The Domain of Konkani

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
The Domain of Konkani

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During the nineteenth century, J. H. da Cunha Rivara, the Secretary to the Governor General, and Goa’s elite advocated a wider use of Konkani despite not using the language themselves as a literary medium. The Goan elite produced a few printed texts in Konkani such as dictionaries and grammars, along with Konkani songs which were printed in predominantly Portuguese anthologies as the only available forms of Konkani literature. This chapter discusses Konkani literature, the uncertain political status of the Goan elite in British India, and how Konkani print was employed as a mechanism through which migrant Goans made their acquaintance with elements of urban modernity in Bombay. The chapter also looks at a Konkani novel, A. C. J. Francisco’s Battcara.

Keywords: Goa; elite; Konkani; literature; Bombay; British India; A. C. J. Francisco; Battcara; print; modernity

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