Sandesha Awards for 5 persons, institute

Prasanna Heggodu

Five achievers and an institute will be presented the prestigious Sandesha Awards 2019 in recognition of their achievements in their respective fields.

The programme to present the awards will be organised on the Bajjodi premises of Sandesha Foundation on January 22.

The recipients as the awards include Prasanna Heggodu (literature), Manjamma Jogathi (art), B M Haneef (media), B M Rohini (education) and Fr Ben Britto Prabhu (Konkani music). The Sandesha Special Recognition Award will be presented to Snehasadan and Jeevadaan, the HIV/Aids care and rehabilitation centre in Gurupura.

Fr Nelson D’Almeida, Sandesha director, told reporters at a press meet at the institute on Tuesday that the award ceremony will be presided over the Bishop of Bellary Diocese.

“Fr Henry D’Souza and District In-charge Minister U T Khader will be chief guests. Mangaluru Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha and Udupi Bishop Fr Jerald Isaac Lobo will be the guests of honour. The award will carry a trophy, certificate, citation, and Rs 25,000 each,” he said.

About awardees

Prasanna Heggodu, Shivamogga is a writer, columnist, poet, novelist, theatre director and playwright. He is renowned for his dramas and street plays. He has received many awards and honours for his works like poems, novels and dramas.

Manjamma Jogathi has composed many dramas and jogathi dances. She has also received the Karnataka Rajyotsva Award 2010. She is also a member of the Karnataka Folklore Academy.

B M Haneef is a journalist for 34 years. He is the associate editor of DH sister publication Prajavani. Besides, he has penned many short stories, poems and articles.

B M Rohini has been serving as a Hindi teacher for the past 30 years and has been engaged in writing articles and research. She was honoured with the Veerarani Abbaka award 2016.

Fr Ben Britto Prabhu, Mangaluru, has served as director in various educational institutions and priest in many parishes and churches. He is a renowned singer and has composed 39 religious songs in Konkani, English and Latin languages. He has also composed songs for various occasions like birthdays and jubilees.

The Sandesha Special Recognition Award is given to Snehasadan and Jeevadaan, the HIV/Aids care and rehabilitation centre, Gurupura.

Snehasadan was established in the year 2000 and is run by the Camilian religious fathers. Fr Teji Thomas is the director of Snehasadan for children, boys, adults.

Jeevadaan is run by the Camilian religious sisters which was established in the year 2004. There are about 38 boys, 10 adults, 20 children, 27 girls and 25 women who are under the care of these institutions.

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