The Institute Menezes Braganza, is an prominient institution of long standing repute in Goa, promotes language/ literature, art and culture in the state. Formaly known as the Institute Vasco Da Gama was established on 24th November 1871 was renamed after Goa’s liberation as Institute Menezes Braganza in 1963. It was controlled and financed by the govt. of Goa, subsequently in 1997, the existence of the said institute came to an end and the Govt. of Goa re-established the Institute as a new Society and registered it under the Registration of Societies Act 1860.
The aims and objectives of the Institute Menezes Braganza focus mainly on the promotion of activities in the fields of Language, Literature, Art & Culture in Goa. It primarily seeks to promote Goan talent in allied areas and to meet the versatile cultural interests of Goan society as a whole.
The Institute Menezes Braganza is also collaborating its activities with other like minded institutions such as National Book trust, New delhi, Sahitya Akademi, Goa Konkani Academi, Gomantak Marathi Academi, Gomantak Sahitya Sevak Mandal several other institutions/ organizing literary, academic and other related activities.
a)Providing a common platform for interactions such as symposia, Panel discussion, lectures, talks, debates, elocution contests, recitals and performances.
b)Organizing conferences, seminars, literary festivals, Poet’s meets, workshops, exhibitions and competitions etc.
c)Publishing Books, Seminar papers, souvenirs, pamphlets, conference proceedings, bulletin/ournals and to create a valuable database information.
The Institute has published books on
(1) Socio Cultural History of Goa written by Dr. V.R. Mitragotri
(2) farar far by Dr. Pratima Kamat
(3) Armando Menezes and his writing by Prof. Edward D’lima
(4) Goa in the 20th Century, History & Culture” edited by Pius Malekhandathil and Shri Remy Dias.
(5) Katha Darpan(translation of short stories from Konkani to Hindi)
(6) Luis Menezes Braganza, a Goan thinker and visionary by Prof. Edward D’lima
(7) Bringing out Quarterly “Govapuri” in four languages
The Institute is headed by the Chairman, Vice Chairman Member Secretary and four member nominated by the Govt. and the heads of the following reputed institutes are the members. (1) Gomantak Marathi Academy, Porvorim (2) Goa Konkani Academy, Panaji (3) Sanskrit Pracharini Sabha, Margao (4) Gomantak Sahity Sevak mandal, Panaji (5) Gomantak Rashtrabhasa Vidhypeeth, Margoa (6) Director of Art & Culture. Besides secretary of Art & Culture & Finance secretary of Govt. of Goa are Ex officio Member of this Institute. Vice chairman is elected from member of the General Council for three years.
The Institute is receiving annual grants from Govt. through Directorate of Art & Culture, Panaji Goa as per the approved pattern of assistance.
Govt. is renovating the heritage building of Institute Menezes Braganza and is coverting the existing halls into A.C.halls. The Office and entrance premises of IMB is also being renovated. The P.W.D. is executing the work. The work of renovation was started in May 2010. All the civil, electrical A.C. work is almost completed.
Govt. has renovated the Halls of Institute Menezes Braganza by converting the existing Halls into AC Halls with accoustic and modern sound system. The PWD has undertaken the work of Renovation of the Halls of Institute Menezes Braganza.
The Main hall & Conference hall were inaugurated on 24th Nov. 2012 at 3.00 pm. as it is the foundation day of the Institute.
The renovated Halls, were inaugurated at the hands of Hon. Chief Minister Govt. of Goa, Shri Manohar Parrikar.
Hon. Minister for Art & Culture was invited to preside over the function of the Halls on 24th Nov. 2012.
The Halls i.e. Main Hall & Conference Hall is made available to General public for different programmes by payment of respective hire charges.