Saturday 1 August 2020 8:30 AM UTC
By Raji Shaji
LONDON Aug 1: Sameeksha, a UK-based arts and culture organization in association with the Malayalam Mission UK Chapter and the Sameeksha Exeter Branch inaugurated the online Malayalam Study Forum last week.
The Online Study Forum was inaugurated on July 26, 2020 at 3 pm through Zoom, followed by an initiation ceremony.
Prof. Suja Susan George, Director, Malayalam Mission, delivered the inaugural address after the welcome address by Mr. Vinu Chandran, Exeter Branch Secretary of Sameeksha.
In his inaugural address, the Director said that the Malayalam Mission has spread across 36 countries under the slogan ‘Wherever There is a a Malayali there is Malayalam’.
While describing the disadvantages of the Malayalam Mission’s Initiation Ceremony, which is now being held differently from previous years, the teacher recalled that she was able to attend the Initiation Ceremony because of Covid.
Prof Suja explained the activities carried out by the Malayalam Mission to promote the Malayalam language, which is an important factor in connecting the Malayalees of the world. The teacher requested the teachers and parents to download what is in the Malayalam Mission app.
Prof Suja explained about Malayalam Mission’s Bhoomi Malayalam Newsletter, Pookaalam Web Magazine and Radio Malayalam. The teacher called for creative involvement of children and teachers in these activities.
Dinesh Vellapally, National Secretary of Sameeksha then delivered the felicitatory speech. He also spoke about Sameeksha’s contribution of Rs14 Lakhs to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund.
He also said that Sameeksha was able to distribute 72 TVs as part of DYFI’s TV campaign and explained how Sameeksha dealt with various issues of Malayalees in the UK. He emphasized the need for a review of the UK’s cultural and arts scene.
Dinesh Vellapally announced that the Sameeksha is committed to organizing study forums under the leadership of various review branches as part of the review of the Malayalam Mission’s activities in the UK.
Dinesh Vellapally lauded Raji Shaji, President of Sameeksha Exeter Branch, for leading the online learning platform in Exeter.
Abraham Kurian, Secretary, Malayalam Mission UK Chapter, introduced two short poems to the children.
Abraham Kurian then talked to the parents about the benefits of learning different languages and the relationship between language and culture and how parents can help their children learn Malayalam.
The children then got acquainted with their teacher, Mrs. Divya Priyan. The teacher introduced herself to the children.
The children happily answered the words of the divine teacher that we can learn to dance and sing from now on through the corner of Aam.
Sixteen students in the junior category and 14 in the senior category participated in the entrance ceremony.
Secretary Abraham Kurian requested that the children be registered with the Malayalam Mission as soon as possible. The meeting and the initiation ceremony ended with a vote of thanks.
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