Archive for February, 2015

CMA President Boby Xaviour Passed Away


Toronto: President of Canadian Malayalee Association (CMA) and a resident of Brampton(11 Lakeridge, Brampton, L6S 5V1 )  Boby Xaviour (Baby-49) passed away. He is survived by his loving wife Sophy Xaviour and the only son Shawn Xaviour (Trustee, DPCDSB).

The viewing arrangements are done on: Thursday & Friday at 5 pm to 9 pm @Meadowale Visitation Centre (7732 Mavis Rd, Brampton, ON L6Y 5M1)
Funeral Services will start at:11 am on Saturday, 7th March, 2015  at:St.Francis Xaviour Church (5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga, ON L5V 2X5)(Mavis & Matheson) followed by the burial at: 
ASSUMPTION CATHOLIC CEMETERY (6933 Tomken Road Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4).

He was the:

  • Secretary & Treasurer of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Toronto
  • National Council Member of FOMAA
  • Board Member and past Secretary of Literary Association of North America
  • President of Kerala cultural Association
  • Advisory Board Member of Malayala Mayooram TV
  • Advisory Board Member of Dancing Damsels Inc.
  • Treasurer of Canadian Malayalee Association

He is the brother in law of Thomas K Thomas (Trustee, Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board)


Various  religious and cultural Associations expressed their condolences in the sudden demise of Boby Xaviour.

Heartfelt condolences from “Team Webmalayalee” – Jaison & Mohan

Report: WNN


IWD: DD Women Achievers 2015 Awards Announced

Toronto:  Dancing Damsels Inc., an incorporated non-profit  multi-cultural Arts Promoting Company for Women Empowerment  announced DD Women Achievers 2015 Awards today!

Each year, on International Women’s Day, 12 successful women are honoured with this achievement award; to celebrate their success and to empower other women to exercise equal opportunities in their chosen line of work.

The award winners for this year are: Hon.Dipika Damerla MPP (Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, responsible for Long-Term Care and Wellness )-Politics,  Asha Vishwanath (President of Kannada Sangha Toronto) -Community Leadership, Brandy Leary (Founder Anandam Dancetheatre)- Arts & Cultural Integration , Thresia Thomas (Woman behind the success –through various Associations) -Community Service, Ramneek Singh (Indian Classical Vocalist) -Music, Ravinder Malhi (Founder  of Toronto Aesthetics & Hair Academy -Business, Malavilly Varatharajan (Provincial and Regional record holder in cross-country)-Sports, Puja Amin(Owner and Director of Sanskriti Arts in Toronto and President of Bollycore! )- Performing Arts, Dr.Arthy Saravanan (Mrs. India International 2014) –Volunteering , Angie Seth (On Air Reporter Global News Toronto )-Media & Communication, Reena Deon (South Asian creative still Photographer ,Photo Journalist) -Photography, and Lata Menon (Barrister and Solicitor ) -Law.

There will be a special Jury Award for Mary David (the first woman in the Seiwa Kai (“Say wa keye”) GoJu Ryu Organization in Canada to earn her 5th Degree Black belt) –for the excellence in the Martial Arts.

The detailed profiles of the winners are published on their website (link below):

Mary Ashok,  Managing Director of ‘Team DD’ told that they are all  set ready to celebrate IWD 2015 with vivid programs. This resplendent event will be held at The Meeting House (2700 Bristol Circle) Oakville from 5:00pm onwards.

The theme of the event will be: “Equality for women means progress for all”.

Federal / Provincial Ministers and community leaders are invited for this event. The confirmed  Guest speakers of the evening are:  Dr. Asha Seth (Canada’s first Indo-Canadian female Senator), Anu Srivastava (Chair, Panorama India), Kripa Sekhar (Executive Director of the South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC),  Dr.Deepali Dewan (Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, & Teacher in the Dept. of Art @ University of Toronto),  Lata Pada (Founder & Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations), Shobha Shekar (Carnatic and Hindustani Classical Singer), Dr.Kala Sridhar (Assistant Professor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Toronto & head of the genitourinary cancers medical oncology site group at the Princess Margaret Hospital), Anu Vittal (Executive Director of the Mississauga Arts Council (MAC),), Indira Naidoo-Harris (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on long-term care.). The organizers said that more VIPs will  join the celebration.

Team Sonijya Raj (TSR) of Re-Max Realty will be the Mega sponsor of the event.

More details about the guest speakers are published on their website link below:

The organizers encouraged the public to reserve their seats online in advance and like and share their social media pages and posts.

About Dancing Damsels Inc.:

Dancing Damsels Inc., is a non-profit multicultural arts promotions company with the objective of PEACE

PROMOTE: Cultural arts and cultural exchange

EMPOWER: Women to exercise equal opportunities

APPRECIATE: Women Success and Achievement

CELEBRATE: Womanhood and Motherhood

ENCOURAGE:    Women to pursue their dreams and aspiration

International Women’s Day Canada Facebook Page:

There will be more excitement speeches by eminent international guest speakers; International fun entertainment programs; food courts; stalls and exhibitions as part of this celebration.

For more information and to reserve your seats you can visit their website: / or contact Mary Ashok (Managing Director) @416.788.6412.

Report by: Suganya Sivaraja (Sonia)


Indo-American Press Club (IAPC) International Media Conference in New York


Indo-American Press Club will be conducting contests for news/feature writing, photography, Caption etc, to encourage Citizen Journalists in North America

vini2Indo-American Press Club will be conducting news/feature writing contest, photography contest, caption contest etc, to encourage Citizen Journalists in North America and honor them with prizes at the International Media Conference in New York from Oct 9-12, 2015.

Eminent journalists from US/India will be conducting seminars/workshops, for the benefit of our local fraternity aiming to reach out to the mainstream US media.

There will be interactive sessions on topics such as citizen journalism, latest trends in worldwide media, utilizing social media platforms etc.

Exhibition on journalism and media will be organized, that would be beneficial to all, particularly to the students of journalism.

Report by: Vineetha Nair


Happy Valentine’s Day


‘A Love Song on the Seashore’ DVD released for public

              A Love Song on the Seashore’ is a small DVD produced by Pinto Global Media. The official release of this video was launched in an informal function at New York City. The first copy of this DVD was presented to Varghese Mathew, the Director of the Advisory Board of JFA by Thomas Koovallor, the Chairman of JFA and Jose Pinto Stephen, the freelance Journalist.  Justice For All is a prestigious Human Rights Organization based in New Jersey.

             ‘A Love Song on The Seashore’ is a 16 minutes short documentary type DVD and it is the first video from Pinto Global Media. It is an inspirational video on the true-life story of Jenson Joseph, a handicapped young man in India. Jenson was born in a fishermen village, Kochuveli in India. Kcohuveli is situated on the shore of the famous Arabian Sea and it is in Trivandrum District, the capital of the State of Kerala.


Jenson was born as a normal child and he started to walk at the age of one. Then everything changed upside down when he got affected by Polio. This terrible disease crippled him and since then he had to live a painful life. His father is a fisherman and mother is a housewife.  Jenson has two sisters.

              Jenson’s family is a God fearing family and they were very much involved with the spiritual activities of their parish church, St. Joseph’s Kochuveli. His grandfather was a Lay Church Minister. His mother later got involved in community service and became a community leader and she was elected as a ward councilor.

              Jenson went to a regular school for his primary education and later in a special school for his high school graduation. After that he did a three-year program in Electronics and came back home.  This time span was a crucial time in his life. What he should do next? His parents thought about it seriously. Though he got training in Electronics he can’t go out for a regular job. And due to this reason he had to stay home doing nothing for almost four years.

              Then he started mobile recharging at home for a living. He did it for two years. Then the real miracle came to him in the form of friends. Some of his friends approached and suggested him to start a bakery shop. They offered him their full support and they agreed to help him with free of charge.

               Jenson started a small bakery shop in one of the church buildings in Kochuveli and that shop is functioning well for the last six months. More people are going to his shop and supporting him due to his special situation.

              This story really touched me a lot. I myself was born and brought up in this village. I felt proud of my village, parish and our people. And I decided to tell this story to the world. This was the situation inspired me to make my first documentary. Through this video I am trying to tell to tell the world not only the story of Jenson but also the love, care and brave voluntarism of his good friends.

I hope you will find it inspiring and will promote it in your place. I also wish more people will come forward to help and support people like Jenson. I am sure you will find similar less fortunate people in your own community.

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               At this occasion I want to express my sincere thanks to Jenson, his family, the friends of Jenson, the parish priest, parish committee and members of St.Joseph’s Parish Kochuveli, Nanthancode Vincent De Paul Society and all who helped me to make this DVD a reality.

               I also extend my gratitude to Roy Patrick, Philip Maret, Thomas Koovalloor, Anil Puthenchira, Varghese Mathew, Titus Poplas, Abel. M, Victor Fernandez and Mary Lucy Teacher.

               Copies of this video are available for distribution. We request you to purchase the copies and spread the good news around the globe. Please contact us for the DVD copies.

Jose Pinto Stephen: 201 602 5091 /

Thomas Koovalloor: 914 409 5772 /

Philip Maret:  973 715 4205  /

For those who want to contact Jenson directly, here is his contact number and mailing address:

Jenson Joseph, S/o Bertin Joseph ( Ex- Councilor), Kochuveli,T.T.P – P.O,Trivandrum – 695021, Kerala, India. Ph: 011 91 8893628086.



Kadalinakkare………Malayalam Poem by A C George



Mani and Temptation – Cartoon by Thommy

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Inviting Nominations for A.P.Aslam Award-2015

Press release 2015


The Kshema Foundation has invited nominations for A P Aslam Memorial Awards for the year 2015. The awards are instituted in memory of late A P Aslam, who was the administrator of Sabeel Palace, Dubai.
Report by: Syam Lal.G.S

General Secretary

Kshema Foundation




Harikishan S Nair- “Natya Kalarathna” of Canadian Malayalees

“Natya Shiromani”,  “Kala Prathibha”,  “Best Male dancer”-  HARIKISHAN S NAIR , Artistic Director of Regatta Kala Kendra is a GEM of male dance performers in Canada.

Harikishan S Nair is naturally endowed and with a solid training in Bharathanatyam under the tutelage of renowned Guru Smt. Girija Chandran (who was the disciple of Guru Padmasree Adayar K Lakshmanan. Smt. Girija chandran’s whole perception of aesthetics and perfections in training method and presentation turned out to a new dimension with the association of the Padmabhooshan The Dhananjayan’s) , continues his journey with his medium of expression, trying to explore the inner meaning and happiness from performing and experimenting his first love, DANCE.

Harikishan started learning dance at the age of 3. He started learning Bharathanatyam  at the age of 5.

Harikishan has also learned Kuchipudi under Guru Smt. Geetha Krishnakumar and  Guru Smt. Bijula Pramod who were the disciples of Padmabhooshan Guru  Sri. Vempatti Chinna Sathyam. And still continuing his Kuchipudi  from the Legendary Kuchipudi Dancer Smt. Uma Murali who is also the disciple of Sri. Vempatti Chinna Sathyam.

He was trained Kathakali under Guru Sri Nelliyodu Appu Nampoothiri .

Each performance for him is a tremendous learning experience, filling with a sense of euphoria because dance for him is a celebration of life.

He has presented numerous performances till date and has also worked with the productions of the Legends like Dr. Padma Subramanyam, Sri. Madurai R Muralidharan, Dr. Menaka Thakkar, Guru Kohinoor Sen Barat, Sri Janak Khendry, Smt. Uma Murali and so on.


Harikishan has also performed for many Dance Festivals like Regatta Dance and Music Festival, Nishagandhi Dance and Music Festival, Soorya Festival, Nattyanjali Festival -Trivandrum, Malayali Festival -Gujarat and so on… and he has performed for North American Tamil Convention 2013 and also for North American Bengali Convention 2013 in Toronto, Panorama India shows for Indian Independence Day and Republic Day, Navaratri festival by the Tamil, Bengali and Gujarati  Associations of Toronto, Toronto arts festival, Kalanidhi Festival, Horizon series 2014,Harbour Front festival  and many other major festivals in North America.

He has done around 100 shows in Toronto within this one and the half years.

He was recently titled “Natya Shiromani” by the Tamil Community for the performance for Navaratri Festival .

He has also won the the title “Kalaprathibha” during his tender age for the youth festival competitions conducted in kerala.

His impressive stage presence and graceful movements have been appreciated by art critics.

Harikishan has taken his Graduation in Physiotherapy from India. He has recently migrated to Canada and is now the Artistic Director of Regatta Kala Kendra  in Toronto.


Report by: Jaison Mathew (Chief Reporter, WNN)


Aval Payasam (Rice Flakes /Poha Payasam)

January 31:  Today is my wife’s Birthday; so I decided to prepare a “Payasam” that is something different and at the same time easy to prepare.



Aval / poha / rice flakes – 1/2 cup (I used white rice flakes)
Milk – 2 cups
White Sugar – 3 tbsp
Cashews – 10
Raisins – As required
Cardamom powder – 6 Nos to make 1 pinch powder)
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Poppy seeds (optional)

1. Boil milk in a non-stick vessel. Simmer for 8 minutes.
2. Meanwhile heat 1 tbsp ghee in a pan at medium heat. Fry cashews and raisins. To the remaining ghee, fry the aval/poha. (Some people don’t fry as it is gonna be cooked in the Milk). Switch off and set aside.
3.Add Poha/Aval into the milk and cook for about 5 minutes until Aval is done and Payasam is thick. Add sugar, fried cashews, raisins and cardamom powder. Mix well and switch off. You can serve warm or cold. Its  very simple and easy to prepare. Enjoy! (Don’t tell my wife that it was this simple :D)