Many facets of Thai Pongal: Pongal as Tamils’ Passover

by K. Thirukumaran Many facets of Thai Pongal: Thai Pongal is marked with cultural festivities to uphold tradition and heritage (1) Among other things, Thai pongal has long become a festival marking or taking gauge of prosperous sentiments in the lands of our roots, as one aspiring to be a farmer declined over a generation …

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Mahashivaratri observed at Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo Sri Lanka

Full of love, with melting heart, tears brimming, one who chants leading them to the Glorious path Mahashivaratri (“great night of Lord Shiva”) falls on the fourteenth day of the lunar fortnight. Mahashivaratri is considered the most important day for the devotees of Lord Shiva, and there are special celebrations at Sivan temples. Mahashivaratri day …

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Thai Pongal greetings from Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff

Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the celebration of Thai Pongal, the Tamil Thanksgiving OTTAWA- Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff made the following statement on the celebration of Thai Pongal, the Tamil Thanksgiving: “Today as Tamils mark Thai Pongal, festival celebrations across the country will provide all Canadians with an opportunity to come together and …

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Thai Pongal Greetings

Premier’s Statement Thai Pongal January 14, 2011 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released this statement marking the Thai Pongal festival. “On behalf of the Government of Ontario it I wish to extend warm wishes to those Ontario families who are celebrating Thai Pongal. Thai Pongal, an annual festival celebrating the bounty of the harvest, is observed …

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Thai Pongal Greetings from NDP Leader Jack Layton

Statement by New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton on Thai Pongal As the annual harvest festival of Thai Pongal is upon us, I extend my sincere best wishes to you, your family and community, as you celebrate the abundance and prosperity of the season. I am not only speaking on behalf of the New Democratic …

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Ontario Tamil community commended for promoting family, entrepreneurship, education and charity

Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak in his Thai Pongal greetings has commended the Tamil community’s, “devotion to Ontario and for tremendous work promoting values such as family, entrepreneurship, education and charity”. Full Text of message as follows: Thai Pongal Greetings from Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak Dear Friends, On behalf of the Ontario …

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A Melodious Deepavali

by K. T. Kumaran Kalyana Parisu is director C.V.Sridhar’s debut film released in 1959, starring Gemini Ganeshan, Saroja Devi and Vijayakumari. The film has several melodious songs, among them: “Unnai Kanndu naan aada Ennai kandu nee aada Ullasam pongum inba Deepavali” The Song written by Pattukottai Kalyanasundaram (Apr 13, 1930 – Oct 8, 1959) is …

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Graceful melodious tenderness at Saraswati Pooja

Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar’s composition in praise of Goddess Saraswati is recited during Navarathri, especially at cultural festivities on the 9th day, marking the final day of Saraswati Pooja. Today October 8th, is the 9th day of Navaratri. In Sri Lanka, Saraswati Pooja is celebrated in divine worship and aesthetically to the Goddess at schools, homes …

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Alaipayuthey Kanna by Pithukuli Murugadas

‘Alaipayuthey Kanna’ rendered by ‘Kalaimamani’ Pithukuli Murugadas ~ Featuring Photo Slide show of Sri Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations held at Arulmigu Sri Venkadeswara Mahavishnumoorthy Devasthaanam in Nedimala-Dehiwala, Sri Lanka, on Sep 1 and 2, 2010. Pictures courtesy of: Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Ragam: kanadaa 22 kharaharapriya janya Aa: S R2 G2 M1 D N2 S Av: S N2 …

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In pictures: 136th Annual Aadi Vel festival, Colombo Sri Lanka

The 136th Annual Aadi Vel festival was held in Colombo with colour and glamour. Beautifully decorated wooden carved cart left the Colombo Sammaankodu Sri Kathirvelaayuthaswamy temple in Sea Street left in the morning on July 23rd 2010 and reached the Sammaankodu Sri Maanikka Vinayagar temple at night. Reade and see more ~ An Enchanting Annual …

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Saravanabava Enum: by Seyvita Sooriakumar

Karnatic Keerthanams by Seyvita Sooriakumar (13) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 1. ~ Valaichi Ragamalikai – Athi – Patnam Subramanya Iyer (5:10) 2. ~ Vathapi Ganapathim – Hamsadvani – Athi – Muthuswamy Thikshitar (12:09) 3. ~ Sujana Jeevana – Kamas – Rupakam – Thiyagaraja (3:44) 4. ~ Unnaiyallal – Kalyani –Athi – Papanasam Sivan (10:21) 5. …

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Hybrid Histories of South India and Sri Lanka

by Rajan Philips (A modified version of a Review Article originally published in the Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, University of Peradeniya) Having lived my life in equal parts in Sri Lanka and Canada, I have often modified the remark by a former Canadian Prime Minister, McKenzie King, that Canada “has too much geography …

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Spirit of Valentine’s Day from the evergreen Tamil lyricist

by K.T. Kumaran Written by the genius of Poet Valli decades before “Valentine’s day” became universal later in the millennia mp3: love is just one – named divinity ~ by Poet Vaali Song written by Poet Vaali, for the 1966 blockbuster Nadodi starring Makkal Thilagam M.G.R – M.G. Ramachandran speaks of a true spirit of …

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Thai Poosam and the Tamil Frontier Spirit

By Dharman Dharmaratnam Colombo Thai Poosam is a significant day for ethnic Tamils living in Malaysia, Mauritius, Reunion and Singapore. This year, it falls on Saturday, January 30. The holiday denotes the full moon of the month of Thai and is dedicated to the God Murukan or Skanda, also known as Seyon in the Sangam-era …

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New Year Greetings and Inspiration from Ramakrishna-Vivekananda ideology and Tamil literature

by K.T. Kumaran Arise and awake to serve all people and to bring goodness to all is what all humanity could resonate, at this time of beginning of a new year – 2010. Sri Ramakrishna said, cultivating higher life is denouncing discrimination and recognition of divinity in everyone and in everything, compassion for the downtrodden …

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Thiruvempaavai-a ten day worship for Lord Siva begins

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Thiruvempaavai – a ten day worship for Lord Siva begins today, Dec 23rd. Devotees gather at dawn in temples to sing melodious Thiruvempaavai. This is a penance observed by unmarried girls to get good husbands.They wake up early,go to the streams to have a bath&sing at temples. Thirukoneswaram – One of the …

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In pictures: Battle of Lord Murugan and Soorapathman

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Kantha Shasti” is observed in the Tamil month of “Aippasi”, which falls either in October or November on the new moon. Hindus all around the world fast for six days for Lord Murugan. “Kantha Shasti Kavasam” a special hymn is sung at houses and temples during this period. It’s believed that Lord …

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Deepavali sparkle, in Bambalapitty, Sri Lanka

Deepavali: “The awareness of the inner light” by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed” ~Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Deepavali- Festival of Lights was celebrated around the world on October 17th 2009 with …

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Video: Navarathri finale at New Kathiresan Temple, Bambalapitty, Sri Lanka

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way …

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The charm of a Tamil village

Tradition bound Udappu by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Udappu” is situated between the Dutch Canal in the East, Indian Ocean in the West, Poonaipitty village in the North and Pinkatti village in the South. According to some reports, that there was a flood in this area earlier, and it was called “Udaippu” afterwards. Another report says that …

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LTTE strikes from air again, this time in Vavuniya

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a government-controlled town at the rear of the frontline using a light aircraft, military sources said on Tuesday, Sep 9th. “Three aircraft were seen on radar. One was over Vavuniya and dropped a bomb and went back. There was also an artillery attack into Vavuniya,” said a military official …

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Annual Nallur Kumaran festival begins

The annual festival of the historic Nallur Kandaswamy kovil in Jaffna began today, August 6th with the flag-hoisting ceremony. The festival will take place for twenty-five days with the Chariot festival on August 29 followed by the water-cutting ceremony on August 28. News reports say Sri Lanka Army has relaxed local curfew rules by about …

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Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus a hit with fans in Sri Lanka

Kamal Hassan’s mega cine creation, Dasavatharam is breaking box office records in Sri Lanka. In Colombo the blockbuster is now showing at Cine City (Maradana), Liberty (Kollupitiya) Savoy (Wellawatta) and Samantha (Dematagoda) and several other locations around the country. All the movie houses are showing with full houses for several days now, winning praise from …

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Thai Pongal: The Tamil thanksgiving festival

This article is published celebrating Thai Pongal, January 14-15, 2008: By Kumar Punithavel [monsoonJournal.com] Pongal is an ancient festival of the Tamils living in South India and Sri Lanka. It is not known exactly when the Tamils began celebrating the festival, but some historians identify it with the Thai Niradal, believed to have been celebrated …

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Sinhalization of Ravana and Un-deification of Rama

Excerpts from article by By: Dr.Rajasingham Narendran, in transCurrents.com: “Ramayana is an epic that pre-dates the Mahabharatha. The Ramayana, though originally composed by Valmiki Rishi in Sanskrit, has been reproduced in many languages through the centuries. The Tamil version composed by Kamban, reflects the best in Tamil poetry, values and culture, although following the line …

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Tamil TV Broadcaster felicitated on Silver Jubilee Day

S. Visvanathan, Director (Tamil Unit) of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and a popular TV Broadcaster has been honoured and felicitated in recognition and appreciation of his inestimable service he has rendered in the sphere of broadcasting for the last 25 years with dedication, devotion, high sense of discipline and total commitment. Mr. Visvanathan hails …

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