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“Amchem Daiz – 9″
Rachol Seminary (L.A.C.A.R.S.) and Goa Konkani Academy
Padri. Freddy J. Da. Costa: Her Nemalleanchea Vatavornnant ‘Gulab’-acho Pormoll

‘Amchem Daiz -9’ held at Rachol Seminary

The annual Konkani seminar ‘Amchem Daiz-9’ (Our Heritage), was organised by LACARS (Literary and Cultural Activities of Rachol Seminary) in collaboration with the Goa Konkani Academy on the topic, “Padri Freddy J. Da. Costa: Her Nemalleanchea Vatavornnant ‘Gulab’-acho Pormoll” on February 6th 2013, at the Rachol Seminary auditorium. Rev. Fr. Francisco Caldeira, the editor of Renevocão, , was the chief guest and the President of Goa Konkani Academy, Pundalik Naik was the guest of honour.

Rev. Dr. Aleixo Menezes welcomed the dignitaries and remembered that the Rachol Seminary has a long lasting relationship with Konknni language, because many Konkani scholars of the past and present have studied in the Seminary, one of them being Fr. Freddy Costa. The guest of honour, Xri. Pundalik Naik, the President of Goa Konkani Academy, reiterated that Fr. Freddy was a bridge between the Christians and the Hindus through his magazine Gulab and one act plays. The chief guest, Rev. Fr. Francis Caldeira in his keynote address highlighted the various contributions that Fr. Freddy did for the Konkani language and termed him ‘the pillar of Konkani’.

There were three sessions for the seminar. The first sessionwas on the life and works of Fr. Freddy and was moderated by Fr. Manuel Gomes. Sem. Aestrony Costa, 1st year Philosophy student of Rachol Seminary, presented an overview of the life and works of Fr. Freddy while Sem. Agustin Alfonso, 1st year Theology student focused on Gulab and Fr. Freddy as a journalist.  Xmt. Komal Dhuri, student of Goa University, Konkani Department, M.A. II, highlighted the dramatist dimension of Fr. Freddy by analysing his one act plays, the Bapa series.

In the second session, the editors of the mainstay magazines of Konkani language, i.e. Dor mhoinneachi Rotti (Vincy Quadros), Vavraddeancho Ixtt (Fr. Eusebio Gomes, sfx) and Bimb (Ramesh Veluskar) gave their viewpoints on the contribution of these magazines to the Konkani language. Sandesh Prabhudesai was the moderator for this session and advised the students of Konkani language to being writers by using the blog system on the internet.

The afternoon brought together 7 schools in the ‘Folk Dance Competition’. Prof. Cosma Fernandes, who was the chief guest for this session commented that “We have kept aside ‘our culture’ and have tried to incorporate the ‘others culture’. Mr. Ladu Parwar, an expert in folk dances enthused the gathering with his knowledge on folk dances, folk songs, etc. St. Josephs High School, Shiroda bagged the first place while Carmel High School, Curtorim and St. Theresa Convent, Raia won the second and the third place respectively.

Sem. Peter Britto and Sem. Leslie Noronha both compeered the function while Sem. Roman Rodrigues was the cog in the wheel for the entire programme, under the direction of Rev. Dr. Victor Ferrao. Many students from different colleges and Goa University participated actively in the whole day seminar.