Groundwater contamination, mega residential projects, killing of frogs for meat — all this and more find voice in the first ever Konkani animation film Saimakaden Samvad that focuses on environmental degradation in the coastal state of Goa, famous for its beaches.  Directed and scripted by Rajshree Bandodkar Karapurkar, a physics lecturer and Konkani sci-fi writer, the 20-minute short animation film echoes the intensified contemporary tussle between nature and rampant unplanned development, which has been the cause of prolonged civil unrest in Goa of late. The animation film tries to show the importance of nature through popular science, in a Goan context,” Rajshree told IANS.  “I have tried to weave in issues which are of immediate consequence to Goa. We have just seen the turmoil over the mega projects issue. The film is meant to educate the children about the effects of such unplanned development in a language they understand best,” she added.  “With large tracts of land, both barren and agricultural, being fraudulently converted for these large-scale projects, the number of pastures and farmland dotting the countryside has shrunk considerably.  Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/009200901130911.htm