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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Award for Kamat's Konkani Book

Kamat's 2000 book in Konkani language "Konkanyangele Kavikala" has been chosen for Dr. T. M.A. Pai Foundation for an Appreciation Award. 

"...The foundation greatly appreciates Kamat’s rich contribution through this well researched and well written book on the unique subject of Konkani Art which is a source of valuable and useful information to the Konkani community on their art heritage. " -- the communication said.

After hearing the news, I once again browsed through the book (Cover Page). The painstaking research and the efforts behind the book are truly heartwarming. Bappa has cataloged many of the temples on the Konkan coast, determining their date of building. His commentary on the murals is very intersting. Example: how can you tell the woman pictured is the wife of the donor building the temple, or that of Draupadi?!

Konkani Language Book in Kannada Language

How do you write a book in a language that has no script?!

For the aforementioned book, Bappa has used the Kannada script for the text, and you do run into the problem the linguists call impedence mismatch. However, of the 136 pages in the book, 79 are full-page illustrations.

Once an Australian professor complimented Kamat's Potpourri website for "..breaking the linguistic barriers of India by using pictures". I guess, I can say that about the books Bappa wrote too!


(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Sunday, May 11, 2003
Last Modified: 5/12/2003

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