bless you all.


  On behalf of Fr. Jose Silveira, the Staff and self, I wish you all.







 Yours Sincerely


Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J.


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