Some Prominent Konkani Men and Women

First Online: April 22, 2005
Page Last Updated: April 04, 2014

The North American Konkani Association, as part of their "Remembering our past; Looking to our future" program, asked me to assist in compiling a list of some prominent Konkanis of 20th century. 

Listed in alphabetical order of the names they are commonly referred to:

  • A.V. Baliga -- Distinguished Surgeon and Philanthropist
  • A.V. Shankar Rao -- (a.k.a  Bhavanimam, 1893-1966) -- Founded Canara Union Co-operative Society
  • Ammembal Dinakar Rao -- (1909-1990) Composer of Hindustani Classical Music
  • Ammembal Subba Rao Pai -- Educationist, Philanthropist, and  founder of Canara Bank
  • Ammembal Narayan Pai (Late)-- Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court and Chairman of Pai commission which established highest scale salary for teachers and clerks in India
  • Ammembal Vithal Pai -- Once the senior most civil servant (ICS) who was the Home Secretary of India. (brother of Ammembal N. Pai)
  • Anant Nag
  • Ananth Pai, known as "Pai Uncle", the creator of Amar Chitra Katha series of Indian comics
  • Anuradha Paudwal
  • Arvind Savoor -- Acclaimed Billiards player
  • Asha Bhonsle
  • B.B. Borkar (Baki Borkar)-- Poet in Konkani. Well known in Marathi as well.
  • B.V. Baliga -- Editor of Konkani monthly "Panchkadayi"
  • B.V. Nadkarni
  • Babuti Nayak -- Konkani dramatist and poet of Hosad village
  • Bal Mundkur -- Creative advertisement guru
  • Basti Pundalik Shenaoy -- Writer and historian of Konkani Language, from town of Bantwal.
  • Basti Vaman Shenoy -- President of All India Konkani Parishad; organized world Konkani conference(1995) and All India Saraswat Conference
  • Bantwal Madhav Shenoy -- Founder Mangalore Ganesha Beedies
  • Benegal Narasimha Rao
  • Benegal Rama Rao
  • Bidaram Krishnappa-- Karnataka vocalist court musician of Mysore
  • Bhadragiri Achyut Das-- Outstanding Keertankar
  • Bhadragiri KeshavDas (Late) -- Outstanding Keertankar
  • Bhaskar Ramdas Shetty -- Konkani Poet and Translator
  • Cha.Fra.D'Costa -- Distinguished poet
  • Chandrabharga Devi (Late)-- Bharatanatyam dancer. Daughter of  Padukone Ramananda Rao, well known essayist and humor writer in Kannada. He was the Professor of English and translated many English classics into Kannada.
  • Chandrakala S.Kamat -- Novelist in Malayalam, one of her novels Rugma (with Konkani themes), was also made into a Malayalam movie with the same name. 
  • Chandrakant Kini -- Short story writer in Konkani
  • Chidanand Nagarkar

List incomplete. Please suggest additions to Contact Kamats

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