Gathering (part 3)

At the end of the Eid al-Adha holidays in Salalah, Dhofar in the south of the Sultanate of Oman, the Malayalam wing, one of the twelve regional linguistic wings of the Indian Social Club organized an ‘Onam –Eid’ gathering. 

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Guest of honor was Kerala vocalist and Gayathriveena player ‘Viakom Vijayalakshmi.’  The life of Vijayalakshmi is extra ordinary. Born blind, she mostly taught herself music by listening to audio cassettes. The world, she sees through the eyes of her parents. Singing alone was not enough for this 32 year old artist. She also managed to learn to play the Gayathriveena. This classical seven string instrument was re-modeled by her father to a single string electrified instrument. It is the first instrument of this kind in the world. In 2013 she made her debut in ‘Celluloid’ of filmmaker Kamal. The film is a tribute to J.C. Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema.

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With beautiful performances several stories about the traditional culture of Kerala in the south west of India were told. Around 130 participants were involved in dancing, singing and playing music.

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