PANAJI: With the intent of gaining recognition of the State government, Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) will celebrate February 2 as Konkani Journalism Day, each year.

This day is significant as the first Romi Konkani weekly ‘Udentichem Sallok’ commenced on February 2, 1889. Eduardo Jose Bruno de Souza was it’s first editor. When no journalism existed, De Souza took up the challenge and published the daily and created history in the field of Konkani journalism. 

DKA has taken a decision this year as well to celebrate Journalism Day on 2 February at Reginaldo Fernandes Conference Hall at 10:30 am. A prominent Konkani writer Mr Pio Esteves will speak on the subject ‘Does Konkani Journalism exist? What is the Deficiency?’. DKA President Vincy Quadros, Secretary William Fernandes and Treasurer Celso Fernandes will share the dais with the main speaker.

This programme to celebrate the historic Konkani Journalism Day is open to all. On this occasion, DKA will distribute prizes to the winners of the recently concluded literary competitions. The judges for the competitions in short stories, essays and poems were Jasmine Rodrigues, Fr Ave Maria Alfonso, Justiano Fernandes and Menino Almeida. 

DKA President Vincy Quadros has requested all winners, participants, writers and Konkani lovers to attend the gathering and make this day a success.