"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.

Tamil students commemorate Maaveerar Naal in London

Photograph: Tamil Guardian Tamil students across the UK convened at University College London (UCL) to commemorate the Tamil nation’s day of remembrance Maaveerar Naal.

A night to remember as Tamil comedy takes to the stage

All photographs : Thamarai With Tamil variety shows having been a staple part of the British Tamil calendar for years, the Tamil comedy scene remains a relatively unexplored field. Yet, with an array of budding comedic talent and millions of views across social media, the rapidly growing industry was never going to remain uncharted for long. Kutti Hari’s Comedy Night, the UK’s inaugural show devoted to Tamil comedy, proved to be the perfect way to bring this entertainment in front of a live studio audience for the first time. Hosted by the ever popular Kutti Hari and organised by online...

'Super Singer Junior' audiences stunned by song dedicated to Eelam Tamils

A 15 year old Canadian Eelam Tamil singer, Jessica Judes, stunned audiences of the widely popular Tamil Nadu singing competition - Super Singer Junior on Saturday, singing a song dedicated to the Eelam Tamil people. Judges, audiences at the live event, and viewers around the world were left speechless and many in tears after tuning in to watch her heartwrenching combination two songs associated with the Eelam Tamil struggle: 'Tholvi Nilayena' and 'Vidai Kodu' at the competition's season 4 finals. 'Super Singer' which is aired lived on the Indian TV channel, Vijay TV, allows viewers to vote...

Denmark Tamil schools compete in Malathy Cup football tournament

Tamil schools across Denmark came together for the Malathy Cup football tournament on February 14. Divided into year groups, ranging from 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998 and over 18s, students and alumni of the Malathy Tamil academies competed for the prestigious cup. Tamil schools in Aarhus, Grindsted, Skjern, Herning, Vejle, Struer and Middelfart took part in the tournament, held to commemorate 2nd Lieutenant Malathy. Results Group 2004 1st – Grindstead Malathy Tamil School 2nd – Skjern Malathy Tamil School 3rd – Aarhus Malathy Tamil School Group 2002 1st – Grindstead Malathy Tamil School 2nd –...

Tamil teachers felicitated at ceremony in London

The Tamil Education Development Council held its annual awards ceremony last Sunday, celebrating the contribution of 250 teachers at Tamil schools in the UK. The event at Harrow Leisure Centre was attended by over 1,000 people, including Tamil school pupils and their parents, with students given prizes for academic excellence Awards for outstanding contributions were also presented to teachers by the TEDC's Executive Head Ms Ariyaretnam “Our duty [to teach Tamil] will be carried on; our future generation will take this forward,” she said.

Cambridge University take 'Kings of Gaana' title

For the third year in a row, ‘Kings of Gaana’, the inter-university dance competition hosted by King’s College London Tamil Society, ended the Tamil student calendar with glitz, glamour and plenty of gaana! A raucous crowd, non-stop comedy from renowned comedians Kutti Hari and YouTube sensation Dayan Shan, and performances from a world renowned singer capped off a show packed with entertainment, as universities across Britain vied for the title. A celebration of gaana, a style of music unique to the Tamil culture, the competition saw teams pay tribute to traditional folk dance while also...

Thai Pongal celebrated across the globe

Photograph: Tamil Students Initiative

Breaking the Silence 2014: Queen Mary, University of London

Students from both the Queen Mary Tamil Society and the Barts Tamil Society ran a stall at the Mile End campus, last month as part of their annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition. The exhibition at the busy Library Square saw lots of student traffic, serving as a middle ground between lecture theatres and stands in front of the library and attracted many passersby. Students from the two Tamil societies showcased the exhibition, saying their main aim was to highlight the atrocious ongoing human rights violations committed against innocent Tamil civilians particularly sine the end of the...

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