Freedom to dance - Aadukalam 2012

Photographs courtesy of Riverside Photography Tamil youths from across the globe came together last Saturday to participate in Global Tamil Youth League’s international dance contest Aadukalam, hosted this year by TYO-UK in London. Teams from Canada, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the home team the UK, all participated in putting on a spectacular show and an excitingly close competition. The tough job of judging was left to an experienced panel comprised of Thuvaraga Kamalarajah - Bharathanatyam and Bollywood dancer and teacher and hip hop dancer-choreographers Jade Hinksman and...

Thileepan remembered 25 years on

Students at Ryerson University remember the anniversary of Thileepan's fast unto death 25 years on.

Second annual Kilithattu tournament takes place in Canada

Over 20 teams battled it out to claim the Tamil Eelam Heritage Trophy, at Canada’s second annual Kilithattu tournament earlier this month. Following the success of last year’s event, the Kilithattu tournament returned with many of last year’s teams, and plenty of new ones, with high schools, colleges and universities all taking part. The participants all chose team names that reflected their Eelam identity, with teams such as Vaddukoddai Warriors and Ellalan Kings taking part. The final saw defending champions Eelam 89ers take on the Flying Leopards in a tightly contested match. The game...

MC Sai's ascent to The Throne

Photograph courtesy of Rebelstar Records It's been a dream of five years in the making - London-based Tamil rapper MC Sai is finally preparing to release his album: Simmasanam – The Throne. Exploding onto the UK Tamil scene at 15 and making a name for himself as the youngest Tamil rapper, Sai's breakthrough track - Pulihalikae Savala - came in 2009. Since then Sai’s music has gone from strength to strength, taking him worldwide to fans across Canada, Asia and Europe. The 21-year-old is now ready to reveal the crowning glory of his musical career, an album which he describes as a deep insight...

American Tamil pioneer of pop-up robotics named top innovator

Photograph http://popularkinetics.wordpress.com/category/pop-up-books/ Rob Wood and Pratheev Sreetharan. Photograph Justin Ide, Harvard News Office. http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/sreetharan-named-to-tr35 A pioneer of pop-up robotics, Pratheev Sreetharan, an American Tamil Harvard graduate, has been named as one thirty-five of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine published by MIT. A panel of expert judges and Technology Review editorial staff selected Sreetharan from over 300 nominees, for his work in the development of a new...

British Tamil youth take centre stage at London 2012 Olympics

Six times gold medallist and Britain's most successful Olympian Chris Hoy and British Tamil Nila Natkunan lead Team GB into the Olympic stadium at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics Oscar winning director of the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle and Joel Joseph Joel Joseph during his performance in the opening ceremony Beach volleyball line judge, Mathiynan Nithiyananthan from Wembley The much celebrated London 2012 Olympics was not just a spectator sport for the capital's Eelam Tamil youth. From volunteers, to games makers to performers and torch-bearers, they were embedded into the...

Tamils protest against Sri Lanka at London2012 on final day

Marking the final day of the London 2012 Olympics, Tamils stood in solidarity with the hunger striker, Gobi Sivanthan, and protested against Sri Lanka's inclusion. Crowds gathered to the spot in Stratford, by the Olympic stadium where Sivanthan had been on hunger strike since 22nd July, as he broke his protest fast at 4pm of the final day, as planned.

FeTNA celebrates Silver Jubilee in grand style

“Velu Naachiyar” by Sri Ram Sarma dance group from Tamil Nadu Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America ( FeTNA ) celebrated its 25th Annual Convention in grand style at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland at a two day gala event on July 6th and 7th. FeTNA is a non-profit umbrella organisation of 40 Tamil Sangams across North America which celebrates a mega event each year in different parts of the country in recognising Tamil cultural values through music, dance, literature and drama performances, including those from Tamil Nadu and Eelam Tamils. Dance depicting the...

British Tamils protest against Sri Lanka at Olympics

Hundreds of British Tamils gathered in London on Friday evening to protest against Sri Lanka’s participation in the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the reported invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the opening ceremony. Protestors gathered along Aspen Way, which Olympic vehicles, including members of the Royal Family, passed on their way to the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Beating drums and chanting slogans condemning Sri Lanka’s genocide of the Tamil people, the protesters called for the suspension of the country from inetrnational sporting events. Reports...

Canadian Tamil youth #Remember83

Photographs YUTSA Remembering the pogrom of Black July 1983, the Tamil Youth Organisation Canada and Tamil students at the York University Tamil Student's Association (YUTSA) ran a social media campaign to remember the massacre of '83. Stating that "scars are never forgotten", YUTSA encouraged fellow Tamil youth to send twitter and facebook messages with the phrase #Remember83 as well as write the phrase on their hands and post in photographs of their act of remembrance. The hashtag enables it to become a searchable entity on social media sites, that users can then track as a 'trend'. The...

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