Mangalore, September 15: Onam festival was celebrated at TMA Pai Convention Centre here on Sunday September 14th which was organized by Kerala Samajam. The celremony, was inaugurated by minister for energy D K Shivakumar.
Mr D K Shivakumar , addressing the audience said, “Keralites are all over the world; they are the most intelligent people on earth. They have been spreading our culture everywhere.Our culture is our main strength. It plays an important role in developing our country. Mahabharata, Ramayana and Yakshagana are our greatest treasures; even the British could not take away our culture when they left India. It is our duty to save our culture”.
Addressing the gathering, minister for forest and environment Ramanath Rai joked that if one goes even to the Moon, one will find a Malayali there selling tea. “Keralites are everywhere spreading our culture. Karnataka and Kerala states are closely related. Be it food, manners, traditions, or religious programmes, our state matches with the Malabar region. In Kerala you can see temples, churches and mosques existing in close proximities. No major communal clashes are ever reported from anywhere. All live in peace and harmony”, he added
On this occasion, Mr Abhayachandra Jain, Minister for youth affairs and fisheries and Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo also delivered their precious talks.The guests were welcomed by Maxim Sebastian, vice-president of Kerala Samajam. M V Rajan, joint secretary of Kerala Samajam thanked.
In this gathering, T K Rajan, president of Kerala Samajam, minister for urban development Vinay Kumar Sorake, minister for health and family welfare U T Khadar, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangalore North MLA B A Mohiddin Bawa, A J Institutions chairman A J Shetty, deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim, Gokulam group of companies chairman Gokulam Gopalan, Mithun Rai, president of district Youth Congress and others were seen.