The Department of Malayalam, St Aloysius College orgnaised a National Seminar ‘Rasam’ on the theme “Samskaravavum Sahithyavum (Culture & literature of Malayalees) on 14 February 2019 at LCRI Hall. This programme was inaugurated by Prof Valsan Peelikodu, the Orator/keynote speaker of this seminar. Programme Co-ordinator, Mrs. Rethnamma, Dean for PG Studies, Dr. P.P. Sajimon, Sri Ganesh Amin Sankamar, Nibin Manuel were present on the dais.
Kerala is blessed with abundant nature, rich culture, colorful festivals, diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking temples, mosques and churches and so much more. St Aloysius College which has attracted many Malayalee students from Kerala, have formed their own Malayalam Association in the College, which has been very active in conducting various cultural events and programmes.
Prof Valsan Peelikodu spoke about his view points on Malayalam culture and its gradual change from his time until now. He also gave a wonderful definition of culture and tradition of Malayalam.
Addressing the audience, Dr Alwyn D’Sa said, “Being among all you Malayalees here, I feel like a celebrity hailing from a different community. I have always appreciated the qualities and characters of the Malayalees, and today on this auspicious occasion I got the chance to express my thoughts about you all. You are all like the God sent people living in the God’s own Country”.
“Yes, Malayalees are hard working people, who are not satisfied with ordinary things, they are always looking forward to emerge into better things and be on the top, by reaching greater heights. Malayalees look for the best institutions to pursue their academic career, and you have done the right choice by joining this institution, which provides you the best education, best facilities, knowledgeable faculty and good morals. No doubt you are the real people of India who can reach our nation to greater heights” added Dr D’Sa.
Dr Sajimon also spoke in Malayalam language, narrating about the Malayalam culture and tradition.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Nibin Manuel, and Miss Nikita George compered the programme. Students performed a traditional Kerala dance, Prof Valso Peelikodu took over the session to deliver keynote address on the topic “Samskaravavum Sahithyavum”.