In Memoriam - Songs from the Purananuru - Song 256

During this month of May, as Tamils remember their loved ones that were killed as the armed conflict ended in 2009, we publish selected Poems from the classical Tamil anthology, the Purananuru (the 400 Puram poems) as we have done in previous years. The following poem is extracted from the ‘Urn poem’, written by an anonymous poet and translated by A.K. Ramanujan in his anthology the 'Poems of Love and War'. Song 256 – An Urn for Burial Tinai: Potuviyal An Urn for Burial Potter O Potter, I have come with him through narrow places like a tiny white lizard hugging the spoke of a cart wheel Be...

In Memoriam - Songs from the Purananuru - Song 356

During this month of May, as Tamils remember their loved ones that were killed as the armed conflict ended in 2009, we publish selected Poems from the classical Tamil anthology, the Purananuru (the 400 Puram poems) as we have done in previous years. Puram refers to the exterior, public or outer – and so the Purananuru contains the Poems of War, and external life, as opposed to the Akam which refers to the interior, including the Poems of Love. The following poem is extracted from the ‘Poems of Love and War’ by A.K. Ramanujan Song 356 – Kattayan Kannanar sings Tinai – Kanci (the transience of...

Tamil youth wins 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award

Photograph MIT Kogularamanan Suntharalingam, a young Tamil academic from London, has been awarded the 2014 Dalton Young Researchers Award in Chemistry by the Royal Society for Chemistry for his contribution to the design, development and understanding of new metallo-pharmaceuticals. Kogularamanan, known as Rama, currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. "In the near future I hope to return to the UK as an assistant professor," Rama told the Tamil Guardian via email from the US. He received a first class MSci and a PhD in Chemistry from...

Tamil Eelam football team gets ready for ConIFA World Championship

Preparations are underway as Tamil Eelam Football Association (TEFA) gets ready for the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (ConIFA) World Championship beginning next month. Tamil Eelam Football Association (TEFA) logo depicting a leopard, the national animal. Players from the around the world are getting their kit on and training hard for the international football tournament that will be played from 01-08 June 2014 in Sweden. Competing along side Tamil Eelam, will be Aramean Suryoye, Ellan Vannin, Zanzibar, Sapmi, Abkhazia, Quebec, Kurdistan, Darfur United, Padania, Occitania...

‘Breaking the Silence’ held at Kingston University

; (Pictures: KUTS) Kingston University Tamil Society held the first ‘Breaking the Silence’ event of 2014 earlier this month. Tamil students from the university organised an exhibition at the main campus of the university in south London detailing aspects of the genocide and war crimes that occurred during the armed conflict. Award-winning documentary “No Fire Zone” was also played to students and faculty members at the university. Breaking the Silence is a project to raise awareness about Tamil rights issues, organised by Tamil student societies in universities across London, for over 5 years...

Talking Taboo: Caste & Religion in the Tamil community

In the second part of the 'Unrestricted' series, a discussion forum by the Tamil Students Initiative (TSI) aimed at stimulating dialogue within the Tamil community on subjects often considered taboo, students across London gathered together to discuss caste and religion. Following on from the success of the first session on sexuality and gender identity, the event, hosted by Imperial Tamil Society, began this time with guest speaker Sinthujan Varatharajah who recapped the long and uncomfortable history of the caste system within the Tamil community , including its origins and cultural impacts...

Paddy Field

Paddy Field Words that hold the world together Touches that erupt in vibration Breaths that rip apart air textures Tears that moist the sandy soil Heartbeats that overtake passing vehicles Filled with people, cattle and chattels Passing by our smashed bodies Laying bare on a paddy field In a land filled with fear Our blood soaking our clothes Covering our ripped entrails Recolouring plants and nature From green to red From brown to black From life to death Masses move forward Towns and villages pass us Lives beyond us Run away from us Leaving behind What is left of us Pieces of emotions...

Talking Taboo: Discussing LGBT issues in the Tamil community

Unrestricted, a discussion series created by Tamil Students Initiative, is a platform for open discussion challenging the taboos that are rife within the Tamil society at large. Hoping to bring together perspectives of people from all corners of the Tamil community and provoking frank conversations amongst students - Unrestricted: LGBT, the first of TSI’s discussion series kicked off last Thursday at King’s College London as part of LGBT History Month. Dozens of students gathered to hear Living Smile Vidya speak about her journey as a transwoman. From Saravanan to Smiley, Vidya’s story of...

Tamil talent takes centre stage at LSE

‘Raise Your Voice’, an event held by the Tamil Student Initiative (tsi) to showcase and empower emerging creative talent, proved to be an apt reminder of the growing creative versatility within the Tamil student community. Run as an open mic competition by the London School of Economics (LSE) Tamil Society, last week, the event saw singers, rappers, spoken word artists, poets and musicians take to stage to win the hearts and minds of the audience. Though there was one overall winner, the crowds were astounded by the vast array of creative performances. Students were treated to powerful...

Full house for 'A Gun & A Ring' in London

The cast enter on the red carpet Independent Tamil film, A Gun and A Ring opened to a full-house on Saturday at the newly opened Cineworld Wembley. Cinematographer Suresh Rohin and director Lenin M. Sivam The event, organised by Echo8 Productions, began with the cast and crew of the film entering on the red carpet, led by musicians playing natheswaram and melam , in the style of a traditional Tamil procession. A Gun and a Ring was played simultaneously in two screens to accommodate the number of spectators attending the premiere. The film is an art-house thriller that explores the effect of...

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