Central Ohio Malayalee Association

COMA (Central Ohio Malayalee Association) is a non-profit association run by Malayalees for Malayalees in the Columbus metropolitan area. Malayalees hail from the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in India. The Central Ohio Malayalee Association (COMA) was formally registered as a “not for profit” organization in October 2007. COMA strives to bring Central Ohio Malayaees together and also organizes various cultural and seasonal events throughout the year.

Presidential Address – Shibu Nair

I am happy to take up this second stint in the COMA Executive Committee in 2023. I feel it is a much-needed give-back to the Malayalee community in Columbus that has been a significant part of my immigrant Malayalee life in the United States, my home away from home. I am very excited to share that my team has a myriad of events and ideas planned for this year.

In addition to bringing you cultural, sport, and entertainment events, my team would like to take the opportunity to reassess COMA as a cultural organization, the values we uphold and its relevance to the Columbus Malayalee diaspora. We have made leaps and bounds since our formative years. However, as an organization, there is room for further growth, including but not limited to better managing the upkeep of our organization’s assets, promoting youth member participation, enhanced use of our website and social media presence to better engage and communicate with our members. A lot of thought is being put on those lines and you will see some major steps being initiated on these fronts.

Coming back to the planned events this year, in addition to our annual Picnic, Onam, and Christmas events, we plan to have a Valentine’s Day event and several sporting tournaments (Cricket, Soccer, Shuttle Badminton, also involving other Indian association members). Weather permitting, we plan to have an outdoor entertainment event as well. Also in the works are the development of communities for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.

We hope to seed initiatives that the community can take advantage of not just this year but in the coming years too. I trust that each and every one of you will support us in achieving our goals as one big family. I wish you all a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2023.

2023 Events

Event NameTentative Event Date
Valentine’s Day Special EventFeb. 11
Badminton TournamentApr. 22
Outdoor Gaana Mela (featuring Franco)June 17
COMA Float (FIA event)July 4
PicnicJuly 22
Cricket Tournament (at Busch Fields)Aug. 12
Onam CelebrationSep. 9
Soccer TournamentSep. 30 / Oct. 7
Christmas PartyDec. 2


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