Further to the huge success MMA had last year at the Manchester Day Parade, this year, Manchester Malayalee Association has been selected as one of the only two Indian organisations to be represented in the Manchester Day Parade which took place on the 18th of June….A special report by Anish kurien for Asian Lite News
The event this year was a huge success with approximately 100,000 people watched the parade in Manchester.
Utilising this unique opportunity, MMA showcased the varied and rich culture of Kerala to the tens of thousands of people who attended and watched the Manchester Day Parade.
The MMA contingent consisted of a tableau which was led by a caparisoned elephant with traditional ‘Thidambu’ stating “We Love Manchester” and a mahout in traditional costume. This was followed by 12 women and 6 men in traditional ‘Kalari’ costumes. Twelve girls in Bharathanatyam costumes displayed dance steps to the music of fifteen men playing traditional ‘chenda melam’(a traditional drum ensemble). The whole group were flanked on each side by twenty four men and women in traditional Kerala dress holding ‘muthukuda’(a large silk umbrella). The main attraction was a very large float showcasing ‘Theyyam’ the traditional art form from Kerala which fits nicely into the ‘Abracadabra!’ theme of Manchester Day Parade 2017.
This helped to showcases the various attractive aspects of Kerala, and created a huge awareness about the rich cultural heritage of Kerala and also helped the Malayalee community here to integrate better into the wider community.
Janesh Nair, President of MMA said that the fact that the Department of Tourism in Kerala has decided to support this event itself is a testament of the success MMA has achieved in differentiating itself from other similar associations in the UK. Anish Kurien, Secretary of MMA, stated that “After recent horrible events, we really wanted to make a point that we are part of this community and wanted to give a strong message that we don’t condone such action by certain sections of the community”.