A hub of knowledge: Madhav Borcar

By on November 09, 2015
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A hub of knowledge: Madhav Borcar

His life and love has been about Goa’s state language. Chairman of the Goa Konkani Academy Venimadhav Borcar, better known as Madhav Borcar, shares his work experience and future plans with VIVA GOA

A letter confirming his appointment as the President of Goa Konkani Academy came to Madhav Borcar on his birthday 4th of June, 1954. A two times ‘Central Sahitya Akademi Award’ winner – first in 2001 for his collection of poetry Yaman and then in 2004 a translation award for Ekshem Ek Kavita – Borcar is perhaps the best choice for this position in the Konkani literary community.

He earlier taught the language to eager learners for more than a decade, followed by a series of enviable posts with All India Radio (AIR) in Mumbai, Mangalore and Kolhapur and lastly as a Deputy Director of AIR Panaji. Armed with an ardent experience of more than 25 years in the field of Konkani literature and media Borcar is all set with bright ideas for the enrichment of the language and its roots.

Tell us about your experience at All India Radio.
I was a teacher before I joined AIR. I always wanted to be in the media which would help me communicate with people. In 1984, I was selected via the Union Public Service Commission exam and posted to AIR Mumbai as the unit head of Konkani. It was an enriching experience with good exposure that helped me expand my artistic vision.

I met India’s best talent at this centre, including renowned vocalists, artistes, writers, eminent speakers and broadcaster Amin Sayani. I loved classical music and was blessed to see the old masters viz B R Devdhar, Khadim Hussain, Dagar Bandhu playing and singing live in the studio. Tanpura player Madan Bogala, who worked in recording, taught me to appreciate classical music.

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