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About KAGW

How We Serve the community

Kerala Association of Greater Washington (KAGW) is the pre-eminent organization for Malayalees (Malayalam speaking people or the people from the South Indian state of Kerala) in Washington metro area serving them for more than 40 years. It has served as the bedrock for all types of arts, cultural and literary activities for Keralites in this area. Many outstanding individuals and leaders in the community have been associated with this august association in a variety of roles and capacities. Its defining identity is its existence as a stepping stone for many aspiring artists and leaders in the community.
KAGW is a registered non-profit organization exempt from taxes and certified per the federal regulations for non-profits as a 501(c) (3) organization. KAGW provides a forum for its members to meet and exchange views and to foster a spirit of friendship, goodwill, and understanding. The primary and distinguishing purpose of a cultural heritage organization like KAGW is to bind the community together by promoting and preserving its identity, traditions, and values. By providing public programs through which cultural heritage can be shared, KAGW is a leader in building bridges between various cultural groups and the larger community. KAGW is committed to serving the community in this way, through its far-reaching programs and endeavors.
Thangum Thanalum

Thangum Thanalum

  • താങ്ങും തണലും is a long term KAGW charity project to assist financially struggling cancer patients in Kerala and their dependents.
  • Assistance also includes support for children to continue with their studies and realize their dreams.
  • KAGW is working with known and reputable partner organizations in Kerala to identify beneficiaries and efficiently disburse the funds.
  • Contributions can be made by clicking the 'Donate' button below or in person at KAGW events. All contributions are tax deductible.
  • Please join us to save a life and see a smile!

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Talent Time

Talent Time

Talent Time is a multi-day cultural, art and literary competition for tiny tots to youth and adults held in the Washington D.C region. It has come a long way from being a one-day event with under 100 participants and around 15 competitions to now over 600 participants, 29 competitions across 4 age categories held in a span of 3 days during the months of March – April.

Talent Time is an excellent platform made possible by KAGW committee and volunteers to explore and display ones creative, intellectual and artistic aptitude. Participation helps build confidence and interpersonal skills through collaboration and engagement while fostering a sense of belonging and togetherness within the community.

Several months of planning and preparation, countless dedicated volunteer hours, hard work and sincere contribution from both kids and parents make Talent time a successful one every year! And most importantly… it’s so much fun to be a part of it that we are confident you will look forward to the gala every year!

2024 Talent Time Winners
KAGW Theme Song

Kagw Theme Song

  • Malayalame

    കേരളത്തെയും മലയാളത്തെയും കുറിച്ച് കേൾക്കുമ്പോൾ ആരുടെ മനസ്സിലും പെട്ടെന്ന് തോന്നാവുന്ന ചില പദങ്ങളും, സ്ഥലനാമങ്ങളും, ഉത്സവങ്ങളും, കലകളും പുഷ്പങ്ങളും ഇതിൽ ഉൾപ്പെടുത്താൻ ശ്രമിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. അതുപോലെ, കേരളത്തിന്റെ ദേശീയ പുഷ്പവും, ദേശീയ മൃഗവും, ദേശീയ പക്ഷിയും ഇതിൽ ഉൾക്കൊണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. ഈ പറഞ്ഞ സംഭവങ്ങൾ ചേർത്തുവച്ചു കൊണ്ട്, അതിൽ കുറച്ചു കാല്പനികതയും ആഗ്രഹങ്ങള

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Reel Deal

Reel Deal

A KAGW Cinema Celebration

Reel Deal is a short film festival held in Washington DC metro area.

Reel Deal is an effort to create a warm and welcoming space for Indian independent film-makers and film lovers. The registration for the event is open to anyone of Indian origin from North American region. Reel Deal also is committed to train the next generation of film makers and have a junior category for students up to 12th grade.

Originally started as short film making competition by KAGW in 2013, we have matured as one of the most celebrated premier film festivals for independent and primarily, experimental film-makers to showcase their work. KAGW being the parent organization of Reel Deal is committed in nurturing and motivating the cultural aspiration of the Indian community.