Madras Kerala Samajam Celebrated Onam 2014 on 7.9.14, prior to that there was an Onachantha (Onamfair), which was inaugurated on 2.9.2014. Till 6.9.2014, the Onamfair opened and at nominal rate, the requirements for Onam fesival, sold in the fair, which was appreciated the City. A verygood coverage for this onamfair attracted by Asianet TV, Mathrubhumi TV, Manorama TV, Jaihind TV, Amrita TV, Vasanth TV, Captain TV, print medias like THE HINDU The New Indian Express, Mathrubumi, Malayala Manorama, Daily Thanthi, Dinakaran, Dinamalar etc.
On Thiruvonam Day, the 75th Onam Celebrations started at Madras Kerala Samaj.
It is the festival that knows not to differentiate and is, if nothing, a proponent of equality.
This much was evident from the Onam celebrations organized by the Madras Keralasamaj, the association of Chennai city Malayalees, where the three major religions received measured representations during cultural fest that followed the initial proceedings.
Veteran Malayalam film director, who directed 75films, Sri.Hariharan, known for such films as ORU VADAKKAN VEERAGAATHA, SARGAM, KERALA VARMA PAZHASSI RAJA, speaking on the occasion as a CHIEF GUEST, elaborated on the uniqueness of the festival.
In the Onam sadya organised at Thrikkakkara Vamana Moorthy temple in Kerala, I saw Hindus, Christians, and Muslims sitting together to share the feast and the joy of the occasion. I wish not to see this unity limited to Onam, but extended to all major Indian Festivals, Mr.Hariharan said.
He was elated that Onam was no longer a festival confisned to the borders of the native State, but has reached far and beyond to places that ;a Malayalee has been to. “Many things have changed In my childhood, I used to scale hills and travel into the woods to collect the flowers to make pookkalam. (flower decorations) These days, there are few hills and even fewer forests We celebrated in the huge houses that we lived in. But with apartments the charm is no ;more present. said Sri.Hariharan, who has been living in the city for the past 50 years. The meaning of the festival is getting lost somewhere along the way among the current and the next generation, he added. Cultural displays included Thappaattam, Kaikottikali, Oppana, Margamkali, Bharathanatyam, folk music by Thiraikalaignar Pu.Ramu, vibrant mix of songs and dances performed in connection with the Madras Kerala Samajam Onam Celebration.
Dr.TMR Panicker presided over the function. Madras Kerala Samaj Edu.& Charitable Trust Chairman Sri. T Anandan, welcomed the gathering. Mr. KVV Mohanan, TK Abdulnazar, Guruvayurappan Balan and Samaj General Secretary Kumblengad Unnikrishnan were felicitated the Cultural meeting. Vote of thanks byJoint Secretary Mr.P>K Balakrishnan . THANKS TO ALL SAMAJ FRIENDS, KERALA VIDYALAYAM SCHOOL AUTHORITIES, SPONSORS AND ALL THE FRIENDS VISITED THE ONACHANTA AND ONAM AT MADRAS KERALA SAMAJ.