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Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center
This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.2, 2007


The Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center ( will honor four Indian American Malayalees for their outstanding achievements in their field of specialization or for their service to the society. The center is also recognizing a publication with its Media Achievement award. The awardees will be honored at Kerala Center 's annual banquet on Saturday, November 10th at 6.00 p.m. at the Kerala Center , 1824 Fairfax St. , Elmont , NY 11003 .

The keynote address will be delivered by Mr. Lakshman Achuthan, Managing Director of Economic Cycle Research Institute in New York , who is also an award recipient in Applied Economics.

An entertainment including mega show is planned for the evening choreographed by Christina Mapplissary and a guest performance by the Cullen Dancers.

Tickets for banquet ($50 per person) can be reserved by contacting Kerala Center at 516-358-2000 or e-mail at
Following are KERALA CENTER AWARDEES - 2007
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Mr. Lakshman Achuthan

Dr. Parakkat Gopalakrishnan

Dr. George R. Thoma

Suresh Kumar




Lakshman Achuthan ( New York , NY ) APPLIED ECONOMICS

  Lakshman Achuthan is managing director of the Economic Cycle Research Institute an independent organization focused on business cycle research and forecasting. He is the managing editor of ECRI’s forecasting reports and participates in a wide range of public economic discussions. He is a member of Time magazine’s board of economists, the NYC Economic Advisory Panel, and serves on the board the Atlantic Foundation, the Pacific Foundation and the Johnson Arts and Education Foundation. Lakshman co-authored Beating the Business Cycle published by Doubleday.

  Dr. Parakkat Gopalakrishnan, (Mullins, SC) COMMUNITY SERVICE

  Dr. Parakkat Gopalakrishnan, born in Panangad, a village near Cochin, got his degree from Jipmer Medical College in Pondicherry in 1962. He came to US in 1966 and completed his Thoracic Cardio Vascular residency at The University of Maryland in Baltimore. He has been in practice in South Carolina since 1974. For the past 25 years Dr. Gopalakrishnan has maintained a clinic in his native village providing basic medical and emergency services and also created a large charitable trust to meet the future health care needs of his community.

  Dr. George R. Thoma (Bethesda, MD) ENGINEERING

  George R. Thoma is Chief of the Communications Engineering Branch, an R&D unit of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, directing projects in document image analysis, biomedical image processing, machine learning, and related areas. He applies this research to automated development of the MEDLINE database, digital preservation, tools for cancer research, and other applications of national importance. He came from India to the U.S. in 1961 with his parents. He earned a B.S. from Swarthmore College, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania , all in electrical engineering. Dr. Thoma is a Fellow of the SPIE, the International Society of Optical Engineering.

  Suresh Kumar (Iselin, NJ) ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  Suresh Kumar is Co-Founder, President & CEO of NexAge Technologies USA Inc., a fast growing IT firm in New Jersey. Before starting NexAge, Kumar was involved in banking career and later as joined AXA Financial in New York. For his commitment to entrepreneurial excellence, he was awarded the 2005 Ronald Regan Gold Medal by the Congressional Business Advisory Council. He is active in the Asian American community in the US and was formerly the co-chair for the Asia Society’s youth wing, the Asia Circle, New York and the President of the Network of Indian Professionals, New York and North America . He is one of the founding members of the Kerala IT Alliance (KITA). Suresh is married to Neerja and they live in Old Bridge, NJ.

  Janany (New York) MEDIA

  Janany, the magazine for the Malayalees in North America is a cultural, literary publication in its tenth year of publication. It is the only monthly publication of that nature. Janany has remarkably suceeded in keeping up a high standard in contents as well as appearance. Marunadan Malayali writers receive special attention from the publishers. Janany is being published from upstate New York