Pungudutivu: A Disintegrating Island

A documentary examining how life on an islet in the Tamil North-East has been crumbling in recent decades was screened in London last month, by the Puńgudutīvu Welfare Association (PWA).

A poet's fearless death

Puthuvai Ratnathurai is an Eelam Tamil Revoluntary Poet. He was in charge of the Tamil Eelam Arts and Cultural Guild. Mr Rathnathuai was last seen in the custody of the Sri Lankan military on 18 May 2009 in Mullivaikkal and to date his fate is not known. He has written hundreds of poems. Here we publish just one such poem, originally written in Tamil and translated into English by the late Chelva Kanaganayakam.

American Tamils raise awareness of breast cancer in community

The Tennessee Tamil Sangam held an event last month to raise awareness of breast cancer and highlight the importance of early detection.

London Tamil Market showcases very best of British Tamil business success

The two day exhibition held on 9th and 10th April 2016 included over 150 Tamil businesses and saw thousands of visitors coming through its doors.

Sivakumaran memorial football tournament held in Switzerland

The Tamil Youth Organisaiton (TYO) Switzerland held a football tournament in memory of Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran last month. Ponnuthurai Sivakumaran is widely known and remembered as the first Tamil to die in the liberation struggle.

definition: a statement of the meaning of a word

A poem by Kothai.

Sri Meenakshi Amman temple festival celebrated in Chavakachcheri

Tamils in Chavakachcheri celebrated the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple's annual festival. The statue of the goddess, adorned with a background of doves and the outline of Tamil Eelam, was carried by devotees around the temple.

Tamil farmers honoured in Farmers' Festival

Farmers of the Northern Province were honoured with a Farmers Festival in Mullaitivu on Saturday. The event was presided over by Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran as well as several Northern Provincial Council Ministers, and prolific Tamil poet Vairamuthu attended as chief guest.

"As an artist I’m still dealing with being a refugee" - Interview with M.I.A.

Photograph MIA Universe Tamil Guardian exclusive interview with rapper and musician M.I.A. following the release of her latest track and video on the 27th November 2015. Sometimes friends of M.I.A. (aka Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) tell her, just make what you want to make . “But every time I make something, this is what comes out,” she says. “I can’t help it.” She’s talking about her latest video and track of course, ‘Borders’. It’s controversial, political and topical, but to Maya, the British Tamil once-refugee, the subject matter is not novel. The self-directed video features the 40-year...

Canadian Tamil youth commemorate Maaveerar Naal

On November 25th the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) Canada, in partnership with the Tamil Students' Associations (TSAs) from several universities, held a “Commencement of Tamil Eelam Remembrance week” event in Scarborough to mark Maaveerar Naal. Dances and songs were performed, speeches and poems were read out and flowers were laid in tribute to the thousands who have died in the Tamil struggle. Throughout November, several of the Canadian Tamil Students' Associations also held campus-based events marking Maaveerar Naal. See more photos of the various campus events below.