Vision: A Distinct Identity
Thank you for visiting our website! The St. Louis Marathi Mandal (STLMM) is a member supported not for profit organization that has been serving the greater St. Louis area over 20 years.
Mission: A Distinct Mission
The mission and vision of STLMM is to share and celebrate Marathi culture with residents across the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Marathi Mandal is fortunate to be able to achieve its vision through the strong support and cooperation of its members. Through membership dues, donations, and fundraisers, we are able to organize cultural, religious, theater, performing art, and social events throughout the year to foster and support the Marathi community.
St. Louis Marathi Mandal aims to provide a place for members to experience the Marathi language and the true culture of the state of Maharashtra, India. We hope that every member will be committed to advancing the objectives of the St. Louis Marathi Mandal and uphold its by-laws as stated. Please feel to contact us with any questions or if you are interested in getting involved!
Our activities include:
* Cultural Events *
- Maharashtrian Festivals including Gudi Padwa, Sankranti, Ganeshotsav, Diwali, among others
- Provides an opportunity to renew the cultural ties and encourage children to learn about Indian festivals
* Theatre Events *
- Maharashtra’s root in the performing arts dates back over 100s of years.
- We aim to provide a platform for the local talent as well as by visiting artists from India
* Art Events *
- We provide platform to the local talent in Fine Arts or Performing Arts by organizing
presentations in performing arts.
- We also arrange programs by visiting artists from India.
* Games + Fun + Family = Picnic *
- Maharashtra day, picnics designed for the whole family, trivia, among others!
This is that time of year where we celebrate the Lord Ganesha birthday. We are inviting all friends from far and near to come and join the celebration.
A sunny weather or a pleasant weekend, it is the perfect excuse to pack up a basket of Summer picnic food and enjoy the great outdoors.
On this auspicious and sparkling festival of lights, may the glow of lamp illuminate your life and brings you joy, Prosperity and happiness. Happy Diwali!
* Competitions: 'Best from Waste' / 'Diya Decoration' / 'Essay competition'Register for participating in Competitions
* Food Drive: STLMM is taking an initiative in starting this year's community charity work. Food drive is the first in this series. Please bring non-perishable canned Food items on Diwali event and put it in a Food box, which will be placed besides registration counter. [Examples of non-perishable canned food items: dry beans,rolled oats,canned fruit in juice,canned vegetables,canned soups,canned stews,canned tomatoes,dried fruits,chicken/vegetable broths and stock... etc. ]
Salutations to Surya, the Sun God, who on this great day of Makar Sankranti embarks on his northward journey(Uttarayana)
Shrikhand chi poori, raisham chi gudi, nimba cha paan, navin warsha jau chhaan, amchaya sarvanchaya tarfai, Hardik Shubhecha!
Marathi bhasha, marathi mann, abhimaan maharashtra cha, swabhimaan marathicha !
Hindustani Classical Music Concert by Rahul Deshpande on 28th Sep.2019 at Missouri History Museum
Marathi cinema which you will love to watch on big screen!
Dear STLMM Members,Thank you all mandal members for your participation in the election process. Special thanks to the observers Amol Bhagwat and Rahul Deshpande for their participation and co-operation through the election process.
Here are the results of election:
Out of 139 eligible ballots we received 82 ballots, 1 didn't meet the requirements as outlined in the voting instructions. The following are the top 7 elected candidates in alphabetical order by their last names. Congratulation to the winners!
• Arte Manasi
• Bhide Nisha
• Bute Swati
• Kulkarni Arti
• Munje Vrushali
• Naik Mayuri
• Surve PriyaAt the discretion of the elected Executive Committee, there may be additional volunteer members to help the executive committee.
The BOT advises elected Executive Committee to determine the office bearers such as President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and other committees as necessary. And inform the BOT and Mandal members quickly, as well as post it on the Mandal Website and STLMM Facebook page. The new Executive Committee will take charge immediately and work towards the success of the very first event of this year 'Ganesh Utsav' and mandal membership enrollment. The BOT offers full co-operation in this process.
Members of BOT will be available at Gandhi center during Ganesh Utsav to meet with General Body Members and anyone interested at the end of the event.
Ravi Shitut, Usha Sathe, Richa Pandharikar
~Office Bearer(Elected Executive Committee with their positions) 2019-2020
Co-Presidents : Priya Surve & Nisha Bhide
Vice-President: Arti Atre-Kulkarni
Secretary : Manasi Arte
Treasurer : Swati Bute
BMM Rep. : Mayuri Naik
Food Head : Vrushali Munje
Maharashtra Flood Relief:
STLMM worked with SANGINI for Sangli/Kolhapur flood relief.
Sangli/Kolhapur cities were submerged in flood water for many days. This was the worst flood, these areas have seen, with water rising to 57 feet with continuous rainfall. With dams opening their gates, there were thousands of families which stucked in these flood waters with no food, drinking water, no electricity and no communication network. Due to lesser no. of rescue boats, it was difficult to reach out to large no. of people. Around 55 thousand people were stranded. St. Louis Marathi Mandal(STLMM) contributed to this natural calamity by collaborating with SANGINI. Sangini is a local Sangli group, who contacted us through one of their coordinator in St. Louis- Mrs. Ashwini Pansare, for fundraiser.
WE, with the help of SANGINI, helped nearby areas by providing the basic necessities like food and drinking water, medicines and in rescuing people to safer places, like: schools, colleges, halls and anywhere possible. Packages of dry foods, like: ladoos, chivda, biscuits, plates, milk for babies, etc. were provided. Along with it,medical supplies: Mosquito repellents, sanitary for women, Daipers - all sizes for children, medicines etc. Shawls, clothes, bedsheets, footwares were also distributed.
Volunteers helped in Sangli, Kupwad, Miraj, Madhavnagar, Haripur and rest of the nearby places. Thus, re-estalablishing 1000's of flooed affected families. Please find below the facebook link for the same. https://www.facebook.com/donate/494852741292005/?fundraiser_source=external_url
Kerala Flood Relief:
In association with St. Louis Malayali Sangha & Indian Association, St. louis Marathi Mandal people helped in making contributions towards this natural calamity in Kerala-India. Many of marathi people attended the fundraising event and also made donations to "Kerala Flood Relief Fund - St. Louis Marathi Mandal" GoFundMe(GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/kerala-flood-relief-stl).
All funds raised by this fund raiser was sent to Kerala Chief Minister's disaster relief fund and/or other reputable charitable organizations conducting flood relief activities."
St. Louis Marathi Mandal is committed to serving the society and spreading more smiles across the journey.
We have plans to donate winter clothes to poor people, food drive and donating school supplies to kids in need.
Co-Presidents : Priya Surve & Nisha Bhide
Vice-President : Bhushan Kini
Treasurer : Swati Bute
Cultural Committee: Arti Atre Kulkarni, Supriya Dixit, Shreya Kulkarni & Vedvati Jatkar
Food Committee : Mayuri Naik, Manasai Arte & Vrushali Munje
Youth Committee Head : Sai Tokekar
Marketing Committee : Pravin & Manisha Pachbhai
Dr. Ravi Shitut ~ Smt. Usha Sathe ~ Richa Pandharikar
Events Entry Fees:                 Non-members(Age 3-9 years) = $10                   Non-members(Age 10-years and above) = $15
Marathi shala for kids of St. louis was started by 'Bagwe' family almost 5-years back and eventually was taken forward by Mrs. Sunita Sankpal and Mrs. Mayuri. With all the hard-work put up by these great volunteers, we are able to provide a high level of marathi education to our future generations in association with BMM. Kids will not only learn marathi here but will also get a chance to know our renowned and deep rooted marathi cultural by knowing marathi literature(poetry, novels, history, biography, essays).
Classes are held every Sunday for an hour. Kids from the age group of 4-1/2 years are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity provided by STLMM & BMM. You can register your child in Marathi Shala by ing Mrs. Sunita Sankpal or Mrs. Mayuri (Email to: email@example.com) or STLMM Email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thornhill Branch Library, 12863 Willowyck Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146
$40 per year for members and non-members both.
St Louis Marathi Mandal