At its monthly literary meet held at T B Cunha hall recently, “Ugtem Molob” paid rich tributes to the memories of Late Ravindra Kelekar Konkani litterateur and Jnanpith Award winner .
Sahitya Akademi award winner , poet and freedom fighter Naguesh Karmali remembered the struggle of Ravindrabab from 1963. He said that Ravindrabab was always at the forefront of the Konkani movement and is considered the pioneer of modern Konkani movement.
Ravindrabab, as he was popularly known, has been described as an untiring voice of awakening. Ravindrabab, he said, has always been at the vanguard of battles, armed with Gandhian conviction and democratic values, as such, the virtues of egalitarian humanism, ethical probity, spirit of justice and secularism are inherent to his progressive mindset, his constructive activism and his bold espousal of truth
Dr. Bhikaji Ghanekar offered words of condolence through his poetry specially composed on the occasion. He said Ravindrabab will always be remembered for his contribution to Goa and Goans.
Poet Sunil Palkar said that Ravindrabab was not only a “Writer” but also a “Fighter”. He said Ravindrabab dedicated his life for the preservation, propagation, promotion and strengthening of Konkani language by writing nearly 100 books in Konkani language and also edited ‘Jaag’ magazine for more than two decades.
Poet John Aguiar while paying tributes to late Kelekar said that he was like a “Light house” in the dark which helped guided many on the right path. Ravindrabab always said that he was a “Konkani first” and he was a “Goenkar” as only his third identity. His thoughts will prove to be a guiding light to the future generations, he added.
Poet Avdoot Kamat highlighted Kelekar’s pioneering service in the resurgence of the Konkani language.
Mr. B. S. Gadekar, Ms. Sufala Salgaonkar, Ms. Sneha Pednekar, Ms. Shoba Fulkar, Ms. Normando Colaco also spoke on the occasion.
Two minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed writer.
Mr. Avdoot Kamat proposed a vote of thanks.