Friday, June 18, 2010

Konkani : The Language of Konkan

I want to discuss the facts about konkani language and its status in konkan. How many konkanis can speak their mother tongue konkani?? This is the real question. Many of us dont know the fact that konkani is our own language. We r the real enemies of konkani language because we left our language and adopted Marathi. I am not against Marathi. I love Marathi. I have one blog in Marathi. But I cant forget my own language. Our language is dying friends. We have to save it.

As per the N. G. Kalelkar's classification, Based on the historical events and cultural ties of the speakers, N. G. Kalelkar has broadly classified the dialects of konkani into three main group

Northern Konkani: Dialects spoken in the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra with strong cultural ties to Marathi. i.e. Malvani konkani, Sangmeshwari Konkani, Chitpavan konkani

Central Konkani: Dialects in Goa, where Konkani came in close contact with Portuguese language and culture.

Southern Konkani: Dialects spoken in the Canara region of Karnataka which came in close contact with Tulu and Kannada.

Konkani is independent language. It have many dialects. Please know this fact and try to speak konkani language. You can use any dialect because ther is no major difference. According to me in ratnagiri, konkani is in very bad state. Only few bhandaris and muslim people speak konkani language. Chitpavans adopted marathi so they left konkani many years back. Many people don't know this fact that konkani is their language.I think N. G. Kalelkar's classification of dialects of konkani is the best classification. He introduced three child classes of konkani parent class.

First is Northern konkani which includes dialects spoken in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg Districts of Maharashtra. Northern konkani have great influence of Marathi on it. Northern konkani have different flavors like Muslim Konkani, Chitpavani konkani, Malvani-konkani, Sangmeshwari Konkani or Ratnagirir konkani etc. Northern konkani is still alive in sindhudurg and rajapur. Second and important one is Central Konkani Dialects in Goa, where Konkani came in close contact with Portuguese language and culture.Third is Southern Konkani Dialects spoken in the Canara region of Karnataka which came in close contact with Tulu and Kannada and Kerala Konkani which popular in Southern India . We can include Agari in Northern konkani but debate is going on this issue.

History of Konkan on Wikipedia :
Know the history of konkan and konkani people with the help of wikipedia. Know your culture,know your language and many more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkani_Language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konkani_people

I got this research article on konkani while surfing. Article written by Dr. Krishnanand Kamat (Konkani Scholar).
Please read this article http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/konkani/konkani.htm

3 comments:

  1. The example phrases of Malvani has been removed from wikipedia. If anyone knows the language, please try to fill it.

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  2. There is a large chunk of people in Kerala who have been nurturing Konkani language for centuries now. Your blog is silent on this aspect. Net surfers will see a lot in the Face Book Groups Konkani Kerala, P G Kamath For Ever etc. Without knowing or including the contribution of Keralite Konkanis one cannot have a holistic picture of whats happening in Konkani in India. - Ramesh Pai

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