WHO WE ARE

North American Konkani Association (NAKA) was formed in 1998 when Ms. Nina Padukone, Damodhar Baliga and Vasanth Bhat saw a need for an all encompassing national organization to help unite the NorthAmerican Konkani community, with the goal of preserving our language (our means of communication), showcasing our culture, and nurturing our customs and traditions. With this visionguiding us, NAKA strives everyday to serve as a resource, provide a helpful hand when needed, and create a national presence for the Konkani community.

How can the Konkani community help NAKA?


Worldwide, Konkani community is a very small community. Fraction of it is in North America which is widely spread across U.S.A. and Canada. There are a number of Konkani Associations which have been trying to cater mostly to the cultural and religious needs of local Konkanis. With changing demography, especially growing sector of youth born and/or raised in North America, Konkanis have slowly started drifting away from our culture. The new immigrant’s outlook, needs and expectations are much different than those who have come just 10 to 15 years back. The community’s needs are also changing fast. To keep our community together and strong there is a definite need of an umbrella organization that provides a platform to facilitate as a channel for keeping in touch with our culture, food, festivals etc. This will help provide networking opportunities among each other, and a platform for their kids to mingle and learn. NAKA is an effective mouth piece for the Konkani Community of North America on all matters that affect the betterment of our Community. NAKA is also a vehicle to keep a strong bond and relationship between the Konkani communities in North American and other countries including our motherland India.

How can the Konkani community help NAKA?

The previous NAKA Board (20--) included 17 members and was not operative effectively.
In addition to the founding three members, the new Board members were the leaders of the Sammelans held in Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Canada. Several Board Members were reluctant to continue due to other commitments and requested that they be dropped from the Board. The consensus was that there was a need to start with a smaller team, a new charter, mission and goals, so the Board decided to seek nominations for the five positions from within the existing Board. Since NAKA had no membership system at the time, there was no formal process for nomination within the entire Konkani community.
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How can the Konkani community help NAKA?

The previous NAKA Board (20--) included 17 members and was not operative effectively.
In addition to the founding three members, the new Board members were the leaders of the Sammelans held in Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Canada. Several Board Members were reluctant to continue due to other commitments and requested that they be dropped from the Board. The consensus was that there was a need to start with a smaller team, a new charter, mission and goals, so the Board decided to seek nominations for the five positions from within the existing Board. Since NAKA had no membership system at the time, there was no formal process for nomination within the entire Konkani community.
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