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Konkan Catholic Association is one of the leading and renowned organizations of all Konkani speaking Catholics in Bangalore. Started in 1966, by a few social-service minded individuals, mostly of Mangalorean origin, as a forum to foster unity and preserve the Konkani culture, provide educational and medical assistance to the needy, and traditions besides promoting the mother tongue, arts, drama and literature, the Association has come a long way since its humble beginning.

Konkan Bhavan at Mathikere, Bangalore

Now at the threshold of celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Association has grown into a giant organization spreading its roots far and wide besides engaging itself in multi-purpose activities. It has around 600 life-members, mostly comprising heads of the families. It may not be an exaggeration to claim that the real membership of the Association would be easily around 30,000 if the spouses, children, parents, brothers and sisters are taken into account. Though a majority of the members have settled down in Bangalore and have established themselves in various walks of life, the Association has a sizeable number of members in different parts of Karnataka and India besides USA, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, Switzerland and Gulf countries.

Hall for Cultural Activities

Hostel - Home for many

Hostel Inmates

It is one of the few duly registered associations of Konkani Catholics, having its own building. Some of the illustrious founding members, especially a leading pillar of the community in Bangalore Late A.V. Rego, A.C.L. Peris, O.J. Colaco, H.M. Fernandes took upon themselves the challenging and daunting task of constructing the Konkan Bhavan building. In keeping with their zeal and enthusiasm, the ground floor of the building was completed within a year of its starting in 1979 and formally opened in 1981. The entire two-storeyed structured, with a spacious hall on the first floor capable of comfortably seating 150 persons and useful for holding small meetings and social functions, and the second floor having separate rooms providing hostel facilities for youngsters, was completed in 1989. The ground floor has a spacious kitchen, washroom besides provision for dining facilities. The building is indeed a crowning glory for the Association. While the Association has been carrying out its social service activities like helping the poor and deserving students with scholarships and educational assistance and providing medical aid in cash and kind to the sick and ailing persons, Konkan Bhavan has so far provided hostel accommodation to around 1,000 needy boys who had come to Bangalore from their native places in search of jobs and educational training. Today, we are proud of the fact that many of our erstwhile hostel inmates are comfortably settled in life.

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