Onam 2014

Western Sydney Malayalee Association

Chris Alwin James

Had the great pleasure of capturing the performances at the WeSMA Onam function last night here in Sydney.

Onam is considered the "state festival" of Kerala, and is definitely one of the largest. It was awesome watching traditional performances from my own culture, both traditional and the more modern interpretations. :)

It was a great night, with a massive turnout! Hats off to those who performed, all from the little kids to the "big kids" :P. They did a great job. :)

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Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

The night was opened by Divya Binoy and Joseph Kalarickal. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

And an opening performance by a few young dance students. A powerful start to the night! :D

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Followed up by a great solo performance by Aleena. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

At such a young age, it's really admirable to see them perform so well! :D

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

The dance was followed up by a great performance of "Chinna Chinna Aasai" by Nikki.

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A solo performance by Angeleena. Such an amazing voice!

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Another dance by the kids, followed by a solo song performance by Jesna.

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A performance by the "Young Blood of WeSMA".. The same one as last year.. Until Lijo Dennis stepped in and told them to spice things up a bit. :P

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

The men behind the scenes, managing the sound and lights of the night. Lijo Dennis, James Chacko and Binoy Joseph.

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A hilarious performance by the kids! :D

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

The skit was followed by another solo song performance, by Renji Sebin, and then an amazing Bharathanatyam performance!

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Such skill and grace! Was a breath-taking performance to watch. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A solo performance by Nikhil Kottaram!

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Had a quick look around, and realised the massive turnout behind me. :P

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Caught in mid-air! :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A solo performance by Mini Vincent. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A powerful dance performance by the kids, followed by a duet by Lijo Dennis and Neelu George. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Welcoming the Maveli (King) with chenda melam.

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Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

The sound of my culture. :D

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A standing ovation for the amazing performers. :D Keeping the culture alive. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A emotionally powerful dance performance/story of a mother-child relationship! This was beautifully done, and very thought provoking.

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Introduced by Jacob Thomas, our chief guest, Susai Benjamin, spoke a few words and showed appreciation to our Malayalam teachers for their efforts. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

An amazing dance performance by Joshila Jose and Nikhil Kottaram!

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

One of the most emotional drama productions I've seen on a small stage! A mix of both great acting and video, with neat set changes! Great story and screen play by Lijo chetai! :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

A great dance performance by Jaya, Jasmine, Jaina and Simone!

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Another awesome duet by Rajan Chandy and Aleena. :)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

And a cool dance to finish off the performances for the night! :D

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

James Joseph gave a word of thanks. He and Biju George awarded the various prizes of the night.

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography
Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

And the night ended off with giving all the kids who participated a well-deserved round of applause. :) (and of course, lots of food! :P)

Onam Sydney  by Chris A James Photography

Hope you've enjoyed these photos, and wish you all a very happy Onam. :)


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