Looks like Spring took a year off and Summer is right here. 😊
We finally can start that Spring cleaning and planning out the summer trips this year after a really long winter. Those with the green thumb must be already out there with your gardening gloves.
April was a big month for COMA this year. So lets dive into details!
Preparation for the event is in full swing. Chitra, Sharrath, Roopa and Nishad will be accompanied by twelve musicians. The team is already in US and performed in several stages. They will sing Malayalam, Tamil and other languages. There are a few more tickets available. Kindly reserve your seats before the sections are sold out.
We will be donating $5000 to the fund supporting families of fallen Westerville Police Officers. With your support, COMA has already donated $1000 right after the incident.
More information and online purchase: http://www.comaohio.org/concerttickets
COMA 10th Anniversary Special Event- 5k run
This year is COMA’s 10th year anniversary, and we kicked off the 10 year celebrations with a 5K walk/run charity fundraiser for the YWCA host-a-meal program. Over 120 people participated in the run, ranging from children as young as 6 to some of our more mature patrons. People also brought in their dogs, and some folks turned up purely to support the runners, contributing to a warm family atmosphere. The EC team handed out trophies to those that finished first under various gender/age categories, but it was quite commendable that every participant finished the run.
Congratulations to the winners!
- Youth Girls: Dhiya Pereira
- Youth Boys: Peter Wilson and Adithya Muthiraparambath
- Women: Suji Ponnath
- Men: Sreekanth Vishwanathan
Wishing you all a happy Easter and a prosperous Vishu!
This winter has been dragging on for months and surely, we can’t just wait for Spring to come already. With the April showers, fingers crossed Spring is around the corner. Be it winter or summer, COMA has been working tirelessly round the clock to make 2018 a memorable year. So, let’s get into details!
Chitrashalabhangal – Mega Musical Event 2018: May 19th
What’s well begun is half done…
This quote couldn’t be truer! In 2 months, COMA has already conducted 2 very successful events for our community.
An enthusiastic group of more than 30 met at Gahanna Lanes on Jan 28th, for a fun filled afternoon of bowling. The event being the first of its kind, adults and kids enjoyed equally, be it if it was their first time or if they were bowling professionals. Two hours flew by when everyone was having so much fun!
We are excited in taking of the reins from this great EC team of 2017 and serving this GREAT community! We are a large organization operated in an extremely efficient manner with the dedication, focus and the direction set by trustees and fantastic efforts by every EC team in the last ten years. With all the support, we confident that we can make this a great year for COMA! We would like to thank Ajayan and team for a wonderful year with several events!
COMA has completed 10 years as a registered organization. The year will be dotted with several novel and exciting events in addition to our standard feat of Onam, Christmas, Picnics and regular networking events. There will also be special events to celebrate the completion of the ten years!
We also have finalized the plans for Mega Musical Event by Chitra and Team on May 19th. It has been couple of years that we had a big event, and we know most of you are eagerly waiting for one.
In 2018, we will be focusing on two major themes-
- Socializing within our community – get to know the community
- Community Involvement- Get our group to actively participate in the communities we live and work
To this end, several events are lined up for this year [Events-2018]
We request you to become a member of the COMA this year and support our activities. There are several benefits of being a member. In addition to ‘guaranteed’ discounts for major events, you will have discounts available at some of the Indian retailers, access to Malayalam class etc. We are working to provide additional value-added services to members. We also request you to allocate some time to volunteer for our events and our community outreach events! These are extremely satisfying moments!
We will continue our regular activities such as youth enrichment, Malayalam class, and start a few new initiatives. Jacob has volunteered to organize a toastmaster club for us, which will be great addition this year!
We will have a survey coming out in couple of weeks to gather your valuable feedback and suggestions for this year’s planning. Please do take a few minutes to provide your thoughtful response.
COMA ended the year with a swashbuckling Christmas celebration on Dec. 2nd at the Dublin Rec Center. The event included various crowd pleasing programs like Christmas Carol by the OMCC, Magic Show, Margam Kali, topped off with a Nutcracker themed ballet performance by Drake Dance Academy. The festivities was followed by a sumptuous Kerala style dinner server in an elegant setting. The night ended by the crowd dancing to various hit songs. Overall, everyone had a great time and enjoyed the final event of the year.
We hope you are having an awesome fall season! Our last event, the Professional networking event focused on investment was a success. There were many tips and advice that Jason, Eric and Cam gave to the attendees on Financial and real estate investments. We would like to thank them for sharing their knowledge and experience. Please find below the photos from the event.
Our next event is the Christmas event on Dec 2nd. There will be delicious traditional Kerala Christian food and many fun cultural events. The event is from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Dublin Community Rec Center. Please click here to go to the event page to buy tickets for the event. The early-bird rate will end on Nov 18th.
The Onam 2017 was a blast! The community is growing and we had the largest gathering of malayalees in Central Ohio for thsi event with more than 500 people attending the program this year! We hope you enjoyed the sadya and cultural events and had an oppertunity to meet friends and make a few new friends!
Many of you have told that you enjoyed the Kathakali demonstration very much. We have included some additional information about this traditional art form of kerala in this newsletter.
Arranging Onam Celebration, the largest event of COMA required months of planning and coordination among various groups. Many of you had stepped up and helped us throughout this period. We would not have been successful without your support. Thank you!
The photos from the COMA Onam 2017 event are now available. Please visit the following link and use the password ‘COMA2017‘ to view the photos.
Videos of the event will be available soon.
We are sure you are eagerly waiting for the Onam event and signature ‘Sadya’ next weekend! This is going to be a packed event with the Maha Sadya followed by a line up of exciting stage programs thrugh the afternoon! Several artists and volunteers are working hard to please you with their performance! There are a few surprises in the mix as well!
It will be a traditional Sadya with all the curries, upadamsams, rice, pappadam, pazham and payasams! You just need to bring your appitite!
We would recommend you reach the venue early, as we will be starting the Sadya @ 11:30. You will be given a token with a time slot assigned for the Sadya. We are expecting a massive crowd this time and sticking to the assigned time slot is essential to serve Sadya to everyone in a timely fashion, and start the stage programs on time.
We hope you will have loads of fun during COMA Onam Celebration!
Summer break is coming to an end! I hope you enjoyed the break from schools, colleges and work! Many of you may have taken a vacation and travelled to places! Would you like to share some of those memories with COMA? If so, please send pictures and notes and we will publish in newsletter in the coming months.
Seven months have already gone in this year, and we are about to get to ‘ponnin chinga masam’ and Onam Celebrations!. More information and registration link will be coming out soon! Hope to see every one of you there! As usual, there will be delicious Ona Sadya and wonderful cultural events! Please reach out to EC if you would like to participate in the stage programs or would like to volunteer for the event.
India’s 71st Independence Day is coming up and FIA will lead the celebrations in Columbus.