Golden jubilee performance of  Konkani drama at Savoi-Verem

From Our Correspondent
SAVOI-VEREM, May 25: The state government is planning to preserve the Goan cultural Identity by introducing a new plan and is thinking to give financial aid to those, who have made outstanding contribution to the field of art and culture. These thoughts were expressed by the Minister for Art and Culture, Mr Digamber Kamat. He was speaking as a chief guest during the fiftieth show of Kala Chetanaís drama Shiri re Shiri Adhantari, written by the noted playwright, Mr Pundalik N. Naik at Savoi-Verem. Mr Kamat congratulated all the artists and said that artists are to be recognised by self-expression through the medium of art. 

In Goa, many artists have given their contribution to art and culture; many amongst them are from Savoi-Verem and Volvoi, he added. The minister further said that drama is a collective factor and the gathering was observing the golden jubilee show because of the co-operation between all the artists on as well as behind the stage. The MLA of Priol Constituency and the chairman of Goa      Handicrafts, Mr Vishwas Satarkar presided over the function. He said that Kala Chetana realised the need of the people and presented such a humorous drama, which has become popular within a short period. We should congratulate these artists, Mr Satarkar added. 

The director of the play, Mr Shridhar Kamat Bambolkar was the special invitee. He in his speech said that, the  Antruz region was blessed with right ambiance for art and culture. Art and nature has close relation, he said. Savoi-Verem and Volvoi area is the treasury of art and culture and the particular land had given many scholars, musicians and dramatists to the state of Goa, Mr Bambolkar added. Mr Pundalik Naik, writer of the play and a special invitee congratulated all the artists and said that the traditional flow of drama form has five thousand year old history. Drama is the reflection of humanís life and has become an important factor in human life. Mr Mohan Verenkar, sarpanch of Verem-Vaghurme village panchayat released a brochure and congratulated the artists on the occasion. 

During the function, the state awardee for the year 1996-97, late Dattaram Honaji Volvoikar was honoured posthumously, while other state awardees Mr Narayan Tari and Ms Leela Haldankar were honoured at the hands of Mr Digamber Kamat. All the artists of the drama were also honoured at the hands of the Minister and local MLA. Mr Rajdeep Naik welcomed the guests. Mr Sitaram Naik introduced the guests, while Mr Vithal Naik proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Kashinath Naik compered the function. The drama performance was witnessed by a large crowd of local residents.