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Mother's Day Celebration
Gala Night 2018
Durham Tamil Association (DTA) hosted its 1st ever Gala Night on April 21st. It had one of the largest
turnouts in DTA’s history with over 400 people in attendance including representation from political and
municipal levels. It was a time to celebrate DTA’s illustrious achievements and to shed light on the
future direction of Durham Tamil Association. The program also included a slideshow of DTA’s past,
present and future. DTA also had the pleasure of having a video speech from Mayor Ryan. Kicking off the
event was DTA’s very own Sarika Navanathan with her rousing rendition of O Canada and Thamil Thai
Vaazhthu. Next, Teacher Kalaimathy Vageesan of Kalai Natyalaya School of Fine Arts performed a
welcome dance in which her dancing prowess gave the audience a deep insight into the intricate art
form that is Bharatanatyam.
The evening’s entertainment started off with a bachata (Latin dance) performance, which also included an interactive lesson for the participants. This was followed by a scintillating performance by the Starz dance school – whose costumes and dance moves brought down the house. The gala night also included a performance from the Durham Chinese Cultural Center. The colorful costumes and music added a spice to the evening. We were also fortunate to have the famed Prima dance school perform one of their signature routines which included DTA’s own Thanush Manickvasagar. The evening also provided a platform for up and coming singers in the Durham region.
They performed some melodic songs to captivate the audience. The evening’s entertainment ended
with a dance routine choreographed by the dazzling teens of DTA and it was a proud moment for all of
the parents in the audience. All the guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner and beverages. The
evening ended with the guests having a fantastic time on the dance floor by letting loose with some
rocking tunes by the DJ. The gala night was a great success and we look forward to next year.
Tamil Cultural, Recreation and Resources Centre in Durham Opening Cermony
Durham Tamil Association is pleased to announce the opening of the first ever Tamil Cultural, Recreation and Resources Centre in Durham, serving Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa and neighbourhood cities. Grand opening ceremony is was held Sunday, April 8th at 73 Hunt Street in Ajax. ON. L1S 1P3 (Bayly St W and Harwood Ave S). DTA is Proudly serving Durham since 2000.
Easter Egg Hunt
The kids and families enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt Event. With eggs scattered throughout the property participants searched with great enthusiasm to fill their bags with eggs. Under brisk NW winds a huge bonfire was a welcome of heat to keep everyone warm.
Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal Celebration
Tamil Heritage Month and Thai Pongal was celebrated by the Durham Tamil Association (DTA) on January 21st at East Shore Community Center. Over 200 people got together to celebrate Tamil Heritage Month which made the event a successful one. The celebration started off with the thabil vaathiam welcoming the dignitaries into the event place. The dignitaries lighting the lamp and participated in pouring the rice into the pot for pongal. A varieties of programs performed by the kids in Durham region which included Classical dances, Thappatam, Mylattam, Oilattam, Kummi, Karahattam, Kuthirai dances, veena performance, folks dance and Kid's pongal drama. The guest were served with food through out the event. Special thanks to Sujatha Sathia who has put in tremendous hours training the kids. We would like to thank all the volunteers, parents, subcommittee members and executive members for making this a memorable event.
The Durham Tamil Association's 16th Annual Christmas party was held on December 17th at the East shore community centre, Pickering. Over 200 members (Volunteers, Parents, along with their children) participated in the festivities. The evening started off with a children’s carol service organized by DTA youth volunteers followed by arts and crafts that depicted the Christmas themes. It was great to see all the parents having a good time with their children and spending quality time enjoying the festive mood. There was lots of food and drinks that were served to the guests throughout the evening. Many thanks to our sponsors that allowed us to host this event free of charge for our valued members. The highlight of the evening was the arrival of Santa Claus, he brought a load of presents so that every child at the event received a gift. Everyone who attended this event had great time with lots of laughter and great conversations. As this is the season of giving back to the community, our members have generously donated non-perishable food items for Joanne's House Durham Youth Housing and support service for homeless youth. Special thanks to the executive committee, sub committee and volunteers who once again put on a great show. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays!
Durham Tamil Association’s 16th annual youth festival was held at the J.Clarke auditorium on Saturday December the 2nd. The event started off with mingling session and vendor exhibit booths followed by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries.
All age groups from 3-16 were part of the night’s program. It was an evening packed with lots of talent and rousing performances. These performances were possible only with the help of our volunteer teachers - Delany Ravi, Sujatha Sathiabil, Sunitha Joseph, Suhasini Kumaran, Ajantha Satkunam, Palanisamy Sanmugam, Suweithaa Kalaichchelvan, Piraveen Pathmananthan, Thiviyaa Mohanaraj, Mathumitha Baskaran, Sveta Manorathan and Thanahanthan . The program included Bharatanatyam, Kollywood style dances and Kids bands. All the performers in the show worked incredibly hard to give the audience a night to remember. Many dance schools were represented in the program. We were also privileged to have drama and a fashion show at this year’s festival that was joyful and entertaining for the audience. The youth were well represented starting with our MCs for the evening Aisha Satkunam, Saranya Suresh, Magisha Baheerathan, Raksana Vijayathasan and Luxshen Navanathan.
This event wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of the youth festival organizing committee, the parents, grandparents, friends, Youth Volunteers, Mano Pancharatnam our DTA Secretary for supplying and managing our sound system & audio and most of all, our sponsors. A special vote of thanks goes to our event sponsor: Nava Law, Ivedha, Kabish and Associates, Computek College, Suban Sinnadurai – CIBC mortgage specialist, KNG medical centre, Prashath Gnane – RBC mortgage specialist, Century 21 – Sanjeevan Ratnavadivel, Remax , Nishanthan Law Office, KYK Shutters, Cyber Security Services, New Spice Land, KC Dental, The Insurance House, Meena Sakthivel –Century 21, Hanthan and Utha Manickavasagar from Century 21.
Halloween Diwali celebration
Youth's from DTA and Durham Sai Center has hosted a great Halloween Diwali celebration last weekend. The kids were dressed in various costumes and participated on all the activities. Thanks to the volunteers and participants for making this a fun filled day.
Canada's 150 Diversity Celebration
DTA & TCASD Wedding Show
In Celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday