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Sri Lanka: Tamils protest land grabs, cultural heritage destruction
Sri Lanka: Tamils protest land grabs, cultural heritage destruction

More than 500 Tamil demonstrators tried to march to the site of a destroyed Hindu temple at Kanniyaa in the Trincomalee district of Sri Lanka on July 16. They were blocked by the army and police, who had allowed a group of Sinhalese chauvinists to enter the site. The protesters were threatened and assaulted by these racists. The temple had been destroyed during…

Green Left - Jul 19 15:37 GMT - more ... [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

United flavours of Sri Lanka
United flavours of Sri Lanka

“You must get the names of your sambols right!” Our host, Nadeem Rajabdeen, a wiry man in his 30s and partner in Cantaloupe Hotels, sounds almost strict as he draws my attention to the long banana leaf before my eyes. I look for the dish I am being told of — there are three varieties of the same in the humongous communal meal I am about to share with as many…

Businessline - Jun 14 13:56 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Talk of the week: Indonesia’s Tamil community hosts cultural carnival

    Talk of the week: Indonesia’s Tamil community hosts cultural carnival

    Balancing act: An Indian Tamil folk dancer performs during the 2019 Tamil sangamam cultural festival at JI Expo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, a showcase of the ethnic group’s cultural expressions drawing more than 800 guests comprising members of the Tamil diaspora in Jakarta and their Indonesian friends. (Courtesy of Indonesia Tamil Sangam) JI Expo Kemayoran,…

    Jakarta Post - May 13 00:52 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka, an Island Nation That Is Best Savored Slowly

    Sri Lanka, an Island Nation That Is Best Savored Slowly

    It’s common while traveling to be approached by locals trying to make a few a bucks by offering to show you around. I typically respond with a polite “no,” but on this particular morning in Kandy, a small city in the center of Sri Lanka, I was looking for someone to take me on a tour of the sights. Santha, a small, middle-aged man with a big smile, must have…

    New York Times - Jan 31 02:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Sampling Sri Lanka at Montréal's Nama Restaurant

    Sampling Sri Lanka at Montréal\'s Nama Restaurant

    When Jeya Sivans described her journey to owning Nama, a cozy new restaurant in Montréal's Plateau, she was humble. "I am not a chef," she demurred. Indeed, she grew up in India and London with a foodie father and a mother who enthusiastically prepared Sri Lankan food for their family of seven; there wasn't any need for her to cook. Sivans recalled her sister's…

    SevenDaysVT - Dec 13 14:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sinhalese monks unleash a new brand of nationalism in Sri Lanka

    Sinhalese monks unleash a new brand of nationalism in Sri Lanka

    Recalling a conversation he had had with the hardliner, Gnanasara Thero, a professor of Buddhism at Colombo’s Buddhist and Pali University, he says, “When I asked him to change his way of speaking, he used cuss words I have never heard before.” Gnanasara Thero is currently languishing in jail on charges of contempt of court. Adds the professor who does not want…

    Telegraph India - Nov 26 19:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

  • Making sense of life, healing and ayurveda in Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    Making sense of life, healing and ayurveda in Tangalle, Sri Lanka

    I’m not quite sure what happened, but these days, you couldn’t throw a crystal singing bowl very far without it hitting an ayurvedic spa. They’re everywhere. And inaccessible: Too many of them deal with the subject in a mystifying way with lots of coded words like virechana karma and kati vasti in the spa menu with vague explanations of what you’re signing up…

    CNA - Sep 27 23:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, Tourism ]

  • A Tribute to Mom: Don’t cry because it’s over…

    A Tribute to Mom: Don’t cry because it’s over…

    Just as tragically, most people who are mentally ill are far more likely to be ignored by their own family and friends. I encourage you donate to or volunteer with Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) or similar venerable organizations across the world. At the very least show some empathy for their struggle — and take the time to say few kind…

    TamilCanadian - Jun 15 13:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Old Kachcheri, Jaffna

    Old Kachcheri, Jaffna

    A kachcheri is a district secretariat that functions as a liaison between the central Sri Lanka government and its activities at district level. Within its own district, a kachcheri also implements government projects, collects revenues, and organizes elections. Expectedly, a bureaucratic branch of the government of this magnitude requires a large facility to…

    AtlasObscura - May 09 18:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • M.I.A. Blocked From Boarding Plane To Canada For Toronto Hot Docs Festival

    M.I.A. Blocked From Boarding Plane To Canada For Toronto Hot Docs Festival

    Musician M.I.A. was unable to board a plane to Canada after U.K. officials found a stamp in her passport from 2017, she said Monday."Jealousy is a terrible thing. The British and Sri Lankan Tamil singer and rapper is scheduled to attend the Canadian premiere of her documentary "Matangi/Maya/M.I.A." at Toronto's Hot Docs festival on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the…

    Huffington Post - May 01 17:36 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture, UK ]

  • Sri Lankan Buddhist minister denied entry into Hindu temple in India

    Sri Lankan Buddhist minister denied entry into Hindu temple in India

    The Sri Lankan Minister of Buddhist Affairs Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, was not allowed to enter the 11th century Lingaraja (Shiva) temple in Bhubaneswar, the capital of the East Indian state of Odisha. Perera told the media on Sunday that the temple authorities barred his entry because he is a Buddhist and not a Hindu. The ‘embarrassing’ incident occurred on…

    BD News - Apr 02 14:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Joan Sullivan: Novel tells story of refugees

    Joan Sullivan: Novel tells story of refugees

    Sharon Bala’s debut novel is a rich and timely work. It’s tempting to say it’s ripped from the headlines, but it’s also torn form the history books. “The Boat People” are 500 Sri Lankans who’ve spent everything they had to get their families to a safe place. That’s one specific news item, but of course people have always been on the move, fleeing from…

    The Telegram - Mar 19 23:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • In Sri Lanka, this tribe speaks Telugu

    In Sri Lanka, this tribe speaks Telugu

    The Telugu diaspora is a large and vibrant community found in almost every country where there are Indian-origin populations. But they are migrants. So when an indigenous, Telugu-speaking tribe believed to have been around for centuries outside India — in Sri Lanka, to be precise — was identified, it attracted the attention of researchers.

    The Hindu - Feb 20 19:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • 30 under 30: Influential young Tamils from Europe & North America on Forbes 2018 list

    30 under 30: Influential young Tamils from Europe & North America on Forbes 2018 list

    Today Forbes published their “30 under 30” lists for Europe & North America, celebrating under 30 years old who have significantly transformed their industry. From art & culture to science & entrepreneurship, the annual list is decided by experts and overwhelmingly successful individuals. Here are the influential Tamils from North America & Europe.Logeswaran is…

    Thamarai - Jan 26 19:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Education, World, Arts&Culture ]

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      - 30 UNDER 30 - Forbes
  • 'It's slavery in the modern world': Foreign workers say they were hungry, abused at Toronto temple

    \'It\'s slavery in the modern world\': Foreign workers say they were hungry, abused at Toronto temple

    ..Eventually, a member of the temple's congregation became aware of the alleged conditions the workers were facing and contacted the Tamil Workers Network. "If it was 20 years ago, when I was young, I may have just burned the temple down, because of the magnitude ... of the story," said Ram Selvarajah, a volunteer with the Tamil Workers Network. "I'm not even going…

    CBC - Jan 17 13:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • When Architecture And Buddhism Came Together: The Guard Stones Of Ancient Sri Lanka

    When Architecture And Buddhism Came Together: The Guard Stones Of Ancient Sri Lanka

    The ruins of Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms are a testament to the architectural skill of our ancestors. They have several unique architectural features including intricately carved stairs, the moonstones that lie at the foot of the stairs, and the guard stones that are placed on either side of the stairs at the entrances to these historic and religious sites. …

    Rmedia - Dec 07 15:35 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth

    The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth

    A more meaningful approach to address both the economic problems in Jaffna and the aspirations of the youth would be investment to create local jobs that provide a regular income. That would mean investment to develop local resources and small industries. That would also require some critical reflection on the part of the economists, policy makers and other pundits…

    Daily Mirror - Oct 16 17:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Arts&Culture ]

  • How Sri Lanka balances serendipity and sultry charms

     How Sri Lanka balances serendipity and sultry charms

    Throwing open the curtains of my room in the Slightly Chilled Guest House, I am greeted by the morning view of Adam's Peak, where Adam first set foot on earth when he was chucked out of the Garden of Eden. Or call it Sri Pada, the mountain of the sacred footprint. But then again, it's Samanala Kande, Butterfly Mountain. And Hinduism's Sivan Adi Padham.

    SMH - Aug 19 15:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

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

    \'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 16:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Arts&Culture ]

  • Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Fears have been expressed that, resulting from climate change, the Jaffna peninsula may become semi-desert in the not-too-distant future. It would be timely in this context for a team of agricultural scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs to study this possibility and determine whether semi-desertification may, in fact, prove to be of great benefit to the…

    Island - Jun 12 14:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

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      - Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba - Island
  • Contributions to Tamil from doyens of Chettinad recalled

    Contributions to Tamil from doyens of Chettinad recalled

    International conference on ‘Chettinad and its contribution to Tamil,’ organised by Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam in Karaikudi recently. | Photo Credit: handout_e_mail A.V. Meyyappa Chettiar, a pioneer in popularising songs of Subramania Bharathi Avichi Meyyappa Chettiar, popularly known as A. V. Meyyappa Chettiar or AVM is known to many as Indian film producer,…

    Hindu - Apr 18 15:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Arts&Culture ]

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