Canadian Tamil youth hold Ilanthalir 2012

Photographs TYO-Canada Canadian Tamil youth showcased their artistic talent at Ilanthalir 2012, in Toronto on 27th April. The event, Ilanthalir, meaning “young sprouts”, was hosted by TYO-Canada, and organised entirely by youth. It portrayed Tamil Eelam’s past, present and hopes for the future through a number of exhilarating performances that also illustrated the Tamil nation’s aspirations and key convictions of nation, homeland and self-determination. Starting with a live rendition of the national flag raising song of Tamil Eelam, the show comprised of ten scenes, which captured the...

‘Legacy League’ celebrates another successful season

With the end of another British university year rapidly approaching, the Tamil society sports league once again came to another exciting climax. After a hugely passionate season, with teams from universities across London battling it out on the football pitches and netball courts, only one team from each sport could claim the top prize at an elegant awards ceremony. Once again held at the stylish Tuli restaurant, in the heart of London Bridge, the night featured an extravagant 3-course buffet, with guests dressed in stylish formal attire. After a warm welcome from the hosts of the league,...

Youth Competing with Robotics

The Education and Career Development Council of the Canadian Tamil Youth Association (CTYA) held its first Annual Robotics Competition on April 22 on Arivakam’s Kids Day in Markham Fairgrounds. As a youth-assisting-youth project, engineering university graduates held workshops on a weekly basis for students in grades 4-8 to help them recognise and develop their skills in preparation for the competition. Students with a strong interest and passion for robotics and engineering participated in the workshops. Arjun and Praveen, Grade 5 and 7 students, programmed their way to the finish line first...

Italian Tamils commemorate Liberation Day

Members of the Italian Tamil Youth Organisation, “Giovani Tamil”, came together in Reggio Emilia on the 25th of April to commemorate Italy’s Liberation Day or “Festa della Liberazione”. Held annually, events across the country marked the day, when in 1945 the insurgent Italian resistance movement, backed by Allied forces, liberated the country from the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini and beat back the Nazi army. The event in Reggio Emilia was held in the town of Gattatico, particularly significant for the seven Cervi brothers who lived there. The seven brothers were killed by Fascist forces...

Annai Poopathy remembered

Tamils around the world remembered the fast unto death of Annai Poopathy in 1988, in protest against the atrocities of the Indian Peace Keeping Force.

UK activists discuss strategies of resistance against oppression

Activists from the Baloch, Basque, Kurdish, Sindhi and Tamil communities in the UK came together at an event co-hosted by respective diaspora organisations and the Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), to examine the detrimental effects of state repression and anti-terror legislation on their community, and discuss ways of resisting it.

Tamil youth nurture educational excellence across Europe

Tamil youth attend higher education and careers fair in Nyborg, Denmark. Photograph Thisaigal Denmark Norway Tamil youth in Norway and Denmark came along with their parents to participate in high education and careers fairs organised by members of the Tamil Youth Organisation - Bergen (TYO-Bergen) and Thisaigal (TYO-Denmark) in their respective countries last month. Keen to help nurture academic and career excellence in Tamil children a few years below them, organisers said they hoped to show Tamil children and parents the wide array of opportunities available to school leavers including...

Film Review: '3' hits the big screen

Photograph from the film '3' Four months after the release of the record-breaking Youtube hit ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ , Aishwariya Dhanush’s directorial debut, ‘3’, hits the big screen. Named '3' because the film supposedly narrates three stages in the characters' lives, the film is a romance on paper and a thriller on screen. Revealed in flashbacks, the story showcases the romantic evolution of Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruti). The beginning of the film, which starts off with their school days, is the most enjoyable albeit predictable. Whilst Dhanush is completely at ease in his school-boy...

Canadian Tamil students celebrate Multicultural Week at York University

Canadian Tamil students at York University Tamil Students Association (YUTSA) marked the university’s 'Multicultural Week', celebrating their Eelam Tamil identity. The president of the York University Tamil Students Association, Purushothaman Kugarajah, said, “We should be proud of our identity. Everything that makes us up we should be proud of, from our flag to our rich language to our cultural attire to the food that we eat." "Today we have shown the entire world that we are an ancient, unique and proud Nation with a rich history, heritage and traditions. Our flag too was flying high and...

Katka Kasadara's young finalists showcase their talent

Photographs TYO UK Media Tamil children from across London showcased their talents at the finale event of Katka Kasadara 2012. Organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation UK (TYO UK), Katka Kasadara drew children as young as four to come and showcase their prowess at the great Tamil literary works of Aathisoodi, Thirukkural and Tholkappiam. Having held regional rounds in the four corners of London, the final competition took place on the 18th February along side a night of Tamil dance, music and culture. Acts included Carnatic singers from North London Tamil School and SANSKRITI, and dances by...

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