Tallahassee Tamil Sangam

(தலகாசி தமிழ்ச் சங்கம்)


தலகாசி தமிழ்ச் சங்க நிகழ்ச்சிகள்

(Tallahassee Tamil Sangam and its Activities) 

Tamil Version [ தமிழ் வடிவம் ]

Tallahassee Tamil Sangam's beginning can be traced to 2000 when Dr. Muthuswamy & Mrs. Karpagam and Bhanu & I began organizing Tamil cultural programs that brought together Tamil (Tamizh) families (from India, Malaysia, Singapore and Srilanka) that lived in and around Tallahassee for an evening of activities and exchanges. The activities were scheduled around Tamil New Year's Day (middle of April) and sow the seeds for the Tallahassee Tamil Sangam. The Sangam aims to unite people who love Tamil and encourages American-born children to learn and speak Tamil language. Every year we organize three functions. Pongal in January, New Year in April and Deepavali in October.

 During the first two years the activities consisted mostly of inviting people to Dr. Swamy's residence for food and chat. Then Drs. Usha and Namas Chandra started to teach Tallahassee Tamil children how to read and write Tamil language. Their Tamil Classes gave impetus to celebrate Tamil New Year Day with programs in Tamil performed by children and adults.

During the last several years we have had children and adults singing songs (classical and contemporary) perform skits and drama. The children and adults also gave performances in India Association of Tallahassee's (IATLH) Glimpses of India and Utsav. The programs ranged from recital of Aathichudi, story telling in Tamil, song recitals in Tamil, skit of Maha Kavi Bharathiyar's Olipadaitha Kanninai song, Tamil drama "Punishing the Fraud", Tamil Ramayanam drama, and Tamil Play Tenali Raman, etc.

Due to its surging popularity and the increase in the number of people participating and attending the programs, starting from 2006 we have moved it to  public locations rather than celebrating it at Dr. Swamy's residence. Below you will see the programs we have conducted over the last several years.

Last updated by Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, Dec 11, 2009.