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December 14, 2010

Elephunk Theme – Nashua Ladies- NEMA Xmas 2010

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Another captivating performance by Nashua Ladies.

A fusion dance which explores the effect of ‘fusion’ in our life which is in constant transit between our ethnic and American cultures.Nashua Ladies are trying to present this tension between our inner and outer worlds through a traditonal choreography – with a ‘phunky’ twist.The “Elephunk Theme” is a  Tamil masterpiece of Ilayaraja remixed by Black Eyes Peas.

Choreography: Udaya Rani Umesh/Deepa Arun

Participants: Meena Unni, Deepa Arun, Sreeshma Shaji, Hareena Sanil, Mary Joseph, Jiby Santosh, Sindu Santosh, Anjali Rajesh, Udaya Rani Umesh and Devika Nair.

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December 13, 2010

Evolution of Bollywood – NEMA XMas 2010

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Evolution of Bollywood depicts how the dance evolved over the years in Indian cinema.  Evoked nostalgia and took us through a journey over decades of Bollywood movies.

Choreography: Meena Uni/Udaya Rani Umesh

Performers: Hridhya Jacob2,  Sandra Jacob, Ankita Shaji, Malavika Nair, Richa Rajesh, Josaphine Mathew, Smriti Suresh, Meghna Geo, Shreya Kappala, Anya Garg,  Antara Garg, Shreya Mulukantla, Sehar Puri, Jyoti Rohit,  Devika Nair, Namitha Nair, Anna Mathew, Sanjana Santosh, Namratha Nair, Aleena Karatra, Kavya Sebastian, Navya Sebastian, Ganga Nair, Janaki Nair, Meghna Kanthan, Sumedha Rajesh

2010 Halloween Party – another view

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Meghna Nair, a 5th grade student at Mary D.Altavesta Elementary School, Woburn MA, presents her view of NEMA’s 2010 Halloween Party. Meghna regularly takes part in dances, skits etc in NEMA functions. Meghna also won the NEMA’s Essay competition held in 2009.  Below, Meghna gives an interesting perspective on the event…

The Halloween party that NEMA organized was very enthusiastic.  There was a haunted house which was very scary to me.  Even though the haunted house was scary, the rest of the party was funny because many adults had costumes, mustaches, wigs, beards and funny masks including my dad.
I also saw a funny skit directed by Manoj uncle.  Even though I did not understand what the story meant I think they a very good job acting.  Something that I think was very fun to the kids was the game such as musical chairs, musical status and passing the parcel.
There were two contests, pumpkin and costume contest. I like many pumpkins people carved and costumes people wore. The Halloween party was funny and I was glad to be there.

NEMA Halloween 2010 – A report

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This Report is written by Mahesh Vasudevan, a 11th grade student at Wheeler School, Lincoln.  In the past Mahesh has contributed short stories to this blog  and wrote a short play based on Mahabali’s life for 2008 Onam.  Mahesh is the driving spirit behind NEMA’s youth group. Below is the report Mahesh wrote about NEMA’s Halloween party which has held in Chelmsford, MA

NEMA began doing its Halloween event since 2007 and has always had rousing success.  So going into 2010, it seemed a hard task to outdo the past events. One important change was that in venue. The previous two events were held in Grafton, but this year it was to be held in Chelmsford.  Of course, there was a lot of planning and work that was to be done which especially kick started following Onam in late August. Even the simplest, most overlooked things were taken into great account. From the food, to the decorations, to the games, to the activities, the people behind the operations tried to perfect every last detail.

As expected, this year’s Halloween event was fun, vibrant and an absolute blast! I and three of my friends, Justin, Kyle and Nikita, made the haunted house. Justin and Nikita have helped me for the past three years make the haunted house. Going into this year, we were particularly worried of how we would outdo last year’s haunted house, coming up with new, creative ideas and to keep the visitors scared but letting them have a fun time. The new venue came as a double-edged sword as we thought a change of pace would be great but it would be starting from scratch. Nevertheless, our enthusiasm and love of making the haunted house negated these factors. As all four of us arrived late, it seemed we’d have to pull of a miracle to put up the haunted house on time. For almost three straight hours, we duct-taped, stapled, piled, planned and worked tirelessly until our product was complete. With the help of my father, Gopal and Sivan uncles we had our cast assembled. Besides the fog machine/fire alarm mishap in which everyone had to go out of the building for a while, it seemed like a great success.

Upstairs, the other activities seemed to be doing a great job of supplying the guests with entertainment too. Musical chairs, run by Pinky Vasudevan, were wildly popular, having everyone’s competitive juices flowing and made everyone feel like a five-year-old again. However Rishi, Aishu and Giri uncle were able to outlast the kids, women and men in their respective categories to win. Musical statues were another fun game solely for the children and won by Ricky, Advika and Advaitha. Advika also spread her game domination to passing the parcel and took top prize there too. One of the newest activities, the Jack-O-Lantern contest, garnered a lot of attention too as there were many unique designs. Saji Uncle and Jaya Aunty took second prize with Haunted House and Anjali took first with her unique Kathakali. The most hyped and waited-for event, the one that everyone wanted to participate in and tried so hard to do well was the Costume contest. There were zombies, ghouls, witches and fools. Rani Aunty won in the adults category, Aishu won in teens with her cowgirl getup and Archana won in children. Overall, Halloween was a fun-filled and entertaining event for everyone.

The 2010 Halloween event definitely outdid the past Halloween events in a good way. NEMA Halloween is of course a fun event that lets the Malayalee community of New England experience the fun of that day. What other Halloween event can you find Domino’s pizza alongside lemon rice? It’s especially great because it has something for everyone. If you want to have fun like a kid, there are so many fun activities like musical chairs. If you want to show off your creative flair, the Costume contest is the way to go. Go into the haunted house if you want to be scared out of your wits. To show off your artistic side, the Jack-O-Lantern contest is always open. Best of all, all of the great things at the Halloween event are always at a modest price. So next year you know there’s one more reason to look forward to Halloween!

November 1, 2010

NEMA Halloween 2010

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More pictures here.

[Photos courtesy Manish Kurup]

October 21, 2010

Vidhyarambham

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New England Malayalee Association chose the auspicious occasion of  Vijayadashami on October 17th, 2010 to start it’s Malayalam classes for children.

The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge” , arambham means “beginning’) for the children is held on Vijayadashami (the last day ofNavaratri) day. On that day thousands of people arrive at the temple to initiate learning to their children.

Initiation into the world of syllabary usually begins with the writing of the mantra “Om hari sri ganapataye namah”(ഓം ഹരി ശ്രീ ഗണപതയേ നമഃ)Hari(ഹരി) refers to the Lord, sri(ശ്രീ), to prosperity. Initially, the mantra is written on sand or in a tray of rice grains. Then, the master would write the mantra on the child’s tongue with gold. Writing on sand denotes practice. Writing on grains denotes the acquisition of knowledge, which leads to prosperity. Writing on the tongue with gold invokes the grace of the Goddess of Learning, by which one attains the wealth of true knowledge.[Vidyarambham]

The first class was a huge success with over 20 children attending. This is an initiative  headed by Manoj Nair  and Asha Manish.  Malayalam classes would be held every other week at the Burlington public library. The schedule is here. The children were thrilled and they are all looking forward to the next class.

Some images of the first class below:

December 18, 2009

Christmas 2009

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Where:  Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

When: 19th December 2009, 4 – 7 PM

Wow: Magical moments by Christo Joe, Music retreats by playback singer Anita Krishna and many exciting cultural programs.

Yum: Sumptuous Christmas Dinner

Who else: Visitor from North Pole

More …

October 29, 2009

Halloween Photos

NEMA’s 2009 Halloween Party was a fun filled evening . Monsters and Ghosts of all sizes and shapes attended the event. Costumes, contests, music, food, dance  were the main ingrdients of the evening. The event was arranged by NEMA Youth group. The hightlight of the event was the ‘House of Horrors’ built by NEMA youth group.Please click below to see the Halloween album.

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2009 Halloween Party

September 30, 2009

Varnothsavam – 2009

Another Malayalam star show making it’s way to Boston area.

This show is directed by National Award winning director Rajeevnath.

Details about Artists:

  • Nedumudi Venu
  • KPAC Lalitha
  • Jayaraj Warrier
  • Nandu
  • Devi Chandana
  • Sayanora
  • Krishna Mohan
  • Seema G Nair
  • Kishore Varma
  • Anju Mohandas
  • Salini
  • BabuJose(Keyboard)

Venue:  Marlboro Middle School, 25 Union St, Marlboro, MA

Date and Time: 10/10/2009, 6:30 PM
For tickets please click here.

More details about the show here.

Varnothsavam 2009

September 9, 2009

NEMA Ist annual Short film competition – Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 1st Annual NEMA short
film competition.

The final five submissions were

1. “Are You From India?” by Team Pandarakalam
2. “Aspirations” by H1N1 Productions
3. “Blueberry Killer” by Chillara Creations
4. “Fortune Cookies” by Minnesota Malayalees
5. “Yaathranantharam” by Team VAAS

We were fortunate to have the following individuals in our judging panel;
1. Abi Varghese of the Akkara Kazhcha team
2. Ajayan Venugopalan of Akkara Kazhcha team
3. Anup Sugunan – a professional actor/director based in Hollywood, CA.

Teams H1N1 Productions and Minnesota Malayalees started out with 5
penalty points for exceeding the allocated 10 minutes.

Leading teams in individual categories were as follows :
1. Cinematography  – VAAS
2. Screenplay – Minnesota Malayalees
3. Acting(Film) OR Subject Matter (Documentary) – H1N1
4. Sound/Technical Aspects – H1N1
5. Creativity – Minnesota Malayalees
6. Overall Impression – H1N1

The judges have weighed in and the WINNER is … (drumroll
please)….”Aspirations” by H1N1 Productions(Part 1 and Part 2).  The judges were
unanimous in their decision and H1N1 Productions won inspite of
starting with a five point penalty.

Click here for the play list of final 5 entries.

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