Mangaluru: The Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education (under the auspices of the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops' Council) presented the "Sandesha Awards 2015", at Sandesha, Bajjodi here on January 23, 2015

The programme started with sandesha anthem, composed by Irine D’Cunha and tuned by Melwyn Peris. Fr Victor Vijay Lobo welcomed the gathering.

President of the Sandesha award selection committee Dr Na D'Souza introduced the Sandesha Awards and the awardees to the gathering. He thanked all the committee members for their wonderful job in choosing the deserving candidates for the award. The presentation of the award ceremony was held and citations of the awardees were read out.

Dr C Veeranna - the Sandesha Literature Award, Dr Jayamala Ramchandra - the Sandesha Media Award, Naveen D Padil- the Sandesha Art Award, Jayalaxmi Damble - the Sandesha Best Teacher Award, Henry D'Souza - the Sandesha Konkani Music Award and Gopala Kharvi - the Sandesha Special Recognition Award were presented by the  Bishop of Puttur Diocese Geeverghees Mar Divannasiyos,Bishop of Bellary Dr Henry D'Souza and Bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza.

























The selection was made by a jury which consisted of Na D'Souza, Dr Na Damodar Shetty, Sara Abubakker, Chandrakala Nandavar, Eric Ozario and Richard Louis.
Noted literary figure Boluvaru Mohammed Kunhi was the guest of honour. Na D’Souza, president of the jury committee, Fr Ivan Pinto, Roy Castelino, president of Konkani Sahithya Academy and Fr Jayaprakash D’Souza were also present on the dais.

The awardees expressed their happiness on receiving the awards. Dr C Veeranna said that the people who raise their voices against the injustice should not be discriminated, instead they should be recognized.

Dr Jayamala said that the coastal soil and the sea is strengthening the women to achieve their goals. She recalled her struggle during the initial stages and said that her way was full of thorns to reach where she is today. She also said that Sandesha is respecting men and women equally. When we treat women and men equally there wont be any discrimination.

Naveen D Padil said that the award is a reward for his 26 years of service for Tulu which is a treasure for him.

Jayalaxmi Damble said that in school we need to create such an environment that the students feel a homely atmosphere. Instead of concentrating on marks, teachers should concentrate on the total development of the students. If a student is poor in studies he/she should be encouraged to be active in her studies as well as extracurricular activities.



































Singer Henry D'Souza recalled his old memories of organizing musical nites at Mangaluru. Gopala Kharvi thanked the institution for recognizing him and awarding the prestigious Sandesha award.

The Students of  Gerosa Schoo, Jeppu,  trained by Mary Bini, performed invocation dance. Fr Ivan Pinto proposed vote of thanks. Mallika Ajith Shetty compered the programme.

In the cultural programme which followed later, dances by from St Joseph’s College, Jeppu and Nach Sobhann were performed. Miriam from Brazil, who studies Indian dance at Sandesha, performed Ballet dance. Henry D’Souza sang 'Sangche Kithem Hay Hay', one of his famous compositions. The Students of Fr Muller Homeopathy college performed cultural fusion dance.



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