Activities and Views

   

 


Involvement in social work activities
started, quiet early age in home town, Punalur, Kerala. Because of the Christian family background, I have enjoyed Christian Teachings on Social Concept and actively participated in Alter Servers Group, Church Choir, Cherupushpa Mission League, Christiya Thatwa Sahodhara Sakyam, Little Way Association, Parish Youth Council, etc. And out side the church social groups like NSS (National Social Service), Scouts & Guides, NCC (National Cadet's Corps; Passed 'C' Certificate, Rank: Sr. Under Officer), Municipal Library and few other cultural groups formulated during festival seasons.


Acted in plays and organized variety entertainment programs of our own team and professional groups with the support of dedicated members. Interest of on-stage was turned to off- stage activities like make up, costume, stage settings, slogans, introductory notes, poster design, publicity campaign, etc. Enjoyed the company of artists and experimented various tools of art. The thrill of clay modeling was very exiting.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Church related activities continued in Delhi as well, in the early years since arrival in 1975, along with cultural activities of DMA (Delhi Malayalee Association). And when elected as Secretary of Kalkaji Area in 1979, decided to devote more time for building confidence among Malayalee  Community towards DMA to cultivate and preserve the rich traditions of Kerala Society in Delhi for the next generations.

It was the beginning of change in the working of the Association; discipline and transparency of accounts, responsibility share, response collection and discussion to improve corrective measures, work load share, Newsletter Circulars, Library, Get-together, Malayalam Classes, introduction of  Women's Wing, Arts & Sports competitions, X'mas New Year Celebration, etc. added in addition to Onam Celebration. Association activities became an unavoidable part of youngsters of Kalkaji and other parts of Delhi during this period.


Malayalam Language promotion, Drama, Cinema, and other cultural forums were flourished in Delhi during Eighties. Cultural Groups like 'Kerala Club', 'Experimental Theater', 'Delhi Kathakali Centre', 'Thiranottam', 'Kairali Film Society', 'Arang', 'Swaralaya', 'Jana Saskriti', etc. did  remarkable contributions to promote the Malayalee Culture in Delhi. 'Annual Drama Competetions' by 'DMA', 'Centenary Celebrations of Malayalam Theater', organized by 'Thiranottam' and 'Spartacus' by 'Jana Saskriti' was the remarkable events we cannot forget. These were still remaining as ideal examples of massive participation in theatre movement.


At the beginning of Nineties, I was elected as Chairman of DMA, Kalkaji Area and activities undergone a serious transformation. 'Constitution Amendment', 'Regularization of Central Accounts Auditing', 'Property Acquirement as per Registered  Societies Act', 'Delhi Malayalee Survey', 'Federation of Malayalee Associations Proposal', 'DMA Trust Proposal', etc. were seriously discussed and approved at the Central Committee.

At the Area level, introduction of Dance, Music and Malayalam Classes, 'Ambady' Day Care Center for children with the supervision of volunteers from Women's Wing, Extended humanitarian aide through social work minded volunteers, to emergency situations experienced in the community, Introduction of 'Kerala Kitchen' (one day exhibition cum sale of Home Made Kerala Food verities along with cultural entertainment) to Promote and Practice National Integration, etc. were widely appreciated and participation of Non-Malayalee community members at the 'Kerala Kitchen' was a great success and inspiration. Kalkaji Area declared as the Largest Area with Full of Activities.


All proposals and attempts may not be successful at first stance in voluntary organizations, still personally happy to note that some success achieved through the support of dedicated members of DMA. Concept of DMA's Own Building, eventually become a reality at-first at Kalkaji Area and start spreading to other area's as well.

Latest addition is the allotment of land by the Delhi Government for DMA's Central Administrative Office was a long waiting 'Dream come True' feeling for every Delhi Malayalee. Let us salute, those founder members and their vision of DMA is preserved and flourishing through out the past five decades.

Let us hope for that day, Every Delhi Malayalee is actively involved in the affairs of Delhi Malayalee Association and occupied their place in the DMA data base.


Reference of activities are only tips and omissions are not intentional. Participation and contributions to other groups and resulting their personal support for the activities with DMA deserves special mention. I wish to express my sincere gratitude for all those personalities and agencies helped me to perform. Hope you will appreciate my intension and expecting your support in future also.

Thanks for reading this monologue form the memories.
Daniels


 
 
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