The 2012 Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award has been conferred on Goa 1556 in recognition of its pioneering commitment to record Goa’s variegated past, project its kaleidoscopic present, and accentuate its pendulous future.
Goa 1556 is an alternative publishing venture, founded by veteran journalist Frederick Noronha. The company name was inspired by the arrival of the Gutenberg printing press to Goa in the year 1556 – the first of it’s kind in all of Asia. As Mr. Noronha succinctly put it, the primary goal of his publishing company is to “democratise the production of knowledge”. The company, states Mr. Noronha, “doesn’t seek profits but exists because today, more than ever, Goa needs a voice to articulate its own priorities.”
The editorial modulation of Goa 1556 is non-fiction writing related to Goa, with emphasis on books which “shed interesting new light on various aspects that help better understand the complex region called Goa.” As of August 2012, Goa 1556 has amassed an assortment of 45 titles to its credentials.
Instituted in 1989 by Dom Martin, the objective of the Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award is “to promote the well being of mankind through individual advancement in the field of art, music, literature, science, medicine or humanities”. It strives to recognize individuals who may not have been relatively well known but whose works needs recognition.
The award was founded by Dom Martin, in memory of his late father, Vincent Xavier Verodiano. The winner is announced on the 20th day of September, and the award is conferred on the 5th day of November.