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At American Kerala Medical Convention, Dr. Freemu Varghese Assumes Presidency

Dr. K.C. Joseph (left), past president of Kerala Medical Graduates, handling the gavel to Dr. Freemu Varghese.

DETROIT: The Association of Kerela Medical Graduates held its annual convention this year in Detroit to many of their members who attended the three-day event from July 12 through 14.

The 33 year-old association of physicians of Kerala origin was organized as a cohesive measure to provide a forum across North America, for scientific, educational, cultural and social interaction among ts members. Each year, the group and their families meet to encourage a sense of professional alliance in the annual convention.

AKMG is open not only to physicians and dentists who are alumni of medical and dental schools of Kerala, but also to any physician or dentist of Kerala heritage practicing in the United States or Canada and has an estimated 3,000 members.

The convention in Detroit began with a cruise dinner along the Detroit River, with entertainment from Detroit’s own ‘Persuasion’ music ensemble performing Motown classics. On Friday, July 13, entertainment was by Satish Menon, a talented Indo-American singer . The Banquet was held on Saturday and featured Dr. K.J. Yesudas celebrating the 50th year of his musical career.  At the banquet, the national Presidency of the AKMG was passed on from Dr. K.C. Joseph to Dr. Freemu Varghese of Houston with a ceremonial passing on the gavel.

Dr. Freemu Varghese specializes in nephrology in Houston with over 32 years of experience. He completed his post graduate work in Christian Medical College, Ludhiana then completed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and a fellowship at UT Houston. His wife Rachel appears in a TV series in India. His daughter Serena is in medical school in Cochin and will have a lead role in the movie “2-Gentlemen”, while his son Aaron is studying at Baylor University.

Varghese is also president of Houston-based Freedia Entertainment which has produced several Malaylam stage shows in the US and Canada. Freedia is the distributor of the upcoming Malayalam mega movie ‘Simhasanam’ releasing in 150 theatres in India and the producer of a new movie titled ‘2 Gentlemen’, a comedy thriller which may be redone in Hindi later. A third movie to be shot in New York with Malyalli megastars is in initial stages. Freedia will present ‘Soorya Festival’ for the first time across the US during April and May 2013 and bring the renowned playback singers M. G. Sreekumar and Chitra show in August-September 2013.

Next year, AKMG’s convention will be held in Houston in August, during the time of Onam, at the Hilton of the Americas. M. G. Sreekumar and Chitra, along with a live orchestra, will be the featured attraction of the banquet night


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