Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration Apr 2018

Tamil New Year 2018 was celebrated in a grand style on 31st April 2018 at Stockport. The NTA in tradition with past years celebrated the Tamil New Year in a grand style this year with an overwhelming response from the entire Tamil community in the UK.

Dr.Senthil Kumar Muthu – President of the NTA, presented the welcome note. He thanked the hard work put in by the Team NTA and in particular the core team which had worked hard over the past few months to make this Tamil New Year Celebrations a Grand one. He spoke about the organisation and praised how the organization has grown from strength to strength in the last 30 years.

The function was preceded over and graced by Minister of Coordination Mr Rajan IPS from the High Commission of India, UK. Mr Rajan stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Indian Culture in general and Tamil Culture in particular and appreciated the NTA for its tireless work for the Tamil community of UK.

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu by Uma Velupandian, Muthu Nachiappan & Priya Narayanan. The programme started on time with a fabulous dance by Santosh Menon and his team from Kalasangham, Bradford.

The star attraction this year was the Musical Concert by the legendary Padmashri Chithra & her co singers along with their Band from India. They entertained the audience with their lovely songs including some old favourites. Nearly 900 people attended the show and enjoyed the event. Smt Chithra performed for nearly 3 hrs on seeing the great enthusiasm from the audience.

The hall had very good acoustics. The hall being strategically located attracted huge audience. The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a great time with their friends and families.

Dr Senthil Kumar Muthu & Dr Kavitha kept the audience well engaged with their compering throughout the programme.

The food stall by Sai Spice was a huge hit among audience and as they served delicious food.

Dr Nachiappan – Vice President of the NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:
1. ANANYAS Nana Nani Homes – Coimbatore

  1. Sai Spice – UK
  2. Asset India
  3. HDFC – London,
  4. Lebara Play

NTA is proud to announce that donations were made to the following Charities:

  1. Ekam Foundation – UK
  2. Anbagam Orphanage for HIV infected children – India

Finally, we would like to thank the committee members, NTA members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavours last year.

Please visit www.northerntamilassociation.org.uk for more details about the association and future events.

Review written by Dr Asokan Krishnaier, Editor NTA website & Advisor NTA UK

Norther Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2018

Diwali Cultural programme 2018 was celebrated in a grand style on 27th October 2018 at Wythenshawe forum Hall in Manchester

Dr Madan Thirugnanam, Vice President of Northern Tamil Association welcomed everyone. In his welcome address, he went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one. The NTA committee worked as a ‘Kudumbam’ to make this Diwali a great celebration.

Mr.Umer Khan, Superintendent of Police graced the function. Mr.Umer Khan is leading ‘We stand together campaign’ and Board member ‘ Our Manchester Forum’. He mentioned Manchester is most culturally diverse city only next to London. He gave an excellent speech and mentioned Multi cultural events like this would be beneficial in bringing the best talents in youngsters. He highlighted the benefits of ethnic diversity and the economic and cultural benefits it brought along with it.

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu followed by two minutes silence for world peace. 

A new look, user-friendly Website was launched by Mr.Siva Balachandran, Mr. Hariharan Sairam and Dr Asokan Krishnaier. Mr. Siva went through how the new website works and its various user-friendly features. Dr. Asokan mentioned how the website evolved in the last ten years from a humble beginning.

The NTA Magazine ‘Thendral’ successfully released this year by Dr Saravanan Prakasam & Dr Ashok Elayaperumal. The NTA Magazine gives a huge platform to all Tamil people in UK to bring their talents in non performing arts.

The star attraction this year was the jam-packed Performing Arts programs by various groups’ people all over the North of England.

There were fifty- five programs to keep the audience entertained for nearly six hours.

The judges for our event were Mr. Andrew Thomas, Mrs.Nrithya Rammohan & Mrs.Abhinandana. The judges had tough time deciding the best performing team. The standard of the entertainment was very high and the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every programme. All the participants and all the teams provided exceptional performances. The Winners Trophy won by East Midlands – Derby & Nottingham and Runners Trophy won by Wirral.

The stage was filled with LED screens which gave a modern look. The hall had a good Music system. The Hall was packed with more than 700 people and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

Sai Spice did catering for the programme from Manchester. Everyone praised the quality of the food and the variety of Indian food sold was a huge hit among audience.

Dr.M.Nachiappan, President of NTA, proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations. He went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization has grown from strength to strength over the last 30 years.

Mr. Kalyan organized raffle and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:

1. Sai Spice, Manchester

2. HDFC Bank, Manchester

3. Lyca TV

4. St James Place

5.Nachu Finance

6.General & Medical Accounts Ltd

7.Mount Hospitals

8. Lakshmi Stores

9.Life Line Protect

10.Gan Mahadea

11.British Tamil Radio

12.Devanathan Financial Advisor

NTA introduced Bursaries for the Tamil Schools in UK for the first time. As always, this time also we are proud to support and donate the following Charities:

1.Vanavil School, supporting underprivileged children in Tsunami affected areas.

2.Olirum Vazhvu, Supporting the under privileged in Srilanka.

3.Five Tamil schools received Bursaries in UK

The NTA Tamil Deepavali cultural programme 2018 would not have been a success without the support of our members, participants, guests and our supporters. On behalf of our association, we would like to say a huge thank you for your support in our entire endeavour.

We once again look forward to seeing you all in our Tamil Chithirai Thiruvizha’ musical concert by Rajhesh Vaidhya Live in UK Concert in Stockport Plaza on 12th May 2019. 

Always log on to www.northerntamilassociation.org.uk to get latest updates and tickets for events.

Review written by Dr Asokan Krishnaier, Editor NTA website Advisor NTA UK

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2017

Diwali Cultural programme 2017 was celebrated in a grand style on 07th October 2017 at Ellesmereport Civic Hall, Civic way, Wllesmere Port in Cheshire.

Mrs Kavitha Sethumadhavan, Secretary of Northern Tamil Association welcomed everyone. In her welcome address, She went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one.

The Mayor of Ellesmereport, Mrs. Nicole Meardon graced the function. She gave an excellent speech on Multi cultural events that would be beneficial in bringing the best talents in youngsters. She highlighted the benefits of ethnic diversity and the economic and cultural benefits it brought along with it. She was very impressed with colourful costumes of Ladies, Children and Men who were all in tremendous Diwali Festival spirits.

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu followed by two minutes silence for world peace. The NTA Magazine successfully released this year by Mrs. Kavitha Sethumadhavan and Dr Senthil Kumar Muthu. The NTA Magazine gives a huge platform to all Tamil people in UK to bring their talents in non performing arts. The star attraction this year was the jam-packed talented programs by various groups’ people all over the North of England. There were fifty-eight programs to keep the audience entertained. It was decided to have Professional Judges this year too.

The judges for our event were Mrs. Ramya Tangirala, Mrs.Rinee Bhattacharya & Mr.Kiran Joseph. The judges had tough time deciding the best performing team. The standard of the entertainment was very high and the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every programme. All the participants and all the teams provided exceptional performances. The Winners Trophy won by East Midlands – Derby & Nottingham and Runners Trophy won by West Midlands & Stoke.

The hall had a good Music system. The Hall was packed with more 600 people and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

Sai Spice did catering for the programme from Manchester. Everyone praised the quality of the food and the variety of Indian food sold was a huge hit among audience.

Dr.Senthil Kumar Muthu, President of NTA, proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations. He went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebration a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization has grown from strength to strength over the last 30 years.

Mr. Kalyan organized raffle and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:
1. Sai Spice, Manchester
2. HDFC Bank, Manchester
3. Lebara Play
4. Asset India
5. Queens Catering
6. Subjayas Ltd
7. Mauve fashions

As always, this time also we are proud to support and donate the following Charities:
Anbagam Orphanage for HIV infected children, Dindigul
Samarthanam trust for disabled
Butterwick Hospice, Stockton on Tees

The NTA Tamil Deepavali cultural programme 2017 would not have been a success without the support of our members, participants, guests and our supporters. On behalf of our association, we would like to say a huge thank you for your support in our entire endeavour.

We once again look forward to seeing you all in our Tamil New Year musical concert by K.S. CHITHRA Live in UK Concert in Stoke on Trent on 31st March 2018 between 3 to 7 PM. Always log on to www.northerntamilassociation.org.uk to get latest updates and tickets for events.

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2016

Diwali Cultural programme 2016 was celebrated in a grand style on 15th October 2016 at Wythenshave Forum Hall, in Manchester.

Dr.Suresh Singaravelu, President of NTA, welcomed everyone. In his welcome address, he went through the hard work NTA committee members and their family had done over the past few months to make this Diwali cultural celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization has grown from strength to strength over the last 29 years.

The Medical Director of Wigan General Hospital, Dr Umesh Prabu graced the function. He gave an excellent speech on Ethnic diversity. He highlighted the benefits of ethnic diversity and the economic and cultural benefits it brought along with it. He encouraged everyone to take leadership roles in the NHS.

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu as a Karaoke by Dr Senthil Muthu and co followed by two minutes silence for world peace. The star attraction this year was the jam-packed talented programs by various groups people all over the North of England. There were more than fifty programs to keep the audience entertained. It was decided to have Professional Judges this year. The judges for our event were Mrs. NIshanthini Nanthakumar & Mrs. Ramya Tangirala. The judges had tough time deciding the best performing team. The standard of the entertainment was very high and the audience thoroughly enjoyed each and every programme. All the participants and all the teams provided exceptional performances and the South Yorkshire Team (Sheffield, Derby) won the prestigious NTA trophy following a tough contest.

The hall had a good Music system. The Hall was packed with huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

Catering for the programme was done by Sai Spice from Manchester. The quality of the food was praised by everyone and the variety of Indian food sold was a huge hit among audience.

Mr. Narayanan, Secretary of Northern Tamil Association proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations. Mr. Kalyan organized raffle and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale.


Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:

1. Sai Spice, Manchester
2. HDFC Bank, Manchester
3. Lebara Play


As always, this time also we are proud to support and donate the following Charities:

1. Postive Women’s Network- Tamilnadu based charity started by two HIV affected ladies supporting HIV affected families and their children, Chennai,India
2. Jaffna Medical College for the buiding fund, SriLanka
3. Butterwick Hospice, Stockton-on-Tees,UK

The NTA Tamil Deepavali cultural programme 2016 would not have been a success without the support of our members, participants, guests and our supporters. On behalf of our association, we would like to say a huge thank you for your support in all our endeavor.

We once again look forward to seeing you all in our Tamil New Year musical concert in Harrogate on 22nd April 2017.

Review Written by Dr.K. Asokan .

Northern Tamil Association - New Year Celebration 2016

Tamil New Year 2016 was celebrated in a grand style on 16th April 2016 at Kings Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent.
The NTA decided to have the Tamil New Year Celebration in a grand style this year.

Dr.Velupandian Gurusamy, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the hard work the Team NTA and in particular the core team, had done over the past few months to make this Tamil New Year Celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization grown from strength to strength in the last 29 years.

The function was graced by Consultant General of India Mr.J.K.Sharma and Dr VPN Rao. They stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Indian Culture in general and Tamil Culture in particular

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu by Uma Velupandian, Muthu Nachiappan & Priya Narayanan. The programme started on time with fabulous dance by Geetha Sridhar and her team from London.

The star attraction this year was Musical Concert by Mr.Karthik & Shaktisree along with their Band from Chennai . They entertained the audience with their lovely songs including some old favourites.

The hall had a good Music system. The hall being center of UK attracted huge audience. The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

Dr Senthil & Dr Geethamani kept the audience well engaged with their compeering.

The food stall by Nalas and RKS sweets were huge hit among audience.

Mr.Narayanan of NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:
1. VNCT Ventures , India
2. Lifeline Protect,
3. Lebaraplay,
4. SBI , Manchester,
5. HDFC, London,
6. Nalaas,
7. RK sweets,
8. Krishnas Restaurant,
9. GAN Mahadea Accountant


NTA proud to announce we donated to the following Charities:

1. Children in Hope, UK
2. Sirumalargal charity, Parikal
3. Athmalayam , India
4. Medical College Aid,Srilanka

Finally we would like to thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year.

Please visit WWW.Northerntamilassociation.org.uk to look at all happenings and photos.

Review Written by Dr Asokan K

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2015

Diwali 2015 was celebrated in a grand style on 24th October 2015 at Dewsbury Town Hall, in Dewsbury.

Dr.Velu Guruswamy, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the hard work the Team NTA had done over the past few months to make this Diwali Celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization has grown from strength to strength in the last 28 years.

The Mayor of Kirklees council Councilor Paul Kane graced the function. He gave an excellent speech on Ethnic Divergence in Dewsbury. He highlighted the benefits of ethnic diversity and the economic and cultural benefits it brought along with it.

Dr Nanda Kumar stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Tamil Culture. He went on to appreciate the efforts the team NTA doing all these years

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu by Uma Velupandian, Rajee Ezhil Anand & Muthu Nachiappan

The NTA paid their homage by observing two minutes silence to our beloved President of India and Missile man of India Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

The star attraction this year was the jam-packed talented programs by various groups people all over the North of England. There were more than fifty programs to keep the audience entertained. The judges Drs Jino, Varadharajan, Chidambaram, Asokan and Arutchelvam had tough time deciding the best performing team as every one were excellent.

The hall had a good Music system. The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

The food was provided by Anjappar from London and R K Sweets from Preston were huge hit among audience.

Mr.Ezhil Anand, Secratary of NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations.

Mr.Kalyan organized raffle and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:

Lifeline Protect – MAIN – Mr. Stanly Mathews, Leicester
Equinox Finance Management – Mr. Shubho Kundu, Huddersfield
BuzznBiz Lebaraplay – Mr. Androo, London
RK Sweets Preston – Mr Kamalji, Preston
Yorkshire Property Deals – Mrs Kala Rajeshwaran, Dewsbury
Paintings – Mrs Vidya Jagadish, Wirral
Jewellery – Dr Kanchana Ramdil

NTA proud to announce we donated to the following Charities:

Salt of the Earth, UK
Amar Seva Sangam, India
Samarpana, India
Sirumalargal, India
Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability Rehabilitation, SriLanka

Finally we would like to thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year.

Review Written by Dr Asokan Krishnan

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration 2015

Tamil New Year 2015 was celebrated in a grand style on 21 March 2015 at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, in Wolverhampton.

The NTA decided to have the Tamil New Year Celebration in a grand style this year.

Mr.Venkat Shanmugam, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the hard work the Team NTA had done over the past few months to make this Tamil New Year Celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization grown from strength to strength in the last 28 years.

The function was graced by Lord.Lt.Paul Sabapathy. He stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Tamil Culture.

The function started off with Tamil Thai Vazhthu by Radhika Venktesh , Rajee Ezhil Anand & Uma Velupandian.

The star attraction this year was Musical Concert by Mr.Gangai Amaran,Haricharan and Priya Himesh. They entertained the audience with their lovely songs. Chithralaya gave the background music.

The hall had a good Music system. The hall being center of UK attracted huge audience. The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

The food stall by Nalas and Anjappar were huge hit among audience.

Mr.Ezhil Anand ,Secratary of NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations.

Raffle was organized by Mr.Kalyan and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale. The NTA would like to express gratitude to all the audience who big-heartedly supported the raffle sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:

Stanley Matthew – life line insurance
Lycamobile,
Sam travels,
UAexchange,
Arasu-Nalas,
Suresh-will associates,
Muralidharan-Invest India,
Kalsangam,
Tejas Dance-Jayanthi,
Sivakumar,
Raj Rajmohan-Solicitor,
Kosalraman-Infrabees,
Chitram Tv-Thiru

NTA proud to announce we donated to the following Charities:
1. Spastic society of Tamil Nadu
2. Sirumalargal charity, Parikal
3. Skandavel Hospice
4. Jaffna artificial limb centre

Finally we would like to thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year.

Review Written by Dr Asokan K

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2014

President newsletter for 21/10/2014 Diwali function at Yeadon hall, Leeds

The 2014 Diwali function was held at Yeadon hall, Leeds. Diwali has very rich traditional value for all Tamilians throughout the world. NTA celebrated the Diwali function with new concept of regional competition to encourage maximum participation of talented children and adults living in the UK.

Dr Velupandiyan, our vice president and Dr Ezhil Anand, our Secretary helped to identify the venue. Our committee members worked tirelessly to put up a fantastic successful function. This was aimed at encouraging as well as, offering an excellent platform for our young talented kids and adults from our community in the UK. The performers were split in to six regions. Four senior members from the committee did a wonderful job of scoring individual and group performances. Medals were presented to all the performers and shield was given to three best performing groups. The function was attended by 730 people including kids and adults of various age group.

Food was available throughout the function and we ended the program with dinner from Chef Vijay. I wholeheartedly thank Chef Vijay for providing us with a fantastic food. I must convey my thanks to Dr BKM Subramanian and his son (Harish) for their commitment to coffee stall and they made a healthy profit for the charity that we supported. I must also thank Dr Kalyan Raman for organising raffle to collect extra money for the charity organisation. I also must thank all our committee members for their hard work.

With the money raised from this function, our association supported Autistic Society UK and ‘Shanthivanam Trust for mentally handicapped people’ at Tiruchirappalli, South India. We gave them £250, each. We also provided space for displaying activities of Skandavel Hospice; One of the school students from Manchester sold cake for his local charity and half of the money was donated to Skandavel Hospice. This function provided platform for the students to extend their charity activity and was well supported by generous contribution from our sponsors. Mr Stanley Mathews also gave a tablet for the raffle prize in addition to his sponsorship.

Finally, I must thank you all for your kind support for the NTA’s social, cultural and charity work by attending the Diwali function in a big number.

This newsletter will not be complete without thanking the Leeds city council and the employers of Yeadon Hall for providing the Hall to conduct the function at a nominal cost.

Mr Venkatesh Shanmugam President of Northern Tamil Association for 2014-15

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2013

NTA (UK) celebrated Diwali 2013 in grand style! Again !!

Diwali 2013 was celebrated in a grand style, fitting to the tradition of Northern Tamil Association. It was held on 12th Octoberr 2013 at Town hall, Walsall

The Venue, Town Hall, Walsall was new to accommodate the ever increasing audience. The venue was grand, the ambience was superb and it proved to be a welcome change. The location, Walsall being central, attracted audience all over UK.

Dr.BKM Subramaniam,President of NTA, welcomed everybody. He applauded how the NTA has grown today and how it strives to integrate the Tamils in UK. He also praised the charity deeds done by NTA and its Charity Status.The function was graced by the Chief Guests High CommissioneMr.V.S.Ramalingham,Consulate General of India , Birmingham

This year the star attractions were the young talents from all over UK and Guru Yuvakalabharathi Ashok kumar and his team from Bangalore.

Miss.Iswarya kalyan, Hari Prabu and Mahesh Bava did the compeering keeping the audience informed

The Hall was packed to its capacity and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends. Everyone felt it was just like a family function back home!

Chef Vijay from Walsall provided tasty food. Coffee/drinks stall was managed by Dr Jayalalitha Asokan & Dr Akila Chandasekhar.

Mr.Venkat Shanmugam,Secretary NTA proposed a vote of thanks.

Raffle was organsied by Mr.Raman kalyan The first 5 prizes, donated by committee members, were very attractive.

We are proud to announce that NTA would donate to Charitable organisations in India, UK and SriLanka. We donated £500 to Akshaya at madurai in India, £250 to Manitha Neyam and £250 to Palliative care society UK.We are very happy to have been able to make such a significant donation and we thank all those who bought the tickets.

Hats off to Team NTA for putting up a grand show.NTA would like to thank all the Committee Members and the volunteers for their tireless work in making the function a success.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors :
1.Jewelers from Birmingham
2.Met Life
3.Invest India
4.Yorkshire Properties

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration 2013

Tamil New Year 2013 was celebrated in a grand style on 22 April 2012 at Wythenshawe Hall, in Manchester

The NTA decided to have the Tamil New Year Celebration in a grand style this year.

Mr.Srinivasan, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the hard work the Team NTA had done over the past few months to make this Tamil New Year Celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization grown from strength to strength in the last 26 years.

The function was graced by Mrs. PadmaShri , Samundeeshwari pani . She stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Tamil Culture.

The function started off with a breath taking Traditional Dance Programme by Devika Rao and Bollywood Dance by Bollyfit UK along with their dance troop. They danced both classical and contemporary dances which were well received by the audience. The well-choreographed dances received a standing ovation from the audience. This year other attractions were the young talents from all over UK.

To add to the fun ‘Rainbow ragas’ entertained the audience with their lovely songs.

The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends.

Mr.Venkat shanmugam ,Secratary of NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations.

Raffle was organized by Mr.Kalyan and the children did a great job. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers who helped in the raffle ticket sale .The attractive prizes for the raffle were generously donated by the committee members.

The NTA would like to express gratitude to all the audience who big-heartedly supported the raffle sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors:
Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman

Finally we would like to thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year

Review Written by Dr Asokan Krishna

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2012

Date : 17th November 2012
Venue : Wythenshawe Forum Hall, Manchester

The function started on time after the AGM of the NTA (UK). Dr.V.Arutchelvam,President of NTA welcomed the audience. Padmashri.Mrs.Chamundeshwari pani started the celebrations by lighting the ‘Kutthu Vilakku’ Everyone observed two minute silence for world peace.

The cultural programmes that followed were full of variety It was good to see a lot of children as well as adults getting involved. The high lights were the Folk dance by Mrs.Nithya Rammohan and Uma Rajesh from Manchester, Tamil drama from the Tamil School Children from Leeds and finally the fashion show by our ladies.

For a change the Sound system were of high quality this year. Credit goes to Mr.Siva shankar Padmashri.Mrs.Chamundeshwari pani gave an excellent speech on Tamil Culture and its preservation and promotion. The Coffee shop was well managed by Mr Venkat along with a team of energetic children

The dinner was served by the volunteers in an orderly and efficient manner within the shortest time possible. The food was prepared by Chef Vijay

Dr Suresh Singaravelu proposed vote of thanks. NTA (UK) thanks all the committee members, volunteers and above all the Tamil population of England who made it a huge success!

NTA wishes to thank the following sponsors:
The utility ware house – Mr K.Sundaralingham,
Ilango’s ART space, Chennai and one gram Jewellary
Comments by some of the audience:
" Food was superb"
" Programme were of high quality’

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration 2012

Tamil New Year 2012 was celebrated in a grand style on 22 April 2012 at Sheffield City Hall, in Sheffield.

The NTA decided to have the Tamil New Year Celebration in a grand style this year.The Sheffield Hall was chosen because of the grand appearance and world class acoustics. Sheffield City was chosen because of it’s center location so that Tamil people all over UK could get to the venue in two hours

Dr Arutselvam, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the hard work the Team NTA had done over the past few months to make this Tamil New Year Celebrations a Grand one. He appreciated how the organization grown from strength to strength in the last 26 years

The function was graced by Mrs Padmhasini, Mother of Chinmayi Sripada India as chief guest. She stressed the importance of promoting and preserving our Tamil Culture.

The function started off with a breath taking Dance programme by Kalaimamani Miss Suganya and Ms Geetha along with their dance troop. They danced both classical and contemporary dances which was well received by the audience. The well choreographed dances received a standing ovation from the audience.

This year the star attractions were the young play back singers from Chennai – Chinmayee and MLR. Karthikeyan along with their Music troop from Chennai . The music troop played the music for the lovely songs sung by Chinmayee and MLR Karthikeyan. The audience were enthralled by their songs including some numbers from other languages especially Hindi with almost everybody dancing towards the end for the ‘kuthu’ songs! Chinmayee and MLR Karthikeyan sang both New and Golden Old Melodies to keep the audience on the dancing floor.

To add to the fun ‘Asathapovathu yaru’ fame Mr Micheal Augustine entertained the audience with his mimicry skills. He kept the audience laughing all the time.

The Hall was packed with a huge crowd and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colorful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends. The food was provided by the Sheffeild Hall Caterers. Dr.Suresh ,Secratary of NTA proposed a vote of thanks to complete the celebrations

Raffle was organised by Mr.Kalyan, Dr. Geethanath and Dr. Asokan . The children of the NTA family & volunteers did a remarkable job of selling the raffle tickets during the programme and collected £1680 towards the charity. The team would like to express thanks to the children and other volunteers (Mrs Suganya, Mrs Sarah, Mrs Viji, etc) who helped in the raffle ticket sale and its organisation. The attractive prizes for the raffle were generously donated by the committee members and they were as follows: 1st Prize – I-Pad (by Mr Kalyan & Dr Asokan.K), 2nd Prize – XBox Kinect (Dr Mahadevan & Dr Geethanath), 3rd Prize – Accurist Jewellery watch (Dr Arutselvan), 4th & 5th Prize – Laptop bag & Cricket bat (Dr Sivakumar).

The NTA would like to express gratitude to all the audience who big-heartedly supported the raffle sale.

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors :
Hawk Eye-India Real Estate Agent- www.hawkeye-india.com [Chidambaram & Srini]
Athamus Investments – www.athamus.com – [Arul]
Viswakarma Properties – www.vishwakarmaproperties.com/skypark – [Suresh & Srini]
MiHelp Android App by Cetharsoft – www.cetharsoft.com [Basker & Priya]


Our sincere thanks to the following donors :

Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman
VK Mahadevan
Subramaniyam Sivakumar
Dr SM Kannan
BRJ Kannan
BRJ Satheesh
Sathiyabama
Arutchelvam
Gopi Mudiyur
Shankar Ganesh

Finally we would like to Thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year.

Donations were raised to charities both from the profits of the function and as direct donations from NTA supporters.

The benefitted charities this year include;

Sevalaya India £7000.00
Thilagavathiyar Girls Home, Batticola, SriLanka £2000.00
National Autistic society UK £2000.00
Trust for disabled children, Salem, India £1000.00
Sylvia Wright Trust, Thiruvannamalai, India £1000.00
Please refer to our website regarding the ‘Letter of Thanks’ from the charities.

Review Written by Dr Asokan Krishna

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebrarion 2011

Date : 05th November 2011
Venue : Castleford Civic Centre, Castleford

The function started on time after the AGM of the NTA (UK). Dr R.Kandasamy welcomed the audience. Everyone observed two minute silence for world peace.

The cultural programmes that followed were nice. It was good to see a lot of children getting involved. There was a variety of events including some songs from adults.

The dinner was served by the volunteers in an orderly and efficient manner within the shortest time possible. The food was prepared by Chennai Restaurant, Nottingham

Dr Suresh Singaravelu proposed vote of thanks. NTA (UK) thanks all the committee members, volunteers and above all the Tamil population of England who made it a huge success!

Comments by some of the audience:

" Food was superb"
" Venue was centrally located’

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebrarion 2011

Tamil New Year 2011 was celebrated in a grand style on 02 April 2011 at Forum Centre, Wythenshawe in Manchester.

The NTA decided to have the big event during Tamil New year instead of during Diwali time to fit into the Tamil tradition. This year being Silver Jubilee year for the NTA the change was welcome and was received well by the NTA members.

Dr Kandasamy, President of NTA, Welcomed everyone. He went through the achievements of NTA in the last 25 years. He appreciated how the organization grown from strength to strength.

The function was graced by Mr.M.B.Nirmal ,EXONORA, India as chief guest. He stressed the importance of recycling and how the younger generation can get involved in its social services.

This year the star attractions were the young play back singers from Chennai – Anuradha Sriram and Mukesh Mohamed. Chitralaya from London played the music for the lovely songs sung by Anuradha Sriram and Mukesh Mohamed. The audience were enthralled by their songs including some numbers from other languages. with almost everybody dancing towards the end for the ‘kuthu’ songs! Anuradha and Mukesh sang both New and Golden Old Melodies to keep the audience on the dancing floor.

Mrs. Jayanthi Rajasekhar did the compeering to a professional level and we can not thank her enough.

The Hall was packed to its capacity and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends. Everyone felt it was just like a family function back home! .Chennai Dosa from Birmingham and Chef Vijay from Walsall provided tasty food. Coffee shop was managed by Dr Umapathy and his team, who did an excellent job. Dr.Suresh proposed a vote of thanks.

Raffle was organsied by Mr.Venkat. The first 3 prizes, donated by committee members, were very attractive:


1st Prize – SatNav worth £119
2nd Prize – Camera worth £70
3rd Prize – iPad Nano worth £40
4th Prize – iPad nano worth £40
5th Prize – Wine Bottle worth £15
6th Prize – Wine Bottle worth £15

Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors :


Hawk Eye – India (Real Estate Agent)
Chef Vijay
Mina Travels
LifeCycle
MCFarlan Medical Finance
Taj Palace Restaurant
David Steadman (chase templaton)
TRS

Our special thanks to Dr.Umapathy and his team in helping to run the Coffee Shop efficiently

Finally we would like to Thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year!

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2010

NTA (UK) celebrated Diwali 2010 in grand style! Again !!

Diwali 2010 was celebrated in a grand style, fitting to the tradition of Northern Tamil Association. It was held on 20th November 2010 at Bethel Convention Center, Birmingham.

The Venue, Bethel Convention Center, Birmingham. was new to accommodate the ever increasing audience. The venue was grand, the ambience was superb and it proved to be a welcome change. The location, Birmingham being central, attracted audience all over UK.

Dr J.Godfrey, President of NTA, welcomed everybody. He applauded how the NTA has grown today and how it strives to integrate the Tamils in UK. He also praised the charity deeds done by NTA and its Charity Status. The function was graced by the Chief Guests – Dr Narayana Rao and Dr Somasundara Raja, Trustees of Balaji Temple, Birmingham – who thereby put the ‘Birmingham Balaji Temple’ on the world map.

This year the star attractions were the young play back singers from Chennai – Krish and Mahathy. Chitralaya from London played the music for the lovely songs sung by Krish and Mahathy.The audience were enthralled by their songs including some numbers from other languages. with almost everybody dancing towards the end for the ‘kuthu’ songs! Krish and Mahathy sang both New and Golden Old Melodies to keep the audience on the dancing floor.

Mrs.Anuradha Kannan from Chennai did the compeering to a highly professional level and we can not thank her enough.

The Hall was packed to its capacity and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends. Special mention should be made of the Audio-visual Team of volunteers from Birmingham – they were projecting relevant video clips and images on the two big screens in the hall during the event. Everyone felt it was just like a family function back home! Chennai Dosa from Birmingham and Chef Vijay from Walsall provided tasty food. Coffee/drinks stall was managed by Madras Curry Restaurent .Dr.Suresh proposed a vote of thanks.

Raffle was organsied by Dr Arutchelvan. The first 3 prizes, donated by committee members, were very attractive:

1st Prize – Nintendo Game Console
2nd Prize – Sony Digital Camera
3rd Prize – Set of Royal Doulton Glasses



The ticket sale was encouraging, fetching about £1100. We are proud to announce that NTA would contribute another £1400, making it a total of £2500 to be donated to Charitable organisations in India and SriLanka. We are very happy to have been able to make such a significant donation and we thank all those who bought the tickets.

Hats off to Dr Varadharajan! He was instrumental in co-ordinating various aspects of the event and the venue!!

Dr Kandasamy from Huddersfield is the new President and he announced his Executive Committee. NTA would like to thank all the Committee Members and the volunteers for their tireless work in making the function a success.


Our special thanks are due to the following Sponsors :

1. DD jewellers from Birmingham
2. Surefit garage, Wolverhampton
3. Terminus Auto Hire, Wolverhampton
4. Lakshmi Sweets, Wolverhampton
5. HSBC, Wolverhampton
6. Lyca Mobile, London
7. Chef Vijay, Walsall
8. Chennai Dosa, Birmingham
9. Madras Currys, Birmingham
10.Sun TV
11.Nottingham Chennai restaraunt


The friends who helped out are:

The IT Team: Dr Baskar, Dr Ray Mathew, Dr Rangan & Dr Sashi Chirukuri all from Wolverhampton
The HD Videographer: Dr Chandrasekar, Bournville
Light effects: Dr Vikram & Dr Ratnavelu Bournville
Fireworks team: Dr Sivakumar, Dr Ajith & Dr VC Parthasarathy Birmingham
Flower arrangement: Mrs Anu Ramesh, Solihull, Birmingham
Still Photographers: Sridhar and Ramakrishnan

Finally we would like to Thank you – members, volunteers and guests – who really have supported the Association in all its endeavors last year!

NTA (UK) Celebrates Tamil New Year 2010 !

Date : 17th April 2010
Venue : Wythenshawe Forum hall, Manchester

What a grand occasion ! What an enjoyable evening!!

The function started on time after the AGM of the NTA (UK). Dr John Godfrey welcomed the audience and explained the great strides the organisation has been making, including becoming a Registered Charity.

The chief guest was Mr. Wimal Sockanathan, lawyer by profession. He is also a journalist and broadcaster. He has worked for Srilankan Broadcasting Organisation, and currently a presenter in GTV. He has written books on Srilankan issues and has been involved in charity work for Tamils. Mr Sockanathan lighted the lamp and inaugurated the function. Everyone observed two minute silence for world peace.

The cultural programmes that followed were unbelievably of very high standard. It was nice to see a lot of children getting involved. There was a variety of events, including Bharathanatyam, Carnatic music recital, Bollywood dance and Singing. The hall was packed with a capacity crowd of about 600 people.

The dinner was served by the volunteers in an orderly and efficient manner within the shortest time possible. Rainbow Ragaas provided a musical feast to the audience. The singers actually came in different costumes in tune with the songs!

Dr Suresh Singaravelu proposed vote of thanks. NTA (UK) thanks all the committee members, volunteers and above all the Tamil population of England who made it a huge success!

Comments by some of the audience:



" Fantastic cultural evening with a variety of programmes"
" Food was superb"
“Programme ran like clockwork – amazing"
“Great finale to the evening by Rainbow Ragaas"

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2009

NTA (UK) celebrates Diwali in grand style!

Diwali 2010 was celebrated in a grand style, fitting to the tradition of Northern Tamil Association. It was held on 9th October 2009 at Wythenshawe Forum Hall, Manchester.

Dr K Asokan, President of NTA, welcomed everybody. He reminisced, in his speech, the achievements of the Association in the last year including the Charity status. The star attractions were the 3 artists from Chennai – Mano, Kalpana and Madurai Muthu.
Chitralaya from London played the music for the lovely songs sung by Mano and Kalpana.The audience were enthralled by their songs including some numbers from other languages. Madurai Muthu had a superb sense of timing and his comedy act was most enjoyable. The function went on for nearly 6 hours, with almost everybody dancing towards the end for the ‘kuthu’ songs!

The Hall was packed to its capacity and it was a fantastic sight to see all the ladies in colourful sarees, children playing casually and the men having a good time with their friends. It was a ‘de ja vu’ feeling – just like a family function back home! Lotus from Manchester provided tasty food. Coffee/drinks stall was managed by teenage volunteers. Compeering was done by Priya Baskar and Shanthi Krishnan and the Raffle was organised by Dr Varadarajan. Mr.Chandrasekhar proposed vote of thanks.

Dr John Godfrey from Liverpool was the new President and he announced his Executive Committee. NTA would like to thank all the Committee Members and the volunteers for their tireless work in making the function a success.Our special thanks to the Sponsors Allied Will Services, Lotus Restaurant and the photographers Sridhar and Ramakrishnan.

Finally we would like to Thank you – members, volunteers and guests who really have supported the Association in all its endeavours last year!

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration April 2009

We celebrated Tamil New year on 04th April 2009 at Wakefield. The centre location of the venue meant a large turnout around 550 ,in spite harsh political situation. The function was graced by chief guest Dr.Geetha Upathyaya from Kalasangam , Bradford. Dr.Geetha Upathyaya gave an excellent lecture on Tamil culture. The Tamil community enjoyed the cultural programme by our younger generation. Suvai restaurant from London entertained the audience with their ‘Karaikudi’ cuisine.

Northern Tamil Association - Diwali Celebration 2008

Diwali was celebrated in a grand style on 26th October 2008 at Wythenshawe Forum Hall, Manchester.

Popular singers Mr Unnikrishnan and Mrs Kalpana Ranjith were the star attractions!

Mrs Priya Unnikrishnan kindly agreed to be the Chief Guest and lit the oil lamp to mark the inaguration of the celebration.

Mr A Chidambaram, President of NTA welcomed the audience and spoke about the purpose and achievements of the Association.

The highlight was the gala musical programme presented by Unnikrishnan and Kalpana.
Unnikrishnan expressed his delight in coming to Manchester and mentioned that this was the first time he had come to the North of England though he had been to London several times. He enthralled the audience with his melodious tunes including his favourite, ‘Ennavale Adi Ennavale’.

Kalpana was in her element during the whole programme. She was quite keen to teach the dance movements for the ‘Nakka Mukka’ song and everybody in the hall religiously followed her instructions and DANCED! She made sure that the audience wwere involved all the time.

The perfect balance between Unnikrishnan and Kalpana was enthralling. As ever Chithralaya group performed superbly, providing the music and also singing voices now and then.

Towards the end the mood was gay and some adults and children mobbed the singers on the stage while dancing!

Mr TR Subramaniam was very crisp during his compeering in Tamil and gave a fitting introduction to the visiting artists. Dr Jino Sukumar and Dr Janani Ketheeswaran compeered in English for the benefit of the younger generation.

Mr Ramanathan gave away the Raffle prizes for adults and children.

Mr Chidambaram presented the mementos to Unnikrishnan and Kalpana.

Mr Venkat Srinivasan thanked all those who worked very hard to make the function a great success.

Dr Asokan Krishnan was elected as the President for the year 2009. He introduced his committee members to the audience and vowed strengthen the Association with new ideas in the coming year.
Mr Venakt Srinivasan announced that in line with its ethos of helping the under-privileged, NTA would donate 750 pounds to each of the following Charity Organisations:

India:-

Udavum Karangal in Chennai
Little Sisters of the Poor in Erode


SriLanka:-

Manitha Neyam in Colombo
Ramakrishna Mission in Batticaloa
It was a packed hall but everybody had a fantastic time during the evening.
So many people, inside the committee and outside, were involved in the organisation of this event in various stages and without them it could not have been such a magnificent occassion.

Food packets and sweets were bought from private caterers and sold by the volunteers in the hall. It was nice to see the youngsters manning these stalls as well as the coffee stall.

Finally, NTA thanks all those who attended the function and supported the event.
Particularly, we want to thank the following:

Official photographers for capturing the fine moments in digital images –
Sridhar from Wirral
Shivakumar from Manchester
Pradeep Thomas from Nottingham
Prabhu from Mansfield – for Video Recording

Sponsors for the event –
ICICI Bank, Manchester
RAK Medics, Chennai
Thanima Food Store , Manchester
Barclays Bank , Bolton
Dr Thambiraja
Mr A Annamalai

Last but not the least, Mrs Jino Sukumar and Dr Sukumar for hosting a fantastic dinner for the artists and volunteers in their period house.

Northern Tamil Association - Tamil New Year Celebration April 2008

Northern Tamil Association celebrated Tamil New Year in a grand style on 26th April 2008.

The function was held at the Nottingham Boys High School, Nottingham. Dr Chidambaram, President welcomed everybody for the function and emphasised that the Association should be strengthened for sustaining our culture and language. The Chief Guest was Dr Kandaiah Sivakumar who works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Kent. It was nice to see the Chief Guest in the traditional Tamil attire – dhoti and jibba! He delivered his speech in Tamil after lighting the oil lamp. He congratulated our Association for the organisation of the event and expressed his pleasant surprise at the exhibition of the cultural talents by the young artists.

Children from the WIDAMA organisation of Wakefield (Karthika & Gayathri Kanagasundaram, Adithi Sivaram, Ashika Vijay and Torral Mistry) and Anjana Marimuthu from Nuneaton performed Bharathanatyam dances beautifully. Instrumental music for Tamil songs was played by Bhargav Srinivasan. Tilakavati & Minakshi Deivanayagam, Makani Bhavya of Kalasangam, Bradford gave good performance in traditional dance. Remya Jeyaraj of Kalasangam, Bradford danced Kuchipudi, enthralling the audience with her talent. Children from the Tamil School at Nottingham gave a very good performance when they enacted Akbar and Birbal play in Tamil. Bollywood dance was performed by Nikita Hari of Liverpool.

Sethu Warriar, Savitha Pillai, Ramanathan and Radhika Ramasamy sang Tamil film songs and entertained the audience. Selva Parthiban, Selva Prathaban and Ajay Asokan from Middlesbrough performed instrumental music – western and Tamil songs.

Dr Venkat Shanmugam from Nottingham had organised the Raffle and the proceeds were given to the NTA. Sujatha Ramakrishnan delivered the vote of thanks. Giri Wijayasingam and Anitha Juliana compeered the programme nicely.

The coffee stall was manned by Asokan and Kalyani Srinivasan with help from other volunteers. The food provided by Chef Vijay of Birmingham was delicious. Varadharajan and Prabhu with an army of volunteers made sure that the food was served quickly and efficiently.

It was announced in the function that the Diwali celebration would take place on 26th October Sunday at the Wythenshawe Forum Hall, Manchester. Mr Unnikrishnan will be coming for a light music concert with Chithralaya group giving the back-up.

The function was a great success with a packed auditorium and positive comments from the audience about the high quality and the variety of the cultural programmes. All the Committee Members deserve congratulations for their hard work.

NORTHERN TAMIL ASSOCIATION WISHES TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE FUNCTION AND MADE IT A GRAND EVENT.

21st April 2007 New Year Celebration

Northern Tamil Association celebrates Tamil New Year in a grand style!

Northern Tamil Association, the cultural and social organisation for all the Tamil speaking people living in the northern part of England, celebrated Tamil New Year in a grand manner on 21st April 2007.

The function was held at the Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester. Mrs Jino Sukumar, President welcomed everybody for the function and spoke about the cultural heritage of Tamil civilisation. A few of the past Presidents lit the oil lamp in the traditional manner.

Students of the Upasana group, led by the teacher Mrs Deepa Ganesh, impressed the audience with their Bharathanatyam dances. A comedy programme was given by the Manchester Tamil Association, who joined hands with the NTA in this celebration. Ms Sonya Gayal danced for Bollywood songs. Gokul Ramakrishnan and Rohith Srinivasan played instrumental music for a couple of popular Tamil songs. Jeevan and Rohini Satheesh sang some rap songs in Tamil which was entertaining.

Andrew and company sang Tamil film songs to the delight of everybody. A debate was held in Tamil and two groups argued whether knowledge of Tamil language was necessary for sustaining the Tamil culture amongst our future generations in this country.

The audience were amused when a group of ‘artists’ pretended to play Nadaswaram and other musical accompaniments for a recorded version!

Dr Madhavan, Secretary of NTA proposed a vote of thanks.

The programme was compeered by Subho Arumugam and Susie Nandapalan. Still photographs were taken by Niru Nirmalan and video was done by Dr TR Subramaniam.

The function was a grand success and was attended by about 400 people. Vegetarian food was catered by Sindhumahal Restaurant, London.

As usual, all the committee members of the NTA worked hard to run the event smoothly.

Feedback from the audience

“All the programmes were of very high standard and entertaining!"

“Organisation of the event was amazing!"

“The food was superb!"

“Car parking was a problem and the theatre style auditorium was not conducive for us to chat to our friends"

NORTHERN TAMIL ASSOCIATION WISHES TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE FUNCTION AND MADE IT A GRAND EVENT.

11th November 2006 Deepavali Celebration

Deepavali was celebrated in a grand manner by the Northern Tamil Association on 11th November 2006 at the Wallasey town Hall, Wirral.

The Chief Guest for the evening was Mrs Shanthini Alexander, ex-Mayor of Stockport Council. She was accompanied by her husband Mr Ben Alexander. Mrs Alexander lit the oil lamp and inaugurated the function. In her address, she touched on the cultural values of Tamils and emphasised the importance of integration. She also reflected on her own career and the struggle that women had to endure. The President Mr Srinivasan welcomed the guests and said in his speech that starting a Tamil School at 2 or 3 places in the north of England during the weekends would be the next goal for the NTA in the coming year. He also mentioned about the success of the Association’s website which is becoming popular among the Tamil community in the north of England.

The highlight of the function was the performance of the Tamil music band Chithralaya from London. It was a thoroughly professional performance by the band which is co-ordinated by Mr Sudhan. They sang a mixture of new and old Tamil songs and captivated the audience with their wonderful performance. Mrs Rajam Krishnasamy,Ms Rohini and Dr Sivaramkrishnan also sang Tamil and Hindi songs. Dr TR Subramaniam acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of Chithralaya group

There were also cultural performances by young girls. Ms Urvashi Shankar from Wirral performed a Kuchupudi dance, followed by a Bollywood dance by Niji Dharyanani, also from Wirral. Ms Karthika Kanagsundaram and Ms Gayathri Kanagasundaram danced effortlessly for the famous song “Randakka" from the movie Anniyan. The Kanagasundaram sisters performed a Bharathanatyam dance along with Adhithi Sivaram and Ashika Vijay. There was a surprise ( not originally planned) dance from Dr Deepa Rajesh who danced for a famous Tamil song.

The catering was by the famous Sindhumahal Restaurant, London. All the food items were very tasty and authentic! There was an army of volunteers – committee members and others – who served the food very efficiently!

Dr Kandasamy from Wirral helped with the stage arrangement and banner. Mrs Malar Subramaniam laid out a colourful ‘Kolam’ in the entrance area. The Ticket sale was looked after by Dr Anita Devadoss and Dr Kalyani Srinivasan and they both did a fantastic job, as usual. Dr Chidambaram and Dr Gnananananda were in charge of the membership drive and they enrolled 8 members on the day! They were provided invaluable assistance by Dr Srinivasan from Nottingham. Dr Mahes Nadarjah and Mrs Chithra Godfrey made sure that only those who had the valid tickets entered into the hall!. Dr Godfrey acted as the official photographer. Dr Jino Sukumar and Dr Shanthi Chidambaram looked after the decoration and event co-ordination. Mr Sridhar was in charge of the music co-ordination for the various dances. Mrs Subo Arumugam compeered the whole event in her usual style and her command of Tamil language was very much appreciated.

A ‘hot and cold beverage stall’ was up and running at the back of the hall, thanks to Dr Sukumar, Nimalesh Sukumar, Dr Vino Nadarajah and Gautham Srinivasan. There were 2 Tambola stalls – one for the children one for adults, organised by Divya Devadoss and Susie Nandapalan. Tambola was the originally the idea of Anita Devadoss who worked hard in organising the stall which proved to be a real success. All the prizes were donated by Anita Devadoss and the other committee members

A record number of 380 guests attended the event and NTA Secretary Dr Godfrey aptly remarked in his thanks-giving address that he had not such a huge participation of Tamil people in any NTA function. Ex-President of NTA Mr Sivaji Sivasundaram paid tribute to the present committee for the phenomenal growth of the Association during the last year.

The President and the Executive Committee of the NTA thank all the guests for their support and encouragement.

20th May 2006 Tamil New Year Celebration

Tamil New Year was celebrated in a grand manner at Wallasey Town Hall, Wirral. This is the first time this venue is used for our function, but it proved to be an excellent venue, close to M53, with a nice big hall and a large dining room. About 250 people attended the function.

Dr David Galvani lit the oil lamp and inaugurated the function. Ms Janani Siva from Louisiana, USA mesmerised the audience with her carnatic music recital. She was ably assisted by Mrs Rajes Kandasamy ( violin) and Muhilan (mirudangam). Pushpanjali, the traditional inaugural dance of Bharathanatyam was performed by Ambrutha and Kaisha. Nishanthan and Kajanthika captivated the audience with their excellent Bharathanatyam pieces. After the dinner, the Fashion Show, provided the glamour to the evening with beautiful ensembles (courtesy – Alankar, Manchester) modelled by elegant and enthusiastic girls. Bollywood dances by Priyani, Poorvi, Niji and Shivanghi appealed to children and adults alike and so did the instrumental music by Gautham and Vivek. Napoleon was successful in providing stand up comedy. Dr Vipulendra and Mrs Rajes Kandasamy entertained the audience with old Tamil film songs. The final item of ‘Nattu Koothu’ proved to be the most popular event as the audience shouted ‘once more’ and guess what, the dancers obliged and delighted the spectators with their repeat performance! Shanthi Chidambaram and Kalyani Srinivasan compeered the programme very well.

NTA wishes to acknowledge the special contributions by the following:

Mr Sridhar – managing the sound system
Mr Vijayakumar Devadoss – for stage management and curtain
Mrs Malar Subbu – for providing the tasty snacks at the beginning
All the artists

All the committee members worked very hard for the event. However it would not have been a great success without you, the audience, who came from various places!!