Singapore Malayalee Association plans to set the record for the largest Thiruvathira, folk dance performance, performed by ladies, with the Singapore Book of Records. This dance performance is also part of the extended 100th year celebrations of the Association, which officially concluded on 10 Mar 2018.

THE EVENT

About 350 female participants from ages 10 to 60, form the enthusiastic team of performers.

The event is planned to be held as below:

Date & Time: Sunday, 8 April 2018, 6 pm

Venue: Woodlands Stadium

Other highlights include:

Racial integration: This performance will be unique in the history of such dance performances in that this also signals racial integration, with participation from Malay, Chinese and Eurasian communities too.

Singapore Book of Records: This event is to be recorded in the Singapore Book of Records as the biggest such dance in Singapore.

BACKGROUND

Malayalees are the second biggest Indian linguistic community of Singapore after the Tamils with an estimated 40,000+ population in Singapore.  Malayalees are an Indian ethnic group who have Malayalam as their mother tongue. We can trace their roots to the coastal south-western state of Kerala in India.

The Singapore Malayalee Association (SMA), established in 1917, is believed to be the oldest registered Indian Organization in Singapore and is the core association for the Malayalees in Singapore.  100th year of its existence, which is a very special and unique landmark year, is being celebrated with a yearlong set of events and activities.  The highlight of the celebrations was a Gala Dinner with PM Lee as the Guest of honour held at the Marina Bay Sands in October 2017. The Thiruvathira dance performance is also part of the extended 100th year celebrations of the Association.

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