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SYMPOSIUM: FR. THOMAS STEPHENS’ENCOUNTERS WITH LANGUAGE, CULTURES AND RELIGIONS OF GOA.

Duration: 05 October '19 to 05 October '19

SYMPOSIUM: FR. THOMAS STEPHENS’ENCOUNTERS WITH LANGUAGE, CULTURES AND RELIGIONS OF GOA.

 

The next programme organised by the Kendr, on the occasion of Fr. Thomas Stephens’ 4th death centenary, in collaboration with the Directorate of Art and Culture, Panjim and assistance of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, was a National Level Symposium on, “Fr. Thomas Stephens and his Encounters with Language, Cultures and Religions of Goa”, on October 5, 2019 in the Claude Saldhana Hall, Xavier Centre.

 

Dr. Anand Patil, former Head of English Department of Goa University, presently residing in Kolhapur, gave the keynote address. The four paper presenters, namely, Dr. (Fr.) Anthony da Silva S.J., Director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim, Dr. (Fr.) Nelson Falcao S.D.B, Ph.D. on Fr. Thomas Stephens’ Kristpurana, presently residing in Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. Pratima Kamat, Professor at the History Department of the Goa University and Fr. Francis Correia, a historian and writer residing in Vasai, presented papers on Fr. Thomas Stephens and his encounters with language, cultures and religions of Goa during his time.

 

The paper presenters through their presentation revisited the period and the environment of Fr. Thomas Stephens, both in Europe – particularly in England – and in Portuguese Goa. Dr. Anthony da Silva focused on ‘Fr. Thomas Stephens - Priest and Pundit’ and took us back to the historical environment and the context of the great luminary. Dr. Nelson Falcao dwelt on Fr. Stephens’ Religious Encounters that inspired Fr. Thomas Stephens to write the Discurso sobre a vinda de Jesu-Christo Nosso Salvador ao mundo (Kristapurana), Arte da lingoa Canarim, Doutrina Christa mem Lingoa Bramana Canarim and other letters, Dr. Pratima Kamat focused on the diverse ‘Cultures’ of Goa of that period and Fr. Thomas Stephens encounters with them and Fr. Francis Correia dwelt on Fr Stephens literary encounters and what prompted him to come out with his masterpiece – the Kristpurana. Dr. Pratap Naik S.J., former Director of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, chaired the sessions.

 

The participants, who were from different walks of life, appreciated the wealth of knowledge they received at the Symposium. They interacted with the paper presenters both during the discussions and at other times during the intervals. The paper presenters and the participants were given a small memento and a participation certificate.

 

Fr. Apolinario Cardozo S.J., the Director of TSKK welcomed the gathering while Fr. Kelwin Monteiro, staff at TSKK compered the Symposium and also gave the Vote of Thanks. Ms Arti Fernandes captured important moments of the programme. The Staff of the Kendr worked hard to make this event a memorable one. Overall it was a very enlightening and fruitful day as we delved deep into understanding and appreciating Fr Thomas Stephens and his contribution to our land through the person that he was and through his writings. 



   

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