Published in The Times of India on June 18th:
North American Konkani sammelan starts June 29.
The three-day Konkani Sammelan organised by the North American Konkani Association (NAKA) will be held in Edison, New Jersey, USA from June 29.
MANGALORE: The three-day Konkani Sammelan organised by the North American Konkani Association (NAKA) will be held in Edison, New Jersey, USA from June 29. This three-day extravaganza will be attended by Konkanis from all over the world - predominantly from the North American region. India featured speakers and delegates include T V Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education Services, Shyam Benegal, film director, Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre, Ram Mohan, film director, Mahalaxmi Shenoy, classical singer and Amrita Rao, Bollywood actor. About 1,600 delegates are expected to attend this Sammelan featuring the theme Connecting Konkanis: Heart to Heart, Home Away from Home.''
Some of the special features of this 2012 Konkani Sammelan are: seminars and workshops, entertainment, medical symposium, awards, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, natak (drama), sangeet, talent, art and culture, khel (games), Bhaas(language), Khan-Jyavan (food), activities for children, indoor sports etc.
The organizers said the sammelans have fulfilled the goal of preserving the Konkani heritage and communicating its exclusive ancient values to the younger generation. The Konkani youth have risen to the challenge and host separate youth conventions biennially as well, the organizers said adding these sammelans have given Konkanis a rare opportunity to reunite, learn from each other, discuss issues of common interest.
The Konkani Sammelan is a flagship event for the Konkanis in North America. This biennial event attracts Konkanis from all across the United States and Canada. The two-and-half day event highlights sumptuous Konkani food, entertainment, seminars, workshops, and much more, all in all Konkani Sammelans have been a toast of the community.
What started out as Kindling the Konkani Spirit'' in New Jersey in 1996 grew up to Nurture Konkani Culture'' in California in 1998. The Millennium Sammelan in 2000 in Chicago boosted Konkani spirits high Promoting Konkani Heritage.'' The 2002 Konkani Sammelan in Houston theme was Proud to be Konkanis.'' The 2004 Konkani Sammelan in Southern California was all about Preserving Our Heritage and Promoting Our Youth.'' The 2006 Canadian Sammelan helped Remembering our Past and Looking To Our Future.'' The 2008 Sammelan in Santa Clara helped Awaken the Konkani in us All,'' leading to the upcoming 2012 Sammelan in Edison, which will be Connecting Konkanis: Heart to Heart, Home Away from Home.''