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As in the past, Raagalaya Academy of Music and Arts organized its music Award Nite with a change in venue. It was Mulund's Sri Kalidas Natya Mandir. The Life Time Achievement Award was already declared. The awardees are doyen of Malayalam film music K Raghavan and the danseuse Smt Sudha Chandran. The award consisted of a purse of Rs.25000 and a citation.
Shri Raghavan was presented with the award on January 5 at his residence at Thalayi, Thalasseri by President P V Vijay Kumar, Rajan V Nair the Social worker, Prasad and Asianet 'Pattupetty' fame Suresh Kumar. The proceedings videographed was shown on the screen in the auditorium and the audience lapped it up.

Smt Sudha Chandran was handed over her award by S R Pillai, D R Nair (VP, Hiranandani Constructions and Anish Kumar (MD, Bank of New York Millon. 'Pattupetty' fame Suresh Kumar anchored the show, peeping into the details of Raghavan's life. Playback Singer Kallara Gopan, Viswanathan, Prem Kumar, Sunil, Preeti Warrier, Baburaj, Madhu Nambiar, P V Vijayakumar, Sebastian, Soumya, Neethi and Chandini rendered Ragavan Master's compositions from Neelakkuyil to Yuddhakandam. It was a journey to the past and an immersion in nostalgia.

Actor and mimicry artiste Ramesh Pisharody led the audience into a laughter riot by his skills.

Third Anniversary of Kerala-in-Mumbai

Marking the end of incessant telephonic calls requesting entry passes, the curtains of the Sri Kalidas Natya Mandi rose to a thunderous welcome on February 10th. On an vacant stage came an highly recognizable gentleman accompanied by his wife and close confidants and soon the musical voice of Geetha Poduval, the anchor, started reciting a citation,

More we write, we feel, less is said,
You are lavish in spreading love to all
And they returned, in abundance, respect to you.
Free Press Journal, the Times of India and the Mathrubhumi
You served them with distinction;
Press Advisor to CM, director of Nehru Centre;
And a professor to aspiring journalists;
Author of scores of books;
Never turned away anyone who needed your counsel;
How can we repay what you've given us?
Accept our salutation, love and veneration.

Miserly in words, informing the audience that the senior-most journalist of Mumbai and a prominent contributor to the periodicals of the City, Prof P K Ravindranath was unanimously nominated to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Keralite in any chosen field and instituted jointly by Shailaja Pratap Nair Foundation and Kerala-in-Mumbai as its first recipient. FEI Cargo Ltd, an upcoming logistics firm, instituted the award "Shailaja Pratap Nair Puraskar' of Rs.1 lakh and a citation on behalf of Shailaja Pratap Nair Foundation, a charitable body.

The standing ovation of more than a thousand persons present there was a clear sign of the approval of the public who observed 'Raviettan' from close quarters. It was eye-moistening scene that Raviettan rose to accept the award from Gopakumar G Nair, social activist Rajan V Nair, Pratap Nair and Vidhi of FEI Cargo Ltd along with the Managing Editor of 'Kerala in Mumbai'. A thunderous applause reverberated the auditorium.

Soon other awards followed.

Shri C K K Poduval, a sure fixture of Malayalam theatre in Mumbai and its suburbs, walked up to receive the award instituted by 'Kerala in Mumbai' for Malayalam theatre. Mr Poduval has served the Malayalam theatre with distinction as organizer, director and actor for several decades. He received his award from Host International Managing Director Vijayakumar and theatre-film personality K D Chandran.

Shri Thomas Mathew, Managing Director of Life Insurance Corporation and director of several corporate organizations besides conscientious social worker, received his award from Prince Vaidyan, President of K & K Foundation, social campaigner and former actor, for his contribution towards the economic upliftment of the common man.

Dr Bijoy Kutty, the founder of Platinum Hospital of Mulund, received his award from Managing Director Naik Frozen Foods Pvt Ltd M R Francis and Rajan V Nair, for his contributions towards healthcare of the poor and the needy in the suburbs at affordable rates and often free of cost.

Shri P V K Nambiar, Corporatior of Vasai Municipal Corporation and a known personality in the Vasai Virar belt for his contributions to the society in various capacities through Malayali organizations and Lions Club International, from C R Unni and Prakash Padikkal, social workers of Mulund belt.

The release of the Annual Issue of 'Kerala in Mumbai' was done at the hands of Johnson and Alice Therattil the political and social activists, Managing Director of Navbharat Constructions and President of Hiranandani Keralites Association S R Pillai, CMD of MIEL e-Securities M N Kutty Nair, Thomas Mathew, S G Nair of Four Stars and Rajan V Nair.

The award presentation ceremony was aptly followed by a scintillating dance performance by Smt Sudha Chandran, danseuse, trainer and actress and her team of dancers. This captivating performance with excellent abhinaya and rapid footwork enthralled the audience beyond expectations. Though Sudha and her disciples appeared in different costumes in consequent dances, there was hardly any delay between the items. Sudha became an inspiration and a model to all to emulate.

Raghavan Master’s felicitation at Thalasseri, in Kerala
Raghavan Master’s felicitation at Thalasseri, in Kerala
Raghavan Master’s felicitation at Thalasseri, in Kerala
Pratap Nair and VijayKumar handing over the Shailaja Pratap Nair Foundation and Kerala in Mumbai Puraskar to Shri P K Ravindranath
C K K Poduval addressing the gathering
View of the audience
Prince Vaidyan presenting Kerala in Mumbai citation to LIC MD Thomas Mathew
Dr. Bijoy Kutty receiving the Kerala in Mumbai citation from M R Francis
P V K Nambiar receiving the citation from C R Unny
Performences by Sudha Chandran
Performences by Sudha Chandran
Performences by Sudha Chandran
Release of Kerala in Mumbai 3rd Anniversary issue
Orchestra in progress
Sudha Chandran’s dance performance
Singer Kallara Gopan
Preethi Warrier
Vijay Kumar
Ms. Sudha Chandran being felicitated by D R Nair
Orchestra team performing
Madhu Nambiar
Comedy skit by Ramesh Pisharody
Sunil Nair
Group Song

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