Konkani Bhas Ani Sanskriti Prathistan is happy to announce that the Jury of Smt. Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Puraskar 2021 has come out with its verdict and selected the following Konkani Literary works and Persons for the respective awards.
1. Massam (मासां), a collection of Konkani short stories by Antony Barkur (Antony Prakash D’Souza) has been chosen as the Best Konkani Book of the Year (Prose) for Smt. Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar 2021.
2. Indradhonu Udeum (इंद्रधोणू उदेवं) a collection of Konkani poems by Shri Uday Narasinha Mhambro has been selected as the Best Konkani Book of the Year (Poetry)for Smt. Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Kavita Kruti Puraskar 2021.
3. Shri Suresh Jaywant Borkar has been identified as the recipient for the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Jeevan Siddhi Samman 2021 for his lifetime contribution to Konkani Language pedagogy, grammar, and lexicography.
The Awards carry Prize money of Rs. 1.00 Lakh each along with an award memento which will be bestowed on the recipient at the Annual Vishwa Konkani Puraskar Ceremony to be held at a future date which will be announced soon. The awards have been sponsored by Shri T.V.Mohandas Pai in the name of his beloved mother Smt. Vimala V. Pai, and are awarded every year since 2010.
The awards are based on a two-tier evaluation process: Firstly, a Preliminary Panel consisting of 16 referees recommends the Books shortlisted from among the published books during the award period. Based on these recommendations, a Five Member Jury makes the final selections for the award.
Award Jury for the year 2021, consisting of Adv. Uday Bhembre, Dr. Kiran Budkuley, Shri Payyanur Ramesh Pai, Shri Melwyn Rodrigues, and Shri Gokuldas Prabhu deliberated on the recommendations of referees and made the final selection based on the merit of the literary works in question.