2019 began with a big bash at Kamalalayam. With a surprise Santa coming with a bag full of goodies, the girls were treated to dance, games and mouth-watering dishes that they had never tasted before. The highlight was the chocolate cake cutting ceremony by our young Bangkok guests, Leela 5 and Maya, 7.

The children of Kamalalayam were taken to Darasuram for a picnic, along with their guests. They enjoyed this UNESCO world heritage and learnt a lot about India's rich past under the Chola rulers.

Kamalalayam Trust participated in Inter-school Yoga competition at the national level held on 7th Jan. 2019 at Arasu Engineering College, Kumbakkonam. R. Mariyammal won 1st prize in the Special category and two 2nd prizes in General categories, adding pride to the Trust and the school.

Three girls, Krithika, Rajeshwari and Nalini have been selected to take part in India's newest Science project in schools, the Atal Tinkering Lab. Guest lecturers interact with them from time to time and they get to perform experiments in Science to enhance their questioning skills.

S Karthiga and A Abita graduated from Kamalalayam and left the Home amidst mixed feelings of sadness and elation to join Swami Dayananda College of Arts and Sciences to pursue their tertiary education. Both of them are being sponsored by well-wishers of Kamalalayam. We are grateful to them.

Kamalalayam Trust celebrated its Annual Day coinciding with India's Independence Day and Pujya Swamiji's birthday on August 15th, 2018. The theme of the program was "Fights". Fights between siblings as seen in Krishna Balarama quarrel, fights perfected as an art in Tae Kwando and Ninja martial arts, fight for water in villages and fighters who are ready to give up their lives for the nation, the Army, Navy and Air force. The program went down very well with the audience.

Kamalalayam had its Annual Day in August 2017 which was celebrated with a difference; A Fancy Dress, A Quizz Program, followed by a Bhelpuri Party. It was a grand hit with the children.

In March, Bombay Jayashree conducted a public concert of all the school children of Manjakkudi and three of our girls, Tulasi, Darshini and Kiruttika, were awarded certificates of merit. Little Hema Shivani won the 1st Prize in Music in the category of Special Children.

Yoga competition at the district level was held in Tiruvarur. Our Kamalalayam child, Mariamma won 2nd Prize in Tiruvarur.

The older girls had the privilege of listening to lectures by eminent scholars like Dr Chitra Madhavan on the Significance of Srirangam temple and saw a dance drama on Krishna at the GR Auditorium as part of the Annual Convocation Day on January 14th, 2017.

The kids enjoyed the Childrens’ Park nearby and had the thrill of going on a cable car ride. On the way, they saw the ancient Kal-anai, the stone bridge built in the medieval times.

2017 New Year celebrations began with a visit to the Rajagopala Swamy temple, the children were treated to the long awaited Tanjore visit. With a complete guided tour, they understood the significance of this world heritage, they studied the glory of the Chola empire in detail and compared the structure to the Darasuram and Gangai Konda cholapuram which they had visited last year.

A visit to Oothukadu Krishna temple and picnic at Dharasuram was organised in August.

A Bharathanatiyam dance demonstration by Apsaras Arts Ltd. Singapore was a grand success in enlightening the girls on Mudhras and facial expressions.

A ten day workshop on Tanjore Art was conducted in Oct by Sri Veeraswamy. The Girls were thrilled to learn this ancient art.

Our girls have done extremely well in their Annual Exams, winning widespread praise from their teachers at school. 2 more girls are joining the family of Kamalalayam on June 1, 2016, taking the total to 26 lotus buds.

Older girls of Kamalalayam were taken to Srirangam Ranganatha temple, Tiruchi in March 2016. They were given an educational background of this historic temple.

We had a Fancy dress contest in February and the most creative contestant, Ganga, won the 1st prize for depicting a gypsy astrologer. Aparna won the 2nd prize for being the Garbage personified.

The year 2016 began with a Kolam contest and Kamalalayam kids were divided into 8 groups of three each. Mariammal group won the 1st prize and Krithika group won the 2nd prize.

Kamalalayam Trust took the children to Vaduvoor Bird Sanctuary during Winter Break and introduced the children to the myriad migratory birds that make Tamilnadu their home during the cold months. They also visited the ancient Vaduvur Ramar Temple. It was a grand way to end the year 2015.

Three girls S Karthika, V Aparna and T Niranjana took part in School Elocution Contest on Transforming Society (Pudiya Samudaayathai Uruvaakkuvadu Eppadi) and V Aparna won the first prize.

A 5 day Art workshop was organized for Kamalalayam children by the celebrated artist, R Ramu from Chennai. The girls learnt Pot painting, Collage work, Embroidery, Stained glass and Tile painting. All their works were appreciated by the staff of Swami Dayananda Secondary School and are on display at the institution.

The children and staff went home for Deepavali from the 7th till the 10th of November. On their return, three girls participated in Interschool Talent competition held at Veludaiyar School, Tiruvarur District. V. Aparna, our child studying in 7th grade won the 1st prize in a speech contest. Two of our girls, P. Mariamma of class 8 and T. Niranjana of Class 7 participated in Interschool Drama competition on Swach Bharath in Mannarkudi and went on to participate at the state level in Salem.

Kamalalayam celebrated Navarathri with a big doll festival. Each day the children sang songs in temples and homes and enjoyed the Vijayadashami when they started a new shloka class.

September 23rd was a sad day for Kamalalayam. We lost our revered Guru, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi who reached Mahasamadhi on the banks of Ganga. A great source of inspiration for all of us, Kamalalayam observed 16 days of mourning, at the end of which we had a ceremony which was presided by Swamiji’s brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dharmarajan, who gave away new dresses for all the children and staff of the institution and distributed prasad.

8 more children were interviewed and based on their eligibility, were inducted into the Home, increasing Kamalalayam’s strength to 24. 4 of them are complete orphans while 4 are semi orphans, having single parent and suffering from abject poverty.

The children and staff at Kamalalayam got their photo IDs.

Kamalalayam girls displayed Yoga asanas at the school celebrations. The audience was impressed with the childrens’ prowess and ability to focus and do some advanced asanas.

On August 2nd, Kamalalayam Trust went on a picnic to Nagapattinam beach. Having played all evening at the beach, the children visited the Soundararaja temple, a 9th Century marvel in the historic city. The children had dinner and returned home having had lots of fun.

July 23rd saw Kamalalayam celebrate its 2nd Annual Day at the GR Auditorium. Children put up several cultural programs, a skit on Sense of Senses, an excerpt from the Ramayana, etc. with the direct blessings of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi. He blessed the kids and enjoyed the show tremendously.

The year 2015 has been an eventful year at Kamalalayam Childrens’ Home. The children took leadership in the Prime Minister’s campaign of Swach Bharath and conducted a Clean and Green Manjakkudi campaign in July. We installed some 100 dustbins throughout the village, picked up plastic and garbage and went singing about the value of a clean environment. The girls were given a T shirt, plastic gloves to wear, a hat to protect them from heat and brooms and plastic bags to collect the rubbish. We went door to door requesting shopkeepers, residents and school children to refrain from polluting public spaces like roads, shops, schools and temple compounds. It was a grand success.

Jan 22nd to 25th - 2015: Attendance of following concerts at GR Auditorium. Dr. Sonal Mansigh’s Odissi dance, Bombay Jayshree’s Music concert and Kalakshetra’s dance-drama, Sita Swayamvaram.

1st Jan 2015: New Year temple visit.

Dec 27th 2014: Kamalalayam’s Annadanam at Perumal temple, Narasinghapettai.

Dec. 7th 2014: Visit to Sarangapani temple and Museum of the mathematician, Sri. Srinivasa Ramanujam.

Dec. 1st 2014 : A new computer teacher, Ms. Abhirami, joined Kamalalayam.

Nov 30th 2014: A Visit to Tiruvarur temple with the children. Explaining the musical heritage of this temple, children were shown the beautiful murals of Muchukunda and the grand pond, Kamalalayam.

Oct. 25th 2014: Clean and Green Manjakkudi Campaign organized with the support from TTN Swami Dayananda school, Padma Narasimhan Industrial Training Institute and Wipro backend office. (video presentation)

Sept 11th 2014: Visit to Tiruvidaimarudur, Govindapuram and Kalamkari art center.

Sept 26th to Oct 4th : Navarathri Celebrations.

July 25th 2014: Kamalalayam Girls’ Home’s Grand Annual Day Celebrations, graced and blessed by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswathi at GR Auditorium, Manjakudi. (video clip1, video clip2)

March 6th 2014: General eye checkup at Vasan eye care, Kumbakonam.

January 25th 2014: Picnic at Darasuram followed by a visit to the Silk weaving factory.

Oct 4-14, 2013: Navarathri celebrations

July 7, 2013: Inaguration of Chatralaya by Pujya Swamiji.

April 7, 2013: Winding Down ceremony at Neelankarai and beginning of a new Chapter at Manjakudi.


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