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Veteran Writer Edie Netto Honored with MCA Kala Puraskar 2024

In a celebration of literary excellence and cultural heritage, the Mangalore Cultural Association (MCA) of Qatar proudly announces the recipient of the esteemed Kala Puraskar award for 2024: veteran Konkani writer, Edie Netto. This prestigious accolade recognizes Netto's profound contributions to Konkani language and literature, affirming his place as a luminary in the literary landscape.

Edie Netto's journey is one marked by dedication and passion. Born in 1938 to the late Amando Netto, a distinguished dramatist and band master, and the late Francisca Netto, his affinity for the arts was cultivated early on. His formative years at St Joseph School, Jeppu, and St Aloysius High School laid the foundation for a multifaceted career that spanned writing, acting, singing, and composing.

Despite joining the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 1956, where he served until his retirement in 1993 as a missile officer, Netto's commitment to Konkani literature remained unwavering. His military service, including active participation in conflicts like the 1962 China war, 1965 Pakistan war, and 1971 Bangla war, did not deter his literary pursuits. Even stationed far from his native land, Netto continued to contribute to the growth of Konkani, exemplifying a profound sense of cultural responsibility.

Netto's literary legacy is vast and profound, spanning over six decades of uninterrupted creativity. He has penned over 2700 Konkani articles, more than 600 short stories, and 30 poems, alongside publishing nine books. His oeuvre reflects a deep engagement with the Konkani language and a commitment to preserving its essence.

The MCA's decision to honor Edie Netto with the Kala Puraskar underscores his immense impact on Konkani literature. This annual award, instituted in 2013, comprises a citation, a memento, and a cash component of Rs 1 lac, serving as a testament to Netto's enduring influence and significance within the literary community.

Netto's accolades extend beyond the Kala Puraskar. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Divo Mumbai Award - 2002, Konkani Sahitya Academy Award - 2005, and Sandesha Award - 2018, among others. Each accolade reflects the profound respect and admiration for his contributions to Konkani literature and culture.

The MCA, an organization committed to promoting Konkani language and culture, has been instrumental in recognizing stalwarts like Edie Netto. Through initiatives like the Kala Puraskar and Seva Puraskar, MCA celebrates individuals who have enriched the cultural tapestry and served society selflessly.

As the MCA prepares for the annual event KALOTSAV-2024 on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Doha, the spotlight will rightly shine on Edie Netto, a literary giant whose impact resonates far beyond the shores of Mangalore. With distinguished guests and a vibrant cultural program, KALOTSAV-2024 promises to be a celebration of talent, creativity, and community spirit.

Under the dynamic leadership of President Aloysius D'Souza and the dedicated efforts of the Executive Committee, MCA continues to champion the cause of Konkani language and culture, ensuring its preservation and prosperity for generations to come. As the stage is set for KALOTSAV- 2024, anticipation mounts for an unforgettable evening of music, dance, and laughter, honoring the rich legacy of individuals like Edie Netto who have dedicated their lives to enriching our cultural heritage.