People & Language

A state with 100% literacy, world standards of health, and a hard working, determined, dedicated population is always setting standards in all most all the spheres of its activity. In more modern times the Keralites have migrated in large numbers in search of employment to several foreign countries like United States, Malaysia and Singapore in South East Asia as well as to several countries of Africa and West Asia.

The professionals of Kerala are among the most wanted experts in the fields of medicine, Information Technology etc. Kerala stands in the forefront of Indian states in the matter of literacy and education. According to the census of 1991 the rate of literacy in Kerala is 94.59 per cent. This literacy rate is more than double that of the country. It is significant that Kerala is almost on a par with the most advanced countries of the world in point of literacy. The beginning of Western education in Kerala may be associated with the work of Christian missionaries. The foundations of English education were firmly laid in Kerala. This led to the establishment of institutions offering professional and technical courses as well as those devoted to the promotion of oriental studies and fine arts.

Malayalam as a distinct language had its origin in the ninth century AD. Till then the people on either side of the Western Ghats spoke the same language, with dialectal variations with in itself. There is general agreement among ethnologists that the first component of the word, viz., and ‘mala’ means hill or mountain, but in regard to the second component, viz.,’alam’ there is a difference of opinion, According to one view the word is identical with ‘azham’, meaning “sea” or “deep”, which would make Malayalam the land lying between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. In the other view Malayalam means “a land abounding in hills”. The earliest literary works in Malayalam are believed to have been the folk songs and ballads of popular origin. Kerala scholars have by their learned works enriched the diverse branches of Art and Science. Histrionics, Dance, Music, Mimamsa, Philosophy, Tantra, Architecture, Grammar, Mathematics, Astronomy, Astrology, and Medicine are some of those fields, which have been enriched by the literacy contributions of Kerala.

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We seek to promote a harmonious blend of our diverse cultural heritage and rich values with today's hi-tech, fast-paced, success-driven way of life with a view to nurturing well-balanced, exemplary new generations who will continue to be role models and enrich the world in greater measure. We welcome the Detroit Malayalee community to join our association and promote our rich cultural heritage.

Types of membership:

Individual Membership ($15.00 - Annual Membership Fees)
Family Membership ($20.00 - Annual Membership Fees)
Individual Life Membership ($125.00 - 10 years Membership)
Family Life Membership ($150.00 - 10 years Membership)

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Rojan Thomas President 248-219-1352
Sreekumar Kambath Vice President 248-680-1588
Akash Abraham General Secretary 248-470-9332
Sanju Koithara Joint Secretary 248-797-0741
Shaji Thomas Treasurer 248-229-7746
Baijy Joseph Joint Treasurer 248-766-3293
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Detroit Malayalee Association
926 Baldwin DR
TROY, MI 48188

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Rojan Thomas President 248-219-1352
Sreekumar Kambath Vice President 248-680-1588
Akash Abraham General Secretary 248-470-9332

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