Mangaluru: Konkani Lekhak Sangh to confer Irene Pinto with literary award

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Mangaluru 07 Feb 2023: Konkani Lekhak Sangh will confer Irene Pinto with Konkani Literary Award. The award will be conferred at a function on February 25 at 6.30 pm at Sandesha Premises, Sandesha Foundation, Bajjodi, Nanthoor.



Konkani Lekhak Sangh Karnataka is a voluntary association exclusively formed with the sole intention of promoting Konkani language and literature in the year 2018. From the year 2022, Konkani Lekhak Sangh decided to select and honour a Konkani writer who has immensely contributed to Konkani literature. For the year 2023, Konkani Lekhak Sangh award committee has selected a well-known Konkani writer Irene Pinto. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 25000, a citation and a memento.


Former editor of ’Raknno’ Weekly Fr Francis Rodrigues will be the chief guest and Prof Dr Radhakrishna Bellur, professor of Kannada, government college Kasargod will be the guest of honour.


Convenor Richard Moras conducted press meet. Core commitee member Dolphy F Lobo, Advisory commitee member JF D Souza, Dr Gerald Pinto was present.


Irene Pinto hails from Bejai. Her Konkani story books and serials have been published in Konkani periodicals. Her short stories have been broadcasted on Akashvani. She has been confreed with several awards as well.



Name of Konkani story books, serials published in Konkani periodicals:

1. ’BALIDAN’ published in ’JHELO’ Konkanni fortnightly in 1963 as serial story by J.S. Alvares Second impression in book form in 1969 by Sallak Prakashan (Sirivonth)

2. ’STHREE’ published in book form by Konkanni Swatantr Prakashan (J.S. Alvares) in 1964 Awarded by ’Mithr’ periodical as the Best Novel

3. ’MOJEM ONTHOSKARN VISORCHENA’ published in ’JHELO’ Konkanni fortnightly as serial story from 1.9.1965 to 15.11.1966. Again published in book form by Konkanni Swatantr Prakashan (J.S. Alvares) in 1966. Third time published in 1987 by Dr Willie D’Silva’s Pragathi Prakashan

4. ’PALL’LI BHAS’ published in book form by Sallk Prakashan (Sirivonth) in 1968

5. ’HANV CHOKON PODDUNK NA’ published in book form by Sallak Prakashan (Sirivonth) in 1969

6. ’TUNVE NEGAR KELEIN’ published in 1972 as a serial story in ’KANNIK’ periodical and subsequently in book form by Sallk Prakashan (Sirivonth) in 1972

7. ’MOG ANI BHORVOSO’ published in 1973-1974 in SEVAK’ monthly as a serial story and subsequently in book form by Sevak Prakashan in 1974. Awarded by Konkanni Bhaxa Mondoll, Goa’ in 1974.

8. ’AXA ANI NIRAXA’ published in book form by Sallk Prakashan (Sirivonth) in 1985


Number of Short Stories: 25

Stories Broadcasted in Akashvani, Mangaluru:

1. ’Lhan lhan kumok’ on 12.05.2008

2. ’To pattim etholo’ on 17.11.2008

3. ’Poxchatap’ on 09.11.2009

4. ’Ghutt’ on 10.12.2010


Interview published:

1. In ‘Raknno’ Weekly by Vally Vogga in 1975

2. ’’ in 2004

3. In ‘Raknno’ Weekly March 17, 2005

4. All India Radio, Mangalore in May 2008



1. ’MITHR’ Konkanni Weekly Award for ’STHREE’ in 1964

2. ’Konkanni Bhashaa Mondoll, Goa’ Award for ’MOG ANI BHORVOSO’ novel in 1974

3. ’Karnataka Konkanni Sahitya Akademi’ Award for Literature in 2003

4. ’LIM (Louis I. Mascarenhas Konkanni Nalanda Sahitya Prakashan by School of Konkani Studies, Mangalore by Dr Willie D’Silva) Award on August 29, 2010

5. ’Victor Rodrigues Memorial Konkanni Literary’ Award on February 14, 2016

6. FKCA (Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations) Bangalore Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017



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