Having spread our wings world over, conducting our Kalyanamalai Program, we have never ever imagined to set our foot in the African continent. There are 2 reasons behind this. One – the negative impact we have, the moment we mention Africa and secondly – the thought that the Tamil community in Africa would be significantly small.

But breaking all these thoughts, Kalyanmalai conducted its Grand show in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on the 28th of April 2019.

Mr.Nagarajan, Mr.Ganesh, Catalyst Travels Mrs.Geetha, Mr.Sathiyamoorthy were the persons who initiated the entire program. A most affluent and respected person in Nairobi, Mr.Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, shortly addressed as TRM, gave a nod to the proposal and the Tamil Association of Kenya joined hands to set the program on sail.

Besides, many businessmen, most of them Gujaratis, Telugu and Tamilians, irrespective of caste or creed joined hands with Kalyanamalai and assured to support this noble cause.

Right from the time we set our foot in Nairobi on 25th April, until we left on the 28th night , each and every person took meticulous care of us, as if, it was their family wedding, which cannot be erased from our memories.

We visited the KalyanaVenkatesa Perumal Temple and Bala Dhandayutha Pani Murugan Temple. The Thirumanjanam performed to the Perumal was in par with the Tirupathi Balaji Temple and was a divine feast to our eyes. The Murugan temple looked very pretty. They are looking out to expand the temple premises. They have launched a fund raiser – Six Dollars to the Six faced deity (Aarumugam) – inviting donations from devotees world over – to expedite the process of expansion. For details visit www.nairobimurugankoil.org

On Sunday, the 28th of April, the Pattimandram – Debate Show started after breakfast. Sri.Sambasiva Rao, Trustee of the Perumal Temple lighted the divine lamp along with his wife, and felicitated the gathering. This was followed by Murugan Temple Mr.Ramani, Mr.T.Ramamurthy, Mrs.Geetha & Mr.Sathiyamoorth, Mrs.Gayathri & Mr.Ganesh, Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya – President Mr.Sridhar, his parents Mrs.Kamakshi and Mr.Ganesan .All the sponsors were honoured with shawls and mementos. The TCA President Mr.Sridhar welcomed the gathering.

Mr.Sridhar, Mr.Srikanth, Mr.Malarkannan Kamaraj,Mr.Lakshmanan Manickam, Mr.Leo Johnson, Mrs.Janani Rajasekaran, Mr.Ram Murugesh, Mr.Senthil Kumar, Mr.Sudhakar Sridharan, Mr.Kumaravel Thangavel, Mr.Syed Ali Rehman, Mr.Sundara Ramalingam, and many more contributed their services to the Tamil Association. Kalyanamalai Mrs. Meera Nagarajan, moderated the show. Kalyanamalai T.V.Mohan honored the dignitaries and Association members. The website of the Tamil Cultural Association of Kenya was formally launched. Kalyanamalai’s Technical Head Mr.Vijayabhaskar, Operations Head Mr.Anand and Chief Cameraman Mr.Ramesh were honored by the TCA.

The debate show (Pattimandram) on the topic “ The major challenge to the middle aged man… is it the money or the family burden? “ chaired by Mr.Raja as the Judge started at around 9.30 AM. Mrs.Bharathi Bhaskar and Pulavar Ramalingam as the Team Heads, Mr.Madhu, Mr.Rajkumar as special speakers, Mr.Bala Baskar and Mrs.Santhi Sathya from Nairobi participated in the debate.

This was followed by Introduction of Matrimonial profile and Lunch. The audience had never witnessed such a show in Nairobi and left with long lasting memories.

Personnel who had come from Tamilnadu to support this Program namely Asia Trade Consortium Mr.Sakthi Kumar, DCB Bank Mr.Anand, Aachi Masala Mr.Sandeep Chandran, TVS Emerald Mr.Ramesh, Mr.Ganesh, Four Points Sheraton Mr.Rajasekar and Diamond Trust Bank Mr.Gopakumar from Nairobi were specially honored on stage.

Catalyst Travels Mrs.Geetha, her mother Mrs.Vijayalakshmi and Mr.Sathyamurthy are ardent fans of Kalyanamalai. They wanted this program to happen in Nairobi. Everyone was moved when it was announced that all these efforts were taken just to dedicate this program to them.

On the whole, the doors of Africa was widely opened to Kalyanamalai, with the concluding dance of Masai tribe.