Melvyn Rodrigues

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Melvyn Rodrigues
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Born (1962-07-08) 8 July 1962 (age 57)
Mangalore, India
EducationB.B.M.(Business Management), M.A. (Sociology)
Literary movementPropagation of Konkani Poetry towards International Status
Notable worksPrikriticho Paas
Notable awardsKonkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa (1989), Konkani Kuttom, Bahrain (2006), Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi Honorary Award for Literature (2006); Dr TMA Pai Foundation Best Konkani Book Award (2009); Sahitya Akademi Award (2010)
SpouseAveryl Rodrigues
ChildrenGavin Rodrigues

Melvyn Rodrigues (Konkani: मेल्विन रोड्रीगस (Devanagari), ಮೆಲ್ವಿನ್ ರೊಡ್ರಿಗಸ್ (Kannada)); is a Konkani poet, essayist, critique, orator and Konkani language activist.

About Melvyn[edit]

Melvyn Rodrigues was born at Derebail, Mangalore, on 8 July 1962'. His parents were Charles and Theresa Rodrigues, with family of 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. He had his primary education at Holy Family Higher Primary School, Derebail, and his high school studies in Padua High School, Mangalore. After completing his pre-university studies at St. Aloysius College, he acquired his B.B.M. degree at S.D.M.College, Mangalore, and M.A. (Sociology) degree from Mysore University. He worked in Dubai until 2006. He lives in Mangalore and is 'Operations Director' at Daijiworld Media.

Konkani Language Activist[edit]

  • Served as secretary of 'Konkani Bhasha Mandall'[1]
  • Served as secretary of 'Kala Sampath' [2]
  • Started 'Zage Kavi' movement along with Cha. Fra. D'Costa to promote Konkani poetry.[3]
  • Founded 'Mandd Sobhann' along with Cha. Fra. D'Costa and Eric Ozario.
  • Co-founder of Daiji Dubai, Forum of Konkani Writers in the U.A.E.[4]
  • President of 24th All India Konkani Sahitya Sammelan held at Cancona, Goa[5]

Creative Works[edit]

His poems have been translated into Kannada, English, Panjabi, Hindi and Arabic. Mangalore University, Goa and Karnataka state have selected his poems for the Konkani school/college books.

Year Category Name of the Book Remarks Publisher Awards
2018 Translation Ugtem Daar [6] Translation of K.S. Narasimhaswamy's Kannada Poetry 'Tereda Bagilu' into Konkani Sahitya Akademi -
2016 Essays Ugtem Mon [7] Collection of Essays Daiji Dubai Prakashan -
2015 Poetry Devi Ninkasi [8] Collection of Poems Evershine Prakashan, Mangalore Vimala V Pai Vishwa Konkani Poetry Award
2012 Poetry Vinchnnar Kavita Collection of Selected Poems Kavita Publications -
2011 Anthology Geet ani Kovit Editor: Collection of poems and songs by Wilfy Rebimbus Goa Konkani Akademi -
2008 Poetry Prikriticho Paas Collection of Poems Kavita Publications Sahitya Akademi Award, Dr TMA Pai Foundation Best Konkani Book Award
2008 Anthology Kovll'llea Pavlamchim Novlam Editor: Anthology of Poems Kavita Publications -
2007 Anthology 20vea Shekddeachyo Konknni Kavita Editor: Selected Konkani Poems of 20th Century Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy -
2003 Anthology Kalllokantlim Kantaram Editor: Anthology of Poems Kavita Publications -
2003 Anthology Kupam Pondlim Mukham Editor: Anthology of Poems Kavita Publications -
2003 Essays Shabdulim Collection of Essays Kavita Publications -
2003 Poetry Vaatt Collection of Poems Kavita Publications -
1996 Poetry Fintam Collection of Poems Mandd Sobhann, Mangalore -
1995 Translation Kanni Zali Choli Translation of Kannanda short Stories of Yashwant Vithoba Chittal Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi -
1988 Poetry ಮೊಗಾಪೆಳೊ (MogapeLo) Collection of Love Poems Pragati Prakashan, Mangalore -
1983 Novella Bhesam Zallem Kalliz Short novel Punov Prakashan, Mangalore -

Music Album Lyricist[edit]

Melvyn wrote the lyrics for 'Rang Tarang' group. Mandd Sobhann [9] has set tunes to more than fifty of Melvyn's poems. His independent music album was 'Dini Dini' [10] released in 2006, published by Kavita Publications.

Propagation of Konkani Poetry via Kavita Trust[edit]

Kavita Trust was formed in 2006 and Melvyn Rodrigues was the founder president of the Trust. The Trust has its mission as "To function as a School for the Promotion and Propagation of Konkani poetry". It operates out of Mangalore. It conducts several activities [11] to promote Konkani poetry such as
- Endowment Lecture by eminent poets- Yearly
- Kavita Fest (Konkani Poetry Festival) - Yearly
- Konkani Poetry Publications
- All India Konkani Poetry Writing Competition for Students [12] - Yearly
- All India Konkani Poetry Reciting Competition for Youth [13] - Yearly
- All India Konkani Poetry Reciting Competition for Children [14] - Yearly

Konkani journalism[edit]

  • Sub-editor of the Konkani magazines 'Mithr' and 'Jhelo'.[15]
  • Editor of the website

Awards and recognition[edit]

Melvyn has been conferred with several awards for his contribution to poetry.

Celebration of Melyvn's Poetry "Geet Gazaal 2.0"[edit]

A program to celebrate Melvyn's poetry ' Geet Gazaal 2.0 was organized by News Karnataka. This was organized at Emirates Theater, Dubai on Nov. 1, 2019.


  1. ^ "Konkani Bhasha Mandal Karnataka".
  2. ^ "Kala Sampath".
  3. ^ "Zage Kavi".
  4. ^ "Co Founder of Daiji Dubai".
  5. ^ "Writers are conscience keepers of society – Konkani poet Melvyn Rodrigues".
  6. ^ "News on Ugtem Daar Book".
  7. ^ "News on Ugtem Mon book release".
  8. ^ "Devi Ninkasi Book review".
  9. ^ "Mandd Sobhann".
  10. ^ "News about Dini dini".
  11. ^ "Kavitaa Trust Sponsored Competitions".
  12. ^ "All India Konkani Poetry Writing Competition for Students".
  13. ^ "All India Konkani Poetry Reciting Competition for Youth".
  14. ^ "All India Konkani Poetry Reciting Competition for Children".
  15. ^ "'Mithr' and 'Jhelo'".
  16. ^ "MCA, Doha Qatar Confers Kala Puraskar Award".
  17. ^ "Vishwa Konkani Awards conferred on five eminent achievers".
  18. ^ "News on Daiji Dubai Award 2015".
  19. ^ "Bimb Prakashan in Goa" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  20. ^ "News on FKCA Award 2013".