Goa Chess Association Felicitated Goa’s First WGM Bhakti Kulkarni
Ms. Bhakti Kulkarni Goa's first WGM felicitated by the Managing Committee of the Goa Chess Association in
appreciation of her achieving the said feat. Mr. Purushottam Mantri, Company Secretary of Goa Carbon one of the Group company of Dempo’s was Guest of honor for the programme and Mr. K.V. Mahant Director of Vishvek Bio-Proteins Private Limited was guest of Honor Goa Chess Association gave cash award of Rs.25,000 to WGM Bhakti Kulkarni for becoming the first WGM from Goa and shield to mark the occasion.The Vishvek Bio Proteins also gave away award of Rs.25,000 to Ms. Bhakti Kulkarni in appreciation of her talent and achievement.The felicitation was attended by the Asst. Secretary Programme Mr. Navin Acharya and Bhakti’s Coach Dronachayra awardee Mr. R.N. Gokhale and both of them congratulated Bhakti on the occasion. Mr. Gokhale said that there is revolution in chess in Goa in last few years. The Goan Chess players are taken very seriously in any national level competition unlike in the past they had no identity. Most of the top players are making them in top list and Nation is watching the Goan players very curiously. He also said that the out look of Goan chess has changed drastically as any Goan Chess player or organisers, they talk about National and international level competition and may over come the other states like Maharashtra.Presidentof GCA Ashesh Keni in his speech appreciated the efforts of Bhakti and her achievements. He also appreciated the role of Dempo Group of Companies in the successes of Bhakti and chess fraternity will be ever grateful to Shri Sriniwas Dempo for giving the helping hand for the needy and upcoming players from Goa and conveyed his gratitude towards Dempo Group of Companies on behalf of the association.
The Treasurer Mr. Kishor Bandekar said that the Bhakti is the role model for other young and budding chess and other sports players. Ms. Bhakti was the first Goan in chess to take chess as profession at very young age and become example for others. He also indicated that there are other young and upcoming players like Master Anurag Mhamal, Miss Ivana Furtado, Miss Riya Savant , Goa have and shall make big name for Goa in time to come.
The slide show presentation in poetic form, co-ordinated by Ms. Preeya and Preethi Padwal depicted the Bhakti’s story cum struggle from her childhood to WGM was watched by all present for the programme.
Ms. Bhakti thanked to Dempo Group of Companies for their helping hand in her success, support of her Parents, SAG, Goa Chess Association and all Goan welwishers in her sucess story.Shri Arvind Mhamal appreciated the hardship faced by Bhakti and her parents. He also appreciated the role of Government of Goa specially Sports Authority of Goa and Press Media in Goa for giving well coverage to chess in Goa.
Other presents were Mr. Anil D. Patil Director of Vishvek, Parents of Bhakti, Mr. M.R. Naik Vice President and Founder member of the association, Mr. Shivswamy Vice President, Mr. Amrut Naik VP, Mr. Balakrishna Jt. Secretary, Mr. Dattaram Pinge Jt. Sec., Mr.Ramdas Sawant Jt. Secretary, and members Mr. Sharendra Naik , Vasant Naik, Mr. Damodar Zambaulikar and Sanjay Kavlekar alongwith their family. The entire programme was co-ordinated by Jt. Secretary of the Association Shri Balakrishna.