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July 2021

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President - Sabeena Nazar | Vice President - Dr. Alphonsa Rahman | Secretary - Sheeba Alousyes | Treasurer - Jilu Lenji | Chief Editor - Tison Thomas

Joint Secretary - Jubin Kottaramkunnel | Joint Treasurer - Dr. Joseph Zacharia | Ex-Officio - Mathew Varghese | Elect - Jijo Allapat

From the Treasure’s Desk - Jilu Lenji

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As grandiose slogans go, Kerala “God’s Own Country” -an assertion of divine provenance that loudly proclaims and embarks on their heritage, people, culture, omnism, literacy, and values. Kairali of Baltimore is continuously enriching the value of “Kerala” within the malayalee community living in the state of Maryland. 

Kairali brings the sense of being a “Keralite” within when they meet for Onam (Mahabali Aagamanam) and Christmas celebrations every year that includes a taste of Keralite foods and various Indian art forms. When Kerala was at a crossroads of crisis, our members through the strength of their selfless contributions made Kairali a proud “aid-sponsor.”I am privileged to serve as the 2021 treasurer for “Kairali of Baltimore” that elevates the mission, vision and value of a true “Keralite” and welcome all members to this beautiful experience.

Onam Celebrations 2021

We cordially invite you and your family to attend Kairali of Baltimore's  Onam Celebrations on September 11, 2021 at Howard High School. If you would like to participate in any culture events, please register at the following link.

https://www.kairaliofbaltimore.com/onam-program-registration
 

The deadline for performance registration is August 22, 2021.

Please see below for more details on program registration:

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All performances need to be registered via the registration link: 

https://www.kairaliofbaltimore.com/onam-program-registration

  1. No solo performance is allowed.

  2. Dance and Song programs should not last more than 5 minutes.

  3. Malayalam language based programs are preferred. 

  4. Hall will not be available for practice the day before. Participants can use the stage for practice sessions from 3 PM to 4 PM on the day of the event.

  5. All the participants must report to the venue completely dressed up for the performance by 4:30 pm. 

  6. There is no “Athappookkalam” competition this year. However, there will be an Athapookkalam at the lobby to welcome our guests.

  7. There will be a competition for the best-dressed couple in Onam attire. Registration required to participate. The judging panel will decide the winner and winner will be announced during the stage programs.

  8. Once the final program list is up, there will not be any change in order.

  9. The event participation registration closes on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

  10. For questions, please contact Lenji Jacob (443 621 0048) Sabeena Nazar (443 625 8748) Sheeba Alousyes (410 868 3060).

Kairali Conversations

Join us for our August month Kairali Conversations moderated by Amanda Abraham on the topic "Colorism and Intra-ethnic Racism" on Friday, August 6 at 7 pm via Zoom!

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Upcoming Events

Frozen Casserole Donation

August 7, 2021

Onam 2021

September 11, 2021

Kairali Conversations

August 7, 2021

Christmas & New Year

 Celebration - Jan 8, 2022

Frozen Casseroles

Kairali of Baltimore's Youth Committee is organizing a frozen casserole donation to Our Daily Bread, Baltimore. Please select one or more of the recipes to make with your family, label the dish and then freeze it. Drop off the frozen casseroles to Perry Hall or Catonsville location mentioned in the flyer on Saturday, August 7, 2021 between 10:00 - 11:00 am. We will drop off all the donated casseroles to Our Daily Bread.

Please sign up the form below if you would like to donate frozen casseroles.
https://forms.gle/PdU3vFXepwqddHNW9

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Kairali Picnic 2021

Kairali of Baltimore organized the community picnic on 17th of July 2021. It was held at Alpha Ridge Park, Marriottsville, MD. The event was very successful with around 200 attendees. Numerous games were organized for the adults and kids. This was our first outdoor event in the last 2 years since COVID hit. It was a great joy to see people come out in great numbers to be able to see their friends after being isolated for so long. The little kids enjoyed candy picking and Lemon race while the adults had fun with musical chair, Vadamvali etc. Winners of Throw ball and Volley ball competition received the rolling Trophies and cash prizes. People enjoyed barbecued chicken, hot dogs, burgers along with plenty of vegetables and fruits. It also happened to be a very hot day with showers towards afternoon. But nothing could dampen the spirit of our resilient Kairali family who thoroughly enjoyed every challenge. It validated the saying that life is not about waiting for the rain to stop but it’s about learning to dance in the rain. We are looking forward to many more fun events with you in future. Until then stay safe. 

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Shanti Bhavan Project

Please support Kairali of Baltimore Youth Committee's initiative in raising funds to support the educational and residential expenses of financially challenged students in South India by purchasing a raffle ticket for just $20. Two lucky winners will get $250 each from the raffle lucky draw on September 11, 2021. 
You can purchase the raffle tickets via zelle to 443 841 5250 (Amanda Abraham) and also from the link below:
https://www.kairaliofbaltimore.com/educational-fundraising
To learn more about the great work Shanti Bhavan does, please watch the Daughters of Destiny on Netflix.

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Membership Donations

Annual Membership Donations are $25/family.

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