Running a Magazine an upheavel task today : Bishop Derek Fernandes

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BM Bureau, Dec 27 : On the occasion of the 25th year of Ujwad Konkani magazine published from Belgaum, a program was organized at Nazareth Hall, Camp, to mark the launch of Ujwad’s Christmas special issue.  Bishop of Belgaum Diocese Dr.  Derek Fernandes presided over the function.  Chairman of KLE Hospital and former MP Prabhakar Kore and former MLA Feroz Sait and others were present.

In his Introduction and welcome address editor Louis Rodrigues briefed about the 24 years of journey of the magazine which he said was challenging but also equally exciting.

The inauguration of the Silver Jubilee year was done by lighting the lamp by Bishop Fernandes and dignitaries.  25th Christmas special issue was also published on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Feroz Sait lauded the contribution of Ujwad magazine in conserving Konkani language and culture. “ Editor Rodrigues and his team have toiled hard to conserve Konkani language and culture in the upper ghats region despite challenges that are being faced by the print media, especially the periodicals,” Sait ascertained.

In his presidential remarks Bishop Derek Fernandes congratulated the Uzwad team for successfully running the magazine for 24 years. “ Looking at the multiple dialects of Konkani and the scattered nature of Konkani speaking people, running a Konkani magazine from a place like Belagavi is certainly an upheavel task, a challenge which editor Louis Rodrigues and team have taken up with commitment. There is a difference in the Konkani dialects of Goa, Mangalore, Karwar, Sindhudurg etc. However, editor Luis Rodrigues and his team have run the magazine very well for 25 years, so they deserve to be congratulated,” Bishop Derek Fernandes said at the time.

Uzwaad  magazine has a lion’s share share in preserving the Konkani language in upper ghats region of North Karnataka and South Maharashtra he said.

The program was attended by Konkani people from Goa, Maharashtra and Belgaum area.

KLES Chairman and former MP Dr Prabhakar Kore was also felicitated on the occasion for his platinum jubilee birthday.

Minin Gonsalves, Elaine Borges and others spoke. Adv Chandrahas Anvekar, Girgol Rodrigues, Joseph Bardeskar, Uday Deshprabhu and others were present

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Photo : Bishop Derek Fernandes, Feroz Sait, Louis Rodrigues, Uday Deshprabhu and others publishing the 25th Christmas Special issue of Uzwaad.

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