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Congratulations to Padmavibhushan ONV Kurup; Padmabhushan SPB; Padmasri Jayaram & Shaji N Karun

Padmavibhushan ONV KurupWipro Chairman Azim Premji, Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahaluwalia, former diplomat Brajesh Mishra and Telugu thespian A. Nageshwara Rao were on Tuesday chosen for the country’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, this year.

Following people related to Kerala are being recognized with these awards:

Padma Vibhushan: O.N.V. Kurup

Padma Bhushan: Infosys executive Kris Gopalakrishnan, Kathakali artist Madavur Vasudevan Nair, SP Balasubramaniam

Padmasri: Usha Uthup, Shaji N. Karun, Jayaram (A number of Keralites also received awards for medicine and finearts. See details in the attached list.)

News article 1 | News article 2 | News article 3

Here is the complete listPadma Vibhushan

"Kizhakku Pookkum..." Oppana at Maithry New Year 2011

"Kizhakku Pookkum..." Oppana at Maithry New Year 2011
Thanks Mr. Korappan for recording and sharing this HD video :)


Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 Closing Ceremony

Congratulations to India for organizing the best games in CWG history! Watch the closing ceremony below:

10 best moments for India at the CWG

ന്യൂഡല്‍ഹി: അവിശ്വസനീയം. ഇത് ഇന്ത്യ തന്നെയോ? നൂറുവട്ടം കണ്ണു തിരുമി മാത്രം വിശ്വസിക്കാവുന്ന നിമിഷമിതാ കണ്‍മുന്നില്‍. ഇന്ത്യയ്ക്ക് കോമണ്‍വെല്‍ത്ത് ഗെയിംസിന്റെ ട്രാക്കില്‍ ഒരു സ്വര്‍ണം. വനിതകളുടെ 400 മീറ്റര്‍ റിലേയിലാണ് ചരിത്രം രചിച്ച അവിസ്മരണീയമായ ഈ നേട്ടം. 3:27.77 സെക്കന്‍ഡിലാണ് സിനി ജോസ്, അശ്വിനി അകുഞ്ജി, മഞ്ജീത് കൗര്‍, മന്‍ദീപ് കൗര്‍ എന്നിവരടങ്ങുന്ന ഇന്ത്യന്‍ ടീമിന്റെ ഗോള്‍ഡണ്‍ ഫിനിഷ്. 1958ലെ സ്​പ്രിന്റ് ഇതിഹാസം മില്‍ഖാസിങ്ങിനുശേഷം ഇതാദ്യമായാണ് കോമണ്‍വെല്‍ത്ത് ഗെയിംസിന്റെ ഓട്ടത്തില്‍ സ്വര്‍ണം നേടുന്നത്. (More at this link,including the video!)

Bijulal - First visually impaired person to get a PhD in Music, in India

After five years of toil, singer Bijulal C.H. is savoring the fruit of his hard work. Braving many odds, this visually impaired singer has now successfully secured a Ph.D. in music.

Mr. Bijulal, who suffers from partial blindness as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa, was recently awarded Ph.D. for his research on the topic ‘Concepts of Navanidhi Bhakti and its significances in the compositions of Saint Thyagaraja and His Highness Swati Thirunal'. The research, which he started in 2004, was done under the guidance of S. Bhagyalekshmi. This is not the first time that Mr. Bijulal is proving his academic brilliance and musical talent. He secured the third rank in M.A. Music from University of Calicut. He has also passed UGC's National Eligibility Test (NET) in music. Mr. Bijulal, son of C.P. Harilal and Vijayalekshmi, is residing at Vanchiyoor in the city.

Bijulal - First visually impaired person in India to get a PhD in music

Bijulal is also the brother of Maithry member Lijulal, who helped organize the XNY'10 event early this year.

More articles on Bijulal's achievement available at these links:
Article-1 | Article-2 | Article-3

Visit Muir Woods - the last redwood grove in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Fall arrives in Muir Woods National MonumentGaint Redwoods were a common sight in the San Francisco Bay Area before we clearcut these to build the homes and other structures everywhere. One of the last redwood groves, just North of San Francisco near the city of Mill Valley was just waiting to be "harvested" when William Kent, a visionary conservatioinist, bought it, and then donated to the government.

Although it was suggested the grove to be named after Mr. Kent, he requested it be named after the much more recognized conservationist, John Muir.

The park is just 1.5 hours from South Bay, and it is a great place for families. Beautifully paved trails are stroller-friendly and kid-friendly. There is a cafe and gift shop close to the visitor center.

Stinson Beach, Mount Tamalpaias, the quaint town of Mill Valley, Tennessee Valley Beach etc. are a short distance from the park.

Don't forget to stop by the town of Sausalito where you will find lots of gift shops and restaurants. It also offers a great view of the City of San Francisco, various islands and the bay.

Slideshow of pictures from our visit to Muir Woods.

A few videos from Maithry Onam 2010

Here are a few videos from Maithry Onam 2010

Check out these and other videos at Maithry Facebook page.

Semi-classical dance by Malavika Anil & Meenakshi Anil

Kids dance "Kalyana Kacheri..." at maithry Onam 2010.

Dancers: Rhea, Rakshita, Gowri, Rachel, Parvathy, Amy, Keerthana, Gayatri, Milan, Rohan, Aalaap, Ryan, Tavish, Leo, Pranav & Rishabh

Maveli arrives at Maithry Onam 2010

Ananda Natanam @ Maithry Onam 2010

"Kalabham Tharaam... " dance by Aavani Sree.

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