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...

London Metropolitan University holds awareness exhibition

London Metropolitan University Tamil Society hosted this year's 'Breaking The Silence' exhibition, as part of an awareness raising campaign by London students highlighting the genocide of Tamils. The campaign, organised with university Tamil societies and the Tamil Youth Organisation UK, involves students making posters and flyers to display at universities across London. Taking place during the lively lunch hours in the university campus, the exhibition attracted dozens of students to their stall. Manned by dozens of volunteers, Tamils and non-Tamils alike, including members of staff came to...

Geneva protest in support of Jaffna students

The Tamil Youth Organisation – Switzerland held a protest last week, condemning the arrests of students at Jaffna University over the marking of Maveerar Naal. The youths gathered outside the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and demanded the immediate release of the students and called upon the international community and the United Nations to take concrete actions to secure the rights of Tamils.

Brunel University holds ‘Breaking the Silence’ exhibition

Following on from other London university Tamil societies, Brunel Tamil Society held a 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition in November, as part of campaign to highligh the genocide of the Tamil nation.

Canadian Tamil students stand in solidarity with Jaffna youth

Canadian University Tamil Students' Associations hold awareness campaigns on 4th December, about the arrest of Jaffna university students who took part in remembrance day events, to coincide with protest in Jaffna and across Europe.

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