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With joy and happiness in the New Year 2008

It is said that ‘If one can dream it, then you can do it.' Years ago, a few Jesuits envisaged a Konknni Research Institute in Goa.  Their imagination became a reality in March, 1982, when Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) was established.  Today it has its own building, research library, classrooms, a botanical garden, and other facilities. TSKK has made a significant contribution to the development, research and promotion of Konknni language and culture.

This year TSKK is celebrating its Silver Jubilee.  All that has been achieved is due to God's blessings, and the love, support and financial help received from our benefactors, friends and well wishers.  This annual report is an account of what we have contributed to Konknni this year. We look forward to your continued support in the years to come. On this occasion we also like to remind you that you and your families are in our prayers, especially as Christmas, the Feast of the Prince of Peace, draws near and the New Year 2008 approaches.



On March 29, TSKK completed 25 years. On this occasion, the Silver Jubilee inaugural function was held at TSKK premises on 29 March.  Zudas, (a one-act Konknni play) and Hansat Gayat Nachat (Children's song booklet) both authored by Fr. Pratap Naik, were released on this occasion. Also released were  Sod 11 (TSKK research bulletin) and the multi-colour TSKK Information Brochure.

On 23 September at Cavelosim, Fr Socorro Mendes released Saxtticheo Igorzo Volume II of Fr. Moreno de Souza, S.J.

On 30 July,  on the eve of the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, Swiss Jesuit Provincial Fr Albert Longchap and Fr. Anton Kurmann visited TSKK.  The Swiss Provincial released the TSKK Silver Jubilee Souvenir. Lester Fernandes, a journalist cum publisher and active well wisher of TSKK, shouldered the responsibility of designing,  editing, and printing the souvenir. 

On 29 September, Romi Lipient Konknni Kors was released by Tomazinho Cardozo, the President of Dalgado Konknni Akademi on the occasion of Fr. Matthew Almeida's birthday  The book, written by Fr. Matthew Almeida, has received an enthusiastic response with pre-publication orders coming in from all over the world.

On 25 October, TSKK Research Bulletin Sod 12 was released at the hands of Antonio Pereira Konknni Puroskar award winner B. E. Mendes.


On 11 and 12 April, TSKK screened famous Konknni films Amchem Noxib and Nirmon, as a tribute to Frank Fernand, the film's producer and music composer who died in Mumbai early this year. Before the screening, Ciriaco Dias, one of the actors in both films, shared his experiences working with Fernand. 



From 15 January to 3 February, TSKK conducted a course on ‘Reading Konknni in Kannada script' for its staff members, as part of the on-going formation.

From 1to 31 March a special part-time Konknni Basic Course was conducted.

On 29 March, the inaugural function of Silver Jubilee Year 2007-2008 was held at TSKK premises.  Prof. Newman Fernandes, the Principal of St. Xavier's College, Mapusa was the chief guest.  Dr Pandurang Phaldessai, the Member Secretary of Kala Akademi, Panaji, Dr. Chandralekha D'Souza, the Head of the Konknni Department of Goa University and Dr. Anthony da Silva, S.J., the Provincial of the Goa Jesuit Province were the guests of honour. TSKK Founding members, the ex-director, ex-staff and present staff were felicitated at the function. Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore, presented a vibrant cultural programme after the formal function. Fr Ave M. Afonso and Preeta Naik of TSKK compered the function. 

On 1 April, Dr Francis D'Sa, S.J. delivered a lecture on "Clash of Civilizations and the Dialogue of Cultures" at TSKK.   Archbishop of Goa, Filipe Neri Ferrão, felicitated Fr. Francis D'Sa on this occasion for his contribution to Indology.  

From 16 to 21 April, TSKK conducted a Konknni songs and dance course for school children in view of presenting a children's programme on Doordarshan, Goa.  11 students took part in this programme conducted by Dipali Sankolkar.

From 16 April to 15 May, TSKK organized Konknni Basic Course attended by 7 students.

From 14 to 28 June, Konknni Basic Course of spoken Konknni was conducted for Mothers of Agnel Ashram, Verna. 

From 4 June to 3 August, Konknni Basic Course was conducted for three students at TSKK.

On 12 and 13 November, a two-days workshop on 5 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers for 9 primary teachers was held at TSKK premises.  Physical exercises, meditation, seeing film clippings and documentaries, group activities were some of the components of the course.

From 14 to 16 November, a workshop on teaching and testing spoken English was conducted at TSKK. Marion Valladares Smith, a trainer and tri-lingual language instructor,  was the resource person for the course attended by 20 participants.



KONKNNI MARTIR FLORIANO VAZ PUROSKAR (KMFVP): To commemorate the death of Goan youth Floriano Vaz during the 1986 language agitation, TSKK instituted Konknni Martir Floriano Vaz Puroskar.  Floriano Vaz was shot dead on 20 December, 1986.   This Puroskar consists of Rs. 5,000/-in cash, a memento and a shawl and it is given to the best Konknni book in Roman script.

On 4 February, at Our Lady of Grace Hall, Margao, Ashok Chodankar became the first recipient of KMFVP for his book Jivit Fulum-di Somestanchem, written in both Roman and Devanagari scripts.  The puroskar was conferred by ex-MLA Mr. Antonio Gaonkar. Ex-speaker Tomazinho Cardozo, Goa Shahir Ulhas Buyao, Romi Lipi Action Front convener Wilson Mazarello and tiatrist Prince Jacob were guests of honour. Salvador Fernandes, a Konknni lecturer from Fr. Agnel College, Pilar compered the function.


ANTONIO PEREIRA KONKNNI PUROSKAR (APKP):  APKP Puroskar 2007 was given to Bernardino Evaristo Mendes for his over 60 years contribution to Konknni literature. Fr. Antimo Gomes, the parish priest of Immaculate Conception church, Panaji presented the award, which consisted of a shawl, memento and a cheque of Rs. 25,000/-.

The function was held at TSKK premises on 25 October. As a freelance journalist Bernadino regularly contributed Konknni articles to various periodicals and has over 23 books to his credit.  

Several of his Konknni programmes were broadcast from All India Radio Mumbai and Goa. Preeta Naik compered the program. Pietro Troupe from Anjuna entertained the audience with their selection of old Konknni film songs.

CARVALHO GHORANNEM ANI TSKK KOLAKAR PUROSKAR: Kalakar Puroskar 2007 was presented to Harry D'Souza of Harry's Century Band, Bijai, Mangalore at the Kalangann heritage centre on Sunday 4, November 2007. This award is instituted jointly by Carvalho Family of Kundapur, Karnataka, TSKK, Goa and Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore. The award consists of a citation, memento, shawl, fruit tray and cash Rs. 25,000/-. 

Felix D'Souza, a well known political and community leader of Mumbai, presented this award. A musical concert by Patrao brothers of Derebail was also staged on this occasion.  Titus Noronha compered the stage programme.



Rang Ixtt organized a meet to celebrate Late Dr. Manohar Sardessai's Birthday at Manoshanti Hotel at 5p.m on 18 January. Dr Sardessai's relatives, friends and admirers took part in the celebration.  Elvin Cardozo, Roque D'Costa and Fr. Pratap Naik represented TSKK. 

They sang two of Dr Sardessai's songs for children, which has been included in TSKK's Hansun Khellun Gavum-ia audio CD.

The annual state award of the State and Cultural Department of Goa was conferred on the Ex-Director of TSKK,  Fr. Moreno de Souza S.J. at Margao for his service and contribution to Konknni literature.  The award consisted of Rs. 20,000/-,  a shawl and memento.

The Save Goa Rally was organized at Lohia Maidan, Margao on March 10. Fr. Pratap Naik spoke on the topic ‘Equal Status to Roman Script'.

Preeta Naik's article  on TSKK's 25 years was published  in Herald English daily, on the occasion of TSKK Silver Jubilee. 

Nityasangam, a monthly bulletin of the Council for Social Justice & Peace published Fr. Pratap's article Why Roman script for Konknni  in its March issue.

Bhakti Sobhann Programme was presented by Mandd Sobhann at Kalangann, Mangalore on 1 April.  Lyrics were by Fr. Pratap, music by Eric Ozario and the programme was compered by Titus Noronha.

          On 14 April, Vavraddeancho Ixtt published Fr. Pratap's reflection on ‘Paskanchi Porob ani Mhojem Jivit'.

Investor Plus published an article by Frederick Noronha entitled ‘Priest with green fingers', which spoke of Fr. Pratap Naik's contribution in creating and maintaining TSKK's botanical garden.

An article by Preeta Naik, paying tribute to two Konknni musicians, the late Frank Fernandes and late Ulhas Buyão, was published in the May-June issue of Uzvadd.

Fr. Pratap's article, ‘Buyão: Konknni's soldier of truth & justice' was published in Goa Flash.

On June 17, Dalgado Konknni Akademi organized a one-day seminar for Konknni writers and readers.  Fr. Pratap was invited to give a lecture on Konknni writing system in Roman script.

Fr. Pratap's article ‘Bhaxantorachim totvam ani kola' was published in Amar Konknni of the Konknni Institute, Mangalore.

HCN Channel of Herald English Daily telecast on 2 September, at 7pm. the panel discussion on ‘The Big Question: Why Konknni in Roman Script is ignored?'  Fr Pratap Naik was one of the panelists.

Prakash Vazrikar, a Konknni lecturer from Government College, Khandola submitted his Konknni thesis ‘Konknni Kadomboreantlem somaz dorxon (Ochchev ani Karmelim kadomhoreanchea sondorbhant'.  He successfully defended his viva for his doctoral thesis held at Konknni Department of Goa University on 5 December.  Fr. Pratap Naik was his guide.

Dipali Sankolkar, Sujata Naik, Ensila D'Souza and Sangappa Hosmane left TSKK for better pastures. TSKK is grateful for their service. Shilpa Salvi, who had served the TSKK a few years ago, has recently rejoined TSKK.



TSKK lost its founding member and ex-Director Fr Moreno de Souza, S.J. on 14 October. He served Konknni for more than five decades.  The other benefactor and friend which TSKK lost this year was Goa Shahir Ulhas Buyao, who passed away on 16 April 2007. On 19 August, TSKK librarian Preeta Naik lost her mother Laxmi Naik. On 23 September, TSKK research assistant Netra Kundaikar lost her father Gajanan Veluskar. May God grant them eternal rest.

TSKK serves Konknni language and there are a number of people and organizations that have helped us in many ways to serve Konknni. We gratefully acknowledge the donors of cash, books, periodicals, CDs, and other material. The list is by name and place only.

Fr Ave Maria Afonso, Porvorim; Mr Romeo Almeida, Porvorim; Mr Wolver Alemao, Chinchinim; Ms Freeda Andrade Porvorim; Mr Ben Antao, Canada; Ms Ivone Araujo, Porvorim; Mr Lucio Azavedo, Alto Betim; Fr William Barboza, Mangalore; Mr Rumil Baretto, Alto Betim; Mr Miguel Braganza, Mapuca; Ms Jesseline Britto, Alto Betim; Mr Tomazinho Cardozo, Candolim; Mr John Carvalho, Pune; Mr Oswin Carvalho, Alto Betim; Mr Paul Carvalho, Alto Betim; Mr Richard Carvalho, Mumbai; Mr Teddy Carvalho, Kundapur; Mr Wilfred Carvalho, UAE; Mr Wilfred Carvalho, Mumbai; Mr J. V. Carvalho, Mumbai; Mr Ashok Chodankar, Vasco; Mr Michael Cordeiro, Porvorim; Ms Felicity D'Costa, Miramar; Mr Olivinho F. D. Costa, Alto Betim; Mr Walburg V. Coutinho, Margao; Mr Octaviano D'Costa, Alto Betim; Mr Sunit Dalvi, Margao; Mr Prabhakar Dhage, Panaji; Mr C. X. Dias, Margao; Mr Egbert Dias, Porvorim; Mr Mariano J Dias, Porvorim; Mr Baylon D'Mello, Porvorim; Ms Brenda D'Mello, Porvorim; Fr Casmir D'Mello, Saligao; Mr Peter Monteiro, Alto Betim; Mr Bonaventure D'Pietro, Anjuna; Fr Concessao D'Silva, Mandur; Mr Alex P. Sequeira, Calangute; Ms Agnes D'Souza, Porvorim; Mr Valerian D'Souza, Mysore; Mr Christopher D' Souza, Porvorim; Ms Clare & Patrick De Souza, Washington; Mr Daniel F. de Souza, Vasco; Fr Moreno De Souza, S.J., Old Goa; Mr Roberto De Souza, Porvorim; Dr. Teotonio R. de Souza, Portugal; Dr Avita & Joe D'Sa, Miramar; Mr Adolf D'Souza, Porvorim; Mr Felix D'Souza, Porvorim; Fr Braz Faleiro, S.J., Porvorim; Ms Alice Fernandes, Mumbai; Mr Ashley Fernandes, Reis Magos; Mr Caetano A. Fernandes, Alto Betim; Mr Cyprian Fernandes, Parra; Mr Dominic Fernandes, Anjuna; Ms Elaine Fernandes, Porvorim; Mr Jess Fernandes, Quepem; Mr Joe & Janet Fernandes, Taleigao; Mr Lester Fernandes, Porvorim; Fr. Ubaldo Fernandes, Pilar; Fr Valerian Fernandes, Ajekar; Mr Edwin Fonseca, Margao; Mr Govind Gawas, Panaji; Mr Cledwyn Gomes, Porvorim; Mr Gopal Gowda, Mangalore; Mr Michael Gracias, Majorda; Mr Amrut J. Hardin, Porvorim; Mr Manoj Kamat, Madkai; Mr Ibadullha Khan, Mapusa; Ms Jyoti Kunkolekar, Marcel; Ms Priya Ranjan Kundu, Kolkata; Mr Clarence Lewis, Mumbai; Ms Genevieve Lewis, Mumbai; Mr Terrence Lewis, Mumbai; Mr Joe Lobo, Alto Betim; Mr Pierre Lobo, Betim; Mr Cipriano Lopes, Panaji; Ms Cecilia Lorenco, Penha de Franca; Mr Purushothama Mallya, Kochi; Dr Toru Maruyama, Japan; Ms Alice Mascarenhas, Goa; Mr Victor Mathias, Mangalore; Ms Kyoko Matsukawa, Japan; Mr B. E. Mendes, Tivim; Ms Celina Mendes, Alto Betim; Ms Cynthia Menezes, Porvorim; Mr Walter Menezes, Quepem; Dr. Rocky Miranda, Mysore; Mr Joseph Noronha, Porvorim; Mr Ruben Oliveira, Alto Betim; Ms Pamela Paes, Alto Betim; Fr Roy Pereira, S.J., Mumbai; Ms Ubaldina Pereira, Miramar; Mr V. Pereira, Porvorim; Mr A. J. Pimenta, Alto Betim; Mr Cristovao Pinto, Porvorim; Mr George Pinto, Alto Betim; Mr Oswald Pinto, Alto Betim; Mr Daniel Pires, Alto Betim; Raknno Prakashan, Mangalore; Mr Valley Quadros, Mangalore; Mr Vincy Quadros, Raia; Mr J. Remedios, Mumbai; Dayle Rodrigues, Porvorim; Mr Estevão Rodrigues, Alto Betim; Mr N. Rodrigues, Porvorim ; Mr Rosario Rodrigues, Agacaim; Mr Leonacio Rosario, Old Goa; Mr Yusuf Sheikh, Vasco; Mr Saratchandra Shenoi, Cochin; Ms Marion Valladares  Smith, Candolim; Mr Michael X. Travasso, Miramar; Mr Constantinho A. Vaz, Alto Betim; Ms Efa do Rosario Vaz, Porvorim; Mr Prakash Vazrikar, Sanquelim; Ms Janet Viegas, Belgaum; Mr J.B. Sequeira, Mumbai; Amar Konkani, Mangalore; Amcho Yuvak, Mangalore; Amcho Sandesh, Mangalore; CIIL, Mysore; Crusader's Voice, Vasco; Darshan, Karwar; Ujwal, Honavar; Divo, Mumbai; Goa Konkani Akademi, Panaji; Golden Heart Emporium, Margao; Gomantak Marathi Akademi, Porvorim; Jivitacho Prokas, Majorda; Jhelo, Mangalore; Kannik, Mangalore; Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi, Mangalore; Kirnnam, Chinchinim; Konkan Times, Betim; Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore, Mangala Jyoti, Mangalore; Mansur Enterprises, Panaji; Mithr, Mangalore; Sevak Prakashan, Mangalore; Vasanthrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation, Panaji; St. Xavier's College, Mapusa; Department of Information & Publicity, Panaji; Directorate of Art & Culture, Panaji.



At the end of 2007, TSKK library collection is touching 14,000 books.  Some of this year's important books are Chitpavanism: A tribute to Kokanastha Brahmin Culture by Jay Dixit; Vocabulario Da Lingoa De Japan; A History of Indian English Literature by M.K. Naik; The Kshatriyas in Ancient India by Madhumita Chatterjee; Medieval Indian Literature: An Anthology-Volume Four; Ancient Indian Literature: An Anthology-Volume 1,2 & 3; Indology: Past, Present and Future by Saroja Bhate; Modern Sanskrit Literature: Traditions and Innovations by S. B. Raghunathacharya; English-Konknni (Kannada script) Dictionary; Vishayanurup Dyaneshwari by Dhananjay Deshpande; Dominic's Goa: A Nostalgic Romp Through a by Gone Era by Dominic Fernandes; The Goan Village Communes by Dr. Olivinho Gomes; Flora of Bangalore District by Dr S. V, Ramaswamy; World's Grand Procession of Saints in India by Rosario Rodrigues; metahistory; History Questioning History-Festschrift In Honour of Teotonio R. de Souza by Charles Borges, S.J. & M.N. Pearson; Devadasis:Ancient to Modern by Dr. K. Jamanadas.  


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