Maha Guv hails contribution of Kerala in national integration
Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari launched year- long ‘Navathi Celebrations’ of the Bombay Keraleeya Samaj on the occasion of completion of 90 years to the establishment of the community organization in Mumbai on Friday 8th February, 2020.
Sahitya Academy Award and Odakkuzhal Award recipient Subhash Chandran, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Jyothis Mohan, President of the Bombay Keraleeya Samaj Dr Sureshkumar Madhusudhanan, Secretary Premarajan Nambiar and Chairman of the Navathi Celebrations Committee Dr P J Aprain were prominent among those present.
Governor Koshyari, speaking on the occasion, hailed the contribution of Kerala in India’s cultural integration. He noted that more than 1200 years ago, a young Adi Sankaracharya had set off from Kalady in Kerala to set up four Peethams at Kanchi, Dwarka, Puri and Badrinath. This, according to him, fostered the cultural integration of the nation.
The Governor said “Even though India is a colourful mosaic of people who spoke differently, ate differently and practiced different faiths, the country was united by the common thread of culture”.
Bombay Keraleeya Samaj – President Dr Sureshkumar Madhusudhanan informed that the Bombay Kerala Samaj was founded by the migrant Malayalee community as Mumbai’s first institution to serve the needs of Malayalees. He said the organization is the oldest Malayali organization outside Kerala.
Madhusudhanan recalled that ‘Kerala Bhavanam’, the Samaj’s own building was inaugurated in Matunga by India’s then Defence Minister V K Krishna Menon in the year 1958. According to him, the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai allotted a sports pavilion to the Samaj at Shivaji Park. The Samaj is engaged in educational, health and wellness and sports and recreation activities. He further informed that the Samaj runs a Library and publishes an in-house magazine, namely ‘Visala Keralam’.
A title song depicting the culture of Kerala and vibrancy of Mumbai was launched by the Governor.