VASCO- The eminent music trainer and music teacher from Vasco Sharad Shantaram Mathkar was conferred with ‘Pride of Nation’ award for the year 2016-17 by the Samata Sahitya Academy Yavatmal Maharashtra at the International Award Conference-2017 held at Kala Academy in Panjim recently.
The Samata Sahitya Academy Yavatmal Maharashtra confers the awards in the fields of art, literature and social work annually at the state, national and international level for the past 10 years. Mathkar was presented the prestigious award at the hands of Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gawde in the presence of senior littérateur Prof Ratanlal Sonagra, president of Samata Sahitya Academy Yavatmal Maharashtra Dr D S Tandekar, Prof Dr Somnath Komarpanth, Ajit Singh Rane and others. Mathkar was honoured by presenting shawl, srifal and memento at the hands of Minister for Art and Culture Gawde.
Mathkar was awarded the award for his contribution and achievement in the field of music wherein his students Hetri Sethia and Rajat Mishra won the gold medals at the All India Radio Ghazal Singing Competition which was organized at the national level, performance of Mrunmayee Tirodkar at Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa wherein she was among the five finalists, Siddesh Bicholkar securing the gold medal in masters in the field of harmonium at all India level and Kedar Dicholkar who is a recipient of the CCRT scholarship government of India.
Mathkar was the only music teacher from Goa to be invited at New Delhi as a member of music syllabus framing committee for the CCRT scholarship examination under the Ministry of Art and Culture government of India. He has shouldered the responsibility as an external examiner for the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal Music examination for the past 22 years. Presently, Mathkar is performing his duty as a music trainer at the Anjuman Himayatul Islam High School Baina and Vaddem Nagar English High School New-Vaddem under the directorate of Art and Culture.