Herald: Fundação Oriente: Unifying languages in short stories
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Fundação Oriente: Unifying languages in short stories

06 Jun 2015 12:17am IST

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PATRICIA ANN ALVARES

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06 Jun 2015 12:17am IST

Report by
PATRICIA ANN ALVARES

PANJIM: Ensconced in the heritage precincts of Fontainhas, in a Portuguese era mansion, Fundação Oriente has been the hub of activities that centred on Indo-Portuguese cultural exchanges. However, it took the vision of one man, the now ex-director of Fundação Oriente, Eduardo Kol de Carvalho, to bring a new dimension to this perspective.



The biennial Goan Short Story competition which was conceptualised in 2011 not only invited writers from Goa to write in Portuguese, but also in Konkani, Marathi and English. “It is as if so many languages and cultures have been drawn in under one roof in a place that earlier spelt the essence of Portuguese,” commented jury member, author and winner of the 2013 competition, Alexandre Moniz Barbosa at the press conference to announce the 2015-16 edition of the competition.

The genesis of the competition began humbly enough. “I recall Eduardo was not too sure that his concept might work and he came one day to meet me in Aldona and we sat in my small gallery discussing the idea. It is a welcome surprise how this tentative decision received such a good response,” recalls renowned author and sponsor of the first prize Dr Maria Aurora Couto. “The uniqueness of this contest lies in the fact that there is no other State in the country where a short story competition is held in so many languages. Another aspect is the prize money. An amount of Rs 20000 is a handsome prize for a short story indeed,” she adds. 

 The best selections from each of these editions have been compiled into two anthologies in English – ‘Shell windows’ and ‘Coconut Fronds’. A bigger response is anticipated this year for the sheer fact, as Dr Couto points out, that Goa has a lot of creative talent. But for that talent to see the light of day, much needs to be done to direct it. 

An initiative of the Fundação Oriente, the competition is a collaborative effort with the Goa Writers Group, Konkani Bhasha Mandal and Gomantak Marathi Academy and amply represented on the jury with members from each group. On the panel are Konkani translator, Moderator of Goa Book Club, Professor Augustor Pinto (Chairman), Executive Editor of Herald, Alexandre Moniz Barbosa (Deputy Chairman) and renowned writers/authors – Meena Kakodkar (KBM); Anita Pinto (Goa Writers’ Group) and Narayan Mahale (Gomantak Marathi Academy). 

A prime sponsor of the competition, Dr Maria Couto instituted the Alban Couto first prize of Rs 20,000, whereas Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguese the second prize of Rs 15,000 and Fundação Oriente the third prize of Rs 10000. 

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