Just returned from the fascinating and utterly exhausting Konkani Sammelan held in Toronto, Canada. For three days we were immersed in all aspects of Konkani life amidst 1,700 others from North America. We ate delicious konkani foods served up by chefs brought from Bangalore, India and Pittsburgh, USA, specifically for this event. From eight in the morning to midnight, we were entertained by back to back plays, skits, music, dance, educational and cultural seminars, and a healthy dose of panchadika (gossip).
Like Konkanis historically, we lived a nomadic life here in the US, moving from city to city every few years (Boston is our longest stay). So this Sammelan gave us an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with old friends, and make new ones. I even got to meet the talented . The play she acted in was “sold out,” and I could not see her perform. 😦
Sadly, we missed a few friends who are no longer with us. Meeting with their families was soothing; And only strengthened my resolve to squeeze every drop of happiness from this life. At the end of the Sammelan, I hurried through the good byes ~ ordinarily, I like to just sneak away ~ and we promised ourselves to meet more often.
On a personal note, my talk Konkani Temples in Goa was well received. In responding to the innumerable requests for copies of my talk (bibliography and pictures), I have prepared a separate post on , listing the Bibliography and other links.