C.O.M.A Newsletter – July 2018

Hello friends,

Time really flies by when you are on vacation, isn’t it? Summer holidays are coming to an end and everyone is back in work mode. Hope everyone enjoyed their break from school, college or work and got a chance to visit new places and people. Although vacation is over, there is always something else to look forward to and this time that’s our Onam celebration! Onam Festival is celebrated in the beginning of the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kolla Varsham) called Chingam. This month corresponds to August-September in Gregorian Calendar and Bhadrapada or Bhadon in Indian (Hindu) Calendar.

When is Thiru Onam?
Onam carnival continues for ten days, starting from the day of Atham and culminating on Thiru Onam. Atham and Thiru Onam are the most important days for Onam festivities. The day of Atham is decided by the position of stars. Onam festival commences from lunar asterism (a cluster of stars smaller than a constellation) Atham (Hastha) that appears ten days before asterism Onam or Thiru Onam. Atham is regarded as auspicious and holy day by people of Kerala. Thiru Onam corresponds to the Shravan day in the month of August or September, hence it is also called Sravanotsavam.
You can read more about this beautiful festival at http://www.onamfestival.org/when-is-onam.html

C.O.M.A Onam Celebrations for 2018 is on Saturday, September 8th.

Please see complete details and registration link at http://www.comaohio.org/index.php/2018/08/14/onam-2018/. 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 volunteer for the event.
We have received multiple entries for cultural programs from our talented community. We will try to accommodate as much programs as we can, and you will be contacted soon.
Here is a short teaser video: https:coma.onam.video

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C.O.M.A Newsletter June 2018

Hello Friends,

Summer is here and so being summer vacations! Most of us have planned family trips, road trips, trips down to India, etc.  We hope you stay safe in your travels and enjoy your much deserved break from school and work.

Chitrashalabhangal

Here are the much-awaited photos from the mega musical program Chitrashalabhangal, which was conducted on May 19th, 2018. These photos really help to relive the magic that was that night. Thanks again to our in-house photographer, Ashish Muthiraparambath for capturing these behind the scenes and on-stage moments.

[Link to Photos]

Upcoming COMA Events

  • COMA Picnic (Register here) for this year has been scheduled on July 22nd ,2018 at Liberty park. We have planned multiple activities for every age group. Make sure you block your calendars! COMA youth wing has planned something special – they have planned an exciting and scrumptious BAKE SALE! We will be having a variety of yummy treats for kids as well as adults.If you would like to make a contribution by preparing one of your special secret recipes, please reach out to our coordinator Neelima Gopinath at neelimacg@gmail.com. She can help you with logistics.Example of treats you can prepare: Cutlets,puffs,samosas,chips, sandwiches,cakes,muffins,cupcakes,brownies,boondies, indian snacks … Whatever you bring we will sell!All proceeds from the bake sale will be going towards charity.
    So please do not hesitate to make a contribution today!
  • Onam 2018 has been scheduled for September 8th we have started its preparations already!  If you would like participate in a cultural event, please fill in the below google form and submit by August 3rd  :

Google Form for Onam Event Registration

[Entries received after the last date will be on waiting list] Selected entries will be informed by August 17th. The entries will be selected on first come-first serve basis and judged on variety, considering time constraints and audience interests.
Any queries? You can email us at coma.officials@gmail.com or contact Sangeetha Muthiraparabath (Secretary) at +1 (614) 571-7632 or Seethal Babu (Joint Secretary) at 215-821-4033.

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C.O.M.A Newsletter May 2018

Hello Friends,

Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room! We just made history!

Chitrashalabhangal 2018

 

COMA just pulled of its biggest event yet with absolute flawlessness. What an honor it was to have KS Chitra and her team to perform for us in Columbus. Singer and Music director Sharreth, young singers Roopa Revathy and Nishad and their amazing orchestra added to the magic that was her voice. Having Chitra and her team in Columbus to celebrate COMA’s 10th year celebration was truly a dream come true. On behalf of C.O.M.A Executive Committee and Trustees, we are forever indebted for gracing us with their unforgettable musical performance.

On the day of the event, COMA was able to make an additional donation of $3000 to the families of the fallen Westerville Officers. The check was handed over to the Westerville police chief Joe Morbitzer.

A huge shout out to the amazing team of volunteers who had been planning meticulously for the past 3 months to bring you a memorable musical evening. Without them, this would not have been possible. Your hard work and time is much appreciated.

Photos from the event will be shared soon

Read moreC.O.M.A Newsletter May 2018

COMA Newsletter April 2018

Hello Friends!

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!

Chitrashalabhangal – Mega Musical Event 2018: May 19th

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 

Nish Nishant, COMA 5K Run Coordinator

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

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COMA Newsletter March 2018

Hello Members!
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


Preparation for the event is in full swing.  Chitra, Sharrath, Roopa and Nishad will be accompanied by twelve musicians. The songs will include Malayalam (approx 50%), Tamil (approx 40%) and other languages (10%). Tickets for the event is available online now. You will be able to select a specific location in the auditorium and purchase tickets, and make payments via PayPal. We will start publicizing the event to FIA, other Indian Organizations and Malayalee organizations outside of Columbus. Hence, 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.
We are publishing a souvenir dedicated to Malayalam Film Music during this event. If you would like to contribute, please contact us.
We are looking for sponsors to support this event. This is a golden opportunity to reach out to 700+ community members. If you own a business or like to sponsor as an individual, please reach out to coma.officials@gmail.com.
More information and online purchase: http://www.comaohio.org/concerttickets

Chitra’s Video Message

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COMA Newsletter February 2018

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.

Bowling 2018

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!

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COMA Newsletter January 2018

Hello Friends!

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-

  1. Socializing within our community – get to know the community
  2. 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.

EC-2018

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COMA Newsletter December 2017

Christmas Celebration

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.

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COMA Newsletter October 2017

Hello Friends!

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.

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COMA Newsletter September 2017

Hello Friends!

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.

http://www.photosaga.photography/COMA-ONAM-Celebrations-2017/

Videos of the event will be available soon.

EC-2017

Read moreCOMA Newsletter September 2017