Arizona Malayali expats excited to celebrate onam on Sept 14
Phoenix, AZ: Onam, the festival of flowers and colors being celebrated for centuries in Kerala, one of the states in the southern part of India, brings nostalgic feelings to all expatriate Keralites. A festival celebrating renewed hope and a new beginning, Onam is a tribute honouring the King Mahabali who is welcomed back by his masses.
Keralites community living in Arizona have come together to celebrate onam, the harvest festival of Kerala in association with KHA. The grand celebration is scheduled on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at ASU Preparatory School Auditorium Phoenix, Arizona.
The event begins at 10:00 am with a fresh pookalam, the traditional floral arrangement on the floor by using different variety of flowers. Only petals of the flowers have been used for making the pookalam.
The major attraction of this year’s onam celebration will be Cultural Mega show - ‘ONAPULARI’ - of more than 200 participants. The specially choreographed Mega Show will comprise of an ensemble of dance forms of India, which will include Mega Thiruvathira (chreo by Anita Praseed), Mega Margam Kali (Choreo by Aji Biju), Mega Bharatanatyam (Choreo by Madhu Ghatigar), Mega Bollywood Dance by Sparkles Chandler – famous bollywood dance school in the Valley, Odissi Dance presented by Pulari Kartha and Mohiniyattam by Uma Moss and Team.
Anita Praseed, one of the main coordinators of the mega cultural show says, “KHA has always given opportunities to budding artists and encouraged talents across the valley. To continue our tradition, we have around 200 ladies performing in a Maga Show called ‘ONAPULARI’ as part of KHA’s onam celebration. I am happy that I am part of this mega show which showcases India’s great heritage”.
Speaking about the celebration in Arizona, Sreejith Srinivasan of KHA, says, “We have been celebrating onam every year in a grand fashion. This year’s celebration is on September 14th; over 1000 people are expected to be present for the cultural programmes and the grand feast – onasadhya’. The traditional vegetarian meal served on a synthetic banana leaf with over 25 plus dishes”.
Apart from that, the celebration will also be showcase various other cultural activities including mahabali procession, onam songs, various dance choreographies, skit and group songs and much more.
KHA invite expatriates of Arizona to join us the onam celebrations. More information, please contact 480-516-7964, 623-230-9637, 623-455-1553, 480-307-1347 or visit www.khaaz.org