Delhi Malayalee Association (popularly known as DMA) was established in 1949, as a premier socio cultural organization of around one million Keralites living in Delhi. With 25 Areas spread all over Delhi, it serves a wide spectrum of the society. During these years, DMA 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 as well as the outside world.
It aims at promoting national integration, social welfare, educational advancement, women’s empowerment and fostering a sense of fraternity among the people without any barrier of religion, caste, creed, politics or social status.
The organizational structure of DMA is federal in nature. The Central Executive lays down broad policy Frame Work and Area Committee (Branches) enjoy freedom in implementation and undertaking activities in consonance with the provisions of the constitution. At present, DMA has 25 Area Committees spread all over Delhi. Eminent persons from all walks of life have been actively involved in shaping and patronizing the activities of DMA, from the beginning and have come a long way since its foundation.
Milestones Achieved by DMA
The DMA recognized the need for low cost and quality education along with the desirability of teaching Malayalam as a subject. The DMA is one of the Co-Founders of the present-day Kerala Schools functioning under the control of the Kerala Education Society. There are four Kerala Schools (Secondary and Senior Secondary) presently functioning from different parts of Delhi.
The International Centre for `Kathakali’ (ICK) New Delhi, was established in Delhi with the sole aim of nurturing and prorogating `Kathakali’, the pioneer traditional art form of Kerala, was facing extinction due to resource crunch. DMA came forward with a magnanimous corpus fund, in the early seventies and resurrected the premier school of learning from closure. DMA continues to be an Associate Member of ICK and have four nominees on its Governing Council.
DMA is an active member of the Federation of All India Marunaadan Malayalee Associations (FAIMA) DMA has been honoured with the `AKSHAYA PUSTHAKANIDHI’ award for best performing `Marunadaan Malayalee Samajam’ (Malayalee organizations outside Kerala) DMA is the largest organization of Malayalees outside Kerala. DMA has acquired its own office premises in four locations in Delhi.