KKS – A Quick Look

Kolkata Kairali Samajam (KKS) is the premier socio-cultural and charitable organisation of Malayalees of Kolkata. KKS formally came into being on the “Thiruvonam” Day, 7th September 2014. The inaugural ceremony was a simple one attended by the founders and friends, with the ceremonial lamp being lit by Sri. Susmesh Chandroth, a celebrated fiction writer and the first to receive the prestigious Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar award in malayalam language. Since then, KKS has been in the forefront of preserving the rich cultural heritage of Keralites and acting as a bridge for cultural exchange between West Bengal and Kerala. It has also been tirelessly working for the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden by extending them all possible help.

In the cultural field, the Samajam is working in close association with the cultural departments of Kerala Government, i.e. the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy, Kerala Sahitya Akademy, Kerala Lalit Kala Akademy, Kerala’s leading malayalam daily “Mathrubhumi”, malayalam TV channel “Kairali TV” and charitable organizations like Infosys Foundation.

The publishing wing of the Samajam has already published a popular malayalam fiction in Bengali. It has taken up translation of more Malayalam works into Bengali and vice versa.

The Ladies’ Wing of the Samajam is very active and is involved in cultural and charitable activities. The charitable activities of the Samajam includes giving medical aid and other support to the economically weaker sections of the society including distributing clothes and blankets. Education is a focus area of KKS and is involved in various activities like running free study centres, giving scholarships, books, uniforms, etc. to poor students.

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