There are 42 different Konkani communities and their traditions, culture and folklore are different and unique. The four states on the West Coast have considerable number of Konkani speaking people-Hindu, Muslim and Christian and in their way of life the impact of the Konkani language is quite evident. It has been the Konkani language that has enriched the Folk literature of these regions-said member of the Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, B. Pundalika Marathe of Shirva.
Marathe was speaking in the Kinnigoli Church Hall on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, on the occasion of the final round and prize distribution programme of ‘Voviyam and Verse singing competition’ which was organised in 8 zones conducted jointly by Konkani Sahitya Academy, Matov Mangaloore Konkani Sansnkrati Pratistan and Stree Sanghatane Kinnigoli. Marathe further said that the Central Government has given recognition t the Konkani language, the Karnataka Government has been providing ample assistance and Koonkani is being taught as third language in schools. This is the great honour for the Koonkani language and community and we should take advantage of this and elders should bear the responsibility of passing on the Koonkani language and culture to the future generations.
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