Dunedin Tamil Society Diwali on November 16

Tamilians in the South Island city of Dunedin will get together to celebrate the Festival of Lights next fortnight. Organised by the Dunedin Tamil Society, the event will be held on November 16, 2019, at the University of Otago Union Hall, located at 640 Cumberland Street in North Dunedin. Tickets for the event, including entertainment and dinner, are now available.…

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Singer from Canada takes Tamil Karaoke Star Title

Venkat Raman Ramya Ramachandran, a Resident of Toronto, Canada won the ‘Tamil Karaoke Star 2019’ title at the finals of the contest held in Auckland on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Her winning songs (with $1000 cash prize and a Trophy) were ‘En Mel Vizhunthal’ and ‘Kaatre En Vaasal Vanthaai’ (composed by A R Rahman respectively for  Tamil films ‘May Matham’ and ‘Rhythm’), rendered…

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Youngsters promote New Zealand as their second home

Venkat Raman A team of six youngsters is promoting New Zealand and its pristine beauty as a mission, focusing initially on the Tamil Diaspora worldwide. Dineshkumar Ravi, an employee in a Hamilton based engineering firm, has created a music video that captures in part the natural splendour of New Zealand, explaining why Tamilians consider it as their second home. About…

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Tamil Karaoke Star 2019 Grand Finale amidst festivals

Venkat Raman Saturday, October 12, 2019 will be one of the busiest days for Aucklanders with several events on the cards, one of the most awaited of which would be the Grand Finale of Tamil Karaoke Star 2019. The Programme will be held on that day at Zeal West, located at 20 Alderman Drive in the West Auckland suburb of…

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Tamil Nadu glorifies Literature and Performing Arts

Sadasivam Kutty As the oldest language and one of the six ‘original’ languages (the other five being Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Chinese), Tamil is rich in Literature with a natural extension to Performing Arts. From Carnatic Music to Bharata Natyam and an extensive variety of religious and folk dances, the contributions of Tamil Nadu are immeasurable, transcending time and…

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Quadragennial Deity brings millions to Kancheepuram

‘Athi Varadar’ will next rise from the Pond in the Year 2059 Venkat Raman Hindus believe that their favourite Lord beckons devotees unto Him for a Dharshan, often once or twice in that person’s lifetime. In the case of Athi Varadar in Kancheepuram, such a boon generally occurs only once in a person’s lifetime for He ‘surfaces from water’ every…

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Young Carnatic Music Masters due in Auckland, Hamilton

Venkat Raman Three young masters, each with a record of critical acclaim will jointly perform at two Carnatic Music Concerts, one each in Auckland and Hamilton next month. Auckland Concert Vignesh Ishwar (Vocal), L Ramakrishnan (Violin) and Tanjore Praveen Kumar (Mridangam), popularly known as ‘Praveen Sparsh,’ will form the trio in the ‘Emerging Masters Series’ of the Auckland based Rasikas New Zealand…

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Tamil Karaoke Star 2019 Finalists announced

Venkat Raman Five singers from three countries are featured as Finalists in the ‘Tamil Karaoke Star 2019,’ a maiden venture by the Auckland based Rambutan Media Works New Zealand Limited. Director Yugendran said that three participants from New Zealand and one each from Canada and Malaysia will vie for the Winner’s Title in the Finals to be held next month.…

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