The Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol organised the fourteen edition of ‘Amchem Daiz’on the 7th of February 2019 on the theme ‘Gôyche Matiyecheo Hatkruti: Gôykaranchem Daiz’.This annual Konkani seminar,which the seminary organises focuses on any one aspect of Goan heritage, chose this year to emphasize on Goan pottery. The seminar began with a prayer service followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp by the dignitaries for the day. Rev. Dr. Aleixo Menezes, the Rector of the seminary, welcomed the gathering and in his welcome address he highlighted the importance of clay articles in Goan milieu and also showed his concern over the diminishing knowledge of pottery among the younger generation. In his key note address, Mr. Victor Hugo Gomes, owner of Goa Chitra Museum, and aproficient person in preserving Goan heritage, brought out the various unique facts about the beautiful land of Goa which enlightened and astonished the audience. He praised our ancestor’s futuristic thinking and eco-friendly ways of livelihood. He also educated the audience about the 13 different types of soils he found in Goa during his research. He commended the traditional occupation of pottery as a disciplined occupation and how this occupation was vital and interrelated with the other occupations. At the end of his address, he encouraged the audience to preserve and promote Goan heritage with sustainable ways of growth. The morning session began with the presentation of research papers by three speakers. Sem. Frankey Carvalho in his informative presentation spoke on the relationship between clay handicrafts and religions.Mr. Vinayak Khedekar, a senior journalist and an expert in this field, passionately spoke on the significant role pottery played in Goan culture. Ms. Hyacinth Pinto, an architect by profession, in her presentation displayed the various projects she undertook and successfully completed in Goa which demonstrated the possibility of replacing cement with clay in constructions. The moderator for the session, Ms. Tallulah D’Silva, an architect, too presented her views and shared her experience.
In the second session, Fr. Agnelo Rodrigues, Parish priest of Paroda along with Mr. Jose CaitanSequiera with his wife gave a live demonstration. Fr.Agnelo spoke on different household clay articles and their uses. He with the help of pictures showed the various stages involved in making a clay artefact from gathering clay to baking a clay object. This was followed by a live ‘Gumott Dance’ performance by a troupe from Verna. Before the audience could break up forlunch, Mr. TulsidasNaik gave a live demonstration by deftly preparing a few mud artefacts.
The afternoon session saw different schoolsmelodiously performingmando-dulpodam. The judges for the competition were Fr. Lino de Sa, FloscyGracias and ChantaleCotta and out of the 9 schools whichparticipated in the photography contest, St. Theresa Convent School Raia and St. Aloysius High SchoolBenaulim bagged the first and second place respectively and for the mando-dulpod competition, Our Lady of Rosary Fatorda, St. Anthony High School Majorda and St. Joseph High School Shirodawon the first, second and third prize respectively.Since this was the last event of the Literaryand Cultural Association of RacholSeminary (LACARS), a cell in-charge of cultural activities,the president of LACARS, Sem. Clive Diniz declared ‘the Pelicans Group’ as champions for the year 2018-2019. The fourteenth‘AmchemDaiz’ event was ably coordinated by Sem. Ashliff Correia under the guidance of Fr. Victor Ferrao, the animator of LACARS.