Panaji, July 13, 2014 :::: Minister for Art and Culture Shri Dayanand Mandrekar has asked the budding  artistes to strive  hard to develop their artistic talent  and achieve excellence in the field of art and culture, while protecting Indian culture and values.

 Shri Mandrekar was speaking  on the occasion  of  Birth Centenary  celebration of  Late Krishnambhatt  Bandkar, first playwright which was observed    Gomant Rangabhoomi Din at a function held at Kala Academy, Campal, Panaji, yesterday.

Shri Sanjay Mone, Renowned Actor  was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking further Shri Mandrekar said that  Goa has produced eminent artistes  like Sant Rohirobanath  Ambiye,  Krishnambhatt  Bandkar, Master Dinanath  Mangeshkar  particularly  from  rural areas. He complimented the Kala Academy for  its  activities. He told the artistes to avail the benefit under the schemes of art and culture.

 Shri Sanjay Mone, Shri Mohan Bugade and Shri Laximan Mhambre   also  spoke on the occasion.

 On the occasion, six Goan theatre personalities  namely  Laximan Mhambre (Khorjuvem), Damodar Kanekar (Sanguem), Mohan Bugade (Parse), Krishnanath Mahale (Karapur-Bicholim), Mahadev Shet Kesarkar (Margao) and Mahesh Tamhankar (Siolim) for their  valuable contribution  to Goan theatre stage, especially in rural areas were honoured at the hands of  Shri Mone.  They  were offered memento, certificate, shawl and purse of Rs.10,000/- each on the occasion.

 Shri  Mandrekar , Shri Mone and other dignatories gave way the prizes and  certificates  to  winners of one act play competition organized  at High School, Higher Secondary  and College level during the year 2013-14.

 Shri Sushant Khedekar, Vice-President,  Kala Academy welcomed the gathering.  Shri Prasad  Lolienkar, Director of Art and Culture  and Member Secretary proposed the vote of thanks. Dr.  Ajay Vaidya compered the function.

Earlier Shri Mandrekar and other dignatories offered floral tributes to the portrait of late Bandkar.    


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