A 60-year-old organisation, standing deep-rooted and strong, spreading its branches to the far reaches of Tanzania, working in social and cultural fronts, driven by the concerted minds and dreams of the Malayali community in Dar es Salaam, that is Kalamandalam in a Nutshell.
Had it not had the enduring mark of Kalamandalam, the story of my life in Tanzania, would have been different. I became a part of this great organization, the week, I landed in Dar es Salaam. From then till the day, I said Kwaheri to Dar, this organization was part and parcel of my story.
Kalamandalam Tanzania, started as the Malabar Club in the late 1950s. The Malabar Club later on became Kalamandalam, and then Kalamandalam Tanzania.. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…
Kalamandalam Tanzania, organizes cultural programmes hosted and performed by its members. Sports and Games events, discussions and debates also form part of the organization’s agenda. Kalamandalam also has the privilege of hosting the Indian Independence Day celebrations at Dar es Salaam. (Videos of some programs may be found here)
Kalamandalam Tanzania, promotes social and charity work in Tanzania. Building, and refurbishing school buildings, providing lunch at orphanages and medicines to hospitals, Kalamandalam Tanzania does it all…
Many thanks to this great organization, and all the people associated, for allowing me to be a part of it.
Kalamandalam Tanzania, being the face of the Malayalee population, and in the greater context, representing India as a whole in the African soil has a great role to play in the Indo-Tanzanian relations. This; Kalamandalam is able to perform, with great perfection..
Talking of Indo-African relations.. let me end this post with a poem penned by President Abdul Kalam..
I am the Indian Ocean
Surge of my waves and their mystical themes,
Embracing Bombay and Dar-es in hold
We all belong to the cradle of earth;
Same human civilization pervades us all.
Generations of life in these lands,
were like waves-Rising and falling and melting in time.
Baobabs and Banyans stood witness to these cycles.
Bondage of slavery and foreigners yoke,
Are gone with the past and power now to people.
Gandhiji and Nyerere’s nobility and soul strength
Got thy, the freedom, and now you have a mission.
Enlightened youths; now you have to sweat,
For making thy people prosperous and happy,
For you are the greatest hope for this part of globe.