Welcome to the website of Sydney Malayalee Association Inc. (affectionately called “Sydmal”). Malayalee Association was officially formed in 1976 by a group of Malayalee origin friends during a picnic trip attended by less than 25 families (known strength of Malayalees in Sydney then) Mr Mathew Mamootti was elected as president and Mr Raman Iyer was elected as Secretary. Associations first Onam was celebrated at Berala Jubilee Hall in1976 with cultural programs, eminent Heart Surgeon Dr Catre Mill was the special guest for the function. OnaSadhya was prepared under the leadership of Bhaskaran Nair. Now it is the voice of the Sydney Malayalee community and its activities are designed to promote the rich and vibrant culture of Kerala to the Malayalee community in Sydney.
The Sydney Malayalee Association represents a large number of active members and five regional councils spanning across Sydney. The regional councils are Regional Council I – Bankstown & Canterbury; Regional Council II – Parramatta, Blacktown & Penrith; Regional Council III – Campbelltown, Liverpool & Fairfield; Regional Council IV – Sydney City, Inner west, Hills & North Sydney; Regional Council V – Eastern Suburbs and South Sydney.
The Association is a proud and active member of the United Indian Association Inc (UIA), Sydney. The UIA is the apex body representing around 21 community organisations in Sydney and it acts as a major channel of communication between the Australian Indian Community in Sydney and various government and non-government organisations in Australia.
We have forged a special relationship with Ozindcare and with it collaborate on several activities. Ozindcare’s ideals include offer of an appropriate channel for those who want to respond to large scale humanitarian disaster, to promote health and welfare initiatives both in Australia and in India while ensuring that every penny collected is made available on time to those affected.
We also associate with other like- minded organisations such as Kerala Nadham to cooperate in activities of common interest, including promoting literary, cultural and social aspects of Malayalee community in Sydney.
We are committed to respond to the cultural and social needs of the Malayalee community and accordingly our programs are tailored to meet them. Our programs are attended by a wide spectrum of the community numbering in thousands. The two major annual programs we conduct are:
- Onam celebrations in August/September – One of the main features of Onam celebrations is cultural programs reminiscent of Kerala’s own rich cultural and artistic life both present and past. During the celebrations we also provide a traditional, delicious Kerala style food to the attendees of the program at a very nominal cost.
- Christmas celebrations in November/December – The Christmas celebrations include a vast array of different types of cultural programs accompanied by a sumptuous dinner. The main focus is reminding the attendees of Jesus Christ’s message of love, kinship, compassion and mutual help.
In addition we also conduct events such as family fun days and other cultural shows and events. These events range from social networking events (for example, family fun day) to social/cultural/artistic events with the aim of providing a stage for the community’s talents to perform and also meeting the various interests of the community. The contents of these programs are non-religious, non-political and non-controversial but have only the aim of spreading Kerala’s culture and heritage.
We are always at the forefront in offering help and assistance in times of humanitarian needs arising from unfortunate events whether natural or otherwise. We respond by engaging ourselves into fund raising activities and help support those important causes in order to alleviate financial or otherwise burden without any regard or consideration to nationality, religion, faith or belief of the affected.