Sangath Suvalo 2019 - National Level Konkani Cultural Fest

"Sangath Suvalo 2019" a National Level Konkani Cultural Fest was conducted on the 18th of January 2019 by Konkani Sangha of St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore. The main aim of this programme was to enhance the Konkani culture and to promote Konkani language. Students from various schools and colleges from Mangalore and Goa had participated in this Fest.

The inauguration of this Konkani fest was held at Fr L.F. Rasquinha Hall at 9:30 am. Mr. Wilson Roshan Sequiera, a renowned Konkani Poet, popularly known as Mr.Wilson Kateel, was the chief guest for the programme. Rev. Fr. Valerian Fernandes who is presently the Editor of Raknno and is well known for his Konkani writings was the Guest of honour. Rev. Dr. Praveen Martis SJ, Principal of St Aloysius College presided over the programme.

The programme began with God's Grace with a hymn, sung by the college choir. The guests were escorted to the dais by the presidents of Konkani Sangha Ms.Renita Menezes and Ms. RenitaAranha along with the student secretaries Meghal Dcunha and LashwinaMontheiro. The President of Konkani Sangha Ms.Renita Menezes welcomed the gathering.

Chief Guest Mr.W ilson Kateel encouraged the gathering to promote Konkani, as youths of today play a major part in promoting our language to the future generations. Guest of Honor Rev.Fr Valerian Fernandes encouraged the gathering to take some time and start writing small articles in Konkani.

Principal Rev Dr. Praveen Martis SJ in his presidential address told that in different ways the college is promoting Konkani language in the college. The student strength in Konkani department is increasing every year and students are interested to take Konkani as a second language in College.  Student Secretary of Konkani Sangha Lashwina Montheiro proposed the vote of thanks and thanked everyone for being the part of this National Level Konkani Cultural Fest. Ms Anjeline D’Souza compered the inauguration programme.

Sangath Suvalo hosted 6 different competitions for both high school and degree students.The competitions Poetry Writing, Painting, Pick and Speak,Group Singing, Group Dance and Comedy Skit were held. Students from different schools and colleges actively participated in these competitions.

The valedictory programme of SangathSuvalo was held at Fr L.F.Rasquinha Hall at 4.30pm. Dr Veronica Judith Pinto, Ex Vice- Principal of Administrative Block, St Aloysius College was the Chief Guest for the programme. Rev Dr.Melwyn Pinto SJ,Director of Konkani Institute and Dr. AlwynD’Sa, Director, Administrative Block, St Aloysius College were the Guests of honour. The President of Konkani Sangha Ms.RenitaAranha welcomed the gathering. Chief guest Dr Veronica Judith Pinto explainedabout how St.Aloysius College has been promoting Konkani language from so many years. Rev Dr. Melwyn Pinto SJ told about the history when an Italian Priest called Fr.Maffiewho came to Mangalore with other Jesuits wrote an article in Konkani. Dr. AlwynD’Sabriefed about the various activities which are conducted in college to promote Konkani language.

On this occasion, the winners of ‘Christmas Sambhram’ competitions held in December were awarded with the prizes. Chief Guest along with the Guests of honour distributed the prizes to the winners of the SangathSuvalo competitions. In High School category St.Aloysius High School Mangalore were the Overall Champions and Holy Redeemer High School Belthangady were the Runners up. In Degree college category Padua College of Commerce and Management were the Overall Champions and the Runners up wereMilagresCollege. The student secretary of Konkani Sangha Ms.MeghalD’Cunha proposed the vote of thanks and thanked everyone who supported to make SangathSuvalo 2019 a grand success. Mr Deon Fernandes compered the Valedictory programme.