Jan. 27: The annual Sandesha Awards, given by the Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education, were presented in the Foundation premises at Premnagar, Bajjodi, here on January 27.

All the guests and the awardees were traditionally welcomed by the students with the 'poornakumbha swagata' at the entrance of Sandesha, after which they were all escorted in a ceremonial procession. An invocation dance was performed by the students of Sandesha.

Director of Sandesha Fr Victor Vijay Lobo welcomed the gathering. Noted Kannada novelist and author and also head of the Sandesha panel of jury, Dr Na D'Souza, introduced the Sandesha awards to the audience. He thanked all the jury members for their commendable job in choosing deserving candidates for this award. The presentation of the award ceremony was held and the citations of various awardees were read out by the Sandesha students and faculty.

Bishop of Bellary Dr Henry D'Souza conferred the awards to all the awardees.  Each award consists of cash prize of Rs 10,000, a citation, a shawl and a trophy.
Sandesha Kannada Literature Award to Kumbara Veerabhadrappa (Kum.Vi),
Sandesha Konkani Literature Award to Shri Leo D’Souza,
Sandesha TuLu Literature Award to Shri Vijayakumar Kodialbail,
Sandesha Arts Award to Smt Jayalakshmi  Alva,
Sandesha Journalism Award to Shri N Arjun Dev,
Sandesha Cinema/TV Award to Shri Hamsalekha,
Sandesha Best Teacher Award to Dr K. E. Radhakrishnan,  
Sandesha Special Recognition Award to Shri U.C.Paulose,
Sandesha Konkani Music Award to Fr Valerian Mendonca
All the awardees expressed their joy on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering IGP Western Range Pratap Reddy said that all the nine awardees are the stalwarts who have dedicated their life and energy in their chosen field of interest.

Further he said that our country has unity in diversity and all the nine awardees have been recognized for their hard work and dedication to retain the culture, heritage, language and tradition alive.  "In this modern era being a police officer is a huge challenge because if one says something, there  will be someone to oppose.  We just waste time blaming others instead of working in unity; we try to divert the topics.   Inclusivity and tolerence has become very rare.   We need to retain the culture and tradition for future generations, so that they are benifitted."  He said these are great people who need to be emulated by others. "We have to derive inspiration from these achievers and teach our children to gain experience from them."

Bishop Henry D'Souza of Bellary also spoke on the occasion.  He said, "We have to see in this present situation, where we are heading and what we are going to be. We need to dream for the betterment of the society.  To dream we need to have a particular goal in life and we have to inculcate the habit of helping the needy people.  Nowadays, we observe that some organizations create misunderstandings among religions and destroy the peace in the society and build walls of enmity among religions." While concluding he said, "We have to be role models by doing the right things in the right path."

All the founders, trustees and jury members were honoured with mementos. Sandesha director, Fr Victor Vijay Lobo handed over mementos to Bishop Henry D'Souza and IGP Pratap Reddy.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Sandesha trustee, Galdin D'Souza. The students of Vidhyajyothi High School and Gerosa High School performed folk dance, Rosario College students presented Kannada stage play "Devara Hena".  The programme concluded with the Sandesha anthem.

































































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