‘Bharathiyar Vizha’ celebrated in Mannar with performances and Tamil poetry

Locals in Mannar held an event to celebrate the revolutionary Tamil poet Subramani Bharathi, fondly known as Bharathiyar, last week in a show that celebrated Tamil culture, dance and literature. Hindu, Catholic and Muslim leaders were invited to the event, alongside local politicians.

Tamil Academic Journal publishes its first issue

The Tamil Academic Journal (TAJ), the first Tamil diaspora led academic journal, has published its first issue under the title “Tamil Resistance in the Twenty-First Century” online. (Photo of TAJ Conference at Kingston University July 6th 2019) The publication on 14 April, follows a successful conference at Kingston University where prominent academics on a range of issues from academic freedom; caste discrimination; the colonisation of the North and East of Sri Lanka; Tamil Linguistics in Singapore; and, Tamil identity across the diaspora and homeland. Read more here: Tamil Academic Journal...

Tamil Puthandu marked across North-East

Jaffna Despite Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic crisis, the Tamil New Year, which falls on the first day of the month of Chithirai in the Tamil calendar, was celebrated across the North-East earlier today. With some referring to the April festival as an exclusively Hindu and sanskritised holiday, there is debate among Tamil communities as to whether the day truly represents a Tamil New Year. Although socially and politically, a lot more prominence is given to the secular Tamil festival of Thaipongal, Chithirai Puthandu is still widely celebrated by Tamils in the North-East and globally. This year...

A R Rahman posts homage to Tamil as he hits back at Indian minister

Oscar-winning musical composer A R Rahman posted an ode to the Tamil language on his social media accounts last week, in a powerful message that seemingly hit back an Indian minister’s remarks on how Hindi should be used across the country. Rahman shared an illustration of “Thamizhanangu” of “Goddess Tamil” on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Bridgerton star’s ‘dream production’ would be on Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka

British Tamil actress Charithra Chandran, one of the breakout stars of the hit Netflix show Bridgerton, told Teen Vogue that her “dream production” would be on the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka, as she spoke on colourism and culture this week. Speaking to Versha Sharma, the 25-year-old Oxford graduate brought up the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka when speaking about her dream projects and future roles. “My dream production, whether I’m producing or starring in it, I’d love to make a film about the crisis in Sri Lanka with the Tamil population,” said Chandran. “I think it is so complex and nuanced: the situation with the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government, the genocide that happened. It’s something obviously near and dear to my heart because it’s my community.”

'Breaking the Bias' - Canadian Tamil Congress celebrates International Women's Day 

Sahithya Rajith's performance on the Veena The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) marked International Women's Day by hosting a virtual event discussing "gender equality and breaking the bias for a successful tomorrow" and showcasing several talented Canadian Tamil women. The Facebook live event included a keynote speech from Canada's Minister of National Defence, honourable Anita Anand, several dance and singing performances, and a guided discussion between four accomplished Tamil Canadian women. The event's host, Swetha Pararajasingam, highlighted that the CTC event was integral in "celebrating...

Handball tournament held in Denmark in memory of Anton Balasingham

A handball tournament was held in Vejle, Denmark over the weekend in memory of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)'s chief negotiator and political strategist, Anton Balasingham. The tournament commenced with the lighting of a candle and a floral tribute in honour of Anton Balasingham.

Royal Borough of Kingston celebrates Tamil heritage month and twinning with Jaffna

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has unveiled a plaque commemorating the twinning with Jaffna in celebrations held to mark Tamil heritage month in London.

‘Eelamplay’ - Special Eelam Tamil streaming platform to be launched

A subscription-based streaming platform tailored towards Eelam Tamils is set to be launched in January 2022. A venture devoted to the portrayal of the Eelam Tamil homeland on screen, Eelamplay will feature nearly fifty short films, full-length movies and documentaries that have been made so far on Eelam Tamils, right from its launch. A brochure released by the creators states that at least one new show or film will be released every month on the platform with subtitles in several languages spoken by diaspora Tamils including English, French, German and Italian. Eelamplay can be streamed on...

Indian consulate partake in opening of 'Karthikai Vaasam' flower garden

The Tamil National Green Organization (TNGO) opened 'Karthika Vaasam' flower garden at Nallur Kittu Park in Jaffna on Saturday, as karthigaipoo flowers were pinned on participants including the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, ahead of Northern Tree Planting Month.