NY Kerala Center honors Indian Americans at 29th Annual Banquet

New York Kerala Center’s 29th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Center’s auditorium in Elmont, NY on November 13th, 2021. The Center honored six outstanding achievers in different categories and two doctors with special awards for their services during the pandemic. 

The honorees were: Dr. George M. Abraham, the President of the American College of Physicians, for outstanding achievements in Medicine and Professional Services, Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, who is a practicing physician, media personality and was the Republican nominee for NYC Public Advocate, for notable contributions in Public Service, Mayor Robin J. Elackatt, Mayor of City of Missouri City, Texas, for notable achievements in political leadership, Chandrika Kurup, the director of Noopura Indian Classical Dance School, for contributions and achievements in Performing Arts, Mary Philip, who was a Lieutenant in the Indian Defense Force and a past President of the Indian Nurses Association of New York, for notable contributions in Nursing and Community Service, and Nandini P. Nair, Esq, who is a partner and co-chair of the Immigration and Naturalization practice group and serves on the Management Committee at Greenspoon Marder LLP, for notable services and achievements in Legal Services. Dr. Sabu Varghese and Dr. Blessy Mary Joseph, practicing physicians in New York, were honored with Special Award for notable services during the Pandemic in 2020 and 2021. 

President Alex K. Esthappan welcomed everybody after a brief introduction of the activities and goals of the Kerala Center. Indian Consul for Community Affairs, A. K. Vijayakrishnan, was the chief guest of the function.   

Dr. George Abraham, who was also an awardee, was the keynote speaker.    

Each of the awardees was also presented a citation from New York State Senate and was presented by New York State Senator Kevin Thomas. 

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