Saturday, January 25, 2020

Makar Sankrant Haldi Kunku - 2020


The Marathi Mandal event calendar for the year 2020 kickstarted with the celebration of Makar Sankrant Haldi Kunku on the 19th of January in Meerbusch Büderich. 

The event started at 3 pm with the ladies arriving in their pretty black attires and traditional maharastrian jewelry. A brief introduction to the day was given by Sharvari Bhalerao telling about the upcoming events in the year and the changes in the Team. 


A short round of an introduction game began thereafter. Alongside, the ladies received Haldi Kunku along with the  delicious tilacha ladu with the promises of „tilgul ghya ani goad goad bola“. The gorgeous “Vaan or gift“ in the form of a vel (traditional Marathi earring) was something that was loved by the ladies. 

Delicious Katori chaat and cutlets along with intricate saree designed cake made for an wonderful evening snack. The ladies enjoyed these with a round of Ukhana competition. The diversity in India couldn’t be better seen as we had ladies tried to say the ukhanas in Tamil, Punjabi and of course Marathi! 

The prizes for the best dressed lady, best dressed girl and the best Ukhana were announced. The event then concluded with a few impromptu songs that were sung by the ladies and a dance to one of the famous Marathi lavanis. 

It was a great start to the event calendar of 2020, and Marathi Mitra Mandal is looking forward to celebrating much such events with you!

Additional photos and videos of the beautiful event can be viewed at the following link

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Food Mela


a highlight event of the Mandal over the past several years is the home-made food festival, the "Food Mela", which we organize to celebrate Gudi Padwa.

this year the Food Mela took place on 13th April 2019, to great response as always. Around 300 visitors enjoyed the home made food feast. Dishes were specially focused on Maharashtrian snacks, both sweet and spicy - things that are favorites from back home, but are hard to come by here..

 A glimpse into our stalls and their fantastic dishes in the photos below!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Anandi Gopal - Movie Screening


On 24th February 2019 Marathi Mitra Mandal Germany showcased the superhit Marathi movie " Anandi- Gopal"

Anandi Gopal - Youtube trailer 

This time we chose a new venue in the centre of Cologne - Turistarama 

The theatre was a cosy one and well connected by public transport.

We had an overwhelming housefull attendance!

The movie has a gripping story of India's first lady doctor - Anandi Goplarao Joshi. 
Good acting accompanied by melodious music made it a great watch. 

MMM announced the next event of Food Mela (13th April 2019 in Dusseldorf ) .

Looking forward to you all to be a part of this culinary tradition !

Friday, February 22, 2019

Formation of the e.V


Marathi Mandal activities and events have been organised in the Rheinland region by enthusiasts and volunteers for several years (>20!), but in 2014, a significant step was taken to raise the bar.

Marathi Mitra Mandal Deutschland e. V. was founded, and celebrates 5 years since its foundation this year!

The 'eingetragener Verein' or Registered Association is the formation of a legally recognized entity in Germany, with certain pre-conditions to be met. You can read more details of this in the links attached.

While on hand it creates a set of obligations to the German state that are mandatory to be fulfilled per year, it gives us a platform for recognition when we have dealings with other professional or government bodies (Such as potential sponsor companies, the Indian Consulates etc.)

Simply on the personal side, it creates an obligation towards the members to organize relevant and interesting events, since of course in the end, the e.V. is still is group of volunteers.

Wikipedia - Registered_association (e. V.)

Deutsches Ehrenamt - Infos zu eingetragener Verein (Deutsch)

So become members, participate in and enjoy our events, and most importantly - give us your feedback!

For more information of questions please feel free to write to

2018 Program Summary


MMM Germany now has a long and succesful history of staging cultural programs through the year.
Below is a 'jhalak' of the programs that we did in 2018, all to excellent response.

This list will be further enhanced with media in the following days!

Month Program Location
January Sankranti Haldi Kunku Düsseldorf
April Food Mela
  Marathi food stalls set up by members
July Grill Picnic Düsseldorf
September Varshik Sammelan: (Annual Gathering)
  'Fite Andharache Jale' by Shridhar Phadke
  Dhol-Tashe-Miravnuk for Ganeshotsav
November Diwali
  Exclusive performances from next generation
December Mandal AGM Düsseldorf

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sankranti Haldi Kunku - January 2019

Namaskar Mandali,

As a growing tradition since the past few years, we kick started 2019 with Sankranti Haldi-Kunku event held in January in Dusseldorf. This event marked an excellent start to the events calendar of 2019, with around 60 ladies from the Indian community in attendance. A few glimpses from the event here.