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A cultural organisation which mainly consists of people from Kerala, the Southern State of India. It attempts to coordinate the interests of Malayalees in West Yorkshire (mainly Wakefield, Dewsbury, Pontefract,Huddersfield, Knottingley etc.) and bridge the activities of various Malayali organisations in UK, Europe and other parts of the world.

Kerala, one of the smallest states in the Republic Of India was formed in 1956. It has an area of 15,005 sq. miles, about one percent of the total land area of India. Modern day Kerala was created in 1956 from Malabar, which had been part of the Madra Presidency, and from the two princely states of Travancore and Cochin. The state stretches for about 360 miles along the Malabar coast on the western side of the Indian peninsula; its width varies from 20 to 75 miles. It is bordered by the states of Karnataka on the north, Tamil Nadu to the east and the Arabian sea to the west. The state has 14 districts and the capital is in Thiruvananthapuram. The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Kerala has a legislative assembly of 140 states. The state sends 29 members to the Indian Parliament - 9 to the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and 20 to the Lok Sabha (Lower House). The major religions followed in Kerala are Hinduism (58%), Islam (21%), and Christianity (21%). Kerala also has a tiny Jewish population, said to date from 578 BC when they fled the occupation of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. In modern times the Keralites have migrated in large numbers in search of employment to several countries in West and Middle Eastern countries 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. The contribution by the Malayali Diaspora to the Kerala economy is immense.

WYMA is celebrating easter and Vishu together... on 21/04/07 at Sharlston Community Centre Weeland Road Sharlston Common Wakefield WF4 1AA

contact : Sajan S
Tel : 07946565837
Email : wyma07@yahoo.co.uk
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