Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addresses the eminent literary and cultural personalities from Goa, in Panaji on October 29, 202. (PIB)
Goa: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today emphasised the need to preserve and propagate our rich cultural heritage and linguistic diversity.
He said that our mother languages connect us with our heritage and define our socio-cultural identity.
Interacting with a group of eminent Konkani and Marathi writers, folk artists, filmmakers, and educationists at Raj Bhawan Goa today, the Vice President underlined the need to encourage creative expression of our thoughts and ideas in our own languages.
He praised the rich literary tradition of Goa and said that he is happy to see the Konkani language prospering today. Taking note of technological advancements in the field of translation, VP Naidu called for using the local language of a state in the administration.
Lauding the Goans’ passion for all forms of arts, he said that one can feel the festive spirit and vibrancy of this place. Referring to India’s glorious tradition of music and dance, the Vice President said that they make our lives more fulfilling by rejuvenating and energising us.
During the event, the Vice President also felicitated recent winners of the Sahitya Akademi Awards from the state of Goa. He said that the purpose behind such programs was to recognise and honour the contribution made by eminent personalities in their respective fields and to know the aspirations of the people in the country.
Responding to a writer’s suggestion, VP Naidu agreed that efforts are required at all levels to promote gender equality in every sphere of life.
Goa Governor P. S. Sreedharan Pillai, Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant, Union Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, eminent writers, artists, filmmakers and cultural figures from the state were present on the occasion. (Press Release)