Bharathi Kalai Manram (BKM)
BKM provides a forum for cultural and social interaction of Tamil speaking people in Houston, TX, with special emphasis on fine arts, literature, language, and performing arts. The organization seeks to promote goodwill, understanding, and appreciation of the culture of India among all interested persons regardless of color, creed, race, religion, sex, or national origin.
BKM is the First (oldest) Tamil non-profit organization in Texas and the Third oldest in North America. Since 1974, BKM has hosted several cultural events such as Pongal vizha, pattimandram, movie screening, classical vocal & instrumental music, light music, stand-up comedy, Tamil theater drama, etc…
BKM promotes local talents as well as renowned artists from around the World. In addition, BKM is the first organization that started conducting classes to teach Tamil language for children in our community. At present, we have branches in Pearland, Sugar Land, Cypress, Katy, and Houston.
In 2014, the City of Houston has commended Bharathi Kalai Manram for its commitment to raising cultural awareness in the community, and the then Mayor, Annise D. Parker, has proclaimed August 30 as Bharathi Kalai Manram (BKM) Day in Houston, Texas.