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This is the internet version of the Kerala Center News letter. Vol.3 , 2003
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The Kerala Center Annual Awards 2003 - Report

The awardees with with thier tropies posing for picture after they were honored

The awardess with the Board of Deirectors of Kerala Center

Ajit Balakrishnan receiving his award for his Entreprenurship

Dr. Madhavan V Pillai delivering his Keynote Address

E M Stephen, president of the Center, delivering his welcome address

Children singing the National Anthems of both India as well as USA, at the beginning of the Awards Night

Malayalam Class children performing a cinematic dance during the awards ceremony

Being honored by one's own community members for one's achievements encourages the honoree as well as others who witness the event to do better, to dedicate themselves to the cause of humanity, in pursuit of excellence and greater achievements. That was what one witnessed on Saturday, November 8th, 2003 at the 11th annual awards ceremony held at the Indo-American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center, Elmont, New York. 

In the presence of nearly 200 prominent NRIs and Government officials, seven individuals from across the United States were honored for excellence and dedicated services to humanity. They all had come from the East (India), and made the West (United States of America) their home. They faced the challenges of life with courage and wisdom. They exhibited leadership and commitment to their tasks, excelling in their areas of work and are models to millions of others.  

Reflecting this phenomenon was the keynote address by Dr. Madhavan V Pillai, who dealt at length on how East has contributed to the West, even as the East has gained from its association with the West. He said, "East has been a visionary in many areas, especially in throwing up several women leaders who have led their countries in challenging times." Quoting Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen's concept of "Kerala Model," which refers to all round social development and empowerment of women, Dr. Pillai said. 

With anecdotes on how India and the East have contributed to the world, Dr. Pillai said, globalization is a two-way traffic where the West attracts the good from the East even as it spreads it s culture around the globe.  "I salute my motherland, for India is the only country which has incorporated its love for environment in its national anthem," he said and added, "In these days of darkness around the globe, the West needs to look up to the wisdom of the East to go on in and make this globe a better place for everyone to live."

Following are the Awardees - 2003 Click here to read Details

Dr. Pascal Bailon (Florham Park, NJ) was honored for his achievements in the field of  Applied Sciences.

Dr. Asha George (Arlington, VA) was honored for her contributions in the field of Homeland Security and Public Policy.

Dr. Simon George (Long Beach, CA) was the recipient of the award Saturday night for his excellence in Basic Sciences.

Radha Krishnan (West Bloomfield, MI) was awarded for his Community Service.

Dr. Marina Kurian, M.D. (New York, NY) was honored for her contributions in the field of Medicine.  

Dr. Madhavan V. Pillai, MD (Richlands, VA) was honored for his excellence in the fields of Health Services and Arts & Letters.

Ajit Balakrishnan, founder and director of, was honored for his entreprenurship and vision in the field of media.

The awardees did just that. Coming from the East, the have become models of entreprenurship, excellence, achievements and reaching new heights in the West, and they won accolades in their adopted land, making their dreams come true. These awards recognized their leadership and services to the larger society," said Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "This year's banquet has special significance because the Kerala Center  completes ten years of service to the Indian community," said Dr. Thomas Abraham, and added, with years of fund raising campaign, The Kerala Center was inaugurated in 1993 by Padmashri Yesudas and is the only Civic and Community Center in U.S. for Indian American Malayalees. 

John Pesala, Family Court Judge, Nassau County, in his brief address, praised the efforts of the Kerala Center in creating a sense of civic awareness among the Indian Americans. Many speakers lauded how under the leadership of  E. M. Stephen, the Indian American Kerala Cultural and Civic Center was formed as a non-profit organization in 1990, and has grown into an institute that caters to the various needs of the community. There are Indian languages, Music and Dance classes for children, SAT coaching for youngsters. Various seminars are conducted ranging from political to investment in addition to many Civic and Cultural activities taking place on a regular basis at the Kerala Center. The Center has also been providing platform for various political leaders to have political awareness and campaign meetings with the Indian community. Not leaving out the important religious factor, the Center has become  a forum for various religious activities and celebration for the members of the center who represent Hindu, Muslim and different denominations of Christianity.  

Over the years, The Kerala Center has become a focal point to coordinate activities and services to the Indian American community in the New York region, not only for Malayalees but for the entire Indian community. In the words of E. M Stephen, President of the Kerala Center, is "to achieve a proper balance between our country and heritage. We must not forget our heritage and our responsibilities toward our country," he added.

========Activities at Kerala center========

ECTI & J. J. Entertainments
Organizing Different Activities
at Kerala Center

Math Tuition: Abraham Thomas ( Monday - Friday: 4.00 PM - 9.00 PM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 5.00 PM )
Math Tution classes for Junior High School, High school and College level Students
Preparation Classes for PSAT, SAT and GMAT Examinations.

Computer Classes: Elmont Computer Training Institite ( Monay - Saturday: 8.00 AM - 9.00 PM )
Computer Fundamentals, MS Office, Internet Access and Use,
Database design and Applications, Programming Languages, Website design and Developments.

Dance class: Mrs. Beena Menon ( Every Tuesday 6.00 PM - 8.00 PM )
Indian Classical dance, Folk dance and Western dance.

Malayalam Class: Abraham Thomas, Chrismol Alex and Christy James ( Every Friday 7.00 PM - 9.00 PM )
Malayalam Reading, Malayalam Song, Kerala Cultural Activities
and Talent Improving Practices and Competitions.

Elmont Computer Training Institute (ECTI)
@ Kerala Center

Phone: (516) 358 2000

J. J. Entertainments
@ Kerala Center

Phone: (516) 358 7120