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Vanakkam London

Raadan Media and Sun TV presented its much anticipated “Vannakam London” at Wembley Arena on Sunday 25th September. Over 5,000 people from all over the U.K came together to be entertained by various artists from Tamil Nadu and the Tamil diaspora.

Artists include Sarathkumar, Raadika, Simbhu, Shreya, Arya and Sneha as well as MC Sai, a young, British Tamil rapper from London.

The evening started off with the actor Sarathkumar recognising the Eela Tamils in the audience, applauding them for their unceasing determination to gain their rightful land. He delivered a message of hope, encouraging the crowd to continue the struggle towards and independent homeland.

Actress Shreya performing

The programme was colourful and energetic, presented by the actor/comedian Siva who continuously kept amusing the audience with his humour and charm. The show was packed with radiant dances from the actors and actresses and melodious records sang by many such as Naresh Iyer, Andrea and Haricharan.

The performers interacted well with the audience, with the actor Shanthu even coming off the stage at one point to dance with the crowd.

The singers of the programme blew away the spectators by their unplugged version of their own tracks. Andrea, singing her famous ‘Where is my hero’ song had the audience stunned as she reached the high notes with perfection.

However, the crowd reserved its most thunderous applause for Rebel Star Records’ MC Sai performing his latest single ‘Sirikki.

MC Sai, who made his mark in the Tamil diaspora with hits such as ‘Pulilakave Savala’, ‘Street Tiger’ and ‘Mukkala’, thanked the audience for giving him a great reception.

"It was great to see so many Tamils from all over the UK to come to the show and I am very grateful for the brilliant reception they gave me." said MC Sai, who is currently working on his new album ‘The Past, The Present and The Future’.

"I was very happy to see the show of solidarity with the Eelam struggle the artists from Tamil Nadu portrayed throughout the show. I also think it is important that events like this continue to give a platform to young Tamil artists and give them a chance to show their talent." he added.