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who danced to a Thamil movie song; Anitha, Malini & Uma Veerappan, Muthu & Karthik Annaamalai, and Uma Chidambaram who all did a group dance to a Thamil movie song; and Sivakami Sambasivam who danced Bharathanatyam style. Singers were Bharathi Natarajan who sang a Thamil movie song and Uma Palaniappan who sang Swami songs. Keyboard instrumental pieces were performed by Annaamalaii Palaniappan Jr. The first of two dramas was called ‘Californiavil Kalyanam’, written by Meena Annamalai and directed by Rahm Nadhan, Nalini Arulmozhi, and Meena. The play was done chettiar-style with typical ‘achi baashe’. Performers included Krithic Annamalai, Annam & Kumar Nadhan, Kavitha Arulmozhi, Kadhir Annamalai, Meena Nachiappan, Malini Veerappan, and Karthik Chandramoulie. The second drama was ‘Chettinatil Thenali’, written and directed by Meena and Sathy Venkatachalam. The cast consisted of Alagu Chidambaram, Aakash & Varsha Sathappan, Annapoorani Sadaiyappan, Murugu & Ulagu Ramasamy, and Kasi Manikumar. All of the performers did so well, it was a lot of fun!

Muthuraman Alagappan gave the NSNA presidential speech and handed over to the Washington, D.C. team. Then the guest speaker, Umayal Muthu spoke on the topic ‘verum vizhudhum’.

At about 8pm, elai eduthal began. A total of 103 families had registered and 400 elais were distributed. It was a huge gathering and the hall could fit us all (and then some!). We then proceeded to have our traditional Pillayaar Nonbu palakaram dinner made by achis of the Bay Area. This was followed by great coffee made by our renowned coffee-maker Annamalai Palani, who tirelessly stood and made sure everyone was getting their caffeine jolt after a fun-filled day, as… the evening was not yet over!

The last event of the evening was an ‘elam’ conducted by Lena Kannappan, Chidambaram Sambasivam and Muthuraman Alagappan. The auction raised a total of $6,350

Birth Announcements Congratulations to all of the following proud parents:

Rahmu and Valli Ramanathan of Fremont had a baby boy, Sanjay, in December Alamu and Ashok Meyyappan of Newark had a baby girl, Abirami, in December Anitha and Arun Vaidyanathan of Los Altos had a baby girl, Aarthi, in December

-- Ilango Meyyappan & Usha Natarajan

Chettinattil Thenali Drama Pictures

(L-R) Varsha Sathappan, Alagu Chidambaram, Annapoorani Sadayappan, Ulagu Venkat, Kasi Manikumar, Aakash Sathappan & Murugu Venkat

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