MARGAO: Aiming to preserve the lost Goan culture, traditional occupations with documentation, and to promote the Konkani language in Roman script amongst the new generation, Kuwait Konknni Mogi (KKM), Kuwait is in Goa with important projects.
KKM will be organising a grand function to release important books in Roman Script 'Romi Lipintlean Promann Konknni Xikum-ya' and 'Goykaranchem Poromporik Daiz'.
An organisation working wholeheartedly with an exclusive aim of strengthening Konkani in Roman script, KKM will commence courses for beginners in every village of Goa from June onwards, the officials said.
KKM feels that the other organisations in Goa in the field of Roman script have failed to implement the much needed projects to strengthen the language in the State, basically to attract the new generation.
Speaking to media persons at Margao on Sunday Domnic Fernandes, President of KKM, along with Jennifer Marshall, Secretary, Agnelo Rebello, Treasurer, and Jose Salvador Fernandes, said that their organisation has planned an unique function on May 13, at 2 pm at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.
"Our organisation is working wholeheartedly with an exclusive aim of strengthening Konknni in Romi script at grassroots level for the last 12 years in Kuwait through its cultural wing, and is now going to extend its base in Goa by strengthening Konknni from grassroots level. The programme will include the launching of KKM’s two important books in Roman script – ‘Romi Lipintlean Promann Konknni Xikum-ya,’ and ‘Gõykaranchem Poromporik Daiz’, Domnic informed.
He said they are ‘very much disappointed with the approach shown by the Dalgado Konkani Academy (DKA) organisation in Goa pertaining to the plans to publish books which will guide the young generation to learn in writing Konkani in Roman script, working in the field of Konkani (Roman Script), and as result KKM was forced to come out with the two above-mentioned projects.’
"We have seen several workshops and conferences organised by the association working in the field of Konkani in Roman script, but the end result is zero. We, KKM are involved in any workshop or conference, but dedicated efforts like ours, and like-minded people working in the Konkani field helped us to initiate these important projects," said Domnic.
Jose Salvador Fernandes said the first book is a book for children at grassroots level to learn Konkani in Roman script. This book has all the potential to bring back the upcoming generation, which is driving away from its Goan roots, as they are never taken care of by anybody as far as learning, writing and speaking Konkani is concerned.
"‘Gõykaranchem Poromporik Daiz’, a collection of 34 articles by various writers, is based on Goan traditional occupations and culture, which are on the verge of closing down," he added.
On the occasion, KKM has also planned to felicitate the core committee of ‘Kuwait Konknni Kendra’ (KKK), an organisation which was active in 1980s in Kuwait and Goa too on the Konkani front. In view of this, the function will also be an occasion for a get-together for Goans who were working in Kuwait and are now back in Goa.
KKM has requested all Goans, Konkani lovers and specially the Kuwait Goans to attend the function in large numbers with their families and make it a success.