Nivedha Ramalingam won 1st place and the overall grand prize in the 2013 Cleveland Thyagarajah Aradhana dance competition, while competing against dancers from India and North America.
Sarika Navanathan is 15 years old and attends Sinclair Secondary School. She has been singing since the age of 4.She has recently won "Oshawa Has Got Talent
TEAM DTA APPRECIATED BY Hon. MINISTER CHRIS ALEXANDER
For Community Involvement and Selfless Volunteering Initiatives
TEAM DTA was proud to hear that 10 youth were chosen to be awarded by Honorable Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander for their community involvement and selfless volunteering. Three more youth were awarded by him for their unlimited contribution to the community in the form of Music and Dance. These three youths are proud icons of Durham Tamil Association. Also, three adult volunteers received the honor from the Minister for their selfless service to the community. This appreciation by our Minister has encouraged other youth to participate in such community based events.
DTA's PARTICIPATION IN CITY OF PICKERING HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATION
Durham Tamil Association had actively participated in the City of Pickering's Heritage Day Celebration at the Pickering Town Center on 22nd February 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm. This year, the heritage festival was a dynamic celebration showcasing Pickering’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. DTA gave a live entertainment and colorful performance for one hour non-stop ROCKIN’ & BOPPIN' show from the traditional Tamil culture to the modern era. Pickering Advisory Committee and the dignitaries greatly appreciated our program as it was very lively, ecstatic event of the day. Durham Tamil Association had a stupendous booth depicting the golden times of the Ancient Kings of Tamil Kingdoms. We had the palace backdrop with Kings and all the guests, members and shoppers wanted to click a picture with them. Thanks to our Board Director Hanthan Manickavasagar and member Uthayan Manickavasagar who royally accepted to be our Kings for the day. Our Secretary Mano Pancharatnam and Uma Suresh were the Master of the Ceremony. The program started with the classical dance by the young students of Kalai Natyalaya Fine Arts. The dance and the costume stole the hearts of the viewers. This extraordinary performance was choreographed by Mrs.Kalaimathy Vageesan. Followed was the song by our proud icon of Durham Tamil Association and the Tamil Community Ms.Sarika Navanathan.She entertained everyone with the popular number "Rolling in the Deep". Next was a folk number from the film Kumki. Young performers displayed the ancestral outfit of the tribal community and brought out the lifestyle of Tamil tribes in their dance which was choreographed by our youth Maenusha Raguvaran.Our Durham Little Superstars presented an energetic dance for a number from the popular Singam 2 movie. This was choreographed by Uma Suresh and assisted by the youth volunteers Nerajah Thillairajah and Monesha Ragavan. Being a multicultural event we had Joshua Francis took away the audience by singing 21 Guns by Green Day, while his brother Jeremy Francis played the lead electric guitar. “Mann Vaasanai” group dance choreographed by Mrs.Uma Suresh was a great applaud for its foot tapping dance. Dr.Vijayalakshmi Navaneetha Krishnan’s song “Thottu Kadai Orathile” brought the original flavor of the ancient folklore and was massively appreciated.Cute little toes danced for the Tamil movie song Google Google choreographed by Mrs.Hema Karthik and assisted by Mrs.Komathy Ram.This duet dance was appreciated for the uniformity and wonderful dress code that attracted all the viewers. God had bestowed every child with the talents that all parents need to explore. Krishan Thananjeyan was one such gifted youth of DTA. A heart touching performance by Krishan Thananjeyan, an autistic child earned a standing ovation. He stole the hearts of all the viewers and guests by his outstanding violin performance.This youth did not learn both vocal and violin from a teacher, but learned by glancing through the YouTube and other music CDs. Mind blowing performance for the Prayer Song was choreographed by our Executive Committee Member Mrs. Theepa Sivasangar. As the young performers danced, the audience cheered and clapped and jived. Last but not the least, our vibrant Youth Girls Team staged Remix Galaatta that was choreographed by our youth Abhishna Jayasundararajah.This is a folk dance blended with the upbeat music genre, rhyming and colloquial lyrics. Many dignitaries visited our booth and encouraged the children and youth performers. Our sincere thanks to the City of Pickering for this great opportunity to showcase our rich culture and to share with other community groups.
HAPPY THAI PONGAL 2014
Thai Pongal is one of the most fascinating festivals commemorated with great enthusiasm by the members of Durham Tamil Association, which was hosted in East Shore Community Center on 11th January 2014. This year's theme of Tamil Heritage Month celebration being Ancient Tamil Kingdoms, DTA decorated the venue with a palace back drop and other symbols of pongal. Our Executive Members Hanthan Manickavasagar and Uthayan Manickavasagar disguised as Kings welcomed the dignitaries and guests with Niraikudam, Sandhanam, Kolam and roses. They brought back the memories of ancient kings with the touch of humor. The program flagged off with the Canadian National Anthem by Geeththanah Gnaneswaran and Vipushiga Gnaneswaran. This was followed by the Thamizh Thai Vaazhthu rendered by students of Mrs.Manorany Thusitharan, which clearly expressed the children's passion in learning their mother tongue Tamil. It was a treat to see the young kids dressed in traditional bright colored traditional outfits. In order to promote all the kids and youth to verbalize their mother tongue, a beautiful young damsel Salini Sivalingam was introduced to be one of the MCs for the event.She swept the hearts of the spectators by articulating in Tamil with her modulations. Josh Suresh ,President of Durham Tamil Association gave an astonishing welcome speech. He explained the reason for this festival to be celebrated in order to thank God and nature for blessing this Earth with all the divine gifts of life. "Talk doesn't cook rice" quoted Josh Suresh and he insisted all our youth to be wise in deeds and not just in words. He thanked all the Youth and parent volunteers ,Gurus and sponsors for their untiring support to the organisation. The first performance was our traditional Bharathanatyam by students of Kalai Natiyalaya Fine Arts. Taught by Guru Mrs. Kalaimathy Vageesan, young children performed for two classical numbers. This polished performance was the highlight of the evening, as it clearly showcased their facial expression, body language blended with the colorful costume. convincingly and clearly, was a tribute to the exactness of Kalaimathy’s training. "A dream doesn't become reality through wishful thinking; it takes sweat, determination and hard work". It was a huge honor for the Tamils of Canada after the proclamation of Tamil Heritage Month by Durham District School Board in 2013 along with all Durham Cities. The crowd cheered when DDSB was announced as the first school board to proclaim Tamil Heritage Month in Canadian History. The proud moment was crowned when Mr.Martyn Beckett, Director of Education released DDSB's official poster, proclaiming the month of January as Tamil Heritage Month to dignitaries including MP Corneliu Chisu, MPP Joe Dickson, MPP Tracy Mac Charles, Mrs. Hedvig Christine Alexander, Inspector Jamie Grant, Deputy Mayor Doug Dickerson, Councillors of Pickering David Pickles & Peter Rodrigues and Councillor of Ajax Renrick Ashby. MP Corneliu Chisu appreciated the long time sponsors of DTA ,who made all the events a successful one. He awarded with certificates and encouraged them.We had a Carnatic vocal performance by the students of Mrs.Manorani Thusitharan. In the midst of every performance we thanked all the dedicated and compassionate teachers and gurus,who trained hundreds of children and youth to perform in 2013 Youth Festival and all year round programs. Our honorable MPP of Ajax-Pickering Joe Dickson appreciated the teachers with a certificate.
These teachers ensure that the kids comprehend not only arts, dance, crafts, but also the rich Tamil culture that our ancestors taught us. Young dancers who danced for "Mann Vasanai”, Choreographed by Uma Suresh and our youth Abishna Jayasundararajah swept away viewers' hearts with their innocent folk expressions. The dignitaries appreciated DTA’s efforts to teach good art forms and values to children that are fading away in children , living abroad. After this foot taping dance was the certificate presentation by Honorable MPP of Pickering and Scarborough East ,Tracy MacCharles to our dedicated parent volunteers. Josh Suresh, President of DTA added that the parent volunteers are the most valued resource in the community who contributes a lot to this community including their time with patience and passion. DTA's pride Sarika Navanthan rendered a folk Tamil song to mark the celebration. Another welcomed performance was the Soi Soi dance ,choreographed by Maenusha Raguvarnan showcasing the tribal dance from the film Kumki. Saranya Suresh and Ayesha Ajitkumar brought life to this folk art which is still in practice in Tamilnadu. The opulent varieties of food like sweet pongal,
sundal, sweet aval, vadai and paniyaram was served to all the diginitaries and
the entire guests,by our TEAM DTA Youth.This "Virunthombal" gesture
and the scrumptious food was much appreciated by all.Our heartfelt
appreciations to "Children Education Rehabilitation Program", who
made the display boards that helped the dignitaries and the youth to capture
the meaning of the four day Pongal festival. The first day of the Pongal
celebrations is called ‘Bhogi’ festival and is observed in honor of Lord
Indra,the ‘God of Rain and Clouds’.Useless or unnecessary household articles
are flung into a pyre of wood and cow-dung cakes.Second Day of Pongal is the
Thanks Giving a sacred ceremony is conducted to please the Sun-God and other
deities.It starts with the cooking of rice in milk and jaggery in a new earthen
pot in the outdoors.The ‘Mattu Pongal’, forms the third day of this
celebrations and is entirely dedicated to cows. According to the festival traditions,
the tinkling bells, flower garlands, sheaves of corn and multi-colored gems are
tied around the cattle and are worshiped with all sincerity.The fourth day is
the "Kannum Pongal" where people visit relatives and friends to enjoy
the festive season.The boards were informative about the origin of Tamil
literature,Alphabets,Scholars, popular Tamil Kings and Kingdoms.Indeed,it was a useful tool for the members and dignitaries to comprehend and teach the value to the next generation.We also like to show our heartfelt appreciation to Mr.Ananthan for the backdrop for the pongal.It gave a wonderful feeling of a palace and was much appreciated by the dignitaries and guests. All were clicking pictures in front of the backdrop to relish their memories and sharing the fun with their family members. In addition, we would like to thank Chocolate Margaret the chocolate queen for the being a part of this special occasion by giving out attractive cones of treats to all the kids of Durham Tamil Association. Finally to wrap up the event as to bring up reminiscence of the occasion & to develop stronger bonds of love and affinity every guest were given a colorful villaku as souvenir. Vote of thanks was given by DTA's Secretary Mano Pancharatnam.
Durham Tamil Association was proud to present the 12th Annual Youth Festival ,featuring a colourful entertainment for all our guests.From the blooming artistic superstars to the talented youth of Durham’s Tamil community, everyone got an opportunity to showcase their talent.It was manifested on the 23rd November 2013 at Pickering High School, and the program was a great success as we had 139 kids and youth partaking in this extravaganza program.Dressed in vibrant colourful traditional Half Saree and Dhothi, our Youth welcomed the dignitaries, guests and parents. The curtain raised with the National Anthem of Canada played on the Keyboard by Krishanth Kirupananthan, student of Mr. Ajithkumar Vettivel of Manon’s Music Academy. This was followed by the Tamil Thai Vaazhthu crooned loud and proud by Asvin Sathiyalingam and Suvetha Sathiyalingam who are the students of Mrs.Manorani Thusitharan. The Eminent Dignitaries including MP Corneliu Chisu,MPP Joe Dickson,Ajax Mayor Steve Parish,Councillor Renrick Ashby (Ajax),Councillor Peter Rodrigues (Pickering), KimDowds representing Hon.Minister Chris Alexander, Martyn Beckett- Director of Education(DDSB), Hermia Corbette - Welcome Centre Manager(Ajax), Sophia Bittar Community Liaison of Welcome Centre, Esther Enyolu - Executive Director of WMRCC, Shivana Choonsingh & Fanuel Ephrain from WMRCC, Neethan Shan President,Ontario NDP,Juanita Nathan - York Region District School Board, Kelly Boehm - Education Officer/Staff Development(DDSB), Robbie Prochilo - Community Recreation Coordinator from Town of Ajax, Cheryl Johnston - Senior Communications Advisor of OPG, Peter Bradshaw - Executive Assistant to MP Corneliu Chisu, Kiruba Thuraiappa - President of Brampton Tamil Association, Yan Fu & Michael Crowley of DACA,Vaqar Raees - President of Friends Indeed, Saeed Siddiqui - VP of friends Indeed, Sudarshan Meenakshisundaram - President of Tamilnadu Cultural Society of Canada, Augustine Jeevanantham - Manager of SSN and Meccana Ali of SSN attended the event. MP Corneliu Chisu, MPP Joe Dickson, Councillor Peter Rodrigues, Councillor Renrick Ashby and Kim Dowds were honourably invited to the stage for the ceremonial lighting of the inaugural lamp.A moment of silence was observed for all Tamils who lost their lives in SriLankan war and at the recent typhoon in Philippines. Ms.Vaishnavy Muraleetharan a vivacious member of DTA Team Youth was the Master of Ceremony and she did an outstanding job of attracting a great deal of attention and praise into the event.The event was kick started by “Vaathiya Bruntha”. Trained by “Isai Kalaimani” Mrs. Thulasi Ragunathan, students of Bruntalaya School of South Asian Violin played this remix fusion of Classical music and western blend expressing an emotional state in an aesthetic unity among the crowd. It was greatly appreciated and applauded as there were instruments like violin, Mridangam, Veena along with keyboard and drums. President Josh Suresh recognized the chief guest and invited few of the dignitaries to give a speech. A 24 hour Multi Cultural Bandathon was initiated by Durham Tamil Association in support of The Rouge Valley Health System Foundation in September 2013. DTA raised and donated $5000 dollars cheque and bestowed it to the Mayor of Ajax Steve Parish & Mary Slavik, Director of planned giving from Rouge Valley Foundation.It was truly a great moment for the Executive Team and members of DTA.Funds raised will go to Rouge Valley Health System Foundation to purchase a new operating room procedure table for cancer surgery at the Ajax Hospital. Followed by the Welcome speech ,President Josh Suresh reiterated that the main uniqueness of this program is for kids from diverse backgrounds can showcase and use their interests, talents and creativity to promote worthy causes, project a positive youth image and profile young role-models and to make a difference in the Durham Tamil community. DTA acknowledged the six of our youth members who excelled not only in arts, dance and music rather in their academics and have entered into the University with high score marks. Banuja Ganesalingam, Mathav Muhunthan, Naveen Sivakumaran, Prashan Rajaratham, Anith Sriranjan and Janan Ragavan were appreciated by Ajax Mayor Steve Parish with cash gift cards and souvenirs. “Welcome Dance” was performed by the students of Bharathalaya Dance Academy ,which was simply breathtaking and this was choreographed by our long standing member and young Guru ‘Natiya Kalaimani’ Ms.Nivedha Ramalingam.
Her rendition expressed the joy and love between Lord Krishna and his Gopikas ,where she performed as the Lord Krishna. In the midst of festivities was the recognition awards was given by Kim Dowds on behalf of Canada’s Citizenship & Immigration Minister Hon.Chris Alexander for 13 of our DTA’s outstanding youth volunteers and 3 adult volunteers, who are still working hard to support the vision and mission of DTA. The youth volunteers were Abishna Jayasundararajah, Ashley Kugaraj, Banuja Ganesalingam, Jeremy Francis, Kabithan Ravichandran, Keeran Sivanesan, Naveen Sivakumaran, Neraja Thillairajah, Rishi Suresh and Shawne Nimalan . The 3 outstanding Adult volunteers were Mr.Kanga Sivanathan, Mrs.Dujavanthi Shwetsweare and Mrs.Uma Suresh. To heat up the auditorium was the “Tribe Treasures” choreographed by our youth Ms.Maenusha Raguvarnan,for the song from the movie Kumki showcasing the clannish outfit and Tribal dance of our Tamil Community. The youth festival was a treat not only for the eyes but also for the ears as we had our Nightingale Ms.Sarika Navanathan singing two of the medleys “Minsaara Poove” and “Uyirin Uyire” . Nothing roared except for 7 “Durham Little Superstars” who presented a energetic dance for a number from the popular Singam 2 movie. This was choreographed by Uma Suresh and assisted by the youth volunteers Nerajah Thillairajah and Monesha Ragavan. Followed by this action packed dance was the “Singing Sensation” by Ms.Sahana Nirmayan.She swept the hearts of all the members by singing the song “Nenjukulle” from the film Kadal. “Abinayam” was another classical performance by our member students of Sai Niruthya Dance School,Guru being “Natya Kalaimani” Bharatha Kalaa Vithakar” Mrs. Sujee Nisankan.Students performed for the song that illustrated Lord Krishna’s Kaalinga Narthanam. Mrs.Uma Suresh, our Program Coordinator recognized all the parent volunteers who assisted in the logistics of the youth festival, food, make up and practices of the kids. Even a small help makes a huge difference in a social service. “Fusion Steps” a filmatic duet dance for fast numbers from the songs Google Google and Oda Oda ,was choreographed by Mrs.Hema Karthik.Assisted by Mr.Karthik Gopal and Mrs.Komathy Ram ,it was appreciated for the uniformity and wonderful dress code that attracted all the viewers. “Mann Vaasanai” group dance choreographed by Mrs.Uma Suresh was a great applaud for it’s foot tapping dance. Dr.Vijayalakshmi Navaneetha Krishnan’s song Thottu Kadai Orathile brought the original flavour of the ancient folklore and was massively appreciated. Joshua Francis took away the audience by singing 21 Guns by Green Day while his brother Jeremy Francis played the lead electric guitar. “Fashion Vibes” ,a petite parade of fashion show for small kids,who were dressed in their best.Choreographed by Mrs.Uma Suresh and assisted by our youth Ms.Abishna Jayasundararajah, the kids took the Ramp for the Remo song from the movie Anniyan. “Vinnai Thodalam” was a heart touching performance by Krishan Thananjeyan, an autistic child who earned a standing ovation for his outstanding violin performance. This youth learned vocal and violin by himself glancing through the YouTube and other music CDs. Every child is bestowed with the talent all parents need to explore them by knowing what’s best for their loved ones. “Shruthilayam” showcased the talents of two groups of young emerging vocal artists who are students of Amirtha Gaana Mandram, Guru being Isaikalaimani” “Sangeetha Vithakar” Mrs.Manorani Thusitharan.“Kollywood Twisters” was another mind blowing performance choreographed by our Executive Committee member Mrs.Deepa Sivasangar. The young performers danced to the prayer song from the latest hit Idharkku Thaane Aasaipattai Baalakumara. Another emerging singer of DTA is Ms.Suruthe Janakan who mesmerized the crowd by singing “Mukundha Mukundha”. “Cloud 9” was another vibrant performance by DTA’s energetic youth boys,who danced for a hip hop number choreographed by Michael Tam depicting the talents and strength of “Tamil Pasanga”. The steps were foot tapping and enjoyed by everyone.
DTA in the community- LATEST NEWS
DTA's HALLOWEEN party 2013 - Oct 27th 2013
DTA celebrated Halloween at OPG's information centre on Sunday Oct. 27th. About 50 kids dressed up for this special function accompanied by their parents and family members. The information centre looked spooky and scary orchestrated by DTA youths. The kids and youths enjoyed snacks, cup cakes, chips after watching a scary movie. DTA youths coordinated a number of games for the kids to enjoy. All in all it was a spooky Halloween enjoyed by all ages. Special thanks goes out to DTA youths for organizing the event and OPG for providing a great venue.
DTA chipped in at Pickering Village's Fall Family Festival 2013 - Sept. 14th 2013
An outdoor Fall Family Festival was hosted by the Pickering Village on September 14th 2013 from 9 am to 7 pm. There were Farmer & Artisan Markets, live music and entertainment, activities and demo for families, live animals, teddy bear picnic, international food & tons more. Durham Tamil Association with 18 youth volunteers offered free henna, rice art, set up cubicles in the most South Asian traditional way. Ajax Mayor Steve Parish and MPP Joe Dickson were overwhelmed by the continual service provided by the youth volunteers of Durham Tamil Association. TEAM DTA Youth were involved with the setup, maintenance and clean-up activities in shifts, during this great event of Chocolate Margaret which brought the community together under one roof.
“CLICKS” - DTA's participation in various community events
DTA invited to attend the Volunteer Leadership Conference - Oct. 6th 2013
Durham Tamil Association's Proud Moment It was quiet a proud moment for Durham Tamil Association when Canadian Cancer Society invited Uma Suresh to attend the Volunteer Leadership Conference “Celebrating the Power of One” .The conference was held at Innisfil on October 6, 2013 from 8:30am to 3:30pm. This was designed to enhance Leadership skills and help deliver better quality events. The highlight of the conference was to recognize the outstanding volunteers and to let them know that their passion and dedication for the Society has not gone unnoticed. The guests celebrated and appreciated the volunteers for their individuality. The fund raising initiatives and efforts of DTA and its youth was greatly appreciated by all. Engaging and interactive breakout sessions, Fire-side chat and motivational speakers made the seminar a memorable one.
DTA took steps against Breast Cancer - Oct. 28th
Durham Tamil Association came forward to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society in their annual initiative "Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer" .This day program took place in Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby,on Sunday from 10 am. Durham Tamil Association was requested to take part and assist the team in fundraising. A team of youth volunteers along with Uma Suresh and Dujavanthi Swis filled the guests hearts with immense joy by decorating their hands and nails with henna and nail art. Mayor of Whitby Pat Perkins, Councillor Lorne Coe and Councillor Ken Montague appreciated DTA's efforts and commitment to help the community.
Impact of Family Violence
A South Asian Perspective 2013
The Social Services Network in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Services, the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Durham College, York Region Children’s Aid Society held a successful media launch on October 18th at the Durham College. The objective of the launch was to share the recommendations and report findings of the Impact of Family Violence: A South Asian Perspective Conference 2013 and launch the date of the 4th Provincial Impact of Family Violence Conference in Durham Region. The report produced by Social Services Network in collaboration with Sheridan College outlines the collective experiences and opinions of the hundreds of conference participants including service providers, community members and policy makers who attended the conference held at Sheridan College in May this year.
Background and Overview of the Report Launch: Violence against women in Canadian society is a reality in both the majority and minority cultural groups, across income levels and regions. Unequal power relations are at the core of violence against women, children, youth and seniors. The Impact of Family Violence Conference is five year Initiative led by the Social Services Network and partners to understand the specific nature, systems and complex cultural and family dynamics that pose barriers and challenges to preventing and responding to the abuse that is occurring in South Asian families.
Our partners supporting and guiding us in this endeavour are Durham Regional Police Services, Peel Regional Police Services, York Regional Police, Toronto Police Services, Community Mobilization Unit, Durham Tamil Association, Women's Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre of Durham, Community Development Council Durham (CDCD), Muslim Welfare Home, Victim Services of Durham, Durham Elder Abuse Network (DEAN), Durham District School Board, Outreach Services at Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology, York and Durham Region Children’s Aid Societies, Durham College, as well as University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
There were over 50 supporters in attendance from organizations such as Aids Committee Durham, Bethesda House, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, CDCD, Corner Comforts, DRPS, Durham Children’s Aid Society, Durham College, Durham Tamil Association, Friends Indeed-Durham, Luke’s Place, Muslim Welfare Home, Peel Regional Police, Punjabi Community Health Services, Social Services Network, Toronto Police Services, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Victim Witness Assistance Program, White Ribbon Campaign, WMRCC of Durham, York Children’s Aid Society, and York Regional Police Services and media partners CBC, ATN, and Tamil One TV.
Durham Tamil Association was invited to be part of the FVC and it was a honour for Mrs. Uma Suresh to join the steering committee, representing both DTA and WMRCC . Being one of the major partners of the Family Violence Conference, Durham Tamil Association contributed to the Family Violence Conference and the media launch in many ways. DTA connected various community groups of Durham to SSN, invited Durham District School Board to be one of the major partner of the conference, invited various media of South Asian communities and currently involved in creating the dialogue about the conference among different ethnic groups and promoting the conference among the youth through Durham District School Board.
The 4th Impact of Family Violence Conference: A South Asian Perspective, will be held on May 14th and 15th of 2014 in Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute for Technology.
Durham Tamil Association supports Pickering Village Festival
Durham Tamil Association volunteered in Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Durham Tamil Association wished 146th Happy Birthday to our beautiful Canada in the most spectacular manner in both destinations of Durham Rotary Park – Ajax and at Kinsmen Park – Pickering on 1st July 2013 . DTA had a traditional booth set up by our enthusiastic youth volunteers in the most prominent location of the park and was well appreciated by the guest as it depicted the value and culture of Tamils. Our youth volunteers partook in this celebration by applying temporary tattoos for kid, handing out candies, Canada flags and pins for all guests who visited our booth with joy and love. Henna was beautifully applied for the guests by Ms.Ashley Kugaraj, Ms.Geeththanah Gnaneswaran and Ms. Luxsiya Kanthavanam in Ajax. In Pickering, Mrs. Dujavanthi Shwetsweare, Mrs. Uma Suresh, Ms. Thiviyaa Jeyaruban applied Henna for the guests. One of the eye-catcher of the event was our kids' colorful performances during this special occasion. The classical Bharathanatyam was showcased by the students and members of Kalainatiyalaya Dance School taught by Mrs. Kalaimathy Vakesan. Traditional folk art Karagattam was performed by Harini Kirupatharan, Bhaviyaa Jeyaruban and Saranya Suresh and this dance choreographed by our youth Ms.Maenusha Raguvaran. We also had the semi folk dance by our young and vibrant artist Maanusha Vijaykumar. Our Master Of Ceremony was our energetic Secretary Mano Pancharatnam who took the audience by his humor. Our program was applauded by the crowd as it had vibrant colors and spread the wonderful message of our Tamil culture to all Canadians.
Durham Tamil Association was honoured in joining hands with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences for the Multiculturalism Day on the 21st June 2013. Various Nationalities of Durham community were represented and DTA showcased Tamil culture. We also helped the organiser to connect with various community group as Afghan Council of Durham, Friends Indeed (Pakistan), Devi Mandir(Guyanese) WMRCC DACA (Chinese Community) and ICCAD (India). Durham Tamil Association set up a traditional booth showcasing Tamil culture which was prepared by our youth volunteers. We also decorated hundreds of guests who participated in the event with free Henna and gave out Rice Art as gift and were appreciated for our service. Durham Tamil Association gave delicious traditional food like vada and samosa to all the guests.
The Pickering Jazz Festival had been held at the Pickering Village for the past 10 years. This year, DTA played a key role from 6th – 9th of June 2013. The 4 days and nights of music and entertainment at the Pickering Village was a real treat for the community as it had music from near and far. Enjoying a weekend of music and sharing in our little community. The Music is the focal point but JAZ is more than that. It’s something that local residents have come to look forward to over the years. They came to listen, dance in the streets and enjoy some sumptuous food. The program flagged off with DTA's brand new Pinnacle Band, consisting of Jeremy Francis and Joshua Francis. This young musicians entertained the crowd in full stretch. DTA's proud icon Ms.Sarika Navanathan's melodious Tamil song accompanied by another dancing icon Ms. Maenusha Raguvarnan was a true treat to the audience. The event would not have been complete without DTA’s charismatic performances brought out by the amazing talented choreographer Mrs. Deepa Sivasangar. Young girls dressed perfectly like belly dancers not only proved their dancing prowess, but also made the audience dance to the step by tapping along with their young partners. Durham Tamil Association not only participated in the event but also assisted in the community cleanup activities. Youth volunteers got together to clean and improve public spaces during the four day musical celebration. It is a great social benefit as it creates more vibrant, healthy, safe, and sustainable communities. DTA always instructs the youth to involve in these kind of activity as they will acquire the skills and knowledge while working with the community. This also increase their social connectivity.
DTA CELEBRATING CANADA DAY 2013 – July 1st
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) held its Second Annual “Toronto Mela” on the 7 th of September 2013 at Albert Campbell Square (located outside Scarborough Town Centre). Durham Tamil Association pompously participated in the Mela as it is an effort to meet and gather with the South Asian communities to enjoy the cultural diversity in Toronto. DTA's Nivedha Ramalingam stormed the stage with her young students' classical Bharathanatyam performance. Three little dancers Athusga Kiriparan, Mabeena Piraba and Sharuka Thirumal brought fame to Bharathalaya Dance Academy by their outstanding performance. DTA revel the wonderful event by launching the day with youth volunteers fixed to setting up of booths for all the vendors partaking in the Mela. All the 34 youth volunteers of Durham Tamil Association had enormous assigned task on the event like guiding the performers to their respective venue, promoting the event by handing out flyers ,services and freebies to all the attendees, entertaining the kids with fun games and activities such as bouncing castles, basketball challenges and free gifts. Above all, the youth volunteers gave a big hand by continuously collecting the litter and hauling junk out on this huge event. DTA took pride by helping to keep the venue clean and also cleaving down the cubicle after the event. MPPs and dignitaries including MPP Corneliu Chisu and Minister/MPP Tracy MacCharles and organiser Neethan Shan honoured and recognized the youth of Durham Tamil Association for their outstanding Volunteer work within the community.
IMPACT OF FAMILY VIOLENCE
Picture above: FVC Steering Committee & SSN Board Members during the Media Launch of the conference
Picture above: Media Launch of the conference about family violence against South Asian Women.