MANY KERALITES once again got to celebrate Onam, more than two weeks after its original date, courtesy a glittering function organised by the Indore Keraleeya Samajam at the Kasturi Sabhagriha, Vijay Nagar.
The hall was virtually transformed into a mini Kerala with people attired in traditional dresses and the decorations truly ethnically Keralite. The programme started off with a ‘Pookalmalsaram’ (rangoli of flowers competition) and followed by various other games.
According to Samaj president George Thomas, the traditional ‘sadya’ (feast) was served in the afternoon. About 100 volunteers under the supervision of experts prepared the feast.
He said that more than 1,500 Keralites from the City and nearby areas participated in the programme which was more of a ‘remembrance of Kerala’ as the ambience of a typical Kerala village was created in the hall.
The feast was followed by a Vadamvali (similar to a tug of war game) in which children, women and men participated. Keralyeeya Samajam is one of the oldest associations of Keralites and was formed in 1967 with a view to preserve the social, cultural and academic traditions of Kerala among the people who had settled down here. The Samajam has more than 1000 life members and includes members of all religions.