Mangalore: Keralites lauded during Onam celebrations in city

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (MD)

Mangalore, Sep 14: Colourful celebrations depicting the tradition and rich culture of Kerala marked Onam festivities at TMA Pai Convention Centre here on Sunday September 14. The celebration, organized by Kerala Samajam, was inaugurated by minister for energy D K Shivakumar.

Addressing the gathering, D K Shivakumar said, "Keralites are all over the world; they are the most intelligent people on earth. They have been spreading our culture everywhere.

"Our culture is our main strength. Our culture plays an important role in developing our country. Mahabharata, Ramayana and Yakshagana are our greatest treasures; even the British could not take away our culture when they left India. It is our duty to save our culture."

Addressing the gathering, minister for forest and environment Ramanath Rai joked that if one goes even to the moon, one will find a Malayali there selling tea. "Keralites are everywhere spreading our culture. Karnataka and Kerala states are closely related. Be it food, manners, traditions, or religious programmes, our state matches with the Malabar region. In Kerala you can see temples, churches and mosques existing in close proximities. No major communal clashes are ever reported from anywhere. All live in peace and harmony," he added

Minister for youth affairs and fisheries Abhayachandra Jain and Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo also spoke on the occasion.

Maxim Sebastian, vice-president of Kerala Samajam welcomed the guests. M V Rajan, joint secretary of Kerala Samajam proposed the vote of thanks.

T K Rajan, president of Kerala Samajam, minister for urban development Vinay Kumar Sorake, minister for health and family welfare U T Khadar, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangalore North MLA B A Mohiuddin Bawa, A J Institutions chairman A J Shetty, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim, Gokulam group of companies chairman Gokulam Gopalan, Mithun Rai, president, district Youth Congress and others were also present.


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  • Mohammed ss, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 16 2014


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  • emabbas, dubai

    Mon, Sep 15 2014

    The Festival Of The God's In God's Own Country kerala Happy Onam.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 15 2014

    A very happy Onam dear Keralities.
    Very beautiful ladies have their origin in Kerala. Can't say anything about the males though. They (the males) are very good at
    drumming, beating 'Chande's' and all that stuff.All which exercises the body only. O.K.
    May God bless all during this auspicious occasion.

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  • Peter D'Souza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, Sep 15 2014

    Keralites are always keep up their own tradition and culture wherever they go, they only talk their own mother tongue language, which is Malayalam .... no matter.. how qualified or how rich they are.
    where as.. our konkani mangalorens forget their own mother tongue konkani and get into English language very quickly once they land up on Maratawada-Mumbai, most of them shy to talk Konkani.. what kind of culture is this?

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi, Dubai, New York, USA.

    Sun, Sep 14 2014

    A happy Onam to all Keralites. Here in New York and all over US people celebrate Onam and I had the attended many of them.

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 14 2014

    I have great regard and admiration for people from Kerala. They have a tradition and culture of their own. Over the years the keralites have emerged as pioneers in education and literature. You see them all over the world.

    My wife and I have had the pleasure of having the services of two Kerala ladies from a Convent to care for our tiny children. I still recall with nostalgia their nursery rhymes 'KARIANDA MOLE KARIANDA - VERNGE PO MOLE VERNGE PO. .. meaning do not cry darling do not cry - sleep darling sleep.

    They cared for the children tenderly and stayed with them until they got settled. Such dedication is seldom seen anywhere else.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 14 2014

    Indeed Kerala has a great tradition and history behind it. The State has emerged over the years for literacy which is the highest in India.

    I have great regard and admiration for Keralites. My children were brought up by two very dedicated individuals from Chalakudi in Kerala. The very first words they uttered were in Malayalam. I still recall with great nostalgia the nursery rhymes the persons used to sing for my children - KARIYANDA MOLE KARIYANDA - VERNGE PO MOLE VERENGE PO meaning don not cry darling do not cry - sleep my darling sleep. My children in American do recall these rhymes with dedication and devotion.

    Joe Gonsalves

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Sun, Sep 14 2014

    Great to see the rich & cultural heritage of Kerala being displayed at Onam celebrations by the Kerala Samajam, Mangalore chapter

    Kerala Samajam is one of the foremost 'outside' state association formed in Namma Kudla & they do quite a lot of humanitarian work...Plus running an efficient school & ambulance services in Mangalore.

    Best wishes to all office bearers & their family members on occassion of Onam! Great to see camaraderie between closely connected neighbours

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