Moodubelle Gearing Up to Hold `Kavita Fest 2012’

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Udupi, 04 Jan 2012: “Mudartha House”, the courtyard of the late Monnu Master at Kattingeri,  Moodubelle in Udupi,  is bustling with activity in preparation for the  `Kavita Fest 2012’  which will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2012.  This is the sixth time `Kavita Fest’ is being held in succession in different parts of Mangalore and Udupi districts.  This year’s `Kavita Fest’ is being  organized by Kavita Trust in association with Bellevision, an organization of people of Moodubelle working in the Middle East and Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.  The hosts of Kavita Fest 2012 are Regina D’Souza and Bernard D’Souza, Moodubelle.  Kavita Fest is being organized every year by “Kavita Trust”, which has been working steadfastly for the promotion of Konkani poetry.


Kiran Budkuley


Ramesh Veluskar


This year’s Kavita Fest has an additional cause of celebration considering that the President of the Trust, Konkani Poet Melvyn Rodrigues has been chosen for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his book “Prakrithicho Paas” (collection of poems).  Naturally there is lot of excitement among the local organizers of the fest at Moodubelle and among Konkani poets and littérateurs and it has given a special aura for the Fest.  Delegates from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore, Kerala and from the Middle East are expected to take part in the Kavita Fest.


The day-long Kavita Fest will be held from 10 am to 8 pm and will be inaugurated at 10 am by Ramesh Veluskar, eminent Konani poet.  Dr Kiran Budkuley, Associate Professor of English, University of Goa, will be the Chief Guest for the evening stage programme.    Lavita Monteiro and Rohan Monteiro of Property Infra Tech India Pvt Ltd., will be the Guests of Honour for the Fest along with the hosts Regina and Bernard D’Souza.


Release of books of poetry collections  - Aruna Rao’s  “Sakshatkar” and Sannu Monis’ “Abolim”, prize distribution of the winners of the late Charles and Theresa Rodrigues Memorial All India Poetry Writing Competition,  presentation of Mathias Family Poetry Award 2011 to Shivananda Shenoy of Kottayam, Rohan and Lavita Monteiro - All India Konkani Poetry Recitation Competition, a  multi-lingual poetry session,  symposium and folk dance by Ranjit Gogoi and Group from Assam are the highlights of this  year’s Kavita Fest.


The symposium on “poetry and art” will be held at 10.30 and the speakers will be William Pais and Rakhi Amonkar which will be moderated by Sridhar Kamat Bambolkar.  This will be followed by poetry reciting competition.  The afternoon session will begin with multi-lingual poetry session and poets Muddu Moodubelle, B A Mohammed Ali, Sannu Monis, Bhotam Boliye, Dr Eugene D Souza, Guru Baliga, Shobha Fulkar, P J Karugalnade, Kavita D Fondekar, Milan Vaingankar will participate in the session, which will be moderated by Rajay Pawar.  This will be followed by stage programme at 4.30 pm.  There will be a special folk performance of Bihu songs and dance performed by a group from Assam under the banner “Loka- the many Voices”, which is sponsored by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.



Young poet Eric Soans will be the Master of Ceremony for the Fest.


Bellevision, which has joined Kavita Trust to organize the `Kavita Fest 2012’, has been working zealously to make the Kavita Fest a grand event befitting its growing stature and popularity.  They have formed an organizing committee to share the responsibility pertaining to the preparations for the Fest.  Ronald Saby D’Souza, Dr Eugene D Souza, Meera Lobo, Anil Alva, Subhash Marne,  Valerian Alva, Elias D’Souza, Peter Paul Lobo and Raphael Aranha are the members of the organizing committee who are working enthusiastically to make this Kavita Fest 2012 a splendid event.


The enthusiasm of the organizers, the events of the Fest, the kindness of the hosts and perfect environment of Moodubelle - are sure to make Kavita Fest 2012, an event to remember.


Food will be provided for poetry enthusiasts attending the Fest.  Accommodation arrangements are made for delegates coming from distant places like Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Bangalore and other states at the venue.



Transport is available from Udupi Railway Stgation to Moodubelle for those who are willing to attend the Fest. 


For transport contact Peterl Paul Lobo on mobile -  097314 37023, For Accommodation (for delegates coming from outside Udupi) contact Meera Lobo on mobile 098456 15409.



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Benedict Noronha, Udupi Fri, January-6-2012, 9:48
A grand event is awaiting to the poetry lovers at Mudartha House. It is a 1012 gift to all enthusiasts and the style of arrangements and grandear is to be seen for the next generation to follow as an example. I have no hesitation it will be a grand feat poetically melodious and historically immemorable. Good luck and congratulations in advance.
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