DKA Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Chief Minister Parrikar lights the lamp at DKA Silver Jubilee Celebrations. The year-long silver jubilee celebrations of the Dalgado Konknni Akademi took off impressively with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assuring support for the promotion and development of Konkani in the Roman script. CM Parrikar lighting the traditional lamp at the Ravindra Bhavan conference hall on August 28, 2012. DKA president Premanand Lotlikar welcomed the guests, former Speaker Tomazinho Cardozo listed the reasons for DKA's formation and other aspects, Dr Fr Pratap Naik justified DKA's existence and its prime five demands, Belaulim MLA Caitano D'Silva (extreme right) assured his support, and Secretary Jose Salvador Fernandes gave the vote of thanks. The Chief Minister also release a commemorative volume published to mark the occasion, and in a substantially long address spoke his mind on matters regarding Konkani. There were beautiful dances by the graceful performers of Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore including their popular skit on Konkani, a brass band performance by Fr Lynn and his group of youngsters, and a couple of songs by famed Goan fado singer Sonia Shirsat accompanied by Rabin D'Pietro on the keyboard. Fr Peter Cardozo of the Pilar Music School and his group rendered the opening song which was composed specially by him for the occasion. The glittering function was attended by a large audience of Konkani lovers who had come from different parts of Goa. It was also attended by the Tiatr Academy of Goa president Prince Jacob Fernandes, and vice president Joe Rose.
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