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Magazine of Kerala Association Derry/Londonderry
Welcome to Kerala Association Derry-Londonderry
Kerala Association Derry-Londonderry is a not-for-profit community organization that brings togetherand works for the socio-cultural development of the Indian Malayalee (Keralite) community residing inLondonderry city council and surrounding areas. Kerala Association Derry-Londonderry is neitherpolitically nor religiously motivated and fully supports and promote equality and good relations asunderstood in Section 75 of NI Act 1998. The Association is registered as a charity organization inNorthern Ireland (Reg.No. – XT26306).
A group of people from Kerala, have been a part of L’Derry
life for quite a while, with around 80 familiesliving in the city area. The need for a common platform as a community group has been long since felt,and with this in mind, Kerala Association Derry-Londonderry was formed on 20th September 2008.TheAssociation organizes various cultural events and traditional festival celebrations by conducting manyactivities and events which will help its members to interact with each other and with members fromvarious local communities and will provide an ample opportunity for the members especially for theyoung generation to understand, develop and display their talents and skills.
The Kerala Association organizes various cultural events and traditional festival celebrations byconducting many activities and events which will help its members to interact with each other and withmembers from various local communities and will provide an ample opportunity for the membersespecially for the young generation to understand, develop and display their talents and skills.
Aims and Objectives
The Association aims to assist the Indian Malayalee (Keralite) community residing in L’Derry city council
and surrounding area.-The Association aims to promote the culture and interest of the Indian Malayalee (Keralite) communityto all inhabitants of the area regardless of background.
-To act and work for the welfare, integrated development and co-ordination of Indian Malayalee(Keralite) community members in L,Derry.-To take independent decisions and act as a spokesman for Indian Malayalee (Keralite) community asand when needed.-To assist and promote equality and good relations as understood in Section 75 of the NI Act 1998.
The Mission of Kerala Association Derry-Londonderry is to promote the social and cultural well-being of
Indian Malayalee (Keralite) Community residing in L’Derry City Council and surrounding area by
preserving and maintaining the rich culture, heritage and values of our mother land, KERALA.
Kerala is a state located in the south-west region of India on the Malabar cost. Kerala was formed on1
November 1956 by the States Reorganisation Act by combining various Malayalam- speakingregions. Kerala is made up of 14 districts as seen in the map above. Thiruvananthapuram is the statecapital among the 14 districts; other major cities include Kochi, Kozhikode, Kollam and Thrissur.Kerala has a population of 33.3 million and is spread over 15,005 square miles. Kerala is a touristdestination: the backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism, and tropical greenery are among its majorattractions. Kerala produces 97% of the national output of black pepper and accounts for 85% of thearea under natural rubber in the country. Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew, and spices
includingcardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg
comprise a critical agricultural sector. See Page 16 formore about Kerala.
A Message from the Editor..
Culture spotlight seems to be the top of these days and a key event as far as Indiaand UK is concerned. There has always been a western cultural interest in India, with portrayalsranging from the Bollywood
bombardment of colours in ‘Bride and Prejudice’ to thegritty realism of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Recent films like ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Midnight’s Children’ have explored India’s colonial heritage, religious diversity and
unique philosophy of life. Such Cultural showcasing looks set to only increase, the influence inshaping the perceptions of the country held by the average westerner. It is truly exciting inmany ways. Its an acknowledgement that India is rising and demonstrates an increasedwillingness on the part of India to exploit its inherent cultural appeal. It allows for a huge senseof pride in a country reaching deserved recognition as culturally rich and alluring. Of course, the cultural spotlight on India is not always going to be a comfortable phenomenon.Many western films choose to focus on aspects of India that the country would rather hide,prompting mixed reactions at home and abroad. Given the contrast between the India of
‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and that of ‘Life of Pi’, it is no wonder that watche
rs of India, as it ischaracterised through cinema, are unsure of what to make of it.Derry~Londonderry has made history in July 2010 when it was awarded first UK City of Culture2013. It aims to act as catalyst to build the economy of the region and deliver a lasting legacyfor the people and economy. Being designated UK City of Culture for 2013 enables the city toaccelerate the pace of change and provide a new story for the city to tell to the world. The cityintends to grow its digital capacity adding to the range of global companies who already dobusiness here.. So let us as Indian/UK residents enjoy the richness of culture from both ends.Thus, let us enjoy Mayooram!!