Initiated in 1996, these Sammelans have been a success right from the beginning. What started out as "Kindling the Konkani Spirit" in New Jersey in 1996 grew up as "Nurturing Konkani Culture" in California in 1998. The Millennium Sammelan in 2000 in Chicago boosted the Konkani spirits high by “Promoting Konkani Heritage." The 2002 Konkani Sammelan in Houston made us all "Proud to be Konkanis." The 2004 Konkani Sammelan in Southern California certainly did a marvelous job in “Preserving Our Heritage & Promoting Our Youth.” The 2006 Canadian Sammelan helped us in “Remembering Our Past & Looking To Our Future.” The 2008 Sammelan in Santa Clara helped “Awaken the Konkani in us All,” The theme for the 2012 Sammelan in Edison, was “CONNECTING KONKANIS, HEART TO HEART, HOME AWAY FROM HOME.” In 2016 at Atlanta Sammelan, we cherished "Celebrating Konkani Heritage - Song and Toi on my Mind". In 2020, Konkanis’ are gearing for Sammelan in “San Jose, Hod Gammath - amgel utsav, coast to coast”.
Now for some historic perspective, the first Konkani Sammelan was held in 1996 in the state of New Jersey. It was an earnest endeavor by the original Konkani migrants, to facilitate the inter-mingling of Konkanis in the North American Region. Under the able leadership and foresight of its founding members, a not-for-profit organization, NAKA (North American Konkani Association) was formed soon after the first Sammelan. Since then, the Sammelans have been held across various locations in North America such as Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and New Jersey. The number of attendees has increased progressively along with the steadily growing numbers of the Konkani diaspora in North Americas. The first Konkani Sammelan in 1996 was host to 400 attendees vis-a-vis 1800 delegates attended the 2016 Sammelan. We expect around the same number to attend the 2020 Sammelan in San Jose, CA. Participation from Konkanis’ around the world is expected in San Jose
All these Sammelans have fulfilled the goal of preserving the Konkani identity and continuity of heritage among the immigrants in the American continent. It serves an effective forum in connecting families, fostering new relationships while reinforcing Konkani identity and culture. Samellans have ensured Konkani heritage and values are passed on to the younger generation. The Konkani youth have risen up to this challenge. The bond that has developed through these gatherings is everlasting. These Sammelans have given Konkanis a rare opportunity to reunite, learn from each other, discuss issues of common interest, and launch new friendships.
Our logo was designed by Ram Acharya and professionally cast by Smita Kasargod. It features a dancing Saraswati , the revered goddess of knowledge and arts , who is also the namesake of the ancient , now extinct river where the greater Konkani community was ancestrally based. The words "Amgel Utsav" are designed to form a silhouette of this image , and the inclusion of both Saraswati and the Golden Gate Bridge is a nod to the logo of the Konkani Association of California(KAOCA) , the Bay Area Community of Konkanis. The large number 10 highlights that this convention is a milestone 10th for the Konkani community.