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'Vanakkam!' Tweets Justin Trudeau After Attending A Tamil Street Fest In Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined over 2,00,000 people in Toronto at the biggest Tamil diaspora festival that showcased Tamil culture, heritage and cuisine. …

NDTV - Sep 05 20:01 GMT - more ...

Kandy in the spotlight: war behind it, Sri Lanka's second city sees a tourist boom

On a hill directly above Kandy there is a statue of Buddha in a seated posture, palms on his lap, signifying meditation. This is far from the most important shrine in this Buddhist-majority city, or indeed an unusual sight in Sri Lanka – the country is peppered with polished white or golden statues that are visible from afar, distinctive amid vegetation.…

The Guardian - Aug 19 10:59 GMT - more ...

Gary Anandasangaree
  • 'Demons in Paradise' review: A spine-chilling testimony to rebel violence in Sri Lanka

    In Jude Ratnam’s debut film, the documentary 'Demons in Paradise', a group of former Sri Lankan Tamil militants is sitting around a fire talking about their fight for freedom. Curiously, there is no mention of the enemy, the Sri Lankan military, that brutally crushed their struggle for a separate state for the ethnic minority Tamils.

    Economic Times - Jul 30 12:20 GMT - more ...

  • Scarborough sports field to see 1,100 Tamils dance love for Canada

    Dancing to an ancient rhythm, more than 1,000 Tamil-Canadians will form a giant Canadian flag on a soccer field in Agincourt this month. …

    Inside Toronto - Jun 20 23:18 GMT - more ...

  • Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

    After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka has the daunting task of nurturing cohesion in its multi-faith and multi-ethnic community while also addressing the increasing impacts of climate change. …

    The Guardian - Feb 08 09:48 GMT - more ...

  • Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

    As readers well know, the word “prejudice” comes from to pre-judge; to judge or form an opinion without first independently examining the evidence. Going by what I had read about this book, I confess I was prejudiced but, having gone through it, my former opinion was confirmed. “Pre-judice” became “post-judice”, an instance of postjudice confirming…

    SAAG - Jan 19 11:21 GMT - more ...

  • Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wishes Tamils on Pongal

    Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who never fails to seize any opportunity "to celebrate the many cultures, languages and beliefs that make our country such a wonderful place to live", has wished Tamilians in Canada and around the world a happy Thai Pongal on Sunday.

    Times of India - Jan 17 12:00 GMT - more ...

  • “Culture is the soul of any civilization”

    “Oneness of thoughts, words and deeds go to the making of a great culture and culture is the soul of any civilization,” Prof S. Subbiah, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University said. …

    The Hindu - Oct 25 08:15 GMT - more ...

  • Greek classic gets a Tamil makeover

    Soft yet firm drum beats and fading theatre lights welcomed us as we entered Spaces, Besant Nagar. Five men in ancient Greek attire moved in synchronized patterns to the beats of the drum, which set the stage for the rest of the evening. …

    Indian Express - Jul 16 09:53 GMT - more ...

  • Sampling Sri Lanka in Toronto

    Though Toronto is thought to be the city with the largest number of Sri Lankan Tamil residents in the world, Sri Lankan food is relatively tough to find here - especially when you compare it to some of South Asia's other culinary imports. That's a shame, since it means most of Toronto is missing out on some unique dishes and flavour profiles. …

    NOW - May 07 11:10 GMT - more ...

  • IN SEARCH OF SRI LANKA’S SOUL

    Travelogues or travel books command huge respect from readers, especially by a generation for whom satellite TV or internet were unknown. For a generation to which this writer belongs, books, radio and cinema were the only means of information and entertainment. People who grew up in major cities in the country were lucky because they got opportunities to watch…

    Daily Pioneer - Apr 18 20:01 GMT - more ...

  • Sri Lanka's Best Kept Secret - Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

    love my job, but there's no denying that carting around two phones, being constantly plugged in and available on every social media forum can leave us frazzled and in need of a break from reality. With recent research showing that we're checking our smartphones a staggering 221 times a day - sometimes more - I'd count myself within the bracket of being constantly 'on'…

    Huffington Post - Apr 05 23:58 GMT - more ...

  • Liberating the Parai: An instrument played by the Dalits has found a champion, who’s fighting to take it mainstream

    It is perhaps fitting that we meet in the shadow of Ambedkar at the BR Ambedkar Manimandapam in Chennai. Manimaran keeps his instrument on the side — wiping his forehead with a piece of cloth — as we take our place below a tree that has overshot a concrete sidewall in a way that almost supplies the metaphor for his life. His wife and sons — who are accompanying…

    Indian Express - Mar 27 09:59 GMT - more ...

  • This crumbling island: An artist’s view of the conflict in Sri Lanka

    It is difficult to separate Sri Lankan artist and archaeologist Jagath Weerasinghe’s body of work from the island's recent conflict. After all, they’ve almost run on parallel tracks. The Sri Lanka Civil War began right around the time Weerasinghe started to find his niche as an artist in the 1980s – and played out in the background for the next three decades. …

    Scroll.in - Feb 10 11:30 GMT - more ...

  • That Jaffna Spook

    Prakash Belawadi is waiting for a vehicle at Bangalore’s Ashoka Pillar when a young couple stops by for a selfie with him. Does that happen often? “After Airlift, it’s like an epide­mic, it’s a big film,” says the actor with a shock of grey hair who played the crabby George in the Bollywood movie. “I think these selfies will last another couple of…

    Outlook - Feb 05 10:15 GMT - more ...

  • Tamils celebrating in Stouffville this month

    Whitchurch-Stouffville council has declared January as Tamil Heritage Month. …

    Stouffville Sun-Tribune - Jan 24 09:17 GMT - more ...

  • This story of a Sri Lankan drummer boy will tug at your heartstrings

    When an LA rocker saw a video of a barefoot boy playing drums made of plastic bottles and tin cans, he vowed to find him... Last February, a YouTube video touched the hearts of thousands. It showed a young boy, barefoot in blue shorts, playing drums outside a basic brick hut in a clearly hot, but unknown, country.

    The Telegraph - Jan 18 09:21 GMT - more ...

  • A shift from the ordinary

    Even as we await the sixth edition of The Hindu Lit for Life (January 15-17), which is dedicated to the city — a salute to Chennai’s gritty spirit and her citizens’ rescue efforts and initiatives — it is equally pertinent to concentrate on the arts as well. Lit for Life is, at the end of the day, a platform to interact with authors, discuss literature and…

    The Hindu - Jan 12 10:31 GMT - more ...

  • Tamil Nadu's controversial Jallikattu is back after Centre lifts ban

    The Narendra Modi government has lifted the ban on Jallikattu (bull taming) in Tamil Nadu. …

    Rediff - Jan 08 08:16 GMT - more ...

  • Two-day special conference on Tamils living abroad

    The International Movement for Tamil Culture in association with the Movement’s headquarters in Canada will be organising a special conference here on January 16 and 17 to discuss the ‘opportunities and challenges’ faced by Tamils in foreign countries. …

    The Hindu - Jan 04 09:55 GMT - more ...

  • Frames filled with rustic charm

    Lustrous colours played on canvas, recreating the lives of villagers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, are a visual treat. …

    The Hindu - Dec 23 12:50 GMT - more ...

  • Six Sri Lankan-style curry recipes using British summer veg

    Two months ago today, I got married by the sea. The sun shone, the wind most certainly blew, we ate fish and chips and danced the night away to the soundtrack of a Beach Boys cover band. Two days later, we boarded a plane to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon and embarked on what can only be described as a three-week-long curry binge.

    The Guardian - Jul 24 20:40 GMT - more ...

  • Breathing life into her legacy, step by step

    When 15-year-old Maharani and half a dozen other teenage dancers performed at The Music Academy last weekend, it was not just any other concert but a glimpse of the living legacy of the doyen of Bharatanatyam T Balasaraswati.

    Times of India - May 26 04:11 GMT - more ...

  • Young India rapper takes on new Tamil Nadu leader Sasikala

    A young Indian rapper has taken on what she calls the "undemocratic" appointment of the new chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state. …

    BBC - Feb 07 06:35 GMT - more ...

  • Stouffville's growing Tamil community celebrating Thai Pongal

    There are “over 2,000” Tamil Canadians living in Whitchurch-Stouffville. All of them are celebrating Thai Pongal, a Tamil holiday that celebrates the new year in the Tamil calendar and serves as a harvest festival.

    Stouffville Sun-Tribune - Jan 18 09:50 GMT - more ...

  • Cinema to Philately: This Chennai book fair has something for everyone

    From movies to Tamil literature, one can find all kinds of books in these stores at the Chennai Book Fair at St. George’s School in Chennai. There are more than 700 stalls at the fair this year, with thousands of titles up for grabs. Here are some glimpses from the 40th edition of the fair.

    News Minute - Jan 17 11:48 GMT - more ...

  • ‘A novel is a pack of lies that tells the truth’

    The road to publishing wasn’t the smoothest for Nayomi Munaweera, 43, but when her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, on the Sri Lankan civil war, did get published in 2012, it met with critical acclaim. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, treads on the fault lines of a South Asian family and maps the devastating consequences of childhood trauma with…

    Indian Express - Aug 07 10:22 GMT - more ...

  • The English voice of Tamil writers

    A powerful translatorial voice has fallen silent. Once in a long while, we encounter a writer who really changed the literary landscape he or she inhabited. While U.R. Ananthamurthy, Ismat Chughtai, Sarah Joseph, Nirmal Verma and Indira Goswami might be cited, I think we can safely say that one who makes such writers available to a population which cannot read them in…

    The Hindu - May 11 08:42 GMT - more ...

  • Celebrating serene Lanka

    Little girls dressed in Sri Lankan finery swayed to the persuading rhythms of traditional music. With each step and move, their musical anklets chimed and jingled in sweet unison as if to aurally emphasise the visual grace of their sparkling performance.

    Gulf News - Apr 21 04:17 GMT - more ...

  • Jamie Oliver’s healthy and hearty Sri Lankan-style monkfish curry

    Since writing my Everyday Super Food book, I’ve been embracing whole grains in my cooking a lot more. While you don’t have to be religious about it (I’ll always use cheap white bread for a bacon sarnie!), it’s a great way to eat the majority of the time, and a really easy score on the health front. In a nutshell, “whole grain” means that the grains remain…

    Globe and Mail - Apr 06 00:05 GMT - more ...

  • Dheepan’s Antonythasan Jesuthasan: from Tamil Tiger to star of a Palme d’Or winner

    The lead in Jacques Audiard’s latest film left Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war and arrived in France to work a series of low-paid jobs. His extraordinary story is mirrored in the new work from the director of A Prophet

    The Guardian - Apr 01 07:01 GMT - more ...

  • Liberal government fully restores refugee health care program

    All refugee health care benefits will be fully restored to pre-2012 levels by April 1, Canada's Liberal government announced Thursday. …

    CBC News - Feb 19 06:49 GMT - more ...

  • Sri Lanka on your platter

    Sri Lanka, with close historical ties to India, boasts of a cuisine that is a confluence of many cultures. Sri Lanka’s past is dotted with colonial influences from the Dutch and the British, not to forget the spread of Buddhism from India. …

    The Hindu - Feb 07 17:52 GMT - more ...

  • Banning books, killing authors is a kind of fascism: Tamil writer

    Noted Tamil writer C.S. Lakshmi popularly known as Ambai has condemned the banning books and killing authors describing it as a new kind of fascism. …

    The Hindu - Jan 24 09:22 GMT - more ...

  • Meet seeks to pass on Tamil’s heritage

    Tamil-speaking families from across the world on Saturday joined common cause to discuss ways to pass on the legacy of the language and its literature to a generation of youth with little or no access to their mother tongue. …

    The Hindu - Jan 18 10:07 GMT - more ...

  • M.I.A. Discusses "Borders" Video on Al Jazeera

    M.I.A has been getting a lot of attention for her politically-charged video for her song "Borders." Yesterday, she appeared on Al Jazeera to discuss the clip and its controversial subject: the ongoing refugee crisis. Watch the interview below. …

    Al Jazeera - Jan 15 16:38 GMT - more ...

  • Bull fight, an inextricable feature of Tamil culture

    How far is jallikattu a part of Tamil culture and ancient tradition? A translation of Kalitogai, a major work in Sangam literature, by A.K. Ramanujan gives a vivid description of the ancient sport known as Eru Thazuval: “That the bull is wilder than an elephant gone wild; do not loosen your hand’s grip on him, and the shoulders of our girl will bring you victory…

    The Hindu - Jan 08 22:58 GMT - more ...

  • The state that loves bullfighting but isn't Spain

    Villagers in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu hope to celebrate the New Year harvest festival later this month with traditional "bull-taming" contests once more. "Jallikattu" is a sport that has been practised in southern India for thousands of years, but was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 following objections from animal rights activists. For the first…

    BBC - Jan 07 17:15 GMT - more ...

  • Starting 2016, devotees can't wear jeans, leggings, bermudas to Tamil Nadu temples

    The Madras High court bench had on December 1 directed the state government and Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department to implement dress code for devotees coming to offer worship in temples to enhance spiritual ambiance. …

    PTI - Jan 01 13:06 GMT - more ...

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