Tamil genocide exhibitions held in Canada

A series of mobile exhibitions, portraying the genocide of Tamils, were held in several locations in Canada. The ‘Thazhumbakam’ (Tamil Genocide Memorial Museum) exhibitions, showed various aspects of the structural genocide through paintings.The exhibitions were held in McMaster University, Carleton University, Ryerson University Library, York - York University, Waterloo University, the Civic Centre in Markham and in Toronto’s Queens Park. Thazhumbakam, an initiative by the Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance, aims to “broaden public understanding of the history of the Tamil Genocide”, including “...

Ellaalan commemorates Mullivaikkal with his first single

The run up to this year’s Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day has seen the Tamil nation express itself through various creative avenues, from marches through city centers, to choreographed dance, to haunting works of poetry. The latest avenue of expression to be explored is the world of hip-hop. A British Tamil rapper, Ellaalan, has produced his debut rap song in collaboration with producer Santhors. The new single ‘Viduthalai Part II' , underlining the rapper’s discontent with the Eelam Tamil situation, was released on Friday. *Warning: explicit language*

British university sports league ends year in style

As another academic year draws to a close at universities in Britain, just before they went off to hit the books and study for exams, Tamil students from across the country came together to celebrate the climax of another thrilling season of university sports. Held at the Kanchans Banqueting Suite in London, the event was the culmination of another even-more competitive season of football and netball, as teams from Tamil university societies battled it out to be crowned champions. After a tough season, that saw a huge amount of talent on the football pitch, the final match came down to Queen...

London Tamils rally to regenerate local area

The Tamil Business Forum based in Croydon, a large town in South London, have protested against plans to open a new betting shop in the town, over growing concerns of the impact gambling has had on the area. Picture courtesy of Croydon Guardian The protests come as figures revealed that more than £160 million were spent on betting machines in Croydon North in 2012 alone, an area with a constituency of just over 85,000 people. Ganapathy Kasinathan of the London Road Business Association told the Croydon Guardian , “This is a poor area and having another shop targets people already desperate...

Pongalo Pongal!

Tamil youth in the UK celebrate Thai Pongal and Tamil new years Tamils across the world celebrated Thai Pongal and/or new years last month. Check out celebrations amongst British Tamil youth at the TYOUK and Canadian Tamils at the CTC's 6th Annual Thai Pongal Gala... TYOUK In the midst of an icy winter's morning in London, with a blink of sunshine, TYO UK members gathered together to celebrate the ancient Tamil festival of thanksgiving, Thai Pongal. A fire wood hearth was set up using three bricks and cooking began by putting a pongal paanai (pot) with water and milk on the hearth. Waiting...

Katka Kasadara showcases Tamil talent

British Tamil children showcased their remarkable talent at the Tamil language and literary greats during the Tamil Youth Organisation UK's third Tamil competition - Katka Kasadara. Children as young as three dazzled audiences with their inspiring recital of the much cherished works of the Tamil poets Thiruvalluvar and Avvaiyar. After four regional rounds, Abiraa Ramathas, Jeshvin Jesudas, Janusha Gnanapaskaran and Kavijan Vigneswaran won the first place in their respective age categories. Katka Kasadara 3 Finalists: 6 and under: 1st - Abiraa Ramathas 2nd - Varniya Varathan and Varunavy...

City University rounds off Breaking the Silence

City University hosted the Breaking the Silence earlier this month, completing the awareness campaign circulating across British universities. Following on from other British universities, students at City University displayed an array of posters and artwork, many created by the students themselves. The exhibition attracted a large crowd, with many students keen to find out more about the genocide of Tamils. The event also saw speeches from members of the committee followed by a candle lit vigil, in memory of all the lives lost. A particular highlight of the event was the wide participation...

Young Tamils hold community health check

The UK Tamil Students Union (UKTSU) held a workshop last week to raise awareness about health issues within the Tamil community. The event in Ilford saw many members of the public attend to get advice from Tamil doctors and medical students. This pilot event focussed on Diabetes, a condition that afflicts a relatively large proportion of the Tamil community. “It was incredible to see our ideas come into fruition with the level of satisfaction you can only get from medicine and community service. It was inspiring to give something back to the community and hone our Tamil language skills at the...

Koothu is king at 'Kings of Gaana 2012'

As Britain’s first university term drew to a close, students across the country geared up for the launch of the country's first ever inter-university gaana dance competition, “Kings of Gaana”. Based on ‘gaana’ dancing, a style derived from traditional Tamil folk music, the much anticipated competition saw teams from universities across the city competing to be crowned champions. The event hosted by King’s College London Tamil Society , saw a vibrant exhibition of Tamil culture from London’s student community, with committee members dressed in traditional Tamil clothing; the boys in vettis and...

UCL students break the silence on genocide

Students at the University College London closed the second week of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign, after successful exhibitions at King’s College, Imperial College, Brunel University and London Metropolitan University. Being in close proximity to a Volunteering Society stall as well as an Occupy protest did little to draw attention away from the ‘Breaking the Silence’ posters and artwork which was exhibited in the South Cloisters – the connecting hallway of UCL’s main building as well as the access point to the college’s main library. Members of UCLU’s International Tamil Society were...

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