Panaji: The Goa state central library’s Goa section is set to become a little more enriched with the donation of personal collections by three of Goa’s eminent personalities at its storehouse of knowledge. The entire literature collection owned by renowned writer Suresh Gundu Amonkar along with the manuscripts of his works are being donated to the library by the writer’s family on October 14.
“They are gifting us a total of 1,818 titles owned by Amonkar. He had also written many books, manuscripts of which need to be preserved. Amonkar’s literature will be of great value to researchers because his thought processes have been translated into his works,” curator of the library, Carlos Fernandes told TOI.
Amonkar who was a Padma Shri awardee, journalist, Konkani writer and educationist passed away at the age of 84 in December 2019 after a prolonged illness.
He is well-known for publishing the Konkani translation of the 17th century Christian epic on the coming of Jesus Christ ‘Christ Purana’. Amonkar is also credited for the first translation of a Shakespeare play in Devanagiri Konkani. He had translated Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Konkani. The library is also going to receive 104 cartoon frames of tiatr artists created by Alexyz and 40 original manuscripts and songs written by Tomazinho Cardozo.
“Cardozo wrote only for titar competitions and played an instrumental role in founding the tiatr academy of Goa. His works also hold great research value besides that of Alexyz especially since many young students are researching tiatr in Goa,” Fernandes said.