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Culture keeps Goa united: Wanchoo

 Goa Governor B V Wanchoo on Wednesday conceded that it is the State’s artistic and cultural ethos that has helped Goa and its people to maintain peace, communal harmony and unity in the State.

“Goa is a great repository of varied cultural forms. The State has a growing interest in the promotion of various forms of art and hence its cultural ethos has lead to fostering social understanding and emotional integration among the people of the State,” he said.

His Excellency was speaking during presentation of Goa State Cultural Awards, for individuals for the year 2009-10 and for institutions for 2010-11, organized by Directorate of Art and Culture.  Eleven personalities and one cultural institution were conferred the awards for their contribution in literature, music, drama, tiatr, bhajan and craft.  

Wanchoo said that it is a known fact that cultural and artistic values play a great role in influencing and inspiring the minds and hearts of people, particularly the younger generation.

 “It also helps in removing barriers and ill-feelings among the different sections of the society, paving the way for better understanding, goodwill and harmonious co-existence,” he stated.

The awardees of the State Cultural Award 2009-10 (individual) were- Ramesh Sukhtankar and Emeliano D’Cruz (music), Prakash Padgaonkar, Vasanti Nadkarni and Mario Cabral e Sa (literature), Paresh Joshi and Vinay Surlakar (drama), Tito Preto alias Titta Pretto (tiatr), Zillu Harmalkar (visual art), Gopinath Valke and late Kamlakant Volvoikar (bhajan). The awardees were honoured with a trophy and a cash price of Rs 20,000 each.  

The Society of Pilar was awarded the Best Cultural Institution Award 2010-11. The institution was awarded a cash price of Rs one lakh and a memento. Those present on the occasion include Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar, Kala Academy chairman Vishnu Surya Wagh, secretary art and culture Matthew Samuel and director Prasad Lolienkar.  [H]