The CETAA Mumbai Onam celebrations was a truly memorable event. The event commenced with the lighting of the lamp ceremony undertaken by four members of the alumni group consisting of the two senior most members and two of the youngest. The onset of Onam is almost always depicted through the Pookalam. And it was no different for the Onam celebrations of the CETAA Mumbai chapter. A magnificent pookalam was conceived and created by all the CETians and their family members. The welcome address for the programme was delivered by Mr. Sabu Mohammed.
A series of magical entertainment programmes by former students and their family members were organised. Enthralling the audience, Aswati Nair and Prataap sang beautiful melodies. In addition to this, a marvellous Sitar performance was portrayed by Ms. Pratibha. A dance performance by Mr. Padmanabhan Nair and his two sons were also presented, showing the involvement that family members also take in the alumni group.
Not limiting to former students alone, the family members of the CETians also identify with the sense of belongingness. And as Onam truly is the festival of coming together and celebrating oneness, there was cooperation and sheer joy in the planning and execution of all the activities. One of the most captivating moments of the day was the Bharatanatyam performance by Mrs. Revathy, wife of Mr. Shreejit. Her marvellous rendition of the Devi Stuti was an awe-inspiring one. Her depiction of the Navarasas set in tune to the most enchanting music was a clear suggestion of the talented dancer that lies within Ms. Revathy. Light-hearted and relieving, the stand-up sequence by Mr. Padmanabhan Nair drove the crowd into fits of laughter.
There is no Onam without the traditional sadya. And as for this year’s Onam celebration, a lip smacking sadya was the ultimate culmination for the fun packed day. For CETAA Mumbai, every festival is an occasion to come together and return to their CET family, no matter how short the time spent together is. Reminiscing about their times in CET, Mr. Natarajan spoke of their fun-filled memories from college. To celebrate Onam in a land that is far from Kerala brings the need for being around one’s own community. It is that time of the year when one celebrates the true essence of being Malayali. Being around CETians on such an occasion is the perfect solution to one’s homesickness and further reiterates the spirit of Onam.