Malayalee Association of Louisville (MALOU) is the epitome of a long cherished aspiration of the Malayalees at large in Louisville, KY, to promote the social, cultural, educational, literary, and artistic heritage of our venerable state of Kerala, India. Malayalees in Louisville, KY have a history of over 50 years.
Our History Malayalees from Kerala, India began settling down in Louisville in 1961. By 1970, the group consisted of about 10 families, half of them in the medical field. The slow increase in Malayali population got big boosts in 1990’s with the arrival of computer professionals and then by families in the medical field in the millennium. The latter group’s arrival not only compensated the loss of a few people in the computer field and a few families who left to settle down in Kerala, but also increased the Malayali population to an all time high of 150 families. In the beginning, Malayalees held their social functions and gatherings in one of their homes, especially during Christmas. They hosted summer picnics at local parks and occasionally at Bernheim Forest. As the numbers increased in the early 1980’s, the gatherings were arranged in local halls.
Provide a forum to promote and preserve social and cultural integration of Malayalees in Louisville, KY.
Promote friendship and cultural exchange with similar organizations in the United States.
Promote the enrichment of life and social welfare of local community in general and Malayalees in particular.
Represent and preserve the interests of Malayalees.