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Sydney celebrates Tamil New Year in Grand Style

The leading Tamil Association in Sydney, the Tamil Arts and Culture Association (TACA) presented its “Sydniyil Chithiraith Thiruvizha” annual Sydney Chithirai festival to mark the Tamil New Year Day in a grand manner.

Around two thousand people enthusiastically participated in the gala Chithrai festival day long programs on Sunday 13 April at the Rose hill Racecourse. TACA Sydney has been the organizer of for the Chithrai festival last three years.

TACA’s annual signature event brings together Tamils from all backgrounds like India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius and other parts of the world.  This is the only Tamil community event happening in Sydney that is a day-long family celebration with traditional arts, culture and food.

The highlight of the TACA Chithirai Festival was the delightful performances by the world renowned Tamil folk singers Thanjai Selvi and Ayyappan who entertained the attendees with their tradition folk songs along with the film hits.

Traditional folk performances by “Kalaimaamani” TamilSelvi (Karagaattam) and “Kalaimaamani” Natarajan (Kaavadiaatam) were well received by the attendees.

The cultural segments also included participation and presentation of variety entertainment of Tamil music and dance items by a large number of local talents and Tamil Schools. Earlier welcoming the invited guests and the community members, Dr Sundaravadivel, President TACA said that TACA is dedicated to cause of Tamils and their contribution in the multicultural Australia.  Mr. Anagan Babu, Secretary stated that the aim of the festival is to unite all the Tamils in NSW and to provide a platform for promoting Tamil Arts and Culture. Further he stressed the need for recognition and support from Community Relations Commission of NSW.

The invited Dignitaries from both the leading political parties included, Hon. Dr. Geoff Lee representing Hon. Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon. John Robertson, Opposition Leader, Hon. Michelle Rowland, federal MP from Greenway, Hon. Julie Owens, federal MP from Parramatta, and state MPs Hon. David Clarke and Hon Charles Casuscelli and other invited guests including councilors and community leaders. Dignitaries complimented the effort of TACA and this celebration. The vote of thanks was presented by Mr Muthu Ramachandirin, Vice President.

There were a large number of stalls for the festival including several food stalls offering variety of delicious Tamil cuisine to community members. Kid’s entertainment group provided a good number of rides and fun times to children.  TACA Sydney had the support of various other Tamil organisations like the Australian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation, SBS Tamil Radio, media and other businesses as sponsors and members of the Tamil community in organising this festival.

For more details on TACA activities and membership contact Anagan Babu, Secretary  on 0402 229 517

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