In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 74

Extracted from ‘An Anthology of Poems from classical Tamil: The Purananuru’ translated and edited by George L Hart and Hank Heifetz. This is part of our selection from the Purananuru, chosen to represent some of the feelings of the Tamil people as, two years on, they remember the events of 2009. Tinai: Potuviyal (general heroism) Thurai: mutumolikkanci If a child was stillborn or what emerged was only a mass of flesh though they though it not yet human my ancestors treated it as such and as they should, they cut it with a sword! Has it come down to their descendant sitting and suffering like...

In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 226

Tinai: Potuviyal (general heroism) Turai: Kaiyarunilai Marokkattu Nappacalaiyar sings: If Death had come to him in hatred, or shown anger or so much as touched him, there would have been no escape for Death ! He must have joined his palms together in respect as a singer would and praised him and begged to take Valavan who wore a garland of gold Whose chariot was powerful, whose army won victory in dense battles! Extracted from ‘An Anthology of Poems from classical Tamil: The Purananuru’ translated and edited by George L Hart and Hank Heifetz. This is part of our series on songs from the...

Thaalam 2011 on June 19

Thaalam 2011, an inter-university/college dance competition, will be hosted by the Arts and Culture Council of Canadian Tamil Youth Alliance ( CTYA ) on Saturday June 19 at the John Bassett Metro Toronto Convention Centre . Thaalam dancers speak: The dance competition will be an event uniting youth across Canada, providing the youth with a platform to express their talents as well as the Tamil culture to the Canadian society. Funds raised by Thaalam 2011 would be allocated towards initiating a youth recreation centre in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Arts and Culture Council of CTYA is “...

SL cricket tour begins with genocide protest

Sri Lanka’s cricket team began their tour of England Saturday with a match against Middlesex that was accompanied by the din of a lively protest at the Uxbridge ground by Tamil expatriates and others. A changing group of several dozen protestors holding banners, placards, and Tamil Eelam flags chanted slogans through megaphones and played drums, as some passing cars blew their horns in support. The protest, organized by the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO), was supported by other Tamil organisations and campaign group Act Now, representatives of which joined the protestors. The protestors took...

In Memoriam – Songs from Purananuru - Song 245

Tinai: Potuviyal (general heroism) Thurai: Kaiyarunilak Though it is so immense, does my grief nonetheless have its limits, since it is not fierce enough to finish with my life? On the salty earth all overgrown with sedge, on the burning ground, my wife has gone her way to the other world, her bed the shining fire of the pyre whose wood yields its glow of blazing fuel ! and I am still alive! What kind of place is this world ? - The song of Ceraman Kotampalattut Tunciya Maakottai when his wife Perunkoppentu had died Extracted from ‘An Anthology of Poems from classical Tamil: The Purananuru’...

TYO-Canada launches ‘G for genocide’ campaign

Tamil activists in Toronto marked the second anniversary of Sri Lanka’s mass killings of Tamil civilians by launching an awareness raising street campaign titled ‘G for Genocide’. Initiated by the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO-Canada) on Friday, the campaign included engaging with members of the public in symbolic locations across the Toronto downtown core, as well as collecting signatures for a petition to the International Criminal Court to investigate Sri Lanka. “We are encouraged that the international community has finally begun to open its eyes to [Sri Lanka’s] atrocities,” said L...

In Memoriam - Songs from the Purananuru - Song 255

During May, we will publish selected English translations of poems from the Purananuru, one of the early Tamil anthologies of poetry generally dated between the first century B.C.E and the fifth century C.E. These 400 songs of war and wisdom, in our view, are representative of some of the feelings of the Tamil people as, two years later, they remember the events of 2009. Each poem in the Purnanuru is assigned a tinai which corresponds to a ‘tract of land, time of day, situation’ and a raga in which the poem is sung. Each tinai is further subdivided into a turai (a theme or subject). All these...

Tholvi Nilayena (Oomai Vizhigal)

Lyrics: Aabavaanam Composer: Manoj-Kiyan Singer: P.B. Srinivas Released in August 1986, 'Tholvi Nilayena', famously sung by P.B. Srinivas after a long gap in his career, is known as an inspirational and motivational song for those on the brink of defeat. The song came at a very crucial point in the history of Eelam; India had started to get involved after the Thimpu talks. Although the film 'Oomai Vizhigal' was not about the struggle of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or any other Tamil militant group, many believe that this song was written with the Tamil Eelam freedom fighters and the...

Shreya Goshal in concert: language no bar to a good time

It is a distinctive of India with its many languages that talented entertainers here can easily captivate an audience which does not always speak their language. 27 year old singing sensation Shreya Goshal, for example, is an Indian playback singer who has sung in over seven languages in her career so far. At recent concert in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, enthusiastic fans, music critics and even local politicians were entranced by this beautiful and charming young woman’s performance – despite just two of her songs being in Tamil. Her set was almost entirely in English and Hindi. Not that Shreya isn...

KCL sports league celebrates first year

As the end of Britain's university academic year draws closer, the last week of March saw the finale of the newly-formed ‘Legacy Sports League’ hosted by King’s College London (KCL) Tamil Society. After an intense season in which football and netball teams from universities across London battled it out to be champions, their efforts were celebrated at an elegant awards ceremony. The event was held at Tuli, a popular Asian fusion restaurant located on the capitol's famous Tooley Street and extending into the arches of London Bridge. More than 80 people, many dressed to the nines, attended the...

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