THANIMA A UNIQUE FAMILY WHEN THE ENTHUSIASM IS SKYHIGH NO TASK IS IMPOSSIBLE......AND THIS ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION TO INNOVATE,IMPLEMENT, THE UNQUENCHABLE THIRST ,AND DRIVE TO EXCEL KEEPS OUR ENGINES ROLLING ON AND ON……THANIMA THE NAME IS REALLY WORTH COMMENDABLE……
We came, We saw, We conquered the minds and hearts of many. When you know what you want and want it badly enough you will find a way to get it. Wherever we go, wherever we are, our sweet home lures and beckons us every now and then, with a tinkling nostalgia caressing our beings. THANIMA carries this sweetest pain that is nostalgia, symbolizing the Human and Nostalgic Interaction of Malayalees Abroad an elite organization which came into being in 2005, a milieu of collective minds who admire simplicity and virtues of Keralite culture and unto our mother we bow in respect upholding the overriding philosophy of unity in diversity .THANIMA is a unison of minds ,hearts and myriad cultures carrying the theme of unity and togetherness. We are one, be it in unknown pastures, unknown lands. THANIMA is adept to seek, to yield and not to succumb. We are an organization with an unappeased yearning to dedicate and devote ourselves in noble causes. Thanima has undertaken such a great venture of uniting myriad minds, cultures, castes under one common roof with a reverberation of innovative ideas, effective programs, cultural extravaganza bringing a miniature world of Keralite culture and ideals all through the years forging ahead with a saga of success...
To welcome the new year with fresh hopes, aspirations and expectations Thanima organized ‘Puthuvalsarathanima 2014’ at United Indian School, Abbassiya, being the first program of their 10th year celebrations.
The function, presided over by Sanish George (Gen. Convener), began with National Anthems followed by invocation by Bibitha Thomas & Reshma Mariam.
Dr. George Joseph (Association Secretary of Indian Orthodox Church), K.N.K. Namboothiri (Ex-Director, Literacy Mission, Kerala) and Arshad (ex-President of Youth India) delivered New Year messages, in which all of them highlighted the dangers of today’s fast phased life style of Keralites mainly due to the blind acceptance of western culture. Medias has a role in influencing the people, but regrettably often this is used negatively for commercial gains. Values are forsaken, responsibilities are ignored, resulting in increased crime rates as well as increased number of old age homes in Kerala. They stressed the need for a retreat to our golden days, when we had communal harmony, prosperity, mutual respect & trust among other values.
Pancily Varkey, the Country of Head of UAE Exchange leaving Kuwait was honored with a memento by Raghunathan Nair and Sageer Thrikaripur. Johney Kunnil and Babuji Bathery offered felicitations and Pancily Varkey thanked Thanima for all their support.
The major attraction of the event was the traditional carol singing competition depicting the real fervor and zeal of a united community. Vibrant teams representing various cultural groups participated in the competition upholding the memoirs of ancient Keralite community symbolizing fraternal love and affection and were successful in showcasing their talents, arousing nostalgic feelings in the minds of those who have gathered to watch them perform. The Basil Team (St. Basil Indian Orthodox Church), KKCA (Kuwait Knanaya Cultural Association) and Agape won 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions respectively. Also, best X’mas father was won by Agape. Trophies to the winners and prizes for the eldest and youngest participants, sponsored by Thanima were presented by Association leaders and judges.
Litty Mary welcomed the gathering and Iqbal Kuttamangalam proposed the vote of thanks. Bibin Thomas excelled in compering the programs. As always with Thanima’s other programs, it was a pleasant and exciting experience for all those who could attend Puthuvalsarathanima.
Onathanima 2013 organized by THANIMA, the socio-cultural group active in Kuwait flagged off successfully with a fantabulous array of flawless festivities, the most awaited and spirited TUG O’WAR competition, honoring of the pearls of different Indian schools in Kuwait who excelled in academics, extracurricular, social and other areas in the presence of a jam-packed audience whose cheers reverberated the premises of the Indian Central School.
The dias was blessed with the guest of honor H.E. Delarey Van Tonder South African Ambassador to Kuwait and his wife Mrs. Sebella Van Tonder whose presence added more color & grace to the function, followed by a galaxy of intellectuals headed by Johny Lukose (News Director, Manorama Vision.), M.V. Shreyams Kumar (MLA & Director of Marketing, Mathrubumi daily), Mrs. Santha Maria James (President’s award winning teacher & Principal Indian Central School).
A vibrant and colorful cultural procession marked by a galore of art-forms encapsulating the essence of India’s varied culture & heritage was the hallmark of the function. Fourteen Indian Schools nominated their best student for the prestigious ‘Pearl of the School award’, and the nominees were honored by HE The Ambassador. Nominee from Kuwait Indian School was Ms. Keynat Shahid, a Pakistani national.
Added to this there were lively sessions of music by Shaiju Pallipuram and team. Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, the blind singer whose voice rocked the stage and the crowd rendered melodious hit numbers. Thanima’s website was officially launched by Johnny Lukose.
A devotional CD, by Babuji Bathery (lyrics) and Mustafa Ambadi (music) was released in the function by Vaikom Vijayalakshmi. Singers are Mano, Vijay Yesudas, Swetha Mohan, Sudeep Kumar, Markose, Kester, Sindhu Premkumar and Shaiju Pallipram
There were 18 teams for the most awaited 9th Tug O’ War competition for the Sancelia Ever Rolling Gold Cup, wherein sports was played in the body but it was won in the mind. The competition was held in ‘League Cum Knock Out’ basis where the teams took part after many months of practice. Team ‘Friends of Rajeesh’ defeated ‘Lions of Kuwait’ in a neck to neck final match to lift the most prestigious Sancelia Ever Rolling Gold Cup. The runner up team, Lions of Kuwait, was presented with Blue Line trophy and team Seven Star was presented with Jiju memorial ever rolling trophy for the third position.
‘Friends of Kannur’ team won the new trophy for the Best All-rounder Team, implemented from this year in memory of the brave Indian soldier who lost his life in the border Col. Jojan Thomas.
Vijil of friends of Kannur got the Most Promising player award for the Rajeesh memorial ever rolling trophy. The other individual prizes are as follows.
Best caption : Ajo (Seven Stars)
Best Back : Giji Thomas (Lions of Kuwait)
Best coach : Saji (Friends of Rajeesh)
KEA won the Roneymon memorial ever rolling trophy for women Tug O’ War. Every good thing has to come to an end but the memories live forever just that ONATHANIMA 2013 was as promising and fabulous as it used to be, but this year it really engulfed us in it’s whirlpool of happiness &fun.