Goa’s highest civilian award to Charles Correa

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World renowned architect and Goa’s son-of-the-soil Charles Correa was on Sunday bestowed with Goa’s highest civilian honour, the Gomant Vibhushan, on the eve of the Golden Jubiliee of Goa’s Liberation.

Goa governor K Shankaranarayanan presented 81-year old Correa with the over half-metre high, glass-encased brass replica of Goa’s state symbol along with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation in the presence of Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat in one of Correa’s own architectural creations, the Kala Academy at Panaji.

Correa is the second recipient of the Gomant Vibhushan, the first being eminent nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, who was awarded the Gomant Vibhushan in 2010.

Correa, who is also recipient of India’s Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan, said the Gomant Vibhushan meant a lot to him and that it will always be very dear to him. He ended with “Deu Borem Korum”.

Governor Sankaranarayanan described Correa as a “great son of our country” and “one of the most outstanding architects of modern India”. The governor paid tributes to Correa’s architectural genius and projects dotting not only Indian cities but also cities around the world, including Boston and Lisbon.

Industries director Sanjit Rodrigues, who worked closely with Correa on the RP2021, read out the citation that listed Correa’s qualifications and architectural accomplishments and Indian and international awards. The citation also mentioned Correa’s projects in Goa and his contribution to the RP 2021.

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