Pongal Festival Celebration @ SRM Instituite of Hotel Management & SRM Hotel
SRM Institute of Hotel Management known for its academic brilliance & state of the art infrastructure is commited to deliver an exceptional brilliance blended with wonderful oppurtunities in celebrating the traditional festivals and it gives more significance to all the traditional festivals so that it could impart great knowledge to the upcoming hoteliers.
Pongal was celebrated in a traditional and also in exuberant grandeur on 11.01.2019 in its premises. The 107 students and 20 faculties of SRM, SIKKIM, who are present for the campus exchange program, were welcomed heartily. Students from HANAM UNIVERSITY, SOUTH KOREA who are in SRM for one month training also witnessed the traditional Pongal festival.
Students from Hanam university & Sikkim had participated and enjoyed our traditional Pongal Celebration and witnessed our rich heritage exhibiting our thankfulness to Famers and Mother Nature through the festival of Pongal.
The purpose and significance of celebrating pongal in SRM Institute of Hotel Management is toimpart the diversified heritage of our culture. Students of SRM Institute of Hotel Management hosted the event with many traditional dances like folk dance, theme dances based onjallikatu dance, and there were interesting traditional games like uriadi game, rope game and silambattam which were participated by Sikkim and south Korean students. Students of SRM, Sikkim also performed their traditional dance.
The entire place created the feel of a traditional set up with the pongal ambience being decorated with thoranams, mango leaves, a symbolic farmer’s hut was also made in the centric portion of decoration. A new mud pot was decorated and sweet pongal was prepared out of the newly harvested rice, jaggery, ghee and was enriched with cashew nuts, raisins and flavored with elachi. A lump of fresh, lush turmeric along with sugarcane added charm and brought the exact feel to the setup.
A sumptuous traditional lunch was served with crispy parupuvadai and thengaithuvayal as starter, sarkaraivallikizhanguporiyal, a delicious kootu prepared out of seven authentic vegetables, steamed rice, aromatic arachuvechasambar, kalyanarasam, mochakottaikuzhambu, ever delicious and everlovedappalam and a creamy semiya and sago payasam was served as dessert.
Sugarcane was made into small pieces after peeling the outer skin and was distributed to the Sikkim and Korean students and they relished the sweetness of it. All the girls were offered jasmine flowers and our students helped them to adorn it in their heads.
Dr. N. Sethuraman, Registrar- SRM IST and Dr. V. Ponniah, Dean, School of Management had graced the occasion .The whole day of entertaining and enlightening events concluded with the director of SRM Institute of Hotel Management Dr. D. Antony Ashok Kumar distributing the mementos to all the students from Korea and Sikkim.