SRM Institute of Hotel Management known for its academic brilliance & state of the art infrastructure is committed to deliver an exceptional brilliance blended with wonderful opportunities 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 12.01.2018 in its premises. Hearty welcome was rendered to the 130 students from SRM, SIKKIM, their coordinators who are here in our campus for campus exchange program. We also had 12 students from HANAM UNIVERSITY, SOUTH KOREA along with their coordinator Prof. Suhnam who are here for one month training program SRM-HNU.
The purpose and significance of celebrating pongal in SRM Institute of Hotel Management is to impart the diversified heritage of our culture. Students of SRM Institute of Hotel Management hosted the event with many traditional dances like Bharathanatiyam, folk dance, theme dances based on jallikatu, parai melam and there were interesting traditional games like uri adi 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 parupu vadai and thengai thuvayal as starter, sarkaraivalli kizhangu poriyal, a delicious kootu prepared out of seven authentic vegetables, steamed rice, aromatic arachuvecha sambar, kalyana rasam, mochakottai kuzhambu, ever delicious and everloved appalam 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.
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 and wished everyone a prosperous and a happy pongal.