Delhi Malayalee Association (popularly known as DMA) was established in 1949, as a premier socio cultural organization consisting of around one million Keralites living in Delhi & NCR. Spanning across Delhi in 25 areas it serves a wide spectrum of the Malayali society. DMA has always endeavored to enrich the social and cultural life of Delhi and to effectively project the art and culture of Kerala to the people of Delhi & NCR as well as the outside world.
DMA is a registered body under Registrar of Societies Act vide Registration No. S-941/1956 and also Registered in NORKA.
It works incessantly for promoting national integrity, social welfare, enhanced education, women empowerment and fostering a sense of fraternity in the public, embracing the best of human values from all religions without entertaining dividends like gender, caste, creed, or social status.
DMA has a diligent federal system as its organizational structure. The Central Executive lays down broad policies and holistic guidelines; Frame Work and Area Committee at the branch level, tweaks and implements the ideas and undertaking activities independently yet in consonance with the provisions of the constitution of DMA.
DMA is the largest organization of Malayalee outside Kerala. Eminent personages from various walks of life have been vigorously involved in shaping and patronizing the activities of DMA from the beginning and have come a long way since its foundation. DMA has its own office premises in six locations in Delhi and the centralized building, the Head Quarter at RK Puram. This building constructed in the 933 Sq. Mts of land allotted by Government of India at the Institutional Area, Sector-4, R.K. Puram, New Delhi. It is located near 250m drive out of Outer Ring Road and 12 kms from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
Milestones Achieved by DMA
DMA’s main building is a four storied building with a spacious basement constructed in April, 2008, and the inauguration of the Cultural Centre was done on 14th April 2008 by PadmaSree Yusuf Ali and the Official inauguration announced by Shri Shivraj Patel, Hon’ble Home Minister of India, at Sri Fort Auditorium.
DMA comprehends the necessity for low cost, quality education at the same time to remain connected to our vernacular, Malayalam language is given prominence among the subjects. DMA has lent its hand as one of the Co-Founders to the present-day Kerala Schools which follows regulations from the Kerala Education Society. There are four Kerala Schools (Secondary and Senior Secondary) presently functioning in different parts of Delhi.
The International Centre for `Kathakali’ (ICK) New Delhi, was established in Delhi with the aim of nurturing and propagating `Kathakali’, the pioneer traditional art form of Kerala. The conglomerate was facing extrication due to its resource crunch. DMA came forward with a magnanimous corpus fund, in the early seventies and resurrected the premier school of learning from closure. DMA still contributes to the functioning of ICK as an Associate Member of ICK with DMA four nominees in the Governing Council of ICK.
DMA has no qualms in taking pride in its achievements during the past seven decades and more. But DMA envisages a brighter future and strives for betterment of the whole.