The remarkable World Malayalee federation – UK chapter has been inaugurated at the Gandhi Hall of the High Commission of India in London….reports Asian Lite News
The World Malayalee Federation -UK chapter (WMF-UK) has become a reality. This remarkable event took place at the Gandhi Hall of the High Commission of India in London in the presence of the High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Mr. Y.K Sinha together with several officers of the High Commission and witnessed by members of the Kerala community from several parts of the United Kingdom.
The inaugural lighting of the lamp was carried out by the High Commissioner together with Mr. Mathew Cheriankalayil (UN) & WMF- Europe Region Secretary, who arrived from Vienna, Austria for this special occasion to represent the WMF Global Team.
The World Malayalee Federation (WMF) is one of the world’s largest independent Malayalee nonprofit organisation with the aim of serving and building networks among Malayalees / Keralites, Indian Community. Headquartered in Austria, the organisation has presence in over 80 countries.
The India High Commissioner in his speech said “the Malayalees in the UK initiated the idea of community events in the High Commission and now it’s a regular feature as other communities have followed suit. He welcomed the idea of the global perceptive as a federation of Malayalees and wished success to the organisation.”
Mr. A. S. Rajan, who is the Minister (Coordination) at the High Commission said, “Kerala community is always welcome here in the High Commission”. He recalled his previous visits to the town and cities of Kerala and commented on the natural beauty and colourful dances of Kerala.
Mr. Mathew Cheriankalayil felicitated and congratulated the WMF-UK Team in the name of the Global Executive Committee. He further added “the global networking is one of the main aspects that makes WMF different from other organisations”.
The inauguration was attended by WMF-UK Patrons Mr. Haridas Thekkemuri, HCI, London, Mr. Philip Abraham, Town Mayor Loughton and Mr. Sreekumar Sadanadan, Asianet Europe M.D. Felicitation speeches offering support and best wishes to WMF- UK were made by Councillor Philip Abraham, Town Mayor for Loughton, Councillor Tom Aditya, Deputy Mayor for Bradley Stoke Town Council, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, former Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Jose Alexander, Newham Council, Dr. Omana Gangadharan, novelist and former Civic Ambassador of Newham, Mr. Jose Thomas (Malayalee Vision), Mr. Binsu John, Malayalam UK, Deacon Joice Pallickamyalil James, Magnavision TV, Mr. Nihas Rawthar (MAUK), Mr. Jomon Kunnel, Garshom TV, Mr Rajesh Krishna (Loka Kerala Sabha)
The most colourful part of the event was the performance of Kerala’s traditional art form staged by Kalamandalam Vijayakumar. His partner and world’s first female Chuti artist Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar gave an introduction of mudras and some of the gestures associated with Kathakali. Then Kalamandalam Vijayakumar presented a short version of ‘Poothana Moksham’.
The event also had a presentation of Gajam, a music video of Indian Elephant Chirakkal Kaalidasan in ‘Gajam’ Gajaraja Himavan. The event was sponsored by State Bank of India, London. Mr. Biju Mathew (WMF-UK Co-ordinator) welcomed the audience and Mr. Suju K. Daniel, (WMF-UK Team Member) delivered vote of thanks.