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A note from the President of KAGW.
Dear ,
It is with much delight that I take the responsibility to serve you as the new President of KAGW. I thank you for the confidence you have in me and giving me this opportunity to serve you.

I know I have a tough act to follow. The team under the dynamic leadership of Geetha Valiyil organized a series of great events in 2010, setting another higher standard in the process. Many of these programs were first of its kind in the Washington Kerala community. Read more...
KAGW & Malayali Community Breaks New Ground in Humanitarian Mission
at The DC Central Kitchen on New Year Day !!!
KAGW organized and coordinated an effort on behalf of The Greater Washington's Malayalee Community to volunteer and prepare one day's food for the homeless people of this area at the D.C.Central Kitchen on January 1, 2010. Despite extraordinary challenges presented by the date, the program was a tremendous success. There was a record turnout of upwards of 60 people. KAGW was also able to collect $1,000 as a donation towards the expenses of the event, which was handed over at the function. A special note of thanks to St.Gregorious Church, Silver Spring and FOKANA for their active support to KAGW in this venture.

It was a huge corroboration of the commitment of Malayalee Community in this area to selfless volunteerism and sacrifice when they came out to help the needy, on New Year day when most people would be relaxing after New Year eve's celebrations. We are proud as an organization to represent such a community that need no further proof for its remarkable dedication to uplift the destitute and the poor.
Information & Personal Consultation Session on Ayur Veda on Sunday, Jan 23rd (2 –5 pm)
KAGW Invites you for an information session and personal Consultation session on Ayur Veda on Sunday, January 23rd from 2 –5 pm at 308 Cork Tree Ln. Rockville MD 20850.
Pre Registration is required for Personal Consulting. Please send an email to or contact any of the committee members. The seminar is free. Donations to the Ashtavaidyan for personal consultations are welcome.
2:00 pm free seminar on approach of Ashtavaidyan Thaikkattu Mooss to Ayurveda – (AATMA)
3:00 pm personal consulting
5:00 pm closing remarks

Ashtavaidyan E.T.Ravi Mooss BAMS (Managing Director of Aatma Ayurvedic Pvt Ltd) will be conducting the sessions.
AATMA stands for approach of Ashtavaidyan Thaikkattu Mooss to Ayurveda. This centre for Ayurvedic healing was set up with a view to providing Ayurvedic treatment in the true Ashtavidya tradition, one that is fast gaining international recognition and reputation. AATMA combine the mode of treatment true to the system based on the principle of food fit for the patient, apart of course form parameters like Jyotisha the system of astrology practiced in India and Vastu-shastra or traditional architecture gaining attention in recent times.
Indian Republic Day Celebrations.
The Indian American Community of Washington DC Metropolitan Area is celebrating India’s Republic Day on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at High Point High School, Beltsville, Maryland.

The celebration consists of patriotic songs, cultural folk songs and dances from different parts of the country. Political leaders and some other dignitaries from America will also grace this important National celebration. The program will start at 4:00 pm.
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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD)
The ninth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, from 7-9 January 2011. Organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), in partnership with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region along with eight North Eastern States and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). This flagship event of MOIA was held in New Delhi, for the sixth time.
The focus of PBD 2011 was on the young overseas Indian. In an endeavour to connect with and engage the younger generation of the overseas Indians with emerging India, a plenary session on “Engaging with the young overseas Indian” was organized.

Local representation included Benoy Thomas, Mrs and Dr.Pillai and Suresh Raj.
Syro Malabar Christmas Celebration.
Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission of Greater Washington: Northern Virginia Community celebrated its first “Christmas and New Year” celebration on January 8th, 2011 at the “Boyd School—Westfield Campus” in Chantilly, Virginia.

As the first event hosted by this young and vibrant community that aims at nurturing spiritual growth and fostering community ties, the program delivered it's promises to be a nostalgic replay of the traditional festivities while serving as a venue for a “warm and emotional” gathering of “Catholic Malayalees” in Northern Virginia. Rev. Fr. Joseph Elamparayil and Mr.C.K.George graced the occasion.

Joseph Elamparayil is an Indian priest currently serving in St. James Parish, Falls Church, while studying for his doctorate at Catholic University.
C.K.George helped set up the export of Organic Spices for Peermade Development Society in Kerala. He currently works as a Consultant for Spices and Herbs for United Nations; International Trade Center.
KAGW & The Kennedy Center
From March 2 to March 20, 2011, the Kennedy Center will present maximum INDIA, an unprecedented celebration of Indian arts and culture that will include performances in music, dance, and theater, as well as exhibitions featuring art installations, cuisine, and more. The festival is presented in cooperation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. KAGW is partnering with the Kennedy Centre for the mega event "Maximum India". We are inviting application for voluneteers for this event. Click here to download the application in PDF format.
Kerala Trivia
Name the British researcher who traveled across the Arabian Sea to Kerala in a boat similar to those mentioned in ancient Jewish and Roman texts (following the same course as mentioned in the Acts of Thomas) and showed how the Nasrani-Jewish people had traveled to Kodungalloor.

The winner the December 2010 trivia is Boby Augustine from Germantown.
Send your answer to for a chance to receive a $10 gift Card* from Amma Vegetarian Kitchen. Due to the immense response to the past Trivia contests, our sponsor will reward more than one winner. So hurry !!..
KAGW Xmas Celebrations.
The Malayali community of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Celebrated the Christmas and New Year in a spectacular manner on December 5th 2010. The event was graced by the presence of the chief guest John P McDonough, Secretary of State, MD who declared Dec 5th as Kerala Association of Greater Washington day in honor of its distinguished service to the community..

Fr.KP Varghese delivered the Christmas message. There were a diverse set of programming from the area participants ranging from very traditional nativity scene enactment to Christian variety dance form Zion Manavalan and mainstream Malayalam and Bollywood dances and song medley. The night ended with a sumptuous lunch and DJ. It was a record breaking Xmas program in many ways with over 650 people attending the event.

KAGW would like to thank you all, the committee members, the program instructors, the stage and food volunteers and all others who helped make it a grand success. Most importantly, KAGW would like to thank the community for continuing to demonstrate this spirit of unity in coming together and celebrating as a single unit on these festive occasions. See Album
Scholarship Information.
The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is accepting applications from high-potential South Asian college students for the 2011 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from June 13 to August 5. Applications are available online at The deadline is February 1, 2011. The interns will receive an a stipend of $1,500.
The Hindu American Capitol Hill Leadership Initiative is accepting applications from Undergraduate and Graduate students for an internship program sponsored by the Hindu American Foundation. This is a unique opportunity to spend 8 weeks as an intern in a congressional office between May through June 2011. For details go to or call (301) 770-7835
KAGW expresses condolences on the sad demise of Sri. P.C. Padmanabhan Adiyodi father of Prakash Padmanabhan, on Tuesday 21 st of December at Kozhikode.
Sri Adiyodi retired as Supervisor in Railway Mail Service (India) and has served as the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the famous Rayaramangalam Bhadrakali Temple of Kasargod District.
Mr. Adiyodi was the father-in-law of Sangeetha Menon (daughter of M.G. Menon - former president and a long time member and supporter of KAGW).
Dr. M. G. Kaladharan Nayar, the older brother of Dr. M.G. Sarnagadharan, one of the founding members of KAGW, passed away on Dec 21, 2010, following brain hemorrhage. He was at his family home in Kerala. Dr. Kaladharan Nayar was a preeminent authority in the field of International Law and Human Rights. One of his published articles was cited, in 1980, as a major authority by two United States Federal Courts. He was awarded the Doctorate of Law (J.S.D) by the University of California at Berkeley in 1973. Following the completion of his studies he worked as Sole Practitioner in areas such as Contracts, Criminal Law, and Juvenile Law. He then worked as legal counsel for the United States Social Security Administration until retirement in 2003. He is survived by his siblings: Sarngadharan, Chandrika (sister-in-law), Kamala, Sukumaran Nair (brother-in-law),Mohana, Purushothama Panicker(brother-in-law), Hymavathi, Madhavan Kutty (brother-in-law), Bhamini and Kannan Nambiar(brother-in-law).
Immanuel Mar Thoma Church Inaguration
Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, Virginia a parish under the Diocese of North America and Europe of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church of India was formally inaugurated on December 26th, 2010 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa, The Diocesan Bishop. In his inaugural address Thirumeni encouraged members of the parish to be true evangelists and follow the Church motto "Lighted to Lighten" literally by being a blessing to others. During this occasion Thirumeni released the parish website and released the inaugural souvenir.

The other dignitaries at the function inlcude: Mr. K. S. Mathews (Indian Embassy, Second Secretary, political), Rev. Dr. Joseph Vought (Senior Pastor, Community Lutheran Church, Sterling), Mr. Mark Herring (Virginia State Senator), Rev. Fr. Laby George Panakamattom (Vicar, St. Gregorios, Indian Orthodox Church, Ecumenical representative), Dr. G. V. V. Rao (Representative of Durga Temple), Dr. George Zachariah (Mar Thoma Church of Greater Washington Representative), Mr. Thomas Varghese (Vice President, IMTC VA).

Rev. M. M. John vicar of Immanuel Mar Thoma Church, VA delivered welcome speech and Mr. Joseph Abraham convener of Inauguration committee delivered vote of thanks. Mr. John Cyrus secretary of IMTC VA presented the Church report during the meeting.
Presenting The 2011 KAGW Team !!! Congratulation
Manoj and Rajani Vellanoore welcomed their second daughter Nandini Vellanoore on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm. Nandini weighed 6lbs 5oz and was 20 inches tall at birth.
Manoj and Rajani have been supporters of KAGW over the years. Incidentally, the Nandita is also the neice of our beloved community photographer Shyam Menon.
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