Creativity, be it art, literature or any other form, has the ability to exhilarate, enthral and expand the mind. For us, a few friends now settled in UK, but originally from different parts of Kerala, this was also a strong common bond, which held us together. As we adapted to the British ways of life and were exposed to its rich culture, we also took pride in our own literary roots and artistic heritage, which we wished our children to have the opportunity to value and appreciate. We hoped it would enrich their lives as British Malayalees. Kerala Arts & Literary Association (KALA) was thus started in October 1996.

 We are an ever growing network of friends and families based across the length and breadth of United Kingdom committed to promoting Kerala's rich and varied artistic, literary and cultural heritage among international community, particularly younger British Malayalees.

 We are a registered charity in the UK (Charity No: 1144122and take pride in our heritage and we welcome you on our journey.

The world of Malayalam is found in the heart of every Malayali, wherever he or she may live. In the isolation of a foreign land it is often the knots, which tie the Kerala diasporas with the little green state in the south west of Indian peninsula, that give strength to the sails to carry them onwards for better lives. However, like everything precious, these invaluable ties have to be fostered lest they weaken and loosen with time, distance and generation. It is this invaluable function that Kerala Arts and Literary Association UK (KALA UK) does for all those who have a connection with Kerala. In the words of KALA's founder and patron, Dr Sukumaran Nair: "KALA's origin was from a group of families who did not want to lose the art and cultural heritage of Kerala even if they are permanently settled in Britain. Our main aim is to develop it as a strong chain of likeminded families and as a means for the next generation to relate to the cultural roots.".