Archive of OHM Web Home Page from 2013

This is the home on the web of the Organization of Hindu Malayalees. We are essentially a cultural organization for the Malayalees of Southern California. We regularly organize and support cultural and group activities with the aim of nurturing the age old art expressions that flourished in and around Kerala, the southern state of India. We also support higher education through scholarships to needy students. Amidst the chaos and challenges of modern life, we get together once a while and attempt to keep in touch with who we are.

Madalakalam Weekly Puja – Next on Sat Jan 18

The next puja will be on Jan 18 2014 – Sabarimala Makara Villaku, Pongal Celebrating jointly with SoCal Tamil Association & Sanathana Dharma Temple from 3pm to 8pm. Address: 15311 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650.

The first Mandalakalam Puja was hosted by Hema and Balan Panicker at their residence in Yorba Linda on Nov16th.

Mandalakalam Puja on 11/23 was hosted by Rema, Divya & Dipu at their residence in Tustin.

Mandalakalam Puja on 11/30 was hosted by Geetha & Rajan at their residence in Cerritos.

Puja on 12/07 was hosted at The United Hindu Temple in Covina. OHM thanks Bindu Suresh for co-ordinating the event.

Puja on 12/14 was hosted by Athira and Suresh at their residence in Cerritos.

Puja on 12/21 was hosted by Nithya, Sathi and Ravi Vellatheri at their residence in Irvine.

Puja on 12/28 was hosted by Thankamani & Hari at their residence in Yorba Linda.

OHM Family Day – Jan 25, 2014

Organization of Hindu Malayalees will celebrate its Family Day 2014 on Saturday January 25, 5pm at Hoover Middle School Auditorium, 3501 Country Club Drive, Lakewood, CA 90712.

The Annual General Body meeting is scheduled to start at 3pm for members only (3-5pm).

We are planning a variety of entertainment programs for the evening, to include dance, skits, ganamela, comedy etc. We encourage all children and adult members to participate (participation is open to paid members) in the entertainment program and make it an enjoyable evening. Interested members please contact organizers below before January 18th 2014.

Sree Kumar @ 909/ 396 4799 or
Balan Panicker @ 714/ 785-3117 or

OHM Bhajan Book

OHM is pleased to share our newly compiled eBhajan book.
We thank everybody who contributed to this, special thanks to Ramprasad for putting this together. You are welcome to print and or download to your tablet and use during our pooja.
Click here to view or download the Bhajan book [pdf].

Nov 2013 Monthly Pooja – Nov 9

OHM Thanks Lakshmi and Sajeev for hosting Monthly pooja for November at their Corona residence on Saturday Nov 9, 2013. Also Thanks to Suresh Enchoor for conducting the puja, and to all those who attended.

Puja Sequence: Pooja 5-6 PM | Satsang 6-6:30 PM | Bhajan 6:30-7:30 PM | Aarathi 7:30 PM

Dinner 8 PM.

Educate a Kid- Halloween Banquet – Nov 2

The annual EducateAKid Halloween Banquet was on Sat Nov2 at Peacock Gardens in Diamond Bar.

It was well attended, and there were a lot of entertaining programs followed by a grand dinner. Sujith Menon and Priya Sivadas were the MCs, with Kavitha Pranesh and Keerthi Paliath following up after dinner. During the event some notable contributors and supporters of the cause were honoured. Among those were KP Hari Nair and Dr Ravi Vilupanur. And also ‘PanchaNartakis’ – Nithya Menon, Soumya Ravichandran, Nidhi Warrier, Mansi Achuthan, Varsha Sundar, – the dancers who made a very special gesture by making a big contribution based on gifts received at their own arrengettam event. EAK Chair Dr Ravi Raghavan and OHM President Baburaj Dharan conveyed their appreciation to all for their support for this noble cause.

We thank all the volunteers and EAK committee members for working towards making this event a big success. More information on this great cause can be found on the Educate-A-Kid website. Pictures will be posted soon.

ONAM celebration 2013 – Sep 28

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who attended, volunteered, participated and helped organize this year’s ONAM sadhya and entertainment programs. It was an enjoyable and festive event.

Pictures available here. Click here.

[If you would like to post pictures or links to videos, please contact us]

OHM families and friends got together and celebrated ONAM and Sree Narayana Guru Jayanthi on Sep 28 (5 – 9.30PM) at the Hoover School Auditorium ( 3501 Country Club Drive, Lakewood, CA 90712 ). There was a traditional Onam Sadhya served, followed by cultural programs.

Click here to view the ONAM event flyer.

Oct 2013 Monthly Pooja – Oct 12

OHM Thanks Renu and Sujeeth for hosting the Oct monthly puja at their Corona residence on Sat October 12th 2013. This was also a special Vijayadashami and Vidyarambham event.

Puja Sequence: Pooja 5-6 PM | Satsang 6-6:30 PM | Bhajan 6:30-7:30 PM | Aarathi 7:30 PM

We also thank and appreciate Ram Prasad for conducting the puja and leading the bhajan.

Sep 2013 Monthly Pooja – Sep 21

OHM Thanks Bindu and Babu for hosting Monthly pooja for September at their Rancho Cucamonga residence on Saturday Sep 21, 2013.

Puja Sequence: Pooja 5-6 PM | Satsang 6-6:30 PM | Bhajan 6:30-7:30 PM | Aarathi 7:30 PM

Bhajan sequence will be as follows: Ganesha, Guru, Saraswathi, Muruga, Devi, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Narayana, Lakshmi, Hanuman and end with Ayyappa.
Saranam Villi at 7:30PM followed by Nivedyam, Deepam, Namaskara Slokam, and MantraPushpam, Veera Maruthi, Aarathi and Harivarasanam, and will conclude at 8 PM.

Dinner 8 PM.

Dharma Yoga Fest: Vivekananda’s 150th B’day Celebrations : Sep 21

OHM Bhajan group participated in the Dharma Yoga fest which was very well accepted by Hindu communities in and around LA area. This was an opportunity to celebrate Vivekananda’s 150th B’day Celebrations along with various Other Hindu Organizations in LA.

Ganesh Festival at Sanatan Dharma Temple – Sep 1

OHM offered support to Ganesh Fest 2013 at Sanatan Dharma Temple Norwalk on Sunday September 1st.

These were some of the OHM Sponsored Events-
Abhishekam, Bhajan by OHM and Padma Kutty – Aarati, Bharata Natyam in praise of Ganesha by Kumaris Nithya, Nidhi, Varsha and Sowmya,
With live music by Shri. Babu Parameswaran accompanied on the Mridangam by Shri. Prabhu Sriram, Flute Shri. Karthick Ravikumar and Violin Shri. Subramaniam Palavan.
Puthana Moksham – Kathakali Dance Presentation by Smt. Radha Karmen, Thiruvathira by OHM Ladies
Mahaprasadam (food) for all devotees BY OHM.

Also, On Saturday, September 7, 2013 (8-9pm),
some Youth members of OHM will be part of a performance of unique compositions of Indian Classical dances presented by NatyaThanmayi School of dance.

August 2013 Monthly Pooja – August 10th 2013

August Monthly pooja was hosted by Suneetha and Jayachandran at their home in Tustin on Saturday August 10th, 2013.

The new sequence and format for conducting puja was introduced at this event, with
– Pooja
– Satsang
– Bhajan
– Aarthi
– followed by dinner and some social time.

Thanks to Sharmaji for conducting the auspicious Pooja aand Aarthi.
Satsang is a forum open to all, usually lead by an OHM member who volunteers to do so, to discuss or speak about any relevant topic like religion, hinduism, mythology, experiences, or even on matters regarding the community.
This event’s Satsang was led by Mrs Radhika Sreekumar, and the topic was Symbolism in hinduism pertaining to Lord Shiva, and it was a very informative, especially to the kids.

Thanks to all those who attended the pooja.

Open Mike – July 27, 2013

This was a very entertaining event where aspiring young/adult musicians showcased their talent in Vocal or Instrumental music, both Western and Indian. Click here or below link to see some pictures.

Click below to see some pictures from the Open Mike event !!! –

Thanks to all the participants, organizers and the very supportive audience.

Location – Gandhi Palace. 515 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

OHM Picnic – Jul 21 Sunday

Thanks for joining us for a fun picnic day.

Click below to see some pictures from the Picnic –

When : Sunday JULY 21-2013
Where : Cerritos Regional Park (Snack Shack Area)
The BBQ & Snacks were Delicious. There were a lot of Fun Games and surprises !!
This event was attended by a lot of OHM members, family & friends. 2013 graduates were honored too.
Please see pictures using link above.

Bhagavatha Sapthaham

Bhagavatha Sapthaham at the Mandir, Irvine June 23-30, 2013

Sapthaham concluded on Jun30, and was well attended and a grand success !

The Organization of Hindu Malayalees conducted Bhagavatha Sapthaha Yajnam from June 23 to 30, 2013, at the Mandir at Irvine, California. The Sapthaham Yagnam was well attended and a grand success. It offered devotees a rare opportunity to listen and experience the life story of Bhagavan Sreekrishna through the narrative style of the celebrated poet Thunjathu Ezhuttachan. To enable all devotees to participate in this divine and spiritual journey, interpretation and prabhashanams was conducted in English. This Yagnam was conducted by Swami Udith Chaithanya.
Please visit the Sapthaham webpage for more information.

View Pictures from Sapthaham Inaugural day and Day1 – see Sapthaham pictures here

View Pictures from others days of Sapthaham- see more Sapthaham pictures here

more Pictures coming soon…[If you would like to post pictures please contact us]


July 2013 Monthly Pooja – Jul 13

Monthly pooja for July was hosted by Girija and Dr. Ravi Raghavan at Rancho Cocamonga residence on Saturday Jul 13, 2013.

Thank you for attending the pooja.

June 2013 Monthly Pooja | Fathers Day – June 8th

June monthly Pooja was held on Jun8th

Sanathan Dharma Temple
15311 Pioneer Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650

Hosted by Radhakrishna Sharma, Tel (562) 430-8305
Time: 5-8pm Jun8th 2013

Click here to view the Pooja page.

May 2013 Monthly Pooja | Mothers Day – May 11th

May monthly Pooja was hosted by Viji and Vinodh, at their Culver City Residence.

Address: 3128 Curts Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This was also a Special Event for Mother’s Day!!!

Click here to view the Pooja page.

Below listed are information from more events conducted by OHM.

22nd Annual Swati Tirunal Day music and dance festival

The 22nd Annual Swati Tirunal Day music and dance festival was successfully conducted on Apr 13th Saturday (8.30 am to 9.30 pm) at the Chinmaya Mission Rameswaram Auditorium (14451 Franklin Ave. Tustin, CA 92780). The program was conducted with the support of the South Indian Music Academy (SIMA) and the Swati Tirunal Institute of Visual Arts and Music (SIVAM).

The ST Day program includes several hours of rendition of Maharaja Swati Tirunal’s Karnatic and Hindusthani compositions by local musicians. We continue our tradition of fabulous evening programs with a Tiruvaatira dance item by OHM, and the grand finale vocal concert solely on Maharaja compositions by Sri. Anirudh Venkatesh, accompanied by Sri. Shiva Ramamurthi on the violin and Sri Vignesh Vankataraman on the murudangam.


For information, contact/email: R. Jayakrishnan (,949-209-7302).
Click below image to see the entire Swati Tirunal Day flyer.


RVMAC Art Competition and Exhibition 2013

RVMAC 2013 concluded on April 13. Congratulations and kudos to all participants for presenting their excellent art work.

7th RVMAC Art Competition & Exhibition 2013, April 13th, CMLA CENTER, TUSTIN, CA. Theme: World of Animals
For more info email:, or, or call: (909) 396-4799


Educate a Kid

Turning dreams into reality

EducateAKid is a scholarship program designed to help underprivileged young men and women who have entered higher learning institutions in India.
click here to got to Educate a kid website

[Recent EAK Event] April 7 EducateAKid Fundraiser – PANCHMAHABHUTA: The Five Elements

This was a fantastic show by Mudra Acadamy of Dance lead by Jagruti Gandhi.
Thanks to dedication and hard work from EAK team and others from OHM who helped organize and make this a successful event.

Click below to see the event flyer

A Bharatnatyam & Fusion music dance production choreographed by Jagruti Gandhi
Including a Fashion Show.
April 7 2013 Sunday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Plummer’s Auditorium, Fullerton.