Konkanis from around the world
gathered this weekend in the US for a three-day program - The Konkani
Sammelan. The event will feature some noticeable names from the
community whilst honoring prominent figures such as Amrita Rao and
filmmaker Shyam Benegal being among the few.
before the felicitation, Amrita
spoke up about being honored humbly with the recognition. She
out her worry of not being able to address the crowd in fluent Konkani
as the elder generation tend to think that the new generation cannot
complete a sentence without the aid of English words.
Benegal also put forward his
well-wishes for Amrita, sighting her as a very talented actress and noting her performance
in his own film, Welcome to Sajjanpur. Apart from that, he admires
the witness of her growth in talent and acting.
on his keynote speech, Benegal
let out his thoughts about Konkani being one of the micro communities of
India, a statement that was unanimously agreed upon by other Konkanis
present. The filmmaker also stated that such events are held to
appreciate the work and achievements of each other rather than throwing
light on the gathering.
Kalpana Lajmi and Amrita's sister were also from the film fraternity who were present at the celebrations.
thing we can say for sure is that even the smallest of the communities
can bring about the biggest of changes, including the film industry.
If nothing, then the achievements Amrita Rao stand as a proof,
and BollyCurry wishes them all the best for
Editors: Fariha & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Sano S.