The Minnesota Malayalee Association (MMA) is a non-profit, non-political, secular and cultural Organization striving to promote the heritage and culture of the Indian state of Kerala to the 1500-plus Keralite community residing in Minnesota. In addition, MMA also focuses on harmoniously blending Kerala traditions within the local population through charitable and educational activities.
Since its inception in 2002 the association has worked actively to uphold the following objectives:
- Preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Kerala.
- Celebrate major festivals of Kerala in Minnesota.
- Provide occasions for members to socialize and network.
- Provide a forum for members to demonstrate and share their cultural talents.
- Organize and maintain a youth wing within the Association to promote the cultural heritage among our youth.
- Promote friendship and cultural exchange with other Indian and American organizations.
- Provide social service to the Malayalee Community and the community at large.
Over the past several years, the group has successfully organized several events to bring prominent Indian cultural artists to Minnesota including:
- Dr. K.J. Yesudas, one of the most eminent Indian classical musicians and leading playback singer of India.
- Padmasree Shobhana – a world renowned classical dancer, popular cine artist and a student of legendary Bharatanatyam dancers of India.
- Kathakali show at the Pantages theatre, Minneapolis, MN – Kathakali is one of the oldest dance forms that originated in Kerala during the late 16th century. It is an art that tourists from all over the world enjoy during their visit to Kerala.
- Musical Night with Award winning Playback singer Mr. Venugopal & group
- Manikilukkam (harmonious ringing of bells) – The stage show that presented several leading Cinema & Mimicry artists from Kerala.
- Swaralayam (A harmonious blend of music) – The stage show that presented the renowned South Indian Movie Director, Late Mr.Lohithadas, Award winning Playback singers Sreenivas, Gayathri and 3 budding playback singers along with full Orchestra from South India.
Kerala is an Indian state located on the Coast of south-west India. It was formed on 1st November 1956 by the States Re-organization Act by combining various Malayalam-speaking regions.
The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) and is bordered by Karnataka to the north and north-east, Tamil Nadu to the east and south, and the Arabian Sea to the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the state capital; other major cities are Kochi (the financial and industrial hub) and Kozhikode. According to a survey by economics research firm Indicus Analytics, five of the ten most livable cities in India are in Kerala.
Kerala is known as God’s Own Country. According to the Hindu Mythology, Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, threw his axe to identify a land where people can live peacefully and happily. Thus Kerala was recovered by God, as his own country. To live up to the name, Kerala is rich with its rich network of rivers, lagoons, thick forests, exotic wild life, calm back waters and with a beautiful shore line on one side and the lush Western Ghat mountains on the other side. Even when the immediate neighboring states go thru extreme weather changes, Kerala maintains a pleasant weather throughout the year.