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Malayalee Group Celebrates 60 Years

the-star-onlineGEORGE TOWN: Songs, dances, music and fashion, coupled with an eight-course feast, marked the diamond jubilee celebrations of the North Malaysia Malayali Samajam (NMMS) here.

The association also honoured six of their past presidents who had served from 1987 to last year.

Members of the association, dressed in colourful costumes and traditional attire, performed dances and sang Malayalee songs that have become the trademark of the community.

NMMS members also paraded on the stage in their stunning Malayalee outfits.

“It is my hope that the NMMS will continue to play an integral role in fortifying the social and cultural fabric of Malayalees,” All-Malaysia Malayalee Association (AMMA) president Tan Sri Ravindran Menon said at the 60th anniversary dinner on Sunday.

Also present were current NMMS president Reghu Devan, Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer and organising chairman Balan Menon.

Formed on April 28, 1952, in a small attap building in Jalan Sungai Pinang, it was originally named the Penang & Province Wellesley Kerala Samajam. The association moved to its mansion in Jalan Mesjid Negri in 1965.

The Malayalees came mainly from Kerala, India. Older historical references have identified them as Malabaris.

Popular art forms, such as kathakali (story play), chakyarkoothu (classical theatre play), and dances like krishnanattam, mohiniyattam, patakam, koodiyattam and thullal are all familiar to the Indian community.

Their martial arts, kalaripayattu, is regarded as the oldest in the world.

Source: The Star : Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013

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