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Indian High Commission In UK Hosts Konkani Event For First Time

"View of Candolim Beach in Goa, India."
"View of Candolim Beach in Goa, India."

UK-based members of the Goan community performed first ever Konkani programme at the High Commission of India in London on November 20.

The event was organised as part of the communal harmony and national integration week.

Sharing his views on Goan community members residing in the UK, Clayton Fernandes Barreto, Consular Officer and the only Goan at the high commission who organised the event said, the major aim of the event is to promote ethnic Goan culture and Konkani. Many people from Goa who have come to UK are losing their touch with their roots in India and even don’t speak Konkani language.

Well-known Tiatrist Tommy Afonso composed and performed a song on national integration. The young Goans presented Kunnbi dance, choreographed by Ciana D’Costa.

Indian origin poets from various parts of the UK were participated in the event to present their composition based on the theme of communal harmony and national integration at Kavi Sammelan and the cultural event last week.

Father Patrick D’Souza introduced Goan performances in the event. The programme was attended by the minister for coordination AS Rajan in the high commission of India, Indian deputy high commissioner for the UK, Charanjeet Singh, second secretary Manoj Sharma, and others.