Gayathri is a socio-cultural organization founded in 1985. The main objective of Gayathri is to promote various social, artistic, cultural and literary activities. Though it had a humble beginning as a platform for the Namboothiri brahmins in Delhi to come together, Gayathri has come of age and proved its worth now as a leading cultural organization in the Capital, organizing unique programmes with the essential touch of Indian heritage, be it in art, literature or other cultural fields. The strength of this organization is not only in the number of members - presently more than 300 members consisting of people from various walks of life - but also in the efforts being made in achieving the goals of social and cultural development among the people of Delhi. Its presence in Delhi has especially been felt among its Malayali community, but the efforts in recent years have been to reach out to the wider spectrum of society, regardless of disparities. The manpower of the Gayathri family, consisting of top government officials, media persons, lawyers, company and bank executives, etc. is fully dedicated to the dictum: "together, we live better", a motto getting increasingly valid in the present turbulent times.
The activities of Gayathri include celebration of major festivals like Onam, Thiruvaathira and Vishu, in the traditional way, replicating the enthusiasm seen in Kerala to create a nostalgic environment in the Capital City. Members and their children are encouraged to exhibit their talent in various fields such as dance, music, painting, etc. Moreover, the presentation of cultural programmes, combining the budding as well as established artists, forms part of the festivities. Film festivals, drama competitions and felicitations of great artists in these fields are also organized. Talented children in the Gayathri family are annually given awards for academic excellence as an encouragement to the younger generation.
Another major activity is the short story / poetry competitions on all-India basis, to discover talented writers in Malayalam. This has been held every year during the past eight years, and the response has been overwhelming. With eminent writers as judges, and unbiased selection of works for awards, the competition is unique in the Malayalam literary field. Gayathri also felicitates eminent literary personalities during the annual literary awards function.
While spreading its wings it is also ensured that the inter-active nature of the member families is not lost. Gayathri is proud of the fabric of family get-together, giving opportunity to the members to engage in everything ranging from private chats to spiritual discourses. Gayathri also indulges in welfare activities like blood-donation camps and financial assistance on medical emergency.
Gayathri brings out a literary Malayalam quarterly, "Pranavam" which is now in its 10th year of publication. Started as a small magazine for private circulation, "Pranavam" has now grown up to become a leading publication that retains the essential cultural elements. The editorial board consists of talented persons headed by well-known Malayalam writer, Dr. Akavoor Narayanan.
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||Executive Committee elected for two years consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Two Joint Secretaries, 8 Committee Members
||Annual Short Story/Poetry competition on all India level. Organises Seminars on Literature & Arts
||Vishu, Onam, Tiruvathira and "Ramayanamasam" Film & Drama Festival
||Awards to students for Excellence in Education
Blood Donation Camps
Financial Assistance on Medical Emergency
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