PREVIEW FOR SREE NARAYANA GURU JAYANTHI AND ONAM CELEBRATIONS
If saints are incarnations of gods, then it basically means that even the gods
cannot eliminate the caste system in India (and that should put India's stand
about the Durban thing in perspective). This saint spent decades working towards
that, and the newspapers still get enough copy on the dalits. But saints still
have power to make small differences, so here's people showing hope.
The Sree Narayana Educational And Cultural Society was established in 1985 to promote education among the weaker sections and to organize cultural programs on special occasions like festivals and community gatherings. The organization was instituted in the name of late Narayana Guru. Born in 1885 in a middle class family, he had worked hard for the upliftment of the lower castes. He was a scholar in languages like Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil, and was a famous poet at a young age. He died at 43, and Malayalees across the world celebrate his birthday, which falls on September 3.
The Sree Narayana Educational And Cultural Society is celebrating his birthday belatedly this year, along with the Onam festival celebrations, amidst cultural programs. As a part of cultural events, the artists will enact Kerala's famous boat race scene on the stage, with music and songs. A dance form called Ottanthuwlal (similar to Kathakali) will be performed next, and it will be followed by Kerala's traditional martial art "Kaikotti Kali" by male and female artists.
The program will come to an end with speakers talking about the importance of
Onam and Sree Narayana Guru's preaching. Please contact Ambujaksham, Sree Narayana
Educational and Cultural Society, at 779-4847/779-4425/784-8106 for further details.