Indian Embassy, Kuwait Celebrated Onam

 
 

 

State facilitation event of Kerala on the occasion of Onam festival

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Onam festival was celebrated on September 1, 2022 at Embassy of India, Kuwait as part of the State facilitation event on the State of Kerala.

Delivering the inaugural remarks, Ambassador of India to Kuwait, His Excellency Shri Sibi George extended warm greetings to all Indians in Kuwait on the occasion of Onam festival. Ambassador also mentioned that over the years, Onam has become one of the most celebrated and most awaited festivals of India in Kuwait not only by the Indian community but also by many Kuwaitis. He highlighted that Onam has indeed become one of the national festivals of India transcending the regional, linguistic and even religious and cultural diversities. He remarked that by celebrating Onam, we are celebrating our history, our civilizational ethos, our family values and above all the spirit of ‘Vasudaiva Kudumbakam’.

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Ambassador mentioned that despite the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, India continues to be the fastest-growing large economy in the world and also emerging as a global hub for manufacturing and innovation. India is moving towards a knowledge-based society, which aims to build a five trillion-dollar economy by 2025. In terms of Purchasing Power Parity, India is today the third largest economy in the world while in terms of GDP, it is the fifth largest economy. He recalled that in the last two years, India has emerged as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’ by spearheading the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by supplying COVID-19 pandemic related medicines to over 150 countries and ‘Made in India’ vaccines to over hundred countries including the State of Kuwait.

Mahotsav’, and marches towards an ‘Amrit Kaal’, the next twenty-five years,

REMARKS BY AMB SIBI GEORGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE ONAM CELEBRATIONS AT THE EMBASSY, SEPT 1, 2022

Good Evening everybody,

A very warm welcome to Embassy of India.

I extend my greetings to all Indians in Kuwait on the occasion of Onam festival. Greetings also of Ganesh Chathurthi to all that we celebrated yesterday.

Onam is a special occasion for the Indian community in Kuwait. Over the years, it has become one of the most celebrated and most awaited festivals of India not only by the Malayalee community but most in Indian community and many among our Kuwaiti friends.

This year in the Embassy we are celebrating Onam in partnership with Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC) who has taken the initiative to organize our Onam Sadhya. I thank the new IBPC leadership for its initiative. I also thank the over ninety artists who are here today to perform for us. Without their efforts and hard work, this event would not have been possible. Our one and only Habibullah Muttichoor and his team deserve special appreciation and thanks for being always ready to put together wonderful performances. Our reputed art institutes like Anjali School of Dance and Srishti School of Classic Dance have always gave their best performances at the Embassy events. A lot of effort has gone into in preparing the beautiful Pookalam in the Chancery by Friends of Kannur Expats (FOKE). I thank them and other associations, groups and individuals who make today’s Onam celebrations possible as part of our State Facilitation event on the State of Kerala. I recall the State Facilitation events we organized on Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka as part of our Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Dear Friends,

In the pre-Covid 19 period, we used to have several weeks of Onam celebrations in Kuwait. Even during the last two years, despite the many challenges of the pandemic, Onam was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in families and in smaller groups and virtually too. Now that the Covid 19 situation is under control, we have hundreds of Onam events already planned in Kuwait and I am getting several invitations from our associations and groups for these celebrations spanning a period of over two months. I would have loved to attend all those functions which are organized with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work and invitations extended with a lot of love and affection. But unfortunately, it is not possible for me to attend all events, given the fact that we have over three hundred and fifty Indian associations in Kuwait all striving to celebrate our various festivals regularly. I congratulate each one of the associations and groups who put in a lot of efforts to celebrate India in Kuwait through hundreds of events. Embassy extends all support to their activities in their endeavors to celebrate India and in their efforts to contribute in further strengthening our vibrant relations with this friendly country.

Dear Friends,

I don’t think that anyone in this audience or those of my Malayalee friends listening to us today needs to be told about the civilizational importance of Onam festival. Onam has indeed become one of the national festivals of India transcending our regional, linguistic and even religious and cultural diversities. The presence of our guests from all across India today here in this auditorium bears testimony to that. At the same time, there is an audience out there whom we should reach out spreading the message of our rich cultural diversity and festivals like Onam. By celebrating Onam, we are celebrating our history, our civilizational ethos, our family values and above all the spirit of Vasudaiva Kudumbakam that we are all proud of. We have a responsibility to bring up our children and grandchildren realizing and appreciating the values of our festivals like Onam, the values of positivity, vibrancy, brotherhood and harmony.

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As citizens of India and proud Indians we also have a responsibility to tell the whole world about our rich culture and traditions, and also about India’s transformation as a modern country. In my interaction with foreign diplomats and even our Kuwaiti friends, I realized that even in Kuwait, which has so much of a direct connection with India, there is still a need to do more efforts on our part to spread the message of India, the message of India’s continuous civilization and its ethos, and the message of its emergence as a modern nation.

Today, despite the many challenges of Covid 19 pandemic, India continues to be the fastest-growing large economy in the world. It is also emerging as a global hub for manufacturing and innovation. It is moving towards a knowledge-based society, which aims to build a five trillion-dollar economy by 2025. In terms of Purchasing Power Parity it is today the third largest economy in the world. In terms of GDP it is the fifth largest economy. In the last two years, we are all witness to the emergence of India as a pharmacy of the world when it spearheaded the fight against Covid 19 pandemic by supplying Covid 19 pandemic related medicines to over 150 countries and Made in India vaccines to over hundred countries including the State of Kuwait.

Today there is vast scope for us to combine our relative advantages with most of the countries across the globe including Kuwait, in capital, technology, science and human resources, and to work towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. I am confident that IBPC will continue to lead from the front in these efforts. This is particularly important this year, as we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, and as we work towards an Amrit Kaal, next twenty-five years, to achieve the target to make India a developed country by 2047, the hundredth year of our independence.

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Dear Friends,

Today as we organize the State Facilitation Event on the State of Kerala, I invite all to include a visit to Kerala in their itinerary to India. Every small township and every village in Kerala have something unique to offer for visiting tourists. I recall my last visit to Kerala, just before Covid 19 started, I visited Muzuris, modern day Kodungallur in Kerala, with my family. What a unique experience standing in that ancient land, where West met the East, where history was made. Where the world came to shop, where St. Thomas came to introduce Christianity, where the Cheraman Juma Mosque which was built in 629 CE, which makes it the first mosque in India. If Europeans had not come to Kerala, if Vasco de Gama had not landed in Kerala coast in 1498 CE the history of Europe and perhaps the history of the modern world would have been different.

Dear Friends,

Our Kerala has so many stories of amazing history. Lord Mahabali, whom we call with love Maveli, and whose festival of Onam we celebrate today, the stories of Lord Parasuram and Creation of Kerala and the history of Adi Shankaracharya born in Kerala in 8th century who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Tomorrow Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji is visiting the birth place of Adi Shankaracharya in Kaladi, in Kerala.

Every piece of land in Kerala has a history to say and something unique to offer. The art forms of Kathakali to the martial arts of Kalari Payattu all make this land unique. And today this land is contributing to the well-being of the world including Kuwait through the healing touch of Ayurveda. So, let’s invite our Kuwaiti friends to include Kerala in their itinerary to India, along with other sought-after destinations like Goa, Agra and Jaipur.

Once again, I wish each one of you a very happy Onam.

Thank you. 

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