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News from Thiruvananthapuram
A food festival was held on 2nd Oct 2016 at Sundara Vilasom Palce. Food articles made by members of Women's wing were on sale. Home made sweets of traditional nature, rice in different forms, Chappathis made on the spot, all these added relish to the function. During the day some competitions were also held in connection with Onam function scheduled for 16th. Smt Vimala Menon secretary Cheshire Home was the chief guest. In this picture smt Vimal Menon inaugurates the function. 
News from Thrippunithura
As a part of 84th year celebrations Kochi Kshathriya kshema Sabha organised a Thiruvathira kali competition. Vellarappalli unit came first & Thiruvananthapuram second. A cash award of Rs/-11,111 will be given to the unit which came first and Rs 5001/- to the second. The award will be presented on September 18th during the concluding function at Kalikkotta. Kochi Kshathriya Kshema Sabha has congratulated the winners.During the function president Ramesh Varma,Secretary Ajit Rama Varma,& programme convener Raj Mohan Varma addressed the members.
News from Thrippunithura
The narayaneeyam parayanam  competition held in memory of late Puthanmadom Sarada Thirumulpad was attended well. Smt Praveena Ajit Varma of Mavelikkara came first. Smt Lakshmi S Varma of Thrippunittara won the second prize. During this function VAU Of UAE contributed Rs/-100,000 to one of our members (Sri Gokul Krishna of Vellarappalli) suffering from Brain disease. This is an yearly donation which VAU extends to our needy members for the purpose of medical treatment.
News from Thrippunithura
In the Carnatic Music competition conducted by the Thripunithura Sangeetha Sabha in connection with their 41st Anniversary Kavya Varma P K Gets the First Prize in the Senior Category while her younger sister Varsha Varma P K gets First Prize in the Junior Category. Kavya Varma Received  the Thambura(Sponsored by Dr. K.J. Yesudas in the name of his father Sri. Augustine Joseph) from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sri. Sanjay Subramaniam for her all round performance.  
News from Thiruvananthapuram
A cooking class using healthy ingerdients was conducted on July 3rd at Sundara Vilasam Palace. Ellunda, Chemparathy lime juice which help augment iron content and Ragi cake were all prepared with jaggery. Coconut was used, but use of oil was avoided totally. It was a demonstration to prepare a balanced diet for healthy living. The class was conducted by a naturopath.
News from Kottayam
The clock shown in the picture is designed by the women's wing of Kottayam Kshthriya Kshema Sabha.It is available in both Teak and Mahogany frames. The cost is around Rs 500-750. To purchase this clock contact Atmaja Varma Thampuran 9349509027 or Asokan 9895526262 of Kottayam. The clock was launched as a symbol of Kshathriya during the General Body meeting held at Kottayam on 3rd Jan 20116.
News from Thrippunithura
She also received the Chennai Jayachandran Memorial Puraskaram for getting 1st Prize in Swathi thirunal Krithi Category and the Thripunithura K Lalitha Memorial award for getting 1st Prize in Seniors General Category From Usthad Faiyaz Khan.  Varsha Varma P K also received the Thripunithura K Lalitha Memorial award for getting 1st Prize in the Junior Category from Usthad Faiyaz Khan.  
News from Kottayam
The 34th Annual General Body meeting was held at Kottayam on 3rd Jan 2016. The venue was Ambalppuzha RamaVarma Nagar (CMS College, Great Hall). Among the delegates, many were alumni of CMS College. They reminisced their experiences of old days. The function was inaugurated by Dr. P N Suresh, Vice Chancellor Kalamandalom deemed University. Here in this picture is shown the chief guest lighting the lamp during the inaugural ceremony.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
 The 125th anniversary of Regent Maharani was held on 6th Dec 2015 at Rangavilasom Palace. Sri T.P Sreenivasan IFS Retd delivered the commemoration address.Like every year there were two awards one for journalism, which is given to outstanding work in the field, and the other educational which is given to four different students of class x. In this picture you can see one of the recipients of educational awards. For more photos of the function visit photo gallery. 
News from Thiruvananthapuram
On Nov 5th Sri G.V. Raja commemoration was observed at Levee Hall, East Fort Thiruvananthapuram. The function was presided by Sri P.A Godavarma Raja Who happened to be a nephew of Late Sri G.V. Raja. In his memorial speech he mentioned Sri G.V. Raja's role in bringing progress to the city in the area of sports, Aviation and tourism. H.H. Pooyam Thirunnal Gowri Parvati Bai reminisced her experiences. Sri Ramachandran Nair, former chief secretary, Smt. Padmini Thomas president Sports Council also spoke. 
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Onam was celebrated at Thiruvananthapuram unit on 27th Sept. Although late, it was well attended.The variety entertainments were par excellence. Participation was complete, and here you can see the picture taken of the group song by the Thiruvananthapuram Sabha members.The  function was inaugurated by H.H Aswathi Thirunnal Gowri Laxmi Bai by lighting the lamp.  Sri K.Raghava Varma presided over the function. Smt Shobhana Varma, President of the Women's wing welcomed the gathering. Film Director Sri Rajasenan, and lyricist Sri Santhosh Varma felicitated the gathering.There was also the release of a book, a collection of poems by Shyamala Varma, one of our members. The book was released by Sri Rajasenan and received by Sri Santhosh Varma. 
News from chalakudy

Onam, along with Annual General Body meeting was held in Sreedharamangalam Sreekrishna temple on Aug 30 2015.Kumari Saranya Varma rendered the prayer.Sri T K Rama Varma lit the lamp and inaugurated the function. During the function members above 80 years were honored.A new managing committee for the year 2015-17 was formed under the guidance of returning officer Sri Jayachandra Varma. Students of SSLC/+2/Degree who passed successfully were awarded prizes. Participants of Cultural program were given cash awards.

 

News from Thiruvananthapuram
 Homage was paid to our past president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the 18th of Aug 2015. Princess Pooyam Thirunnal Gowri Parvati Bai shared her experiences with this great soul. Eminent persons like Sri G. Madhavan Nair, past chairman of ISRO spoke on the occassion. Besides Sri P.S Nair, Sri R. Ram Varma,former Dy Director  and Sri M. Ravi Varma, former Administrative officer, also shared their personnel experiences during their proffessional interaction with Dr. Kalam.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Annual General Body meeting of Thiruvananthapuram Sabha was held on 26th July 2015. A new set of office bearers were chosen during the meeting. In line with the center's formation of women's wing which happened at chertalai during Convention, here a twenty four member women's unit took birth, with Shobana Raja as president. The office bearers can be seen in the photo.The same evening there was Ramayanam parayanam competition, as it is held every year. Also an enlightening talk by an Ayurvedic physician Dr. A.K Madankumar on the dietary dicipline during the month of Karkitakam. A veena performance introducing Kamboji Ragam by Maya Varma preceded the talk.There was a dance by Kumari Aswathi Varma from Thrippunithura. Kumari Varma had won prizes in various dance performances during the Kalolsavam at Chertalai.
News from Centre
 Here in this picture you can see the president of the Sabha Sri K.N.S Varma hoisting the flag as inaugural ceremony is  under way. A light rain that showered over the area however failed to dampen the spirits of the members. Enthusiastically they went ahead with the inaugural ceremony. The Convention which lasted two days was a feast to the eyes as it provided ample entertainments and informative programmes. There were four to five seminars dealing with different topics that are relevant to society in general and to the community in particular. At the end was a summarisation of the topics by Kishore Kumar Varma.
News from Centre
 H.H Princess Pooyam Thirunnal Gowri Parvathi Bai inaugurated the Women's unit of the Sabha. A paper on wome's empowerment was presented by Smt Leelabai Thampuratti of Thiruvalla. The paper describes the changed scenario among women, the need for them to seek employment suitable to their life's requirements and the various Government agencies providing help to that effect. A committee was formed with President Prof. Sujatha Varma, Vellarappally, Vice President Leelabai Thampuratti,Thiruvalla and secretary Sreedevi Varma, Trivandrum by the name Kshathriya Vanita Sanghatana.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
As part of monthly program Kumara Kerala Varma's mother Late Seethadevi Thampuratty of Pallam Palacewas remembered at a function. Kumari Kavya Varma & Varsha Varma sang Bhajans. Also staged was a Bharatha Natyam by Parvathy Varma. 
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvathira was observed at Thiruvananthapuram unit. The function was held at Rangavilasom Palace on 4th Jan 2015. Besides Thiruvathirakkali Ettangadi Nivedyam was served. The function ended with dinner.

Earlier in the month of December a ceremony was held on 16th at Levee Hall to remember Uthradom Thirunnal Marthanda Varma on his first death anniversary. Some pictures taken during the function can be seen in the picture gallery.
News from Centre

The first donation for the forthcoming Kshathriya Convention and Kalolsavam was received on 28th of Dec2014 from Pooyam Thirunnal Gouri Parvathy Bai and Aswathi Thirunnal GouriLakshmi Bai at Kowdiar Palace. Here in this picture Sri K.N. Surendranath Varma, President of the Sabha receives the donation. 

News from Kozhikode
Revathi Pattathanam was celebrated on the 5th of Nov. This yearly celebration has found favor with Zamorins in the last decade. Pattathanam itself dates back to 15th century. A detailed history of it is included in the Article of the Month on this site which can be viewed in the Home page. The procession started from Thali temple and reached Zamorin's Highschool where the function including Vidwad Sadas was held. It lasted the whole day and ended with Krishnanattam Kali.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Regent Maharani's 120th Birth Anniversary was held at Ranga Vilasom Palace on 23rd November 2014. Regent Maharani's grandson Sri Balagopal Varma spoke on the occassion. H.H. Pooyam Thirunnal Gowri Parvathi Bai inaugurated the function. She gave personal reminiscences with Maharani during her childhood. The chief guest for the occassion was Sri K.L. Mohana Varma who spoke on Women empowerment.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
On 26th Oct 2014, Vayalar Rama Varma was remembered at a function in Sundara Vilasom Palace. Sri K.L. Sreekrishnadas spoke on the occassion. There was a documentary film on Vayalar's life in which several of our young members had taken part. This was followed by screening of a short film "The Miracle" also by Sri.Sreekrishnadas. Earlier during the afternoon a new committee for REACT with Chairwoman Dr M. Lalithambika, Secretary P.K. Reghu Varma and treasurer K.N.Rama Varma   took charge.
Vau Onam

The VAU (VarmaAssociation of UAE) Onam-2014 celebration was held at Tulip Inn Hotel &Apartments, Al Qusais, Dubai on Friday, 03rd October at 10 am. Thefunction was attended by nearly 80 members. “ONA POOKKALAM” was made by familymembers of VAU. Smt. Sujatha Varma, member of VAU started the function withPrayer Song. Then, later members prayed for the soul of the recently expiredmembers Smt. Krishna Priya (Dubai) & Smt. Mahima Varma (Abu Dhabi) andconveyed condolences to their families. Shri. Udaya Varma (Sreejith) addressedthe audience and introduced new members to VAU. There was variety ofentertainments arranged by family members of VAU. Shri. Sanjay Varma guided andmade coordination with other members for arranging the various cultural and musicalprograms by VAU members The main attraction for this Onam celebration was “PADAYANI”,the famous traditional art form of Kerala, performed by Shri. Saji Kumar Othera(Famous Padayani Artist). The function was followed by ONA SADYA with fabulous dishes.Thereafter each member shared their Onam greetings and left to their ownactivities with waiting for another hopeful ONAM.

 

Ratheesh Varma (AbuDhabi)

 

News from Kottakkal
Every year, in the month of May, members of Kizhakke Covilakam gather at Kottakkal, with their extended family, to hold a modest get together. Senior members make sure to attend the function. For those who come to attend, it is a renewal of association. The function normally is accompanied by variety entertainments. 
News from Thiruvananthapuram
As a part of the monthly program, Thiruvananthapuram Unit of the Sabha organized a lecture and classical music event on 30th March. Sri K.N.N. Elayath was the speaker . Elayath?s daughter Smt K.N.Namita sang Classical songs and Sri Kishore rendered Flute recital.

Lecture by professor K.N.N. Elayath on the subject Fundamentals Of Music Therapy. Classical Music is healthy and thriving, and has a therapeutic effect, but there is a need to attract younger generation to it.

Vishnu R Varma & Jishnu R Varma, both promising violinists, being falicitated by K.N. Surendranath Varma, President of the Sabha.]

Sri Kishore on the flute, Dr. Desikan on Mridangam, and Smt Namita.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Onam was celebrated with much ostentation by Thiruvananthapuram unit. The celebrations were at Rangavilasom Palace hall. Besides a sumptuous Onasadya, there were cultural programs lasting through the day. The function was inaugurated by H.H. Aswati Thirunnal Gauri Laxmi Bai Thamuratti. The keynote speaker was the noted lyricist and film director Sri Sreekumaran Thampi. Prizes were distributed for competitions held earlier as part of Onam
Monthly meeting Aug 2013
V.Dakshinamurthy, famous musician and music director was remembered by Kshathriya kshema Sabha, Thiruvananthapuram on 28th Aug. By presenting a host of songs composed by Swami, the Sabha fittingly paid homage to one of South India's famous musicians. The songs were sung by Sabha members.

On this occasion Sri Venugopal Varma, former secretary, Biodiversity Board, gave an informative presentation on environmental issues as dealt in Gadgil committee report.
News from Thiruvananthapuram
Raja Raja Varma remembered

17th June was the first death anniversary of Sri Raja Raja Varma of Pandalam palace. Kshathriya kshema Sabha along with the family members organized a talk on this day by Prof (Retd) Sri Rama Raja Varma of S.D College Alleppy. The speaker, renowned for his knowledge in scriptures, quoted Narayaneeyam, Bhagavat Gita, and Upanishads and urged the listeners to embrace the principles in them and not to seek anything that gives only transitory pleasure. The function was well attended by our members. Sri Jayakumar proposed Vote of thanks. The function ended with dinner hosted by Sri Raja Raja Varma's family.

The sathaabishekam(84th bithday ceremony) of Sri,T.R.Ramavarmaraja was held on 23rd June.2013.The ceremony was held at Panchajanyam Auditorium,Fort,Tvpm.Sri Varma hails from Thulisaala kshatriya family in Kadapra,Thiruvalla.He served as an officer in State Govt ExciseDepartment.He has been closely associated with the activities of Kshatriya Sabha and also with those of the various social and cultural organisations in Kerala.Now he and his wife Smt.Indirambika are living at capital with their son. His sons: Mohan,Sureshbabu,Krishnakumar,Anilkumar,Daughter:Prameela,
The Pooja and other religious rites were followed by various cultural programmes performed by his relatives and friends.
Repport: Kishore Kumar Varma
News from Thiruvananthapuram
"Athmadhwani" a collection of poems authored by P.Subhash Kumar Varma, former secretary of Kshatriya Kshema Sabha was released at Press Club auditorium, Thirivananthapuram on 23rd May 2013 at 6 pm.In this book, the author has given his name as Subhash, Valavoor. Dr.Ezhumattoor Raja Raja Varma released the book by handing the copy to Shri.K.L.Sreekrishna Das. Dr.M.Rajeev Kumar, publisher, "Paridhi" Publications welcomed the gathering while the author Subhash Kumar Varma proposed vote of thanks. The cost of the book is Rs.85/-.
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SIVARATRI CELEBRATIONS

On 10th March, (Sivaratri) Kshatriya Kshema Sabha met at Sundaravilasom Palace, to honor Princess Aswati Thirunnal Gowri Lakshmi Bayi and Sri Kumara Kerala Varma for the awards they recently received. Also honored was Jishnu for having won ‘A’ grade in playing Mridangam in the state Youth festival in Malappuram.
Princess Aswati Thirunnal is a prolific writer. She has several books to her credit including the one on Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple. Princess has been granted two awards lately- Sanathana Dharma Samiti Puraskaram and Swami Sidhinadananda Puraskaram.
In reply to President P G Sasikumar Varma's address, Princess Aswati Thirunnal thanked the Sabha for having shown recognition for the latest awards. She spoke about the importance of Sivaratri. In a lighter vein the Princess narrated an interesting but little known bizarre event that took place in Sundara vilasom Palace years ago.
Like Princess Aswati Thirunnal, Sri Kumara Kerala Varma has won many accolades. Latest among them are the Nadacharya title conferred by Annamanada Agni cultural Academy & Kalaratnasreshta conferred by Kalanidhi, Thiruvananthapuram.
In his reply, Sri Kumara Kerala Varma spoke intensely on the need to encourage younger generation in classical music and art.
It was indeed a proud moment for Jishnu to receive a memento in recognition of his success in the Youth festival. And so was it for the parents of Jishnu and every member of the Sabha. To receive such recognition for one of our own members is a matter of great pride. Jishnu thanked the Sabha for felicitating him.
The felicitation was followed by Bhajans sung by members of the Sabha. Later dinner was served. It was sponsored by Sri G Rama Varma, the Sabha’s secretary.
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Thiruvathira celebrations

Thiruvathira brings to my mind the childhood memories of having Arrowroot pudding to the heart's content. However there is more to this auspicious day than just that. On 27th of Dec, on the eve of Thiruvathira members of Kshatriya Sabha as usual met at Sundara Vilasom Palace to celebrate the event. After the Puja, Thiruvathira kkali was performed and later Ettangadi nivedyam served. Dinner was also served later.
NEWS FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Chithira Tirunnal Bala Rama Varma's Birth Centenary
 
2012 happens to be Chithira Tirunnal Bala Rama Varma, Travencore's last ruling Maharaja's Birth centenary year. He was born on 4th Nov 1912 and ruled Travencore from 1931 to 1949 until the monarchy ended and later remained Rajapramukh of the combined Travencore- Cochin state until reorganization of the state in 1956.
 
Kshatriya Khema Sabha Trivandrum organized a function on 29th Dec 2012 to mark the centenary year. The function was held at the Levee Hall, its grand pillars bearing witness to the function. Eminent persons from three different faiths were invited to speak on the occasion. Cardinal Clemis, Maulavi Jamaluddin Mangata, and Swami Vitasprihanandaji of Ramakrishna Ashramam.
 
The function started with the commemoration song by the Kala Samskarika Vedi. The song was written and compiled by K.L. Sreekrishna Das.
 
H.H Uthradom Tirunnal Marthanda Varma's absence was apparent. Due to health reasons, Maharaja could not attend the function. This denied the audience the much awaited opportunity to listen from a younger brother his personal experiences with his elder brother. Maharaja himself would have loved to reminisce them. Maharaja's message was read by Sri Prasad Varma, and Maulavi Jamaluddin Mangata's (who also could not be present) by Sri P.G Sasikumar Varma.
 
Both Cardinal Clemis and Swami Vitasprihanandaji spoke about the golden period of Travencore when Chithira Tirunnal ruled, and spoke about the many reforms during the time, Temple entry being a major one. Cardinal spoke about his closeness with the Royal family mentioning how he was presented with a photograph by Maharaja Uthradom Tirunnal before his recent visit to Vatican.
 
The function ended with vote of thanks by Sri C.K Krishna Dasan, convener Kalasamskarika Vedi.
NEWS FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Late Prof. T.K. Bhaskara Varma and his contribution to Hindi literature were remembered in the ' Bhasha Sangamam' held on 16-12-2012 at the press club building . His contributions by way of several books, radio plays and translations of books to Hindi were highlighted by the speakers. The occasion was a ' Bhasha Sangamam' under the joint auspicious of The Kerala Hindi Prachara Sabha, Hindi Vidyapeedam, and Rashtriya hindi sahithya sammalan held for the remembrance and analysis of the contributions of P.G. GovindapPillai, Dr. K.S. Mani, Dr .N. Raman Nair. Dr.T.K. Sarala Devi , Dr. N. Kuttan Pillai & Prof. T.K. Bhaskara Varma. The meeting was presided by Dr. N.A. Karim and felicitated by worshipful Mayer K. Chandrika. About two dozen prominent academicians spoke on the occasion. To name a few, Dr. N. Chandrasekharan Nair, Dr. K. G. Balakrishna Pillai, Dr. Raju, Dr. S Thankamaniamma, Dr Thirumala. Chandran, Dr. Sudha Varrior , Prof. N. Madhavan Kutty and many others. Smty. Priya Varma daughter of Prof. T.K. Bhaskara Varma recited a beautiful guzzle written by her father.
REGENT MAHARANI’S 118TH BIRTH DAY CELEBRATIONS AT
Next to the Onam celebrations, Regent Maharani, Sethu Lakshmi Bayi’s Birth Day celebration is the largest annual gathering of Kshatriya Kshema Sabha. This year like every other year, it was celebrated with much ostentation at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan. The occasion brought speakers of great repute who enlightened the audience on subjects concerning issues facing society and culture today.

H.H Uthradom Thirunnal Marthanda Varma inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. Maharaja spoke at length about the progress made by Travencore under the stewardship of Regent Maharani. Even at this advanced age he spoke with such clarity to the envy of most of those in the audience. He spoke about Regent’s initiative that paved the way for the temple entry proclamation. Maharaja in his talk reminisced the days with his aunt, and fondly recalled moments when she would affectionately bid him to sit by her side.
 
Sri K.Jayakumar IAS (Retd) delivered the Keynote address. He said that the defining characteristics of the Travencore Royal family were its simplicity. They were people’s rulers and their success in ruling lay in their simplicity .Unlike the rulers of today they were clear in their minds of their purpose. Today’s rulers have their eyes set on the advantages that come with governing. Individual gains over ride the larger gains. This has eroded good governance.
 
Sri Jayakumar also mentioned the declining cultural diversity in the light of financial independence. Financial independence has outlived human sensitivity. As an example he lamented the instances where mothers are sent to old age homes where they are denied the time and love of their children. A kind of irreverence has crept into the society today. It is looking at short term gains. Like the oracle's son in Sri M.T.Vasudevan Nair's famous movie Nirmalyam, who set out to sell his father's sword and anklet, we do not hesitate to sell our intangible assets for values less than they really possess.
 
Sri Jayakumar warned the media about their selective sensitivity. He urged us to understand the eternal values which will allow us to return to Cultural alignment which will in turn help us lead a life in tune with nature. His talk based on present day cultural issues of Kerala was exceptionally thought provoking.
 
The felicitation was by the District collector of Thiruvananthapuram Sri. K.N Satish IAS. Later Smt. Samyukta Varma, great grand daughter of Regent Maharani delivered the commemoration address.
 
There were several awards instituted by Maharani's family, seven educational, and one related to the media. The media award was presented to Sri M.B. Santhosh, Sr. Editor, Indiavision for his article on spurious drugs sale, which appeared in Kerala Koumudhi. The educational awards were announced by the chairman of the award committee Sri R. Rama Varma and media award by Sri. K.L. Sreekrishnadas.
 
One cannot but acknowledge the effort made by Sri M. Ravi Varma Raja the chief co-coordinator and Sri. P. G. Sasikumar Varma, President of Thiruvananthapuram Kshatriya Kshema Sabha and his team for the grand culmination of the function. Every year we revisit this occasion with great excitement. Due to its historical association with the Royal family, Thiruvananthpuram Kshatriya Kshema Sabha makes all efforts to make this function glittering and lively.
 
There were entertainments by members of the Sabha. Later a drama Kuchelan Kunhan Nair based on Vayalar Rama Varma's Poetry was staged. The function ended with dinner.

REGENT MAHARANI Memorial Speach-Jayakumar IAS
 
Sri Chithirunal- Smarananjali
KSHATRIYA KSHEMA SABHA ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING
The 31st Annual General Body meeting of Kshatriya Kshema Sabha was held at Koyikkal Auditorium at Vellarappilly in Ernakulam District on November 4, 2012. The meeting was inaugurated by the eldest member of Vellarapally Unit, Shri. Rama Varma (Harichettan) at 10.30 AM. The meeting was presided over by Shri. P.G Sasikumar Varma, All Kerala President of Kshatriya Kshema Sabha. The Secretary, Shri. KB Ramachandra Varma (Vellarapilly Unit)welcomed everybody to the meeting. After the Welcome Speech, Shri. N.Shankar Varma, All Kerala Joint Secretary, KKS presented the Annual Report of 2011-2012 and Treasurer Shri.R. Sasidhara Varma presented the accounts of the financial year 2011-2012. This was approved by the members present in the meeting. Also the members representing KKS Units expressed their various views and suggestions before the meeting.
 
After the discussions, the Hon'ble Maharani Sethu Parvathi Bhai Memorial Scholarship Award was distributed. Master Vivek for Engineering and Kumari Anushree Akshay (both from Karivelloor Unit) for Medicine received the Cash Awards amounting to Rs.10,000/- each, which was given away by the President. The CK Rama Varma memorial award for scoring highest mark in English (Plus Two) and Advocate Kerala Varma Memorial Award for scoring highest mark in Mathematics (Plus Two) were presented to Kum. Arya Padmakumar (Vellarapilly Unit) and to Master Renjith Varma, Chalakudy Unit respectively. Both Awards consists of Rs.1000/- in cash. There were no application for KV Raja Memorial Award for Plus Two highest mark in Physics and Padmabhooshan Raghava Varma Thirumulpad Memorial Award for Ayurveda degree.
 
After the award distribution ceremony, the President conferred our honour upon the great Kathakali artist Shri. FACT Jayadeva Varma and famous Cinema music lyricist Shri. Santhosh Varma.
 
After lunch, Dr. Lalithambika, TVM KKS delivered a speech on “How to produce energy from Solar Energy”and Dr. R. Ajayakumar Varma (Scientist, Centre for Earth Science & Studies) made a brief lecture on “Waste recycle process”. The meeting concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Shri. TN Sreekumar, Vice President, KKS, Karivelloor Unit. Around 250 members from various KKS units Kerala participated in the AGM.
 
A Kathakali performance was there by Shri. FACT Jayadeva Varma & Party on "Kuchela Vritham" followed by AGM. The Programme came to an end by 8.30 PM.
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NAVARATHRI CELEBRATIONS
 
Navarathri was celebrated under the auspicious of Thiruvananthapuram Kshathriya Kshema Sabha from Oct 16 to Oct 24 at Sundaravilasam Palace. Poojavaipu and bhajana on 22nd, Pooja , bhajana and a talk on Mahanavami day ,Poojayeduppu and Vidyarambham on Vijayadesami day etc were conducted under the leadership of Adv. Mohanachandran Pandarathil.
 
Kshathriya Kshema Sabha members also participated in the Arattu procession of Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple led by Maharaja Utrhadom Thirunnal Marthanda varma.
NEWS FROM THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ONAM CELEBRATIONS & ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING
Onam celebrations & Annual general body meeting of Thiruvananthapuram Kshathriya Kshema Sabha was held on 16th September 2012 at Rangavilasam Auditorium . After the prayer, a minutes silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls who left us during this year. The Onam celebrations were inaugurated by Maharaja Utrhadom Thirunnal Marthanda varma by 11AM. He said that he is sad to see that the Mavely is being shown as a funny figure by many instead of a Great King. He also lighted a lamp in the middle of Athapookalam Sri. P G. Sasikumar Varma, President , KK Sabha Presided over the function.
 
Sri Suriya Krishna Murthy delivering the key note address, referring to the presidents indication that kks is a small organization , said that with his long experience he is convinced that the size is not the criterion for strength and achievement but the total dedication to the cause by members. He narrated his interesting experiences in his early days and wished all success for kks.
Sri. P.K.Saseedra varma , Film Producer and Actor , felicitated the function and shared some experience in his film life. He also distributed prizes to the winners of different sports and cultural competitions held in connection with Onam.
 
The meeting came to an end by 12.30 with a vote of thanks by the Secretary.
 
A sumptuous onasadya followed.
 
The annual general body meeting started by 3.30 . Sri. P.G Sasikumar Varma President KKS . presided the meeting. Secretary presented the annual report and the treasurer ,the accounts. After discussion these were passed and the business meeting came to an end by 4.30.
 
Several family members participated in the cultural programs organized by the cultural wing of KKS. The program was continuous from 10 AM to 5.30 PM with breaks for the two meetings. Thiruvithirakaly . classical dances ,folk dances ,cinematic dances , break dance classical music , light music, film songs ,skits and much more where there.
 
A large gathering of more than 300 persons enjoyed the celebrations.
At the end there was a lucky dip for all those present . Sri P. G Sasikumar Varma & Sri. P.R. Nandakumara Varma were the winners with a prize money of Rs. 500 each.
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SAMUHA UPANAYANAM
A Samuha Upanayanam was conducted in the front yard of Kottarathu Madom Tharavad . on 1st July 2012.The following Children were initiated in the function..
1) Sri. Arun Varma son of Late Sreekumar of Kottarathu Madom & Usha
2) Sri. Sylandra Varma son of Jayachandran & Sreejitha
3) Sri. Gokul Varma & Sri. Rahul Varma sons of Jayan & Premeela Varma
4) Sri.Ananda Varma son of Rajandran & & Ambika
5) Sri. Aswin Varma son of Subhash of Poojar Kottaram & Asha ,Panampilly Nager, Ernakulam.
The upanayanam rituals were led by Vikraman Nambuthiri of Pazhayidam Illam. Forty Namboothiries had blessed the children on the occasion
(Report by Jayachandravarma)
NEWS FROM THRISSUR
The onam celebrations of Thrissur unit of Kshathriya Kshema sabha was held on 23/09/12 at Pazhaya Nadakkavu Lakshmi Mandapam. Smty. M. Thangamani ,A I R Artist was the chief gust. She inaugurated the celebrations by 10 AM. Prahlada varma, President of the unit presided . Sri. A.K.Rajaraja varma explained about the educational fund. Endowments were given to Rohit Raja, Arun.S. varma, Gayathri varma (Plus two), Parvathi varma (Doctorate ) and Deepasree varma (Engineering )
Sri. P.C. Sanath Kumar presented the accounts.
Guru pooja & Pithru pooja were performed. A sumptuous Ona sadya followed.
There were several cultural programs under the leadership of P.C. Sanath Kumar, P.V. Ravi varma, N.Sanker varma & Advocate. Rajeev D Raja
The celebrations came to a close by 4PM
NEWS FROM DUBAI
ONAM CELEBRATION BY VAU IN DUBAI
The celebration was held at Hotel Flora Central Apartment on 21st September at 11 am.
The function was attended by nearly 120 members. There were variety of entertainments.staged by family members of VAU. Kshatriya Kshema Sabha's senior member and Kshatra Sandesam Chief Editor Ravi Varma Raja and his wife Valsala Ravi Varma were given a very warm reception by VAU. Shri.Sreejith Varma former President of VAU introduced them to the audience.As per the request of VAU members The Chief Guest Ravi Varma Raja addressed the audience. He spoke about Kshatriya Kshema Sabha's various welfare programmes and called upon VAU to join KKS activities more actively. The function was followed by a sumptuous . ONA SADYA and thereafter variety entertainments.
NEWS FROM BALUSSARY
20th october, 2012
Shri. HARIDAS ARAJA of Punnathur Kovilakam celebrated his Shashtipoorthy at his house "Swapna Nivas", Balussery, Kozhikode.
Relatives and Villagers attended for the function.
Kerala Kshathriya Kshema sabha congratulates him and wish him very happy and long life ahead.
(Report by Ratheesh Varma)
NEWS FROM THIRUVALLA
NAVATHI AND SATHABHISHEKA CELEBRATIONS
The Navathi of Sri.Aswathinal G.Ramavarma Thampuran, the seniormost member of Paliakkara Palace,Thiruvalla and the Sathabhishekom of Smt. Avittomnal Amba(Savithri) Thampuratty, Poonjar Palace, wife of Sri.G.Ramavarma Thampuran, were celebrated on 29th October 2012. The celebrations were held at Paliakkara Palace Thiruvalla. Kshathriya Kshema Sabha of Thiruvalla and Ministerial staff of Department Of Education (Sangam ) Thiruvalla expressed their respect and affection by presenting "Ponnada" to the Couple.
 
Valiya Raja Of Poonjar Palace Sri. P. Ramavarma Raja, Swami Golokananda of Thiruvalla Ramakrishna Mission Ashram and many other important persons from different walks of life graced the occasion by their presence. Aswathythirunal Gowri Lekshmibai Thampuratty,Dr.R.P.Raj ,Swami Samagrananda chief of Ramakrishasram Thiruvalla and many others conveyed their greetings to the couple.

"Nangyar Koothu" and "Ottamthullal" performance by well known artists entertained the gathering. A sumptuous sadya followed.
(Report by Prabhakaran M.K)
NEWS FROM AMBALAPPUZHA
Yuvakala samithi, Ambalappuzha celebrated the 57 th year of kerala piravi with a malayala vandanam on 07-11-2012. They went to the residence of Ambalapuzha Ramavarma , honered him and presented a ponnada by V.B. Biju(Secretary ofAIPCO);
NEWS FROM BAHRAIN
Shri. Shiva Hari Varma has been selected as the Kalaprathibha of Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam Balakalotsavam 2012. He also won The Group Champion Ship Award in Indian School Bahrain.
 
He won the Kalaprathibha title with Sangeetha retna Award by getting Prizes for all musical competitions like classical music , light music, film song Hindi and Malayalam, Naadan pattu and Poem recitation. He was the Kalaprathibha in the last year also He is 8th std student in Indian School Bahrain. He is the son of Krishna Kumar Varma, Kaattil Kovilakom, Cherthala and Lathika Varma of Chullithara Kovilakom, Vaikom.
Monthly meeting Thiruvananthapuram
On 27th April members of Kshathriya kshema Sabha gathered at Sundara Vilasom Palace for the monthly reunion. The chief aim of the meeting was to felicitate two of their members, who had done outstanding work in their respective fields. These two chosen members were Dr Ezhumattur Raja Raja Varma and Sri R. Rama Varma. The chief Guest for the function was Sri C.R.R. Varma.
 
Dr. Ezhumattur Raja Raja Varma is a prolific writer. In his sixty years of living, he has written as many books. In recognition to his contribution to Malayalam language he has been awarded Bhasha Puraskaram by Rashtra Bhasha Prasar Samiti at Vardha. Introducing his work, Sri K. L. Sreekrishnadas said that he (Dr Ezhumattur) lived and breathed the language of Malyalam. There were few today with such emotional attachments to the language.
 
Sri R. Rama Varma (Vijayan) is Dy.Director with VSSC. For his contribution to the growth of VSSC and for technical team work he has been given individual and team awards. In his reply, Sri Rama Varma thanked the Sabha and said that Kshatriya Kshema Sabha played a crucial role in shaping his qualities of leadership which ultimately helped in whatever success that came his way. He also acknowledged his team for their valuable contribution. Sri.M. Ravi Varma Raja (Kuttan Chettan) introduced Vijayan's work.
 
A few scholarships were handed over during the function. One was by VAYU (Varma Association for UAE) for undergraduate students. The others were scholarships granted on behalf of Regent Maharani which could not be collected in time by recipients.
 
There was a classical music programme by Kumari Kavya Varma (grand daughter of Sri Kumara Kerala Varma). The evening ended with dinner sponsored by Sri C.K. Krishnadasan.
Monthly meeting Trivandrum-May 2013 Sundara Vilasom Palace
Most of us over forty, experience a medical condition in some form or another. When you were twenty, probably the possibility of having a heart condition never crossed your mind. But as you advanced in age, you knew diseases could catch up with you, if you did not pay attention to your life style. It is to this purpose, to prevent any loss of health due to neglect of lifestyle, that Dr Praveeen Varma of Sri Chithra Institute was invited to make a presentation before Kshathriya Kshema Sabha.
 
Dr. Praveen Varma took his MBBS from Calicut medical college. After serving in many places, including the United States, he now holds the position of Additional professor in Cardio Vascular & Thoracic surgery in Sree Chithra Institute of Medical sciences. His presentation titled Evaluation & management of Cardio Vascular diseases lasted over one hour. It covered topics such as congenital heart diseases, healthy diet and exercise, the role of Diabetes in heart disease, Angioplasty, and many other areas of information that will help prevent the onset of heart diseases.
 
The presentation was followed by Narma sallapam (jovial talk) by P.C. Sanal kumar IAS (Retd) and dinner hosted by Sri Ezhumattur Raja Raja Varma.
Monthly meeting Thiruvananthapuram
Delayed by the afternoon rains the monthly meeting started at 5:30 in the evening. A talk by Sri Narayanan Pandalai stole the show. Sri Pandalai explained the beginnings of RTI act; how the idea of RTI was conceived in the 1970s and later came into effect in 2005. He referred to experiences from his official life and shed light on several misunderstood distinctions of the act.

The talk was followed by Kaviyarangu. Several members such as Dr. Ezhumattur Raja Raja Varm, T.N.Aditya Varma, Subhash Kumar Varma, O. Rajesh, Dr. T.G. Sharatchandrantook part. This was followed by dinner hosted by Dr. T.G. Sharatchandran.
News from Kozhikode
Zamorin Raja honored

Kshathriya kshema Sabha honored Zamorin of Calicut, Sri P.K.S. Raja during a brief but gracious function at Zamorin's Higher Secondary School. Representatives of various units presented Ponnadas and sought Zamorin's blessings. Zamorin's wife Smt Kamla Raja read a message on behalf of Zamorin. The function was followed by a meeting of the office bearers at the center.

After lunch the Kozhikode unit had the General Body meeting.
Chicago Kudumba Samgamam Report
We had an excellent Kudumba Sangamam in Chicago on 6th of July, 2013. Around 70 people from various parts of US and India participated. As people were arriving at the meeting hall, Hari and Devi Raja served light refreshment, lemonade, and snacks. After registration and a short time for mingling and getting to know one another, the program started exactly at 10 am with a prayer by Dr. Krishna Prasadan. After the prayer Dr. Ravi Raja welcomed everyone to the program. He also served as the Master of Ceremony.

The first item on the program was the inauguration by lighting the lamp. This was done by Kadannamanna Covilakam Valiya Thampuratty Smt. Thankamani Thampuratty. She spoke briefly and officially inaugurated the 2013 Kudumba Samgamam.

After the welcome speech and inauguration, Dr. Karthikeya Varma, Director of MIMS Hospital in Calicut, gave a 10 minutes talk on some important medical topics. He explained the infamous question “Koruk”, Ka Aruk, or who is the one who does not get sick. He quoted Alathoor Nambi; “Kale hitha mitha bhogi” is the one who is Aruk. He explained that he who eats what he likes, in time and moderately, is the one who does not get sick. Dr. Lalithambika Thampuratty from Cherthala Thekkedath Covilakam talked about the various activities, including REACT, of the Kshatriya Kshema Sabha in Trivandrum which she led many years. Then Rukmini Naidu from Chicago spoke and welcomed everyone again. Lastly, Dr. Ramesh Varma from Maryland spoke about the necessity of such Kudumba Samgamam and fellowship and about the 2011 get together experience in Washington D.C.

After the lunch there were about two hours of entertainment. Program started with an Akshara sloka sadas. The sadas was led by Smt. Thankamani Thampuratty, Dr. Lalithambika Thampuratty, Mrs. Shyamala Prabhakaran, Uma Raja, Rema Raja, Dr. Ravi Raja and Dr. Meera Raja. Audience also participated.

After Akshara Sloka sadas, Nanditha Varma, Dr. Krishna Prasadan, Dr. Sreekumar Raja, Dr. Debabrath Pal, and Dr. Gayathri Varma, sang various movie songs. They all sung beautifully. Ram Gopal sang a Vayalar kavitha, “Aswamedham ”. Uma Raja recited an ONV kavitha, “Sarayuvilekkeu”. Dr. Vijayalakshmi Varma and Smt. Syamala Prabhakaran recited bhakthi keerthanangal. There was a colorful dance program by Sridevi and party. Kalaparipatikal ended with Smt. Rukumini Naidu's mangalam slokam.

By now it was tea time. Tea, coffee, juice, various snacks and deserts were served. After about 30 minutes, we had a discussion led by Dr. Suseelan Pookote and Dr. Ramesh Varma about the following points; 1. The necessities of Kudumba Sangamam. 2. How we can make it better and involve everyone 3. How we can move forward 4. Do we need it every year or every other year. Various cross sections of members participated in the discussion. The overall opinion was to have it every year even though not all can participate every year. The program concluded exactly at 5.30 with Vote of Thanks by Venu Varma.

Later on every one helped to clean up the hall and to set the furniture back where they came from. Everybody left the hall by 7:00 pm.Big thanks to Ramesh Chettan and Suseela Chechi who started the Kudumba Sangamam in 2011 at Washington DC and Raviettan and Uma Chechi for organizing the Chicago Kudumba Sangamam this year and taking it to the next level. Both of them infused a lot of energy and enthusiasm into it. Thanks every one for participating in the Kudumba Sangamam. If you know a family who missed it this year, please encourage that family to participate in the future. You may also think about volunteering to host the next Kudumba Sangamam in your area. Thanks again for your involvement and help.
Monthly meet/Annual General Body Thiruvananthapuram
On 28th July, Thiruvananthapuram unit of Kshathriya Kshema Sabha held its AGM to elect new office bearers and members. Anew committee came into being with a good percentage of old members. This will ensure continuity of policies. The newcomers will ensure that fresh ideas and suggestions are brought into the working of the Sabha. The old and the new committee members presented themselves before the General Body. A directory of the members of theThiruvananthapuram Sabha was launched.

After the elections, there was Ramayanam recitation by members. A flute recital followed by Sri R.V.Ajit Kumar. The recital was accompanied by Sreekumar Varma on Mridangam and Smt Sulekha Varma on Violin.

The meeting ended with dinner sponsored by Smt Sreedevi Varma.
Sidharth K Varma honoured : Sri RVG Menon presents a memento to Sidharth
Sidharth K.Varma has been presented the prestigious Mar Baselios Youth Excellency Award 2013. The Award was presented by Dr,Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development. Govt. of India in a glittering ceremony held at Olympia Auditorium of Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology (in the Mar Ivanios College Campus. Nalanchira, Thiruvananthapuram) on 16th August,2013. The Award comprises a prize money of Rs.100000/-(Rupees One Lakh),Certificate and Memento. The Award has been instituted in honour of the late Moran Mor Cyril Mar Baselios, the first Major Archbishop of the Malankara Syrian Catholics. The Award is presented to the best outgoing Engineering student among the Engineering colleges of Kerala. The winner is selected on the basis of his/her all round excellence in academics. leadership, arts& sports, personal conduct, ethics and social service activities. The judging panel comprised of eminent professionals and educationists. The ceremony was presided over by Mar Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos,the Major Archbishop.

The Archbishop in his address showered blessings and praises on Sidharth and his parents. He also mentioned the legacy of Pandalam Royal family and malancheruvil family of Pandalam from where the late Moran Mor Cyril Mar Baselios was born and brought up. The function was attended by grandfather, parents, relatives and friends of Sidharth.

Sidharth has passed out from the Govt.College of Engineering(CET), Thiruvananthapuram with flying colours in civil engineering. He is the recipient of several prizes in the college and University level and also MammenPandalam Award.

Sidharth is the son of Sri.P.N.Krishnavarma(retired voluntarily from Border Roads Organisation) and Smt.Ashavarma(Teacher, St. Johns School, Thumpamon),TAPASYA,Kulanada P.O,689503,Pathanamthitta Dist. Sri.Krishnavarma is the son of Brahmasri Garudamangalam Narasimhan Nampoothiry and the late Radhathampuratty of Kaipuzha Vadakkemury Puthen Koickal,PandalamPalace.Smt.Ashavarma is the daughter of late Rajarajavarma(Ashasadan,Near Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram) and late Ammuthampuratty of Koickalkuzhy palace,Pandalam).
 
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