After the first edition of World Konkani Day which was held on the same day in 2015 was an overwhelming success, the focus is now on the second edition. It will be an evening to celebrate Konkani with music comedy and dance. There will reportedly be live performances, dances and sketches drawn by Goa`s best known artists.
This is a World Konkani celebration to commemorate our mother tongue. An evening for every Goan to take pride in and come out in large numbers to support something we all cherish i.e. Konkani our mother tongue. Over the years Konkani has been a part of all Konkani lovers’ lives no matter which part of the world they live in. That is the reason why World Konkani Day will be celebrated with traditional music, dance and modern remixes. We need to preserve our identity, our rich culture and most importantly our language Konkani. World Konkani Day does represent our identity. Then there is the pride of all Konkani lovers which is the World Konkani Centre. Incidentally World Konkani Centre is reportedly a manifestation of the mandate given by the final resolution passed during the First World Konkani Convention held in 1995. The Kendra has manifested itself at the scenic three-acre Konkani Gaon, or the Konkani Village, located at Shaktinagar in Mangalore in coastal Karnataka. It was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat on January 17, 2009.
The Kendra is envisioned as a thriving hub of Konkani – a place that the Konkani speaking people living all over the world can rightfully consider as their ‘Home’. The Konkani language is spoken widely in the western coastal region of India known as Konkan. This consists of the Konkan division of Maharashtra, the state of Goa, and the Uttara Kannada (formerly North Canara), Udupi, and Dakshina Kannada (formerly South Canara) districts of Karnataka, together with many districts in Kerala such as Kasargod, Kochi, Alappuzha, Trivandrum, and Kottayam. It is understood that each region has a different dialect, pronunciation style, vocabulary, tone and sometimes, significant differences in grammar. It is understood that a significant number of Konkani speaking people are found in Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, the Persian Gulf, and Portugal. During Portuguese rule several Goans had migrated to these countries. Many families still continue to speak different dialects of Konkani that their ancestors spoke, which are now highly influenced by the native languages.